History of the project
Since December 2011 a foraminifera.eu project team consisting of Karl-Otto Bock, Michael Hesemann, Dieter Ketelsen and Stefan Raveling has worked on Maastrichtian Foraminifera from Northern Germany. Samples from the chalk-quarry Lägerdorf Grube Saturn and drill cores from Hemmoor and the Baltic off Rügen were processed and about 190 SEM and optical images made. No statistical or stratigraphical analysis is undertaken so far. In September 2012 Dr. Peter Frenzel, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena Institute of Earth Sciences - an expert on Maastrichtian Foraminifera - joined the team and proposed the idea to build an Atlas of Boreal Maastrichtian Foraminifera through Foraminifera.eu. The team agreed.
Plans for 2013
Coworkers are welcome and should have at least a basic understanding of micropaleontology. Cowokers may share their material and images. They may work on our preprocessed samples according to the agreed procedure. (picking, counting, weighing, classification).Training on the job and sharing of literature will be offered.
To attract coworkers our results will be continously published here. A poster session at the TMS-foram meeting in Prague June 2013 is planned. Coworkers will not get any financial compensation as our work is solely based on naturalist enthusiasm and curiosity.
Meeting and field trip
On the 4th of May 2013 a meeting in Hamburg and optional on the 5th of May a field-trip to nearby Maastrichtian outcrops is planned.