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Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2019

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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of the 2018 Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

The overall image winner was submitted by Robert P. Speijer from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium, with his beautiful image of the foraminifera Nummulites involutus Schaub, from the Ypresian clays near Kortrijk, Belgium. The image is a sperfect equatorial thin-section through a small (~ 3 mm) excellently preserved nummulite, and was scanned with a GE-Phoenix Micro-CT and the image was modified in Picasa. Not only does Robert win the competition’s first prize of €200, but also has his image included on the front cover of our TMSoc2019 Calendar (see above)!

On behalf of the Society we would like to congratulate Robert on his success. Eleven additional winners were selected from the fantastic submissions, and are on display below! A wide variety of microfossils and imaging techniques have been championed this year, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

The twelve winning images have been incorporated into the 2019 Micropalaeontology Calendar, which will soon be available for purchase! Like last year, the calendar has been produced in spiral-bound A4 landscape format with one page per month.

A full list of the winners can be found below:

Robert P. Speijer, KU Leuven, Belgium (overall winner) – An equatorial section through for foraminifera Nummulites involutus Schaub. This is a small (~ 3 mm) excellently preserved nummulite from the Ypresian clays near Kortrijk, Belgium.


Robert’s winning image was captured from a video of the CT reconstruction. This video was shown at Forams2018 in Edinburgh
  • Anieke Brombacher, University of Southampton, UK – Surrounded by a glowing halo of spines and photosymbionts, planktonic foraminifera live at the centre of their own personal universe. Orbulina universa in particular would make an excellent solar system. Drawing made using soft pastels on black paper. It is based on a live Orbulina universa studied during a workshop on culturing planktonic foraminifera on Catalina Island in 2015. @jfabrombacher
  • Sarah Kachovich, University of Queensland, Australia – ‘It is what is inside that counts’ – Before and after shots of a perfect micro-surgery of the Radiolaria Hollandosphaera hexagonium, collected on-board IODP Expedition 362. Many radiolarian groups are impossible to recognise based on external features alone, but by mechanically breaking the outer sphere of the Hollandosphaera hexagonium specimen, the characteristic initial tetrapetaloid structure with four wide pores (diagnostic of the family Hexalonchidae) was revealed. @WOMEESA
  • Giles Ford, University of Creative Arts, Farnham, UK –  ‘Fossilarium’ – Mixed media painting based on a thin section of Oolites and rounded skeletal particles found in La Puya Formation, Western Venezuela. Painting on canvas and acetates using Oil, Indian Ink & collaged photographic transfers. The original artwork is approximately 4ft by 5ft. @GfordGiles
  • Giles Ford, University of Creative Arts, Farnham, UK – ‘Anthropocene Blossom’ – A mixed media painting juxtaposing collaged micropaleontology thin section images interwoven with cherry blossom photography and art history. The original artwork is approximately 4ft by 5ft. @GfordGiles
  • Kristopher Maedke-Russell, Savannah State University – An individual of the diatom species Surirella striatula found in a sediment core collected from Raccoon Key, GA, USA.
  • Lucy Roberts, University College London, UK – A Cyprideis torosa (brackish water ostracod) valve (c. 1mm) collected from a salt marsh in Kent. The purple highlights the calcium carbonate content of the ostracod shell and the green/yellow colour highlights the silica of the diatoms present on the valve surface. @lucyrroberts
  • Inge van Dijk, the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research – Scanning electron microscope image of Archaias angulatus. The specimen was cultured in controlled laboratory conditions and geochemical composition of the shell was analyzed by laser ablation ICP-MS. Ablation holes are 60 µm and the overall shell diameter is approx. 700 µm. Image by @ingevDijk   @NIOZnieuws 
  • Sabine Keuter, Hebrew University, Israel – Image of a tintinnid (a ciliate of the choreotrich taxon Tintinnida), sampled at a depth of 80m in summer in the Gulf of Aqaba,. The tintinnid’s lorica (vase-shaped shell)  is about 60 µm long and is almost exclusively made out of Emiliania huxleyi coccoliths. (@RedSeaPlankton)
  • Miguel Méndez Sandín, CNRS/Sorbonne Université, France – A selection of Polycystines (Radiolaria) collected at various depths in the Westearn Mediterranean Sea and in the North Pacific, off Japan.
  • Lyndsey Fox, University of Hull, – ‘An unwelcome interloper’ Diatom trapped in the spines of a foraminifera. Specimen collected in 2013 by the TARA expedition (Pacific Ocean). @lynzfox
  • Paul Minton, University College London, UK – The aperture of the planktonic foraminifera Paragloborotalia siakensis, showing some recrystallisation and nannofossils. Scale bar is 20 µm. @pminton3

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The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference 2018, 14-15 November 2018, Leeds

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Keep up to date with conference news by following @MicropalaeoSoc and @NHM_Micropalaeo on twitter, and use #TMSoc2018 for updates during the event! Alternatively join the TMSoc Facebook page

Registration closes 23rd October.

