5th International School on Foraminifera

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

The 5th 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 of 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, 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 (11-15 June) and Planktonic Foraminiferal Course (16-20 June).

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 foraminifera 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.


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

Dr. Fabrizio Frontalini, DiSTeVA, Urbino University

Prof. Rodolfo Coccioni, DiSTeVA, Urbino University

Prof. Maria Rose Petrizzo, Milano University

Prof. Laia Alegret, University of Zaragoza

Dr. Claudia Cetean, Fugro Robertson Ltd.

Dr. Andrew S Henderson, Fugro Robertson Ltd.

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


Early registration (application and payment before February 29th , 2012)
One course
PhD/MSc students : £ 290
Academic/Industrial staff : £ 380
Two courses
PhD/MSc students : £ 450
Academic/Industrial staff : £ 630

Late registration (application and payment after February 29th, 2012)
One course
PhD/MSc students : £ 330
Academic/Industrial staff : £ 430
Two courses
PhD/MSc students : £ 540
Academic/Industrial staff : £ 730

For more information including course outline, accommodation and reviews from past participants, please check the First Circular or contact Dr Fabrizio Frontalini <fabrizio.frontalini(at)uniurb.it>

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