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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)

Cocco Catch-Up

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TMS Nannofossil Group ‘Cocco Catch-Up’, hosted from University College London

Thursday, 22nd July 2021 from 13:30 UK time (12:30 UTC).

We are pleased to annouce that the next TMS Nannofossil Group ‘Cocco Catch-Up’ has now been rescheduled for Thursday 22nd July 2021, starting at 13:30 UK time (12:30 UTC). It will be taking place virtually. We hope that you are able to attend. We are delighted to present an excellent programme of talks and are certain that these will stimulate lots of valuable discussion. Please find a brief outline of the schedule below.

All times stated are for the UK – these are provided for guidance but timings may vary on the day.

13:30 Welcome (speakers, please join us from 13:10 to set up)

13:35 Ros Rickaby, Oxford University: Placing pelagic coccolithophores in the long term carbon cycle

14:15 Deborah Tangunan, Cardiff University: Subtropical biotic response during the early Pliocene warmth

14:45 Alan Maria Mancini, University of Turin: An opportunity to discuss ‘coccolithophores in low salinity environments’

15:05 10 minute break

15:15 Mariem Saavedra Pellitero, University of Birmingham: Distribution of coccoliths in surface sediments across the Drake Passage and calcification of Emiliania huxleyi morphotypes

15:45 Amy Jones, University of Birmingham: Macroevolutionary drivers of coccolithophores during Neogene cooling

16:15 Jeremy Young, University College London (with Baptiste Sucheras-Marx and Shijun Jiang): INA/Nannotax Bibliography project – toward a comprehensive bibliography of nanno literature.

16:45 General discussion/social/wrap up.

17:00 Close

Please note that by joining the Zoom meeting you agree to adhere to the TMS Code of Conduct.

Zoom call details:

https://ucl.zoom.us/j/91716745717

Meeting ID: 917 1674 5717

NannoTalks Volume 2

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The International Nannoplankton Association (INA) is happy to announce NannoTalks Volume 2, starting Monday 19th April at 15:00 UTC. Tune in to our transmission on YouTube:

Our first talk will be the Role of silicon in the development of complex crystal shapes in coccolithophores by Gerald Langer. The development of calcification by the coccolithophores had a profound impact on ocean carbon cycling, but the evolutionary steps leading to the formation of these complex biomineralized structures are not clear. Advanced microscopic studies help to understand how these tiny microorganisms calcify and how some coccolithophore species recruit silicon for crystal morphogenesis.

New papers

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

Jurassic planktic foraminifera from the Polish Basin

Maria Gajewska, Zofia Dubicka, and Malcolm B. Hart

Last Glacial Maximum to Holocene paleoceanography of the northwestern Ross Sea inferred from sediment core geochemistry and micropaleontology at Hallett Ridge

Romana Melis, Lucilla Capotondi, Fiorenza Torricella, Patrizia Ferretti, Andrea Geniram, Jong Kuk Hong, Gerhard Kuhn, Boo-Keun Khim, Sookwan Kim, Elisa Malinverno, Kyu Cheul Yoo, and Ester Colizza

Comparative analysis of six common foraminiferal species of the genera CassidulinaParacassidulina, and Islandiella from the Arctic–North Atlantic domain

Alix G. Cage, Anna J. Pieńkowski, Anne Jennings, Karen Luise Knudsen, and Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz

New papers

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

Microfossil assemblages and geochemistry for interpreting the incidence of the Jenkyns Event (early Toarcian) in the south-eastern Iberian Palaeomargin (External Subbetic, SE Spain)

Matías Reolid

Micropalaeontology, biostratigraphy, and depositional setting of the mid-Cretaceous Derdere Formation at Derik, Mardin, south-eastern Turkey

Michael D. Simmons, Vicent Vicedo, İsmail Ö. Yılmaz, İzzet Hoşgör, Oğuz Mülayim, and Bilal Sarı

Automated analysis of foraminifera fossil records by image classification using a convolutional neural network

Ross Marchant, Martin Tetard, Adnya Pratiwi, Michael Adebayo, and Thibault de Garidel-Thoron

Liberating microfossils from indurated carbonates: comparison of three disaggregation methods

Charlotte Beasley, Daniel B. Parvaz, Laura Cotton, and Kate Littler

Microfossil Image Competition 2021

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Diatoms are tiny, silica-shelled phytoplankton. Not only are they an important part of marine ecosystems and useful tools for studying past climate – this Asteromphalus flabellatus proves that they are also amazingly beautiful!

