4th International School on Foraminifera

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Contact Person: Fabrizio Frontalini, email <fabrizio.frontalini(at)uniurb.it>

The 4th Course on Foraminifera is designed to provide an overview of the Taxonomy, Ecology, Biodiversity and Geological History of Benthic and Planktonic Foraminifera. This intensive course is intended for students interested in Micropalaeontology, Palaeoceanography, Palaecology, and Climate History. The aim is to provide a primer on the study foraminifera and examples of how foraminifera can be used as palaeoenvironmental and palaeoceanographical proxies. We review the current classification schemes of the foraminifera, discuss Ecology and Life History, review their usefulness for Biostratigraphical applications, and use case studies to investigate the geological history of the group with lab sessions.

Course Structure
Two distinct courses are planned: Benthic Foraminiferal Course (13-17 July) and Planktonic Foraminiferal Course (18-22 July).

Teaching format
The course consists of lectures and practical classes covering the taxonomy, distribution, and ecology and paleoecology of foraminifera. Microscope lab sessions provide the opportunity for participants to learn the foraminiferal genera and species, and view Cretaceous to Neogene foraminiferal assemblages from Petroleum Exploration areas and ODP sites as well as Quaternary and modern assemblages. Course materials include numerous reprints of classic papers, distributed on CD-Rom. We will also demonstrate a pre-release version of the new “Catalogue of Agglutinated Foraminiferal Genera”.


Prof. Michael A. Kaminski, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

Prof. Rodolfo Coccioni, DiSUAN, Urbino University

Prof. Malcolm Hart, Plymouth University

Prof. Felix M. Gradstein, Natural History Museum of Oslo

Dr. Fabrizio Frontalini, DiSUAN, Urbino University

Dr. Claudia Cetean, Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow

Registration Early registration (application sent and payment before February 28th, 2011)
PhD/MSc Students
1st or 2nd course: £ 270
Both courses £ 430
Academic/Industrial staff
1st or 2nd course: £ 360
Both courses: £ 610

For more information, please check the First Circular
or contact Dr. Fabrizio Frontalini <fabrizio.frontalini(at)uniurb.it>

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