The Micropalaeontological Society

Silicofossil

Radiolaria from the Equatorial Atlantic Ocean (Barbados), Eocene. Image by Claudio Stadler, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Chair: Savannah Worne (Nottingham Trent University)
Secretary: Martin Tetard (Kyushu University)

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The Silicofossil Group emerged within TMS in the early 2000’s mainly by Diatom and Radiolarian specialists and has organized some successful biannual joint meetings with the Palynology Group of TMS.

The TMS Silicofossil Group is unique as it encompasses several taxonomic groups that share the physiological adaptation of using silica to synthesize skeletal forms. As such, silica biomineralization is a common area of interest to the members of the Silicofossil Group, including factors controlling growth, morphology and preservation of siliceous microfossils. This encompasses diverse themes including physiology, taxonomy, evolution, genetics and ecology, and application-based topics related to biochemical engineering, palaeoceanography, palaeolimnology, biostratigraphy, palaeobiology, etc.; ranging from the molecular scale (genetics, physiology, etc.) to global scale (geochemical cycling, biodiversity, etc.) studies.


Recent Silicofossil 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