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Cocco catch-up

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There will be a pre-christmas Cocco Catch-up on the 14th December on Zoom. More details can be found on the event page.

Obituary for Professor John Murray

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We were very sorry to hear of the death of Professor John Murray in late October 2021. John had a long and distinguished academic career at Imperial College London, The Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, Bristol University, Exeter University and finally Southampton, carrying out research on numerous topics related to benthic foraminifera. He was outstanding as both a teacher and researcher and will be greatly missed in both the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and in the world of foraminiferal research. He will also be sorely missed in our society. John was a member of the society from its foundation in 1970, as the British Micropalaeontological Group. He was secretary of the Foraminifera specialist group in 1972-1973,  and Chairman of the society from 1978 to 1980. He edited the Journal of Micropaleontology from 1994 to 1997. In each of the roles he was supremely efficient and made major contributions to development of the society, in recognition of this he was made an Honorary Member of the Society in 2005. The Society also recognised his outstanding scientific contributions to Micropalaeontology, awarding him the Brady Medal, the highest honour of the society, in 2007. His achievements to that date are summarised in the commendation for the award – although since he continued a high-level of scientific output that summary is in need of updating. 

Our knowledge of microfossils and their role in global ecology has been built by the work of numerous micropalaeontologists and John was one of the best, and one of the kindest.  

Written by Dr Jeremy Young, on behalf of the Micropalaeontological Society committee

Latest papers

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Two new papers have been published in the Journal of Micropalaeontology:

Late Eocene–early Miocene evolution of the southern Australian subtropical front: a marine palynological approach

Frida S. Hoem, Isabel Sauermilch, Suning Hou, Henk Brinkhuis, Francesca Sangiorgi, and Peter K. Bijl

Semantic segmentation of vertebrate microfossils from computed tomography data using a deep learning approach

Yemao Hou, Mario Canul-Ku, Xindong Cui, Rogelio Hasimoto-Beltran, and Min Zhu

New papers

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The latest papers published in the Journal of Micropalaeontology are now available online:

Revised taxonomy and early evolution of fasciculiths at the Danian–Selandian transition

Francesco Miniati, Carlotta Cappelli, and Simonetta Monechi

Upper Eocene planktonic foraminifera from northern Saudi Arabia: implications for stratigraphic ranges

Bridget S. Wade, Mohammed H. Aljahdali, Yahya A. Mufrreh, Abdullah M. Memesh, Salih A. AlSoubhi, and Iyad S. Zalmout

TMS Foraminifera Festival

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We are delighted to invite you to the TMS Foraminifera Festival: a virtual foram-themed day of talks and posters on Friday 27th August, 06:00-16:30 UTC (07:00-17:30 BST) taking place on Zoom. The Festival features four sessions of talks (15 min) and posters, each convened by a group of 4-5 early career researchers.

Provisional schedule

SessionTime (UTC)SpeakerTitle
Session 106:00Intro to Foram Festival Session 1
06:05Dharma Andrea Reyes MacayaCarbon isotopes in modern Southeast Pacific Benthic Foraminifera: Paleoceanographic implications
06:20Takashi ToyofukuLittle by little Foraminifera laboratory culture goes far
06:35Lukas JonkersLarge variability in Neogloboquadrina pachyderma stable isotope ratios from isothermal conditions: implications for single foraminifera analysis
06:50Jennifer ScottMonsoon evolution in the western Arabian Sea: insights into hemispheric controls and temperature evolution over the last 120 ka BP
07:05Eleanor JohnKeynote: TBC
07:20Flavia Boscolo-GalazzoKeynote: Matches and mismatches of Mg/Ca and δ18O in planktonic foraminifera: a multispecies comparison through time and across space
07:35BREAK
08:00Poster Session
08:30Break-out A
Session 209:00Intro to Foram Festival Session 2
09:05Giulia MargaritelliKeynote: Planktonic foraminifera and climate changes: the last 2000 years
09:20Mónica Bolívar FericheCorrelation of planktonic and shallow-benthic zonations in a middle Miocene succession from SE Spain
09:35Louise CallardVirtual foraminifera: using eSlide for online microfossil identification
09:50Allison HsiangAutomated community ecology of planktonic foraminifera using deep learning
10:05Anieke Brombacher3Dforam: an R package to analyse shell growth in 3 dimensions
10:20BREAK
10:35General Poster Session
11:05BREAK
Session 311:30Intro to Foram Festival Session 3
11:35Haruka TakagiKeynote: Advances in planktonic foraminiferal photosymbiosis research: Partnership, photophysiology, and implications on evolution
11:50Rikza Nur Faqih An NaharStudy of the September 28th 2018 Tsunamigenic Landslide Deposits in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Based on Foraminifera Data
12:05Johanna SchmidtHow to distinguish contourites and turbidites using benthic foraminifera
12:20James MulqueeneyAssessing the impact of climate change on the structural integrity of benthic foraminifera during the Palaeocene Eocene Thermal Maximum – implications for future climate change
12:35Kate DarlingNot seeing the wood for the trees: A case for obligate alternation of generation in non-spinose planktonic foraminifera
12:50Daniel E. GaskellCO2 capture explains δ13C vital effects in foraminifera
Session 413:05Poster Session
13:35Break-out B
14:05Intro to Foram Festival Session 4
14:10Sulia GoetingDiversity and depth distribution of modern benthic foraminifera offshore Brunei Darussalam
14:25Anna SaupeBiogeographic patterns of benthic foraminifera in contourite drift systems of the high-latitude North Atlantic Ocean
14:40Maxime DavirayEcology of benthic foraminifera in a mudflat subjected to cable bacterial activity
14:55Tiago Menezes FreirePaleoceanographic conditions through MIS 4 in the mid-latitude Western South Atlantic based on planktonic Foraminifera
15:10Yahel EshedBenthic foraminifera associated with seagrass as a model ecosystem for monitoring environmental changes
15:25Abduljamiu Olalekan AmaoKeynote: The future of benthic foraminiferal diversity in the Arabian Gulf: a system under pressure from climate change
15:40BREAK
Awards Ceremony16:05Awards for best poster and talk

We look forward to e-meeting you in August,

The Foraminifera Festival Coordinators

Dr. Anieke Brombacher (University of Southampton, TMS Events Secretary)
Dr. Babette Hoogakker (Heriot-Watt University, TMS Foraminifera Group Chair)
Dr. Lyndsey Fox (Kingston University, TMS Foraminifera Group Secretary)
Dr. Manuel Weinkauf (Charles University in Prague, TMS Newsletter Editor)
Dr. Rehemat Bhatia (TMS Publicity Officer)