Trophic strategies in benthic foraminifera
The overall aim is to investigate the feeding habits of benthic foraminifera (protists) and how diet affects parameters used in palaeoecological interpretations.
About the project
Benthic foraminifera represent one of the most important groups of microfossils on which palaeoecological and palaeoceanographic/palaeoclimatic interpretations are based. Due to an increased realisation of the role they play in the recycling of organic carbon and their usefulness as palaeoenvironmental and human impact indicators, the last decades have seen a substantial number of studies focusing on relationships between Corg-fluxes and benthic foraminiferal ecology. As food availability is recognised as an important controlling factoraffecting foraminiferal distribution and abundance patterns it has become essential to know the feeding preferences of different species. To date, little concrete information is available. New insight is being gained through experimental- and field-based studies.