FORAMS '94 meeting

Jere H. Lipps jlipps at UCMP1.BERKELEY.EDU
Tue Jan 18 18:44:53 CST 1994


General Information
Forams '94 is the continuation and successor of the very successful Benthos
meetings held between 1976 and 1990.  At the last Benthos '90 meeting in
Sendai, Japan, the assembled group decided to hold another meeting in
Berkeley, California, and that it also should concern both benthic and
planktic foraminifera.  Accordingly, the Berkeley meeting was renamed
Forams and scheduled for 1994.  Thus, foraminiferal workers worldwide are
invited to participate in