Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship

The International Nannoplankton Association (INA) Foundation is pleased to offer a Graduate Research Fellowship honoring Prof. Dr. Katharina von Salis (also known as Katharina Perch-Nielsen) for her many contributions to fossil nannoplankton research and to the INA. The Katharina von Salis Fellowship is intended for students actively seeking advanced degrees researching any aspect of fossil nannoplankton research.

Applications for the 2019 grants (value $2500 & $1000) are open now, deadline 1st August.


Francesco Miniati, 2018 Winner of the Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship

I am currently a PhD student at the University of Milan (Milan, Italy). My research project, which includes the biostratigraphy and paleoecology of calcareous nannofossils during the Late Cretaceous, is mainly focused on Oceanic Anoxic Event 3 (OAE 3), the youngest OAE (Coniacian-Santonian time interval) of the Cretaceous. It differs from older OAEs in that distribution of organic-rich sediments is restricted to the equatorial to mid-latitude Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, there is no pronounced global δ13C anomaly.

My project aims at characterizing the response of calcareous phytoplankton to the OAE 3 perturbation through quantitative studies of nannofossil assemblages in selected sites of the Atlantic Ocean. These will be compared with sections from other oceanic basins. During my first-year investigations, I observed an increase in abundance of the genus Micula during the Coniacian-Santonian in association with the OAE 3, and I want to verify the tempo, mode and extension of such a change. Implications will be relevant for biostratigraphic correlations and ecosystem modeling.


Lena Wulff, 2017 Winner of the Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship

My PhD project at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) aims at studying the "Mid Barremian event" (Lower Cretaceous, 125 Ma). This event is represented by black shale depositions, thus it is under discussion in the scientific community, whether it is a so called Oceanic Anoxic Event (OAE) or not. These OAEs are specific and intensively studied features of the Jurassic and Cretaceous period, reflecting short time intervals in which bottom waters of the world's oceans were depleted in oxygen, causing a massive deposition of organic rich sediments.

I want to study the Mid Barremian event with respect to calcareous nannofossil assemblages, their diversity and abundance. By using this group of primary producers I want to contribute to a better understanding of the nature of this paleoceanographic event. Furthermore, I want to understand the impact of the Mid Barremian event as an example for major paleoecological perturbations on calcareous nannofossils.

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