UCL Earth Sciences

Micropaleontology - special edition.

1 August 2014

Micropaleontology

Mike Kaminski and Laia Alegret (a former postdoc at UCL, now a Professor at the University of Zaragosa) have published a thematic volume of "Micropaleontology", containing the results of papers presented at the Ninth International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera (IWAF-9).

Mike and Laia served as guest editors for this volume. The articles in this special issue illustrate how our understanding of modern and fossil Agglutinated Foraminifera continues to improve, and demonstrate the application of ecologic and evolutionary knowledge to important questions in modern environments but also to reconstruct events in the geological record. 

The InternationalWorkshops on Agglutinated Foraminifera (IWAF) are part of a long-term effort to understand the taxonomy, classification, ecology, and biostratigraphy of this ancient and diverse group of microfossils. Since 1981, the IWAF meetings have been held approximately every four years in a different European country, and have produced a remarkable body of scientific literature. The 9th IWAF in Zaragoza, Spain hosted 53 scientists who gave a total of 56 contributions.

The IWAF-9 volume contains eight articles on the subject of agglutinated foraminifera including Mike's reclassification of this groups of protozoans, as well as an article by Kaminski & Ortiz with the results of a NERC-funded research project carried out at UCL to study the nature of faunal change across the Eocene/Oligocene boundary in the North Atlantic, some 34 million years ago.  The Eocene-Oligocene transition was a time of dramatic climatic change marked by rapid global cooling and profound changes in the deep ocean - and the benthic foraminiferal response to these changes in the ocean has been explained in this study.  

Micropaleontology, vol. 60, No. 1, 2014