The foraminifera constitute the most diverse group of shelled microorganisms in modern seas. This book, designed as an unusually wide-ranging, authoritative, graduate text, deals with the systematics, cell biology, chamber construction, biogeography, ecology, shell geochemistry, and taphonomy of these fascinating protists.
Preface. Part I: Basic Considerations. 1. Introduction to Modern Foraminifera; B.K. Sen Gupta. 2. Systematics of Modern Foraminifera; B.K. Sen Gupta. 3. Foraminifera: A Biological Overview; S.T. Goldstein. 4. Shell Construction in Modern Calcareous Foraminifera; H.J. Hansen. 5. Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis in Foraminiferal Ecology; W.C. Parker, A.J. Arnold. Part II: Features of Distribution. 6. Biogeography of Neritic Benthic Foraminifera; S.J. Culver, M.A. Buzas. 7. Biogeography of Planktonic Foraminifera; A.J. Arnold, W.C. Parker. 8. Symbiont-Bearing Foraminifera; P. Hallock. 9. Foraminifera in Marginal Marine Environments; B.K. Sen Gupta. 10. Benthic Foraminiferal Microhabitats below the Sediment-Water Interface; F. Jorissen. 11. Benthic Foraminifera and the Flux of Organic Carbon to the Seabed; P. Loubere, M. Fariduddin. 12. Foraminifera of Oxygen-Depleted Environments; J.M. Bernhard, B.K. Sen Gupta. 13. Effects of Marine Pollution on Benthic Foraminifera; V. Yanko, et al. 14. Stable Oxygen and Carbon Isotopes in Foraminiferal Carbonate Shells; E.J. Rohling, S. Cooke. 15. Trace Elements in Foraminiferal Calcite; D.W. Lea. Part IV: Preservation of Record. 16. Taphonomy and Temporal Resolution of Foraminiferal Assemblages; R.E. Martin. References. General Index. Taxonomic Index.
From the reviews: "This is now the definitive, authoritative text on applied foraminiferal micropaleontology and should be in the library of all practicing micropaleontologists." (William A. Berggren, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Micropaleontology, 47:1 (2001) "During the last 20 years there has been an explosion of publications about foraminifera from an amazing variety of disciplines: basic cell biology, algal symbiosis, biomineralization, biogeography, ecology, pollution, chemical oceanography, geochemistry, paleoceanography, and geology. This book summarizes contributions by leading researchers in these diverse fields. It is not just another text on the biology of foraminifera. Rather, Barun Sen Gupta has accomplished his objective to "write an advanced text for university students that would also serve as a reference book for professionals"." (Howard J. Spero, University of California at Davis in Limnology and Oceanography, 45:8 (2000)