Future research foci for the ecology and palaeoecology of dinoflagellates and their cysts
Published:January 01, 2013
F. Marret, E. Garcés, 2013. "Future research foci for the ecology and palaeoecology of dinoflagellates and their cysts", Biological and Geological Perspectives of Dinoflagellates, J. M. Lewis, F. Marret, L. R. Bradley
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The study of the ecology and palaeoecology of dinoﬂagellates and their cysts has made momentous progress since they were ﬁrst discovered and described. With the help of ﬁeld studies, their ecological afﬁnities have been established; in parallel, laboratory studies have facilitated progress on the understanding of their life cycle and enabled the theca to be related to their cyst. More recently, molecular analysis has helped to discriminate species with similar morphologies. Such advances have also highlighted new ﬁelds of exciting research and led to a better understanding of the ecological signiﬁcance of this major phytoplankton group: cryptic species, multiple stages in the life cycle, initial conditions for bloom formation and morphological variability under environmental forcing. These topics, among others, are discussed in this note.
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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.