The Micropalaeontological Society

Palynology

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. ®© 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: Phil Jardine (University of Münster)
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.


2021 conference abstracts

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ICP14

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Latest papers

Two new papers have been published in the Journal of Micropalaeontology: Late Eocene–early Miocene evolution of Read more

Latest Newsletter

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Newsletter now available

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Microfossil Image Competition 2021

Diatoms are tiny, silica-shelled phytoplankton. Not only are they an important part of marine ecosystems Read more

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2020

2020 Calendar Following another successful year, our 2020 calendars are now sold out. Prices are Read more

The Micropalaeontological Society Annual Conference 2019, 13-14 November 2019, Nottingham

The TMSoc are delighted to announce this year’s annual conference will be hosted by the British Geological Survey at Keyworth, close to Nottingham. Read more

BSRG workshop: palynological applications to sedimentology, 17th-19th February 2019, Scotland

We are pleased to announce our 2019 BSRG palynology workshop led by Dr. Adam  McArthur Read more

Microfossil Image Competition 2018

Entries are now closed, thank you to everyone who submitted fantastic fossil images! 2018 will Read more