This book provides effective statistical analyses in benthic foraminiferal communities patterns and show solutions for sea-land processes and alterations caused by climate changes and other local (and global) environmental concerns. The goal of the authors is to provide, through these chapters, the monitoring and forecasting of environmental impacts with accurate data. They identify global regions most subject to industrial pollution, contamination and sewage, identifying potential sites prone to accumulate organic matter, which effects erosion, deposition, ocean temperature and pH changes (warming, cooling, acidification), and climate and sea-level changes. Benthic habitats, specifically foraminiferal (single celled microorganisms found in the water column and sediment) contribute to our understanding of local and global climate change that effect at-risk communities. The accuracy of oceanographic climate science allows prediction with the intention of alleviating potential loss in coastal areas, which are the most vulnerable to ocean warming, cooling, acidification, and sea-level rise impacts. The authors unravel the mystery of environmental impacts and climate change, helping communities prepare, adjust, adapt, and minimize effects or remediate loss. The authors show how to pinpoint the most vulnerable and specific sites for economic and social damage and loss, using foraminifera, an inexpensive and easily handled proxy valuable for monitoring coastal and marine environmental stressors.
The implications of those problems and the ability to forecast patterns on land are primary issues addressed here by studying marine sediments of beaches, estuaries, bays and deep water worldwide. Ecology, biology, life history, and taxonomy of modern Foraminifera allows us to examine the current and historical record of environmental change effects, and predict implications for future sea-level rise, and ocean patterns. The prediction of responses of interacting systems to these problems, and development of strategies is needed to inform leadership with the knowledge and data to effectively implement policy, making Benthic Foraminiferal Ecology a very informative and significant contribution for researchers and decision makers.
Chapter 1: "Playing in the Mud" Benthic Foraminiferal Communities - Dynamic Environmental Impact Indicators
Chapter 2: Sampling, Handling, and Analyzing of interface sediment-water
Chapter 3: Microfossil (thecamoebians, ostracodes, nanofossils, plankyic foraminifera) communities Response to Recent and Past Environmental Impacts
Chapter 4: Water masses and Geohabitats as Benthic Habitats for foraminiferal species
Chapter 5: Water Renovation, Sewage and Industrial Pollution stress on benthic fauna
Chapter 6: Ocean warming and acidification changes and the response of tiny calcareous giants of the anoxic great seas
Chapter 7: Forecast of Sea-Level Rise tacked by Foraminiferal Assemblages Associations
Chapter 8: Climatology and benthic fauna extinctions
Chapter 9: Biodiversity and Exotic Foraminiferal Species Invasion
Chapter 10: How to Prepare for Climate Changes using Microfossils?
EcoLogicProject’s Chief Scientist, Academic Advisor and Cofounder, Professor Patricia Eichler is a multi-linguist and mentors undergraduate, masters and PhD students at private and public universities and schools internationally. She gives students a positive and welcoming experience to help them thrive in their science training. This includes the opportunity to boost their careers as co-authors within her extensive publications in books, journals, articles, and press releases.
Professor “Doctor for Life” Eichler is among the world’s foremost scientists in the biological oceanographic environment, with specialized experience in coastal processes, communities dynamics and biodiversity, sediment transport and estuarine dynamics.
Cofounder and Operations Coordinator, Christofer Paul Barker is passionate about EcoLogicProject’s mentorship and consultancy ability to accurately forecast climate change effects, and provide disaster mitigation and remediation solutions. His dedication to environmental sustainability and vision of bringing fact based climate science forward has coalesced into collaboration with Dr. Patricia Eichler and her international oceanic climatological research. Land-ocean-atmosphere interactions and mechanisms research allows him to also contribute as editor in numerous science publications, and provide scientific technical support for the public, students and client’s services and needs.
His consultancy services include eco-stewardship solutions for viable sustainable nontoxic alternatives, leading to The EcoLogicProject Partnership.