DENVER, CO - At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Ben Ross organized and co‑chaired with Caitlin Hanley the session, “Experimental Approaches and Technology in Service of Micropaleontology”. Dr. Joan Bernhard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was the featured speaker and talks were given by several USF College of Marine Science students, faculty, and alumni. MS student, Christian Gfatter, introduced his approach of utilizing image recognition technology for foraminiferal assemblage analyses in his first oral presentation at a scientific conference. Dr. Guillem Mateu‑Vincens, former visiting pre‑doctoral researcher in the Reef Indicators Lab at CMS, and Dr. Natasha Mendez‑Ferrer, a recent CMS alumna, were invited speakers. Sean Beckwith, another CMS graduate student, and Dr. Pamela Hallock Muller also made oral presentations on technology and foraminifera.
The Cushman Foundation was a sponsor of the session as well as “Microfossil Proxies in Earth History” where Elizabeth Brown and Christian Haller presented posters on their research. In addition, Dr. Ryan Moyer, a CMS courtesy professor, made an oral presentation at the “Urban Geochemistry” session.
Photo: Left to right – Christian Gfatter, Dr. Pamela Hallock Muller, Sean Beckwith, Ben Ross, Dr. Natasha Mendez‑Ferrer
ST PETERSBURG - Ben Ross's paper has been recently published online in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. The research was funded by the original BP/FIO funding.