This year, the annual AASP meeting was held at the National Oceano- graphics Centre in Southampton, UK, 4-7 September 2011. The meeting was wonderfully organised by Ian Harding and John Marshall and during two days, a large range of palynological topics, from Palaeozoic to recent as well as industrial applications, were covered with talks and posters.
The CPS was represented by ten members from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, with six talks and two posters (see list below). One of the posters was presented by Kristina Mehlqvist from Lund University (Oldest preserved cryptospore containing sporangia and mesofossils from the upper Silurian of Baltica (Gotland, Sweden) together with Jonas Hagström). Kristina was the 2011 recipient of the CPS-student travel grant. Along with all the other students who presented their work at the meeting, she also recieved a surprise grant from the AASP.
Presentations by CPS members at the 44th AASP meeting:
Karen Dybkjær, Stefan Piasecki, Erik Skovbjerg Rasmussen: A new Neogene dinoflagellate cyst zonation of the eastern North Sea basin (Denmark)
Sofie Lindström, Karen Dybkjær, Gunver Krarup Pedersen, Lars Henrik Nielsen, Mikael Erlström, Bas van de Schootbrugge: Enigmatic sphaeromorph mass occurrences associated with the end-Triassic eventin the Danish Basin
Gunn Mangerud, Jorunn Os Vigran, Atle Mørk, Peter Hochuli: A new Triassic palynostratigraphy for the Norwegian Arctic area, with focus on the Early Triassic palynological turnovers
Kristina Mehlqvist, Jonas Hagström: Oldest preserved cryptospore containing sporangia and mesofossils from the upper Silurian of Baltica (Gotland, Sweden)
Henrik Nøhr Hansen: Biostratigraphic correlation of Lower Cretaceous-Neogene successipons from Labrador Sea, Canada in the south to Svartenhuk Halvø, West Greenland in the north
Pi Suhr Willumsen: Palynology in a brackish water sedimentary environment: an example from the eastern Gotland Basin, Baltic Sea
Pi Suhr Willumsen: What can dinoflagellate cysts reveal about mass extinction and recovery in connection with the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary – on a global scale?
Vivi Vajda, Antoine Bercovici: Palynostratigraphy of the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass-extinction interval in the Southern Hemisphere
Other CPS members attending the meeting: Else Marie Friis, Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen, Sissel Kvernes
At the meeting, Else Marie and Kaj presented their excellent new book: Friis, E. M., Crane, P. R., Pedersen, K. R.: Early flowers and angiosperm evolution. The book is available from Cambridge University Press. Read more here. Photo: Karen Dybkjær.
The pre-dinner Pimms reception during the conference dinner at HMS Warrior in Portsmouth was sponsered by Taylor and Francis on behalf of Grana and Else Marie was giving a speach on behalf of Grana. Photo: Karen Dybkjær.
The pre-conference excursion to the Isle of White turned out to be one of the wettest in the history of AASP. Oral reports from Else Marie Friis, Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen and Henrik Nøhr Hansen testified to hard horizontal rain with almost zero visi- bility and soaking wet shoes and clothes. However, the AASP palyno- logists are a tough tribe, and at the ice-breaker that very evening everyone seemed happy (and dry)!
The post-conference excursionto the World Heritage Jurassic coast of Dorset, led by John Marshall, was blessed with somewhat better weather. At Kimmeridge Bay, the depositional history, geochemistry and palaeontology of the Kimmeridge Clays were discussed. The trip from Kimmeridge Bay to Lulworth Cove featured the final and dramatic breakdown of the bus in the middle of nowhere.
Fortunately, we were picked up by a new (and less noisy) bus and headed for a nice lunch at Lulworth. The afternoon was spent studying the lower Cretaceous strata of the Wealden Group and the Lower to Upper Greensand formations outcropping along the beach at Lulworth Cove, which, despite some rain and quite strong winds, recieved quite a lot of attention from the participants. The excursion was finished off with a photographic session of the beautiful scenery of the Lulworth Crumple at Stair Hole.