A History of the International Conferences on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, 1978-2011
Published:January 01, 2013
M. J. Head, R. Harland, 2013. "A History of the International Conferences on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, 1978-2011", Biological and Geological Perspectives of Dinoflagellates, J. M. Lewis, F. Marret, L. R. Bradley
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The international conferences on modern and fossil dinoﬂagellates, held every 3–5 years, are an essential forum for all researchers of dinoﬂagellates. They bring together all aspects of this important group of protists, whether living or preserved as fossils. Dinoﬂagellates are an important component of the plankton, both as autotrophs and heterotrophs, but also include representatives that inhabit the cells of other organisms (including other dinoﬂagellates) as endosymbionts or parasites. The conferences were initiated in 1978 as a Penrose Conference of the Geological Society of America and have continued ever since. The latest conference, Dino 9, continues the tradition of bringing phycologists working as biologists, geneticists, ecologists and public health scientists together with palynologists working within the disciplines of earth science, geography and biology. The paramount impact of this series of conferences is the interdisciplinary cross-fertilization of ideas between these two otherwise disparate groups, and the spreading of their acquired specialist knowledge from one to the other. This series of conferences is set to extend into the future and to continue its important role of integrating and furthering the study of dinoﬂagellates and their cysts.
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Biological and Geological Perspectives of Dinoflagellates
This volume provides an overview of current research on fossil and modern dinoflagellates, as well as highlighting research areas for future collaboration, following the DINO9 International Conference in Liverpool. The volume is organized into four themes, with a review paper for each theme written by the key-note speaker. Each theme also includes a future research foci note following discussion during the conference. The contributions are organized into the following sections: environmental change, ecology/palaeoecology, life cycles and diversity, and stratigraphy and evolution. Also included are notes from two workshops: culture experiments and dinocysts as palaeoceanographic tracers. This volume will be of interest to both the biological and Micropalaeontological communities.