Conference proceedings, & some essential references


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Abstracts from INA Conferences have been published by INA as special issues of the JNR, and its predecessor the International Nannoplankton Association Newsletter. Published proceedings have also been produced from most of the INA Conferences as special issues or volumes or various publications. These are mostly still in print and together form an extremely useful source of literature on nannofossils:

2008  Lyon, France (convenors  Emanuela Matioli and Fabiene Giraud) 12th INA Conference
Giraud F. and Matioli E. (eds) 2010: Recent advances in living coccolithophore and calcareous nannofossil studies
Geobios, vol 43/1, p. 1-164 (12 papers)

2006 LINCOLN, Nebraska (convenor Dave Watkins) 11th INA Conference
No published proceedings

2004 LISBON (convenor Mario Cachao) 10th INA Conference
Young J. R., Flores J.A. and Cachao M. (eds) 2008: Quaternary cocolithophore paleoceanography
Marine Micropaleontology, vol. 69/1, p.1-90 (6 papers).

2003 Crete (convenor Maria Triantaphylou) INA workshop on extant coccolithophorid research
Triantaphylou M. (ed.) 2004: Advances in the biology, ecology and taphonomy of extant calcareous nannoplankton.
Micropaleontology, vol. 50, supplement 1 p.1-xxx (12 papers). Contents and ordering information

2002 PARMA (convenor Giuliana Villa) 9th INA Conference
Villa G., Lees J., and Bown P. R. (eds) 2004: Calcareous Nannofossil Palaeoecology and Palaeocenographic Reconstructions
Marine Micropaleontology, vol. 52, p.1-299 (15 papers). Contents and ordering information

2000 BREMEN (convenor Helmut Willems) - 8th INA Conference
No published proceedings

1998 PUERTO RICO (convenor Amos Winter) - 7th INA Conference
Young J. R., Thierstein H. R., Winter A. (eds.) 2000: Nannoplankton ecology and palaeocology, Proceedings of the INA7 conference, Puerto Rico, February 1998.
Marine Micropaleontology, vol. 39, p.1-318 (17 papers). Contents and ordering information

1995 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (convenor David Jutson)
No published proceedings

1993 SALAMANCA, SPAIN (convenor Jose-Abel Flores Villarejo)
Flores J. A. & Sierro F. J. (eds) 1995: 5th INA Conference in Salamanca 1993 Proceedings Universidad de Salamanca Press 299p. (19 papers) ISBN 84-600-9305-0
Availability enquiries: Jose Flores ( )

1991 PRAGUE, CZECHOSLOVAKIA (convenor Bohumil Hamrsmid)
Hamrsmid B. & Young J.R. (eds.), 1992: Nannoplankton Research, vols 1, 2
Knhovnicka zemniho plynu a nafta, Hodonin 14a & b, (10 + 15 papers). ISSN 1210-4116.
Availability enquiries: Bohumil Hamrsmid or Jeremy Young (

1989 FLORENCE, ITALY (convenor Simonetta Monechi)
Monechi S., Proto-Decima F. and Rio D. (eds.), 1992.: Proceedings of the International Nannoplankton Association Conference, Firenze, 1989.
Memorie Scienze Geologiche, Padova., vol. 43, p.1-467. (26 papers).
Availability enquiries: Dip. Geologia, Paleontologia e Geofisica, Univ. di Padova, via Giotto 1, I-35137 Padova, Italy

1987 LONDON, UK (convenors Jason Crux, Shirley van Heck)
Crux J.A. & van Heck S.E. (eds) 1989. Nannofossils and their Applications
British Micropalaeontology Society Series. Ellis Horwood Chichester. p. 1-356 (14 papers). ISBN 0-13-609215-2.

1985 VIENNA, AUSTRIA (convenor Katharina Perch-Nielsen)
Stradner H. & Perch-Nielsen K. (eds.) 1987: INA Vienna Meeting 1985 Proceedings.
Abhandlungen der Geologischen Bundesanstalt, Wien, 39 , p.1-315, 18 papers, ISBN: 3-900312-54-0. Price 900 austrian schillings
Availability enquiries: Geologische Bundesanstalt, Rasumofskygasse 23, A-1031, Wien, Austria.


