Council elections 2004

According to the bylaws, we have the following council members: President, President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Calcareous Nannoplankton Bibliographer, Director of the INA Foundation, Conference Convenor, two Council Members at Large, and the Editors of the Journal of Nannoplankton Research, Nanno News, Special Publications, and the INA WWW site.

The bylaws state that 2004 is an election year, and that all council members can be re-elected, except for the President and Members at Large. None of the officers that can be re-elected have indicated that they want to resign, so no candidates have been sought for those positions and the council recommends their re-election. However, on the ballot you will see an empty line below the name of the current officer, and if you want that officer replaced by your own candidate, you may fill in a name there.

For the two positions of Council Member at Large, the names of only two candidates have been submitted because the Nominations Committee received no other names in response to their several solicitations. Hence these are automatically elected. These are the candidates and their biographies:

Alyssa Peleo-Alampay
Hi, I'm Alyssa Peleo-Alampay, an INA member from the Philippines. I am honored to be nominated for the position of Council Member at Large of the INA for the coming year. Presently, I am an Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Geology as well as pursuing research in Recent nannoplankton. I did my Ph.D. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego where I studied Cenozoic nannofossils. I am no stranger to being involved in organizations, having held various key positions. I was elected Treasurer of the Geological Society of the Philippines in 2001 and the U.P. Geology Alumni Association in 2002 and 2003. For three years (1998-2001), I served as our Institute's Deputy Director for Academic Affairs and from 2001 to date, I have been the Associate Dean of the College of Science. It would be an honor to serve the INA as a member of the Council.

Giuliana Villa
1987-2002: Researcher at the University of Parma
1989: CNR fellowship at Florida State University
1993-96: "Friendship Programs Committee" member of SEPM Association
1997 October and November 1998 October - December micropaleontologist of the Cape RobertsProject: CRP-1 and CRP-2, McMurdo Station Antactica.
1998-present: Curator of the satellite Microfossil Reference Collection of samples from DSDP and ODP Legs.
2002 September Parma: Convenor of the 9th International Nannoplankton Association (INA)
2002-Present - Associate Professor, University of Parma.

Taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and paleoecology of calcareous nannofossils, paleoceanography of the Southern Ocean Basins.

Author/co-author of about 60 publications on Italian and international journals.

Two candidates have been proposed for the position of President of the INA. These are the candidates and their biographies (in alphabethical order)
Simonetta Monechi
I am Full Professor of Paleontology at the University of Firenze (Italy).
I graduated in geology discussing a thesis on plankton extinction at the K/T boundary in the Bottaccione section (Gubbio, Italy).
I have been Professor of Stratigraphy at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from March-August 1989. I spent several years (1989 to 1992) as Associate Professor of Micropaleontology at the University of Bari.
I am Faculty Delegate of the Erasmus/Socrates exchange program. Since 1992 I am holding every two years an intensive one week course on Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy.
I was charged of the 5th INA Conference in Florence (18-22 September 1989) and promoted several meetings of the WG2 Pelagic and Flysch Facies, in the framework of IGCP project 262 -Tethyan Cretaceous Correlation, in Cracovia June 1990 (Poland); Urbino February 1989 and Milano June 1993 (Italy).
I have been deeply involved in the IGCP Project 308: Paleocene/Eocene boundary; in the Project IGCP 362: Tethyan Boreal Correlation, and in the working groups of the Bartonian/Priabonian, Priabonian/ Rupelian and Rupelian/Chattian in searching of GSSP.
As part of the 32nd International Geological Congress to be held in Florence, Italy (August 20-28, 2004), I am organizing a nannoplankton pre-congress workshop: on "Past and future contribution of nannoplankton research to global change questions". I am also convening a session entitled "Mass Extinctions and Other Large Ecosystems Perturbations: Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Causes" (T04.01), within the Topical Symposium "Catastrophes in Earth History" (T04).
My main research interests are bio-magnetochronology, evolution, and paleoecology of calcareous nannofossils. In particular, I am involved in researches on the interactions between geological events and biological crises for some critical intervals in the earth history, such as the K/T, Paleocene/Eocene and Eocene/Oligocene intervals. Presently, I also participate in projects on latest Quaternary paleoceanography and Recent calcareous nannoplankton in order to understand current biodiversity and to detect their adaptive responses to environmental changes.
Finally, just some plans if I will be honoured to run the club. I intend to continue the tradition and do my best for supporting the JNR, promote workshops on specific subjects or topics, increase our visibility within the broader scientific community and work to reach a better integration between the academic world and petroleum industries.

David K. Watkins
My introduction to calcareous nannofossils occurred in 1978 in a lab at Virginia Tech where I was studying Eocene dinoflagellates in pursuit of a Masters of Geology. I realized at once that I had found the True Way, and have been studying nannofossils ever since. My doctoral studies at Florida State University with the eminent Prof. Sherwood Wise, Jr. were concluded successfully in 1984. That year I moved to the University of Nebraska, where I have stayed and currently hold the position of Professor of Geology. I have been a participant on seven DSDP/ODP legs exploring the deep history of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Ocean, where I had the privilege of working with many other scientists who have since become colleagues and friends. I spent three seasons in Antarctica, including one field season searching for the mythical Upper Cretaceous Antarctic nannofossils and two stints on the Cape Roberts Project investigating the Miocene and Oligocene. Much of the rest of my field time has been spent stalking the beautiful Upper Cretaceous nannofossils of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains of the western U.S. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to have been associated with some splendid students, many of whom have continued their nannofossil work within industry and academia. I am currently Foundation Director for INA and will be the host of our biennial association meeting (INA11) in 2006 at Lincoln, Nebraska.

In compliance with the bylaws, ballot papers will be mailed to all members. INA Members can also however vote by email. In both cases, your ballot should be sent to the Secretary/Treasurer Stacia Spaulding.
Only one vote per member is allowed. To guard against multiple votes it is not practicable to attempt to make it an entirely secret ballot all voting will however be 100% confidential (i.e. details of individual votes wil not be recorded or divulged).

1. Voting by surface mail
Please send your ballot to:
Stacia Spaulding,
345 Meadowbrook Farm Road; Proctorsville; Vermont 05153 USA Pleaase:
Be sure both your name and signature are on the envelope, so your name can be compared to the list of valid members and to make sure that we only receive one vote per person.

2. Voting by Email
Send an email to Stacia Spaulding:, please:
a. Title your message INA ELECTION
b. Cut and paste the form below intp your email message c. Indicate your choice of candidate for the INA President position - Simonetta Monechi or David Watkins b pacing an "X" after their name
d. For the uncontested seats, a blank line is provided if you wish to vote for an alternative "write in" candidate of your choosing. If uou approve ofthe current post-holder please place an "X" against their name.
e. Include your name and send the email from your own email account


If you are sending a return by post you may find it convenient to use this ballot paper. Positions are listed in the same sequence as they are listed in the bylaws. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Biographies are given above.

Simonetta Monechi ___
David K. Watkins ___

Stacia Spaulding 

Calcareous Nannoplankton Bibliographer
Mario Cachao 

Director of the INA Foundation
David Watkins 

Council Member At Large
Alyssa Peleo-Alampay (automatically elected)

Council Member At Large
Giuliana Villa (automatically elected)

Editor of the Journal of Nannoplankton Research
Jackie A. Lees 

Editor of Nanno News
Jean M. Self-Trail 

Editor of Special Publications
Paul Bown 

Editor of INA WWW site.
Jeremy Young