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

TMS Calendars 2023

The 2023 TMS calendar features twelve fantastic microfossil images which were sent in by members Read more

6th Joint Palynology & Silicofossil meeting

The Palynology group held our 6th Joint Meeting with the Silicofossil group on 1st July Read more

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TMS Annual Conference 2022

The annual conference of the Micropalaeontological Society will be held at MARUM, the University of Read more

6th Silicofossil and Palynology Joint Meeting 2022

The Micropalaeontological Society Silicofossil and Palynology Joint meeting will take place on the 30th of Read more

TMS Newsletter 2022

We are pleased to announce that the TMS Newsletter for March 2022 is now available Read more