Professional, tailored courses in applied micropalaeontology

We provide professional development courses tailored for individual and small-group needs for industry and academia. At the Micropress Europe premises in Krakow we have training facility benefiting from the comprehensive microfossil collections and extensive reference library. Our lecturers are internationally recognised specialists in their respected fields. Please contact us directly to discuss your training needs

We also offer 5-day training workshop on the topic:

  • Course Instructors: Michael A. Kaminski (KFUPM), Jenö Nagy (UiO), Anna Waskowska (AGH)

    Place: Micropress Europe offices at the AGH University of Science & Technology, Krakow, Poland.

    The Short Course on Agglutinated Foraminifera (AF) is a hands-on five-day course that covers all aspects of the taxonomy, (paleo)ecology, and biostratigraphy of agglutinated foraminifera and their applications for sequence stratigraphy. The course is designed for graduate-level students and practicing micropaleontologists who wish to apply AF to practical applications, such as in the petroleum industry. Morning lectures are accompanied by afternoon practical sessions during which students can become familiar with the agglutinated foraminifera recovered from IODP and Industry boreholes drilled in the boreal Atlantic basins (North Sea, Labrador Sea, Barents Sea). We also have an extensive collections from the Polish Carpathians, Italy, and other localities in the Western Tethys and West Africa. The aim of the course is provide an overview of the AF faunas through time, and enable the student to learn the stratigraphically important index species from North Atlantic boreholes. An extensive pdf collection of reprints is provided.

    • Day 1. Morphology and stratigraphical overview of Agglutinated Foraminifers (AF):
    • • Why Study Agglutinated Foraminifera?
      • Classification & Morphology, Wall types, Morphogroups of AF
      • General introduction to the Ecology of AF
      • Overview of the evolution of AF, Cryogenian to Quaternary.
      Practicals: Collections, AF Genera, Catalogues, Databases (Mike & Anna).
    • Day 2. Application of Foraminiferal facies in transgressive-regressive sequences:
    •  • Normal marine shelf contra restricted assemblages, modern analogues
    • •  Introduction to stratigraphy of sedimentary sequences
    • •  Microfossil distribution in sequence architecture
    •  • New model of foraminiferal facies of transgressive-regressive sequences
    •  • Recognition of key horizons defining sequence architecture

    Practicals: Microscopy analyses of foraminiferal assemblages from the Triassic and Jurassic of the Boreal Realm. Application in sequence stratigraphy.

    • Day 3. Ecology & Paleoecology of AF: Paleobathymetry, Morphogroups, North Atlantic AF faunas:
    • • Modern AF in the North Atlantic
      • Morphogroups, case studies from the Cretaceous and Paleogene.
      Practicals: Cretaceous-Paleogene Assemblages from IODP sites, Gubbio.

    • Day 4. Foraminiferal assemblages and their application in facies assessments and stratigraphy exemplified by Triassic to Paleogene sections:
    •  • Agglutinant coloration index applied as diagenetic thermal indicator
    •  • Stratigraphy of deltaic assemblages: prodelta, interdistributary bay, delta plain
    •  • Intertidal (Marsh), estuarine and lagoonal assemblages
    •  • Stratigraphy of hypoxic assemblages of black shale facies
    •  • Hydrocarbon seep foraminiferal assemblages
    •  • Climate change foraminiferal stratigraphy 
    • Practicals: Microscopy analyses of foraminiferal assemblages of marginal marine and other restricted environments, and use in assessments of depositional conditions and stratigraphy.

    • Day 5. Stratigraphically & Ecologically important species.
    • • Index species, biozonations – Tethys and North Sea, K/T, P/E, E/O, O/M boundaries, Arctic Neogene
      Practicals: Flysch-type Assemblages from Trinidad, Labrador, North Sea, Angola, Romanian Miocene.  Agua Salada Fauna from the Gulf of Mexico. 

  • Course instructors: Peter O. Baumgartner (UNIL), Claudia Baumgartner-Mora (UNIL), Institute of Earth Sciences, Géopolis, University of Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne

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    Place: Micropress Europe offices at the AGH University of Science & Technology, Krakow, Poland

    The Short Course on Radiolaria and the oceanic silica and carbon cycles is a practical and theoretical five-day course introducing to the taxonomy, biostratigraphy, (paleo-) ecology of fossil and modern Radiolaria, and their use as proxies for past oceanic environments and hydrocarbon source rock generation. The practical part includes field and laboratory sampling techniques (one day field trip), picking and determination under the microscope, as well as the analysis of thin sections of biosiliceous rocks. The theoretical part of this course will show the relationships between the productivity of marine siliceous organisms and the oceanic silica- and carbon cycles in the context of past climate change.

