The Micropalaeontological Society 50th Anniversary Conference 2020

21st Century Micropalaeontology
Online from University College London
11th-13th November 2020

Abstract and poster submission


UPDATE (2nd November):
The deadlines for abstract and poster submissions has now passed and we have had more talk abstracts submitted than there are slots, so the call for talk abstracts is definitively closed.
We probably can still include late posters but this is not guaranteed


Abstract format

There will be open sessions for (online) talks and these can be on aspect of micropalaeontology, or the biology of microfossil producing organisms. Regular abstracts need to be submitted for these and if we are oversubscribed we may need to select abstracts - if we do need to we will aim to maximise diversity of topics and of presenters. Abstracts will archived on the TMS website and will count as publications. Abstracts must include:
TitleBiogeography and evolution of body size in marine plankton
List of authorsDaniela N. Schmidt1, David Lazarus2, Jeremy R. Young3, Michal Kucera1
Authors addresses
  1. Department of Geology, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, TW20 0EX, UK
  2. Museum für Naturkunde, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Invalidenstrasse 43, 10115 Berlin, Germany
  3. Palaeontology Department, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
Contact email for the lead
200 word (maximum) main text. Body size is a central feature of any organism, reflecting its physiology, ecology and evolutionary history. Marine microplankton are major contributors to the particulate inorganic carbonate (foraminifers and coccolithophorids) and opal flux (radiolaria and diatoms) in the ocean and, hence, size changes in these organisms can influence global biogeochemical cycles. This paper discusses abiotic influences on micro- and macroecological size changes among major marine plankton groups, linking these to evolutionary size changes during the Neogene. We review the patterns and outline the causes of size changes geographically and through time in coccolithophorids, foraminifers and radiolarians.

The main feature of the Neogene size record is a dramatic size increase in foraminifers, a similarly dramatic reduction in the size range of coccolithophorids and highly variable size patterns in radiolarians. We argue that the observed pattern is too complex to be explained by a simple common forcing and propose that speculations on the response of oceanic biomineralisation to global warming have to consider the scales at which marine plankton evolve.
Optional extra contentAbstracts can optionally also include: references, images, extra text. I.e they can be extended abstracts, but they must include a basic abstract. Any extra content will appear after the main text. Including an image or two is especially welcome. These can only be submitted in jpeg or png format and must be <500kb in size.

Abstract submission

Pleas submit abstracts as an email message or attachment. Send to:
Acceptable formats - plain text, MS Word file (.docx), .rtf, and for images .jpeg or .png. Deadline 15th October 2020.

Abstract selection

Virtual conferences have the added advantage that they widen participation for those who might not otherwise be able to participate. We strongly encourage early career researchers and those from historically underrepresented groups in STEM to attend and present. If abstract selection is necessary (in the case that there are more abstracts received than talk slots available), we will prioritise students and other early career researchers, and abstracts will be anonymised before selection to avoid unconscious bias.


Abstract submission

Abstracts for posters should be submitted in the same format as for talks and by the same deadline, 15th October. Maximum of two posters per first author. Posters can be on any micropalaeontology-related topic, but should document recent original work by the authors. There is no limit on the total number of posters we can show and we will not vet posters for scientific excellence.

Poster preparation

Poster submission

Please submit posters as an email attachment. Send to: Deadline 1st November, but earlier submissions are welcome, and you do not need to wait for "approval" of abstracts.
Acceptable formats - pdf, ppxt, jpeg, png. We recommend sending as pdf files but if you are not able to generate pdf files we can do the conversion of pptx files. Alternatively, if you prefer to minimise use of your files, you can send them as an image file. Posters will be scanned for viruses and if any are detected we will request new clean copies.