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Foram Overview

Our ongoing effort is to construct and interpret a modern benthic foraminiferal and environmental database for the Arctic seas. On this page we post SEM images of common Arctic foram species, mostly from the Barents and Kara seas. We'll keep uploading new images and plan to expand on distribution charts and data tables.

Objectives and Prospect

This page is devoted to Arctic foraminifers and aims to

  • Present to students interested in paleontology or protozoology the look of the critters and general and specific issues connected;
  • Reveal to specialists dealing with Arctic forams what we exactly mean naming a common species;
  • Share our understanding of ecological requirements of these forams and their application to reconstructing the past marine environments;
  • Set forth an informal discussion on the taxonomy and ecology of key taxa that would eventually end up with a unified clarification, published or unpublished.

Our Group

Our working group is informally centered at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University and includes specialists in foram biology and Quaternary Arctic stratigraphy and paleoceanography:


Leonid Polyak

Leonid Polyak 
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center 
The Ohio State University 
E-mail: polyak.1@osu.edu


Lawrence Febo

Lawrence Febo 
Graduate Student 
Department of Geology 
The Ohio State University 
E-mail: febo.6@osu.edu


David Lubinski

David Lubinski 
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research 
University of Colorado at Boulder 
E-mail: David.Lubinski@colorado.edu


Sergei Korsun

Sergei Korsun 
Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russia 
E-mail: s_korsun@geo.sio.rssi.ru


Support and Funding

We acknowledge the support of U.S. National Science Foundation award OPP-9725418 to Polyak and a U.S. National Research Council Grant (Office of International Affairs, Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering) to Lubinski for support for Korsun's visit to the US in 2000-2001.