Quaternary Dinoflagellate Cyst Association

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News, meetings, conferences

Meetings, conferences

New positions

News, some recent publications:


Francesca Sangiorgi, Gianluca Marino and Timme Donders will be convening a session entitled “Palynological tools to unravel of causes and mechanisms of organic carbon burial”
At the IPC XII in Bonn
The geologic record is punctuated by episodes of exceptional organic carbon sedimentation and burial in marine settings, which may be coupled to major perturbations of the global carbon cycle. However, the ultimate causes leading to oxygen deficient bottom waters and, in turn, to organic carbon preservation remain debated.
The integration of marine and terrestrial palynological proxy studies (e.g., organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts, pollen and spores) can shed light into the causes and mechanisms leading to such deposits. These studies help understanding and quantifying the organic matter burial and impact on climate and oceanography. However, distinguishing between productivity and preservation overprint in such deposits is still a matter of debate.
We invite contributions on integrated marine and terrestrial palynology, also including other organic proxies, to unravel the causes, mechanisms and consequences of such deposits on global carbon cycle and climate. Contributions focused on the understanding of the role of productivity versus preservation are particularly welcome.

Abstract submission deadline 29th April 2008


Holzwarth U., Esper O., Zonneveld K.A.F., 2007: Distribution of organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts in shelf surface sediments of the Benguela upwelling system in relationship to environmental conditions. Marine Micropaleontology 64, 91–119.
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Nørgaard-Pedersen, N., Mikkelsen N., Kristoffersen, Y., 2007: Arctic Ocean record of last two glacial-interglacial cycles off North Greenland/Ellesmere Island — Implications for glacial history. Marine Geology 244, 93–108
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Nørgaard-Pedersen, N., Mikkelsen, N., Lassen, S.J., Kristoffersen, Y. and Sheldon, E. 2007: Reduced sea ice concentrations in the Arctic Ocean during the last interglacial period revealed by sediment cores off northern Greenland. Paleoceanography, 22, PA1218, doi:10.1029/2006PA001283, 15 pp.
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Richter, D., Vink, A., Zonneveld, K.A.F., Kuhlmann, H., and Willems, H., 2007: Calcareous dinoflagellate cyst distributions in surface sediments from upwelling areas off NWAfrica, and their relationships with environmental parameters of the upper water column Marine Micropaleontology 63, 201–228.
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Wadhams, P. and Amanatidis, G. (eds), 2006: EUR 22416 - Artic Sea Ice Thickness:Past, Present and Future. SCIENTIFIC REPORT. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. Climate Change and Natural Hazards series 10, 293 pp.
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Zonneveld, K.A.F., Bockelmann, F., and Holzwarth, U., 2007: Selective preservation of organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts as a tool to quantify past net primary production and bottom water oxygen concentrations. Marine Geology 237, 109–126.
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Zonneveld, K.A.F., Mackensen, A., and Baumann K.-H., 2007: Stable oxygen isotopes of Thoracosphaera heimii (Dinophyceae) in relationship to temperature; a culture experiment. Marine Micropaleontology 64. 80–90.
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Zonneveld, K.A.F., and Susek, E., 2007: Effects of temperature, light and salinity on cyst production and morphology of Tuberculodinium vancampoae (the resting cyst of Pyrophacus steinii). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 145, 77–88.
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Meetings, conferences

The Fifth International Conference "Environmental Micropaleontology, Microbiology and Meiobenthology" 2008 is scheduled for February 17 - 24, 2008. The conference will be held in the University of Madras, Chennai, India. The detailed information about the conference will be posted soon at ISEMMM website (www.isemmm.org).

DINO8     Eighth International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates
Montréal – GEOTOP-McGill-UQAM-UQAR
4-10 May 2008

The 2008-IPC-Bonn-meeting (Aug. 30th - September 5th) with the actual call for symposia (deadline May 31st!). Download further information PDF-file (526 KB)

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New positions

2-yrs postdoc available in Palaeoceanography

" Reconstruction of Holocene North Atlantic Ocean variability around the Faroe Islands"

The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation hereby invites applications for a 2-yrs postdoc project in Palaeoceanography, which will be carried out within the framework of a major research program dealing with the marine climate and ecosystem around the Faroe Islands. This fellowship from the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation will be administratively managed by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

Place of Work
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Copenhagen, and Faroese Fisheries Laboratory, Torshavn.

Start of Work
Negotiable, but as soon as possible

Application Deadline 2 February 2009
For further information see www.geus.dk

Evaluation Committee
Applications will be evaluated by the Program Steering Committee including representatives from the Faroese Fisheries Laboratory, GEUS, the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Danish Meteorological Institute and the National Institute for Aquatic Resources.

Project Description
Under a scenario of future climate warming, warm water inflow from the northern North Atlantic into the Nordic Seas, a region where deep convection takes place, is of global importance. Climate models suggest that the North Atlantic overturning circulation will weaken as a result of warming, a stronger hydrological cycle, and (Greenland) ice melting. The location of the Faroe Islands is crucial with respect to the main pathways of this warm water transport, which occurs via the Faroe-Shetland Channel and via the Iceland-Faroe Ridge, west of the Faroes. Together with Denmark Strait, the latter areas also provide the main passage for the cold, deep return ('Overflow') current, which is a major component of the global thermohaline circulation system. Future changes in global climate and ocean circulation may thus be expected to have major consequences for ocean circulation patterns around the Faroes, which has important implications for the marine ecosystem and fisheries in the area, and, consequently, for the Faroese economy.
An important objective of the postdoc project '" Reconstruction of Holocene North Atlantic Ocean variability around the Faroe Islands" is to focus on Holocene time slices known for warm climate anomalies (e.g. Holocene Thermal Maximum, Medieval Warm Period) and reconstruct ocean circulation patterns and possible changes in primary production during these periods. The studies will be based on the analysis of marine sediment cores, using microfossils (e.g. diatoms, and/or dinoflagellates, foraminifera) and relevant additional sediment proxy-data also including grain size parameters. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with other (postdoc, PhD) researchers and partner institutions involved in the program, i.e. the Faroese Fisheries Laboratory, the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), and institutions from Aarhus and Copenhagen University. Moreover, for these palaeoceanographic studies, cooperation is envisaged with foreign institutions in Norway (Bergen, Tromsø), Sweden (Göteborg), and The Netherlands (Royal NIOZ, Texel).

For supplementary information, please contact senior scientist Antoon Kuijpers, tel. +45-38142367 (email aku@geus.dk) or Head of Department Karen Edelvang, +45-38142000 (email kae@geus.dk), GEUS.

The 2006 international workshop on dinoflagellates and their cysts: their ecology and databases for palaeoenvitonmental reconstructions (Download Programme, participants list and abstracts)
The deadline for receipt of all applications is October 12, 2007.

See also discussions

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