The Micropalaeontological Society


Dinoflagellate Protoperidinium divergens and resting on it the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi; recent specimens from a plankton sample from the Croatian Coast. Imaged by Luka Šupraha of Uppsala University, Sweden. ®©

Chair: Luke Mander (Open University)
Secretary: Chloe Walker-Trivett (University of Exeter / British Geological Survey)

Palynology Links

Palynology is the study of all organic-walled palynomorphs that can be found in sedimentary archives, from acritarchs to dinoflagellate cysts, pollen, spores and non-pollen palynomorphs (including fungal spores, algae, etc.).

Palynology, from the Greek Paluno (sprinkle) and logy (study), aims at studying microscopic particles produced by plants such as pollen, spores as well as freshwater and marine algal cysts, and other types of palynomorphs such as acritarchs, chitinozoans and scolecodonts, that can be found in the air, water or varied sediment deposits and for a variety of time scales. A wide range of subjects encompasses palynological studies, such as melissopalynology (study of honey), forensic palynology, pollen allergy, biostratigraphy, taxonomy and evolutionary studies, environmental studies including archaeology, palaeoecology and limnology, to cite a few.

Recent Palynology Posts

SURVEY: Marine Micropalaeontogical Data Requirements

Anne Strack, Lukas Jonkers and Michal Kucera at MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and Read more

TMS Newsletter 2023

We are pleased to announce that the TMS Newsletter for July 2023 is now available Read more

APPLICATIONS OPEN: TMS Image Competiton 2023

Since 2014, The Micropalaeontological Society (TMS) has annually held a micropalaeontology-themed image competition, where the Read more

TMS Calendar Image Competition 2023

Do you have an amazing SEM image, CT scan, or other kinds of art?We will Read more

Save the date: TMS Annual Conference 2023, 15-17th November, University of Southampton!

We are delighted to announce that the 2023 Annual Conference will be hosted by the Read more