Environmental Micropalaeontology

The Department of Environmental Micropalaeontology offers micropalaeontological consulting services to industry, government, the private sector, and academic institutions. Our client list includes oil and gas exploration companies, geological survey organizations, and environmental and archaeological agencies. Our highly qualified and internationally known scientists provide multidisciplinary micropalaeontological studies for most of the geologic columns (in wells and outcrops) around the world.


  • Pollution monitoring of marine basins based on micro- and meiofauna.
  • Quaternary stratigraphy based on shelled micro-organisms.
  • Laboratory services for the preparation of washed residues, smear slides, thin sections and other samples for stratigraphic studies.
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, including changes in sea level and climate change over time.

Micropalaeontological specialities routinely available include the following major taxonomic groups:

  • Foraminifera – the most widely used benthic and planktonic calcareous, porcellaneous, or agglutinated protozoans (brackish, marine; Quaternary – present).
  • Ostracoda – small crustaceans with calcareous shells (freshwater, brackish, marine; Quaternary- present).
  • Palynomorphs – a wide variety of organic-walled fossils such as plant pollen and spores, dinoflagellates, tasmanitids, acritarchs, and chitinozoans (freshwater, brackish, marine; Quaternary – present).
  • Calcareous Nanoplankton – minute calcareous plates of marine algae (Quaternary – present).
  • Siliceous Microfossils – widely distributed opaline algal forms, e.g., diatoms, silicoflagellates (freshwater, brackish, marine; Quaternary – present).