Nannoplankton literature is extensive and scattered across a wide range of geological and biological journals, books and monographs. A large online bibliography is provided by Wuchang Wei, and a listing of significant monographs and special publications and books on the nannoplankton for sale page of this site. We specially recommend the following recent review volumes:


H. R. Thierstein and J. R. Young (eds.) 2004 Coccolithophores from molecular processes to global impact Springer ISBN 3-540-21928-5. 565pages.
Results of the CODENET project and related review articles. This is the best available overview of the field of cocccolithophore research including biochemical, biological, oceranographic, evolutionary and geological aspects. Links: book website for contents etc. Publisher's website for ordering information.


Malinverno E., Dimiza M.D, Triantaphylou M., Dermitzakis M. D. & Corselli C. (2008) Coccolithopohres of the Eastern Mediterranen Sea: A look into the marine microworld Ion Publishing Group, Peristeri. 188pp. ISBN 97-960411-660-7
A beautifully illustrated atlas of nannopankton from the Mediterranean, featuring spectacularly diverse oligotrophic communities of the region. A special feature of the book is inclusion of colour light micrograph illustrations of coccolithophores as well as scanning electron micrographs. Also the book is trilingual, with parallel English, Italian and Greek text. Cost €25. Publisher's website and book details.

Young J.R., Geisen M., Cros L., Kleijne A., Sprengel C., Probert I. & Oostergaard J. (2003) A Guide to Extant Coccolithophore Taxonomy Journal of Nannoplankton Research special issue 1, 125pp.
The definitive guide to identification of coccolithophores, all species are illustrated with high quality SEMs with descriptive notes on opposite page. More information and ordering

Cros L. & Fortuño J-M (2002) Atlas of northwestern Mediterranean coccolithophores Scientia Marina 66 (suppl. 1): 7-182 (eds. 1994).
A beautifully illustrated monograph on extant nannoplankton of the W. Mediterranean including numerous new taxa. The only available monograph with high quality modern SEMs. Ordering information from, also available free as a PDF

Winter S. & Siesser W.G. (eds. 1994). Coccolithophores. Cambridge University Press. 242p. ISBN 0-521-38050-2.
Reviews of modern coccolithophore biology, ecology, taxonomy and biogeography, including species level taxonomic synthesis and excellent SEM atlas. The scope and treatment is ideal for oceanographers and geologists.

Green J.C. & Leadbeater B.S.C. (eds. 1994) The Haptophyte Algae. Systematics Association Special Volume 51, 379-392. Oxford University Press. 446p. ISBN 0-19-857772-9.
Another collection of review chapters focussing, however, on cell biology and ultrastructure, molecular genetics, biochemistry, and phylogenetic data. Little for the practical biostratigraphers, but essential reading for palaeobiologists.


Bolli, H.M., Saunders, J.B., and Perch-Nielsen, K. (eds. 1985), Plankton stratigraphy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1006p. Nannofossils by Katharina Perch-Nielsen (two chapters, 225p.)
The nannofossil biostratigrapher's bible. Imperfect perhaps, and somewhat dated but still the closest thing to a comprehensive review. More discussion and more diagrams than Bown (1998) so still a very useful complement to it. Out of print

Bown P.R. (ed 1998): Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy. British Micropalaeontological Society Series, Kluwer Academic. ISBN 0-412-78970-1, 328 p.
A species level review, with papers by Bown & Young (introductory, methods), Bown (Triassic, Jurassic), Bown & Rutledge (Early Cretaceous), Burnett (Late Jurassic), Osman (Palaeogene), Young (Neogene), Hine and Weaver (Quaternary). Treatment varies between chapters but most include major reviews of nannofossil zonation and atlases of plates illustrating all important species. This is perhaps the single most useful book for any working biostratigrapher and an ideal companion to Perch-Nielsen (1985). Out of print


Aubry, M.-P. Handbook of Cenozoic calcareous nannoplankton, Micropaleontology Press, American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Species level catalogue based on original descriptions plus additional comments and illustrations and overviews of larger groups. Pulblisher's information
Farinacci, A. -1989: Catalogue of Calcareous Nannofossils; volumes 1-13. each about 250 p.
Edizioni Tecnoscienza. Catalogue of original taxonomic descriptions, similar to the Ellis & Messina catologue of foraminifera. Includes calcispheres and living calcareous nannoplankton. Anna Fariniacci has genrouly transferd copyright for this work to the INA and a CD verison is in preparation contact Jeremy Young for details.