The FaB School

EGU Training School in Foraminiferal Biomonitoring – (22.) 23.-24 June 2018


Teachers: Elisabeth Alve, Frans Jorissen, Sergei Korsun, Joachim Schönfeld, Silvia Spezzaferri

Personal equipment: rain gear, hiking boots, as for the other conference excursions, and a towel.


22nd June 2018

16:00 – 19:30 Field excursion

We will meet at 16:00 on the British Golf Museum and St. Andrews Aquarium car park (56° 20,674’N, 2° 48,099’W). From there we will have a little walk along the spit bar of Pilmore House Estate, with St. Andrews Links Golf Course, postglacial raised beaches and incipient dunes along the present shore line. We will turn westwards at the lifeguard post, heading for the sand and mud flats of Eden Estuary. Low tide will be at 5:07 pm. We will demonstrate sampling according to the FOBIMO protocol at 4 locations covering different foraminiferal habitats. We will return to St. Andrews the same way, having a quick look underway into tidal ponds on the rocky shore close to the aquarium.

23th June 2018

8:00 – 8:30     Plenary: Welcome and logistics (seminar room) (Frans Jorissen, Elena Lo Giudice).

8:30 – 9:15    Lecture: Likes and Dislikes of a shell-bearing protists – an introduction to the biology of benthic foraminifera (seminar room) (Sergei Korsun).

9:15 – 10:00    Lecture: Ecology of near-shore foraminifera – from distribution patters to environmental drivers (seminar room) (Joachim Schönfeld).

10:00 – 10:45  Lecture: Principles of Biomonitoring – assessment of ecosystem status                       (seminar room) (Elisabeth Alve, Frans Jorissen).

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45  Practical: Preparation of samples from Eden Estuary – washing, sieving, splitting (standard lab) (all teachers, Elena Lo Giudice and NN, St. Andrews).

12:45 – 14:00  Lunch

14:00 – 15:00  Practical: Rose-Bengal staining criteria, recognition and picking of living foraminifera (microscopy lab) (all teachers).

15:00 – 15:30   Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:30   Practical (continuation): Rose-Bengal staining criteria, recognition and picking of living foraminifera (microscopy lab) (all teachers).

16:30 – 17:15  Lecture: Case studies of foraminiferal biomonitoring (seminar room) (Frans Jorissen, Elisabeth Alve).

17:30 – 19:00  Practical: Demonstration of foraminiferal assemblages from healthy environments to stressed ecosystems (microscopy lab) (all teachers).

19:00 – 20:00  Wine Reception at the Bell Pettigrew Museum (University of St. Andrews staff)

24th June 2018

8:00 – 8:45    Lecture: Assignment of foraminifera to ecological groups (seminar room) (Sergei Korsun).

8:45 – 9:30    Lecture: Calculation of foraminiferal indices (seminar room)

(Elisabeth Alve, Joachim Schönfeld).

9:30 – 11:00  Practical: Screening data tables – assignment of species to ecogroups

(seminar room) (all teachers).

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30  Practical (continuation): Screening data tables – assignment of species to ecogroups

(seminar room) (all teachers).

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

14:00 – 14:45  Lecture: Marginal marine foraminifera – more than a sea-level gauge

(seminar room) (Silvia Spezzaferri).

15:00 – 15:15   Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:30  Practical: Evaluating foraminiferal census data – calculation of indices

(seminar room) (all teachers).

16:30 – 17:30  Practical: Calculation of indices and ecosystem status assessment

(seminar room) (all teachers).

17:30 – 18:00  Plenary: Synthesis and closing remarks

(seminar room) (Elisabeth Alve.)

18:30 – late     Farewell (local pub)

Important Information

The FaB School is an EGU training school and support is available for early career scientists with limited funds. To apply for EGU travel grants of £125 each, please tick the appropriate box in the registration form. The Programme Committee will evaluate the applications and directly contact the awardees.