Lea Rausch gave a talk at the European School on Ostracoda

3rd European School on Ostracoda, Jena (Germany), 19th – 23rd March 2018: An introduction to Ostracoda

by Lea Rausch

The European School on Ostracoda is designed to provide an overview of the taxonomy, (palaeo)ecology, biodiversity, geological history and applied biostratigraphy of ostracods. It is intended for young scientists and industrial staff interested in micropalaeontology, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimatology, biology and environmental applications. The 3rd round of the course focussed on methods and concepts of ostracodology including systematics, biostratigraphic applications, ecology and life history spanning their fossil record from the Paleozoic to the Holocene and covering the recent fauna as well. Case studies from marine and continental systems as well as practical training for identification, preparation, documentation and analysis have been an important part of the course.

For the first time this year ostracoda of Paratethyan origin were thematically highlighted and introduced by Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher Lea Rausch. The endemic ostracod assemblages from the Paratethys play a significant role in reconstructing the paleoenvironmental evolution and connectivity in between semi-isolated basins of the Pontocaspian region. An upper Miocene ostracod assemblage from the Denizli Basin (SW Anatolia, Turkey), was used to give paleogeographic implications and helped to elucidate the role of the satellite region as source/sinks area of Pontocaspian biota.

The next course, which takes place at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany) in Spring 2019, is primarily intended for young researchers at the PhD or MSc. stages of their careers and industrial staff who intend to work with ostracoda. The course is financially supported by the “Society of Friends/Förderverein IRGO e.V.”. For further information visit http://www.support-irgo.net/eso/.

Group picture of the "European School on Ostracoda 2018" at the Geological Institute of the University Jena

Sampling of living ostracoda in the field in the “Pennickental” during the first “European School on Ostracoda” in 2016.

The international group of young ostracodologists reviewing some of the discussed species in 2016 (top) and 2018 (bottom).