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Our Mission

The Foraminifera.eu Lab 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 teams where avocational and professional scientists work together on well defined and scheduled projects.

The Foraminifera.eu Lab 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] foraminifera.eu

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


Foraminifera.eu Team

Team Member
Owner and friendly dictator
Concept and Strategy
Scientific advisor
Scientific advisor for
Quaternary Planktonic Foraminifera
Field trips
Core samples from the North Sea and Germany
Field Work, sample cracking, slicing,
washing and sieving
Picking, counting and sample analysis
Images and Data
Exhibition, Talks, Print, Newsletter

Contributing Scientists











Cooperation Partners

The Foraminifera.eu Lab is cooperating with the AG Mikropaläontologie im Naturwissenschaftlichen Verein in Hamburg (NWV). Until February 2016 SEM-images were made together with Dr. Georg Rosenfeldt from the Naturwissenschaftlichen Verein in Hamburg. Foraminifera.eu supports the AG Mikropaläontologie im Naturwissenschaftlichen Verein in Hamburg with samples.

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
  • Hesemann, M. 2009. A foraminiferan adventure in Deposits Magazine 17, 2009  PDF
  • Hesemann, M. 2009. The Foraminifera.eu 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 Foraminifera.eu 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 Foraminifera.eu 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 Foraminifera.eu Project - A paleoinformatics bridge between science and community. O Projecto Foraminifera.eu. Um elo paleontológico e informático entre ciência e sociedade Comunicações Geológicas 12/2014; 101(I):447-450. PDF
  • Hesemann, M. 2015: The foraminifera.eu database: concept and status. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.3.48A: 1-14 PDF
  • Hesemann, M., Ketelsen, D. 2017: Index Foraminifera in Chalk Marl Smaers at the Brodtener Ufer (Coast of the Western Baltic Sea) in Geschiebekunde aktuell 33 (4): pages 111 to 117 PDF
  • Hesemann, M. 2020: Foraminifera in the glacial erratic rock Heiligenhafener Kieselgestein of northern Germany in Micropaleontology 66(5):397-418 Abstract
  • Hesemann, M., Hoffman, L.; Ottway, B.; Freiwald, A. 2023: Benthic foraminiferal assemblages from the Mauritanian shelf and upper slope and their association with cold-water coral habitats in Natur im Fokus 53, Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany: 21-154. Full paper with 31 plates PDF