The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

The overall image winner was submitted by Isabel Dove from the University of Rhode Island – Graduate School of Oceanography, with a beautiful image of the diatom species Asteromphalus flabellatus. Not only does Isabel win the competition’s first prize of €200, but her image is also included on the front cover of our TMSoc2021 Calendar (note these are now sold out)!

On behalf of the Society we would like to congratulate Isabel on her 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.

Additional winners

Odysseas Archontikis and Jeremy Young, University of Oxford and University College London

Coccolith ultrastructure of Cyclicargolithus floridanus. Each coccolith is composed of two interconnecting cycles of the same crystal units, known as the R-units. Coccosphere specimen is c. 10μm in diameter and was collected from Early Miocene dark sapropelic sediments.

Hilary H. Birks, University of Bergen, Norway

Seed of mountain chickweed, Cerastium cerastoides. This creeping arctic-alpine plant bears large white chickweed flowers, characteristic of its family, Caryophyllaceae. It grows in seepage zones from melting snowbeds usually in open gravel or stones. The bean-shaped seeds, about 1.5 mm long, have an amazing pattern of humpy interlocking cells.
Seed of sea campion, Silene maritima. The grey-leaved plants form loose mats and bear large white flowers typical of its family, Caryophyllaceae. It inhabits sea-cliffs, seaside walls, shingle banks, and drift-lines on seashores. Its bean-shaped seeds, about 2 mm long, have an amazing pattern of interlocking jig-saw cells

Damián Cárdenas, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Catching a glimpse of organic-walled microfossils

Dimitris Evangelinos, Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra – CSIC – Universidad de Granada

Diatom buried in calcareous nannofossils

Sahina Gazi, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, India

Calcareous Nannofossils from the Indian Sector of Southern Ocean

Hannah Hartung, University of Cologne

Look, which surprise: a baby-like Radiolaria in the belly of its mother

Susan Richardson, Florida Atlantic University

Slice through shell of an ancient foraminiferan Rauserella erratica. Image shows the discoidal shape of the early shell which results from regular coiling in a single plane. In later stages, the shell becomes uncoiled as the axis of coiling shift. Shells collected from reef-associated habitats in Permian-aged rocks of North America.

Mariem Saavedra-Pellitero, University of Birmingham

During COVID-19 lockdown, I experienced a great personal tragedy. I drew these two coccospheres of Emiliania huxleyi (type A and type O) to cheer myself up. I hope this watercolor will bring a smile to others.

Nicolai Schleinkofer, Goethe University, Frankfurt

Parasitic foraminifera (Hyrokkin sarcophaga) on host organism (Acesta excavata, bivalve). The bored hole is visible as well as the defense reaction of the bivalve (callus formation to close the boring)

Yan Yu Ting, Earth Observatory of Singapore

A showcase of nature’s meticulous design skills – a handful of tropical benthic foraminifera imaged at various angles using microscope.

TMS quiz

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Come and join our January Blues TMS Science Quiz, hosted by the amazing Samuel Langford!! Rounds include general science questions, a picture round and a music round. All general science so no microfossil taxonomy knowledge required!

  • £3.50 for members / £6 for non-members (any profits will go to TMS student grants)
  • Science fun guaranteed
  • Everyone welcome! You don’t have to be a TMS member

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tms-january-blues-science-quiz-tickets-136595184875

By buying a ticket you agree to adhere to the TMS Code of Conduct