    The course is designed for graduate-level students and practicing micropaleontologists who wish to use Radiolaria in applied research, such as dating of oceanic sediments and detection of the hydrocarbon source potential of basinal sequences. Morning lectures are accompanied by afternoon practical sessions during which students can become familiar with Radiolaria recovered from IODP and land sections form the Mediterranean area, Central and North America, and Japan. The aim of the course is to provide the practical skills to start working with Radiolaria and to give an overview of faunas through time (Cambrian to Recent). The student will learn to recognize the stratigraphically and ecologically important species on a global level. An extensive pdf collection of reprints is provided, as well as a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation of the lectures.

    Course Syllabus

    Day 0 (Sunday evening, July 16): Registration and welcoming reception.

    Day 1 Introduction, Morphology, biology and ecology of Radiolaria and siliceous plankton in general. Methods of research.

    • • Introduction: Scope of course, learning objectives, why Radiolaria?
    • • Principles of plankton ecology, nutrient availability, symbiotic relationships.
    • • Cytology, molecular phylogeny and bio-mineralization in Radiolaria
    • • Feeding behavior of Spumellarians and Nassellarians, ecological proxies.
    • • Sampling, preparation and determination/counting techniques for fossil and modern Radiolaria and other siliceous plankton.
    • • Practicals: Overview of literature, collections, radiolarian catalogues, online databases.

    Day 2 Radiolarian taphonomy and biochronology: Cambrian to Cenozoic.

    • • Taphonomy of Radiolaria: diagenesis from opal-A to Quartz, pyrite etc.
    • • Principles of radiolarian biozonations
    • • Overview of Paleozoic Radiolaria
    • • Overview of Mesozoic Radiolaria
    • • Overview of Cenozoic Radiolaria
    • • Extinction /Radiation events in radiolarian evolution.
    • • Practicals: Microscopic analyses of radiolarian assemblages and radiolarian-bearing rocks from the low latitude Mesozoic. Application of published biozonations. Paleo-environments of radiolarian productivity and rock facies of preservation.

    Day 3 The marine silica and carbon cycles. Links between biosiliceous and organic-rich sedimentation as a function of past climate and oceanic environmental changes.

    • • The origin and destiny of silica: chemical alteration - silicic acid - runoff - ocean silica budget - burial.
    • • Recall of principles of physical oceanography: surface and deep circulation - upwelling -global thermohaline circulation, nutrient and carbon sources and sinks.
    • • Linking the silica and carbon cycles: greenhouse vs. icehouse.
    • • Radiolaria - radiolarites, diatoms - diatomites.
    • • Oceanic anoxic events and silica burial
    • • Global silica and carbon burial over the past 200 my as reflected by stable isotope stratigraphy (C, O, Si, Sr etc.,).
    • • Practicals: Microscopic analyses of radiolarian assemblages and thin sections from the low latitude Mesozoic.

    Day 4 Ecology & Paleoecology of Cenozoic Radiolaria and their application to paleoceanography.

    • • Biogeography of Polycystine Radiolaria in the World Ocean
    • • Tracing ice ages with Radiolaria
    • • Matching radiolarian assemblages with surface current patterns in the tropical Eastern Pacific.
    • • Practicals: Microscopic analyses of Cenozoic radiolarian assemblages from the tropical Eastern Pacific.

    Day 5 Field trip, sampling and preparation techniques. (it can be shifted to an earlier day of the course in case of better weather predictions).

Course registration fees:
Academic/Industrial staff - £525 (€ 675 euro)
University Student's discount price - £395 (€ 510 euro)

The registration fee includes:

•      Tuition fees (5-day course)
•      Lecture notes, handouts, PowerPoints, pdfs of reprints.
•      Icebreaker & End-of-Course Dinner
•      Refreshments
•      Complimentary copy of the GF Spec. Publ. 1 - The origins of applied micropalaeontology: "The School of Jozef Grzybowski" Edited by M.A. Kaminski, S. Geroch & D.G. Kaminski

Course size is limited to 10 participants. To apply for a place on the course please contact us: