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NAMS is the North American Micropaleontology Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM). The purpose of the Section is to promote all aspects of micropaleontology through application, research and education dealing with morphology, biostratigraphy, ecology/paleoecology, and geologic history of all groups of microfossils occurring in the stratigraphic record.

The field of micropaleontology covers a diverse array of microfossils groups, including foraminifera, ostracodes, nannofossils, palynonmorphs, radiolaria, diatoms, and silicoflagellates. NAMS serves as a center point for these many fields of study and provides a venue for exchange of information among micropaleontologists in academia, industry, and government.

NAMS is the sponsor of the Marine Micropaleontology Research Group, a formal research group within SEPM which reports to the SEPM research committee. Membership is only $10 annually, and $5 for students.

Latest NAMS News (updated 5 January 2009)

Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils 2: Schedule and Logistics NAMS has now arrangments in place for the second international conference on Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils, "Microfossils II," to be held March 15-18, 2009, at the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA. Meeting information, including registration costs, lodging arrangements, and each days schedule of sessions can be found at the NAMS M2 meeting page at this link. Meeting information and links to registration will be available soon on the SEPM web site ( details)

Successful NAMS Sessions at 2008 AAPG/SEPM in San Antonio Many thanks to the authors and attendees at the AAPG/SEPM meeting in San Antonio, CA, that made for two successful NAMS-sponsored poster session and for stimulating discussion at the evening session of the Marine Micropaleontology and Quantitative Stratigraphy Research Groups. (more details)

NAMS Election 2008 The NAMS membership elected new officers who took office in 2008 - Martin Farley (President-Elect) and Tony Gary (Newsletter Editor). (more details)

NAMS Student Grant Award for 2008 NAMS is happy to announce Julie Retrum of the University of Kansas as the recipient of the 2008 NAMS Garry Jones Award for Student Research. (more details)

Micropaleontology Conference volume being prepared Review and editing work is nearly complete for a volume of papers arising from the 2005 NAMS-cosponsored conference, "Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils." (more details)



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