The INA Foundation is designed to promote education and research on fossil or living nannoplankton through the accumulation, management, and distribution of charitable funds. Through our generous donors, we are able to award Student Travel Grants to partially defer the costs for students attending our INA Meetings and Workshops.

The INA Foundation also sponsors and awards the Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship to promote and facilitate research on fossil nannoplankton by the upcoming generation of nannofossil workers.


Truncata cretarhabdus toweius
Blackites truncatus from the Eocene, mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain (SEM) Cretarhabdus conicus from Albian, western North Atlantic (SEM).

Toweius pertusus from the Eocene, mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain (SEM)


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Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship - 2022 awards

The International Nannoplankton Association (INA) Foundation is pleased to offer two Graduate Research Fellowships 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. There is one award round per year with the call for proposals made in May.

2022 Award winners

We are pleased to announce that the two award winners for 2022 are Sara Marconato and Felipe Vallejo.


Sara Marconato, 2022 Winner of a Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship

I am currently a PhD student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and the current study is being run in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, the Geological Survey of Israel and the Arava Science Center, Israel.

My PhD project focuses on the paleoecology, biostratigraphy and biometry of Late Cretaceous calcareous nannofossils in the upwelling system of the Levant area. For this time interval, research on calcareous nannofossils in the context of a rich eutrophic zone has rarely been conducted. This region has a deposition of thick successions of organic-rich chalk that continues across the K-Pg boundary and into the early Paleocene. These studies will be a step forward towards understanding the evolution and the community strategies of coccolithophoridae in such an environment, where they supposedly reached a threshold in their trophic preferences. In particular, it will be interesting to document if the global climatic events of the Campanian to Maastrichtian had any influence on the intensity of upwelling in the Levant area.


Felipe Vallejo, 2022 Winner of a Katharina von Salis Graduate Research Fellowship

I am a PhD student at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain and the Instituto de Investigaciones en Estratigrafía (IIES) in Colombia. I have been using calcareous nannofossils to build a chronostratigraphic framework for Pacific and Caribbean onshore deposits from Colombia in order to better understand the evolution of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Two of the world's largest oceans, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, were connected by a tropical seaway known as the Central American Seaway (CAS). During the Neogene, the CAS was characterized by several gateways that crossed the Panamá volcanic arc, which was colliding with the northern Andes of South America. As part of my PhD, I am using the biostratigraphic resolution of calcareous nannofossils and combining this with other stratigraphic proxies to understand how and when the closure of the CAS in the collision zone occurred. We have documented that the CAS was already vanishing in the early to middle Miocene and that it entirely closed during the middle to late Miocene in this region. Our data help us to understand that the CAS closed diachronously, and that deep-ocean circulation was already affected in the early-middle Miocene.

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