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Our Mission

The wants to foster the interest in foraminifera. Avocational to professional scientists shall get a free platform where they find valuable information and may show off their results.

We build a free accessible webpage on foraminifera based on a well structured image-database and easy-to-use interfaces. In the background we are open for projects of any kind and beyond the mere web-presentation. We build project-teams where avocational and professsional cientists work together on well defined and scheduled projects.

The is non-commercial. We as staff and our contributors do not get a financial compensation as our work is based on naturalist enthusiasm. We will use donations of money or equipment only to cover costs for material, equipment and services bought from third parties.

Our Services

      Besides of the free-webpage and its features we offer:
      Contact us at info [at]

As avocational scientists we only do, what we like to do and think we are able to handle :)




The is cooperating with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mikropaläontologie in the Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein Hamburg. Monthly meetings are held together see the time schedule. The organizational tasks are so far covered by amateurs while professionals move in as contributors. Team
Task Contact via Email:
Owner and friendly dictator
Michael Hesemann michael at
Concept and Strategy
Michael Hesemann, Dieter Ketelsen, Brian Ottway michael at
Scientific advisor
Brian Ottway info at
Field trips
Dieter Ketelsen, in Portugal: Brian Ottway info at
Core samples from drills in Northern Germany and in the North Sea
Stefan Raveling

info at
Sample cracking (phys., chem.),
washing and sieving
Michael Hesemann, Dieter Ketelsen,
Brian Ottway, Stefan Raveling
sample at
Picking and Slicing
Karl-Otto Bock, Dieter Ketelsen, Michael Hesemann, Brian Ottway sample at
Plummercell slides
Karl-Otto Bock sample at
SEM-stub specimen positioning
Michael Hesemann sample at
Dr. Georg Rosenfeldt, Michael Hesemann sample at
Optical imaging incl. stacking
Dieter Ketelsen, Georg WawczyniakMichael Hesemann, Werner Baubkus sample at
Image editing
Dieter Ketelsen, Michael Hesemann, Georg Wawczyniak, Werner Baubkus
Werner Baubkus, Karl-Otto Bock, Michael Hesemann, Dieter Ketelsen with cooperating experts info at
Werner Baubkus, Brian Ottway, Michael Hesemann info at
Michael Hesemann info at
Exhibition, Talks, Print
Michael Hesemann info at
Backup Office and Mirror
Jonas Hesemann jonas.hesemann at

Contributing Scientists










Journals providing images

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Avocational Foraminiferologists




Four collections with approx. 1200 unprocessed and processed samples,
75 plummercell slides with about 50.000 (75x~700) specimens .
Samples of dubious origin are used for beginner-training.

List of Publications about
the Project
  • Hesemann, M. 2009. A foraminiferan adventure in Deposits Magazine 17, 2009  PDF
  • Hesemann, M. 2009. The Internet Project: in Spec. Publ. 15 - "Seventh Micropalaeontological Workshop, MIKRO-2009, Sw. Katarzyna, Poland September 28-30, 2009. Abstracts and Excursion Guide Edited by: D. Perit and M.A. Kaminski.  PDF
  • Hesemann, M. 2010. Concept for a foraminiferal database in Abstracts Volume with Program, Forams 2010, International Symposium on Foraminifera, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, September 5-10, 2010 Germany  PDF
  • Hesemann, M. 2011. Die Foraminiferen des Sternberger Gesteins Teil 1 in Geschiebekunde Aktuell, Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Geschiebekunde
  • Hesemann, M. 2011. The Project - status and perspectives in Bak, M. Kaminski, M.A. & Waskowska, A. (editors), 2011: Integrating Microfossil Records from the Oceans and Epicontinental Seas. Grzybowski Foundation Special Publication 17. PDF
  • Hesemann, M. 2012. The Project - status and perspectives in Witzmann et alt. 2012, Centenary Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft Abstracts in Terra Nostra 2012/3
  • Hesemann, M. 2013: Building a foraminiferal database for the 21st. century in TMSOC foraminifera and nanofossil groups spring meeting Prague, abstracts
  • Hesemann, M. and Gregor, H.J. 2013. Foraminiferen aus dem Quartär von Spitzbergen in der Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums an der Akademie zu Dillingen - gesammelt von Prof. Paul Zenetti auf der Expedition des 11. Internationalen Geologischen Kongresses 1910 in Documenta Naturae Sonderband 65, Palaeo Bavarian Geological Survey, München
  • Hesemann, M., Ottway, B. and Legoinha, P. 2014. The Project - A paleoinformatics bridge between science and community. O Projecto Um elo paleontológico e informático entre ciência e sociedade Comunicações Geológicas 12/2014; 101(I):447-450. PDF
  • Hesemann, M. 2015: The database: concept and status. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.3.48A: 1-14 PDF

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