Introduction

The TMSoc are delighted to announce this year’s annual conference will be hosted by the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. The conference is open to all aspects of micropalaeontology, providing delegates the opportunity to give either oral or poster presentations on their research.

Day 1: the conference Symposium theme is ‘Microfossil insights into greenhouse worlds’ ’and will include presentations on the applications of micropalaeontology to various aspects of our understanding of greenhouse periods spanning the geologic record from the early Palaeozoic through to the Neogene. The Symposium will be followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), the presentation of Society Awards, a drinks reception and the day will end with the optional conference meal.

Day 2: will include open sessions of short (c. 15 minute) talks and dedicated poster sessions. These sessions are open to any topic related to micropalaeontology. Further details regarding the conference schedule, keynote speakers and logistics will be added to the website https://www.tmsoc.org/ in due course.

The annual TMSoc conference particularly encourages postgraduate students and early career researchers to take part, with awards for the best oral and poster sessions available for those early in the micropalaeontology careers. In addition, the TMSoc has a dedicated Annual Conference Travel Bursary for postgrads and ECRs, information of this can be found here.

Please direct all event enquires to TMSLeeds2018@gmail.com

Registration, fee payments and abstract submission
Registration closes 23rd October.Please register and pay for conference fees here:Registration FormPay via PayPal

If registering for an oral or poster presentation please send your completed abstract to TMSLeeds2018@gmail.com

Registration fee includes abstracts booklet, tea and coffee. Please note that lunch is not provided, restaurants and café facilities are available near The Town Hall and a list of suitable venues will be provided during the conference.

The conference dinner is scheduled to take place on the evening of Wednesday 14th November at the The Tetley A vegetarian option will be available. Please ensure you notify us when registering (using the above link) if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Venue
The conference will take place at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds. Keynote lectures, and oral presentations will take place in the Sullivan Room, whilst all poster presentations will take place in the space outside the Sullivan Room. Light refreshments (tea/coffee and evening drinks reception) will also take place in the where the posters will be displayed. Leeds Town Hall is located ~ 8 minute walk from the Leeds train station. Upon arrival at the Town Hall, please enter at the main entrance, which is located on Calverley Street.
Schedule

Please note that lunch is not provided as part of the conference package during the two-day event. There are a number cafes and restaurants located in the area surrounding the Town Hall.

Wednesday 14th November: Symposium, AGM, drinks reception and conference dinner

The conference Symposium theme is ‘Microfossil insights into greenhouse worlds’ ’and will include presentations on the applications of micropalaeontology to various aspects of our understanding of greenhouse periods spanning the geologic record from the early Palaeozoic through to the Neogene. The Symposium will be followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), the presentation of Society Awards, a drinks reception and the day will end with the conference meal.

Thursday 15th November: Open talks and poster session

The second day will include open sessions of short (c. 15 minute) talks and dedicated poster sessions. These sessions are open to any topic related to micropalaeontology. Further details regarding the conference schedule, keynote speakers and logistics will be added to the website https://www.tmsoc.org/ in due course.

A more detailed schedule for the event will be released closer to the commencement of the conference. Please check back here closer to the time.

Accommodation

A selection of local hotels/hostels is provided below to assist you with your accommodation requirements (from more expensive at the top of the list to more affordable at the bottom). The list is not exhaustive and there is a wide variety of accommodation for all price ranges available in and around Leeds. Therefore delegates are encouraged to look into alternative hotel options due to the deals regularly updated/advertised.

Dakota Leeds

8 Russell St, Leeds LS1 5RN

0113 322 6261

http://leeds.dakotahotels.co.uk/rooms/?gclid=CjwKCAjw8uLcBRACEiwAaL6MSTZYRPN6V-Q48qsXsfidKXbr5C3_2dmBTF-zjYj614LTYrsYBL9oWhoC2rAQAvD_BwE

 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds

No 1 The Light The Headrow LS1 8TL Leeds United Kingdom 

+44 113 236 6000

https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-leeds?facilitator=BIGMOUTHMEDIAREZIDOR

 

ibis Leeds Centre Marlborough Street

23 Marlborough Street, Leeds, LS1 4PB, United Kingdom

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-3652-ibis-leeds-centre-marlborough-street/index.shtml#origin=ibis

 

easyHOTEL Leeds

14-22 Lands Lane, Leeds, LS1 6LB, United Kingdom

https://www.easyhotel.com/hotels/united-kingdom/leeds/101984?gclid=CjwKCAjw8uLcBRACEiwAaL6MSaLViIVWgTWdkXB58PPco570WsYjC8bFkDKjInnSP0C5N2cX9EJkSxoCe_QQAvD_BwE

 

Art Hostel

83 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7DJ

0113 345 3363

http://arthostel.org.uk/

 

Microfossil Image Competition 2019

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2018 will be the fourth year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last three years is reflected by the creation of our annual Micropalaeontology Calendar! Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016, 2017), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here.

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Microfossil Image Competition 2018

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Entries are now closed, thank you to everyone who submitted fantastic fossil images!

2018 will be the fourth year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last three years is reflected by the creation of our annual Micropalaeontology Calendar! Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016, 2017), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

Foram-Nanno 2018, 22nd June 2018, Edinburgh & St Andrews

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The deadline for registration and abstract submission has been extended to 23.59pm, 18th May

The next Foraminifera and Nannofossil spring meeting will be hosted at the University of Edinburgh to coincide with the FORAMS2018 conference.

The theme for the 1 day meeting will be: Reconstructing past ocean environments with foraminifera and nannofossils

Foraminifera and nannofossils are extremely useful to academic and industrial micropaleontology as proxies for palaeoenvironmental, palaeoceanographic and palaeoclimatic research. Their abundance, presence in virtually all marine environments, and sensitivity to environmental alterations make them ideal recorders of past oceans and climate change. In this session we invite contributions (posters and talks) from micropalaeontologists working on nannofossils and fossil foraminiferal communities to highlight their use as tracers and to reconstruct environments of the past.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, and attendees of the TMsoc meeting will also be able to take part in the FORAMS2018 sessions and discussions held on the 22nd and vice versa.

FORAMS2018 attendees are also able to submit an additional abstract free of charge to the TMS session.

We particularly encourage abstracts from Nannofossil workers and Early Career researchers.

More details about travel and accommodation in Edinburgh can be found via the FORAMS2018 website.

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2018

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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

The overall image winner was submitted by Adam David Woodhouse from the University of Leeds, with his beautiful image of the planktonic foraminifera Acarinina praetopilensis from the Eocene equatorial Pacific. The image clearly displays the heavy recrystallistion of the foram test and the adherence of calcareous nannofossils with large muricae projecting through coccolith debris. The main image diameter c. 150 µm, and the image to be used within the calendar (August) will include an image of the complete foram (c. 400 µm diameter) for context. Not only does Adam win the competition’s first prize of €200, but also has his image included on the front cover of out TMSoc2018 Calendar (see above)!

On behalf of the Society we would like to congratulate Adam on his success. Eleven additional winners were selected from the fantastic submissions, and are on display below! A wide variety of microfossils and imaging techniques have been championed this year, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition. Read more

Lyell Meeting 2018: Mass extinctions, 8th March 2018, London

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The study of mass extinctions is one of the most interdisciplinary research areas within Earth and environmental sciences. Recent, major advances have come from a broad spectrum of fields, including atmospheric modelling, high-precision age dating, volcanology, geochemistry, stratigraphy and palaeontology.

The 2018 Lyell Meeting aims to highlight these achievements and showcases the improved understanding we now have of the great environmental catastrophes of the past. The Meeting aims to encompass the full spectrum of crises seen in the Phanerozoic fossil record.

The 2018 Lyell Meeting provides a platform to assess the current stratigraphic and geochemical records of environmental change during mass extinction events and the role of atmospheric climate modelling in understanding the causes of the crises. The goal is to evaluate the relative importance of environmental changes in major episodes of species extinctions, and to further explore the mechanisms that link these proximal kill mechanisms to the ultimate drivers, such as large igneous province eruptions and meteorite impacts.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear research developments happening in diverse disciplines applied to all mass extinction events.

Abstract deadline: 1st December 2017

More info at The Geological Society webpage

 

Change of Journal Publisher (Copernicus Publications)

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We are delighted to announce The Micropalaeontological Society has signed a new deal with Copernicus Publications (http://publications.copernicus.org) to publish the Journal of Micropalaeontology (JoM). After many fantastic years with the Geological Society Publishing House (GSPH), the Society’s contract with GSPH was due for renewal at the end of 2017 and through negotiations with a number of potential publishers (including GSPH) we aimed to increase Open Access publishing. After considerable discussions the committee decided that Copernicus would be our first choice as publisher of JoM from 1st January 2018 onwards, for a three-year period in the first instance. This means that JoM is now the first entirely Open Access journal in micropalaeontology. This arrangement does not affect our agreement with GSPH for the delivery of TMS Special Publications. The new platform is now set up within the Copernicus website and can be viewed here:

http://journal-of-micropalaeontology.net/index.html

Manuscript submission is now open, and we have developed a promotion for authors without funding that will start in 2018 (see below)!

There is a lot of information to disseminate that relates to: (1) how the new journal approach differs to GSPH, and (2) how this new model will be of benefit to TMS members and indeed our micropalaeontology community as a whole. Here, we will try and summarise many of the key changes that will result from this new contract with Copernicus. In addition, there is a pdf of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ’s), attached to this email.

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Microfossil Image Competition 2017

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Image Comp Poster 2017

2017 will be the third year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last two years is reflected by the creation of our 2015, 2016 and 2017 Micropalaeontology Calendars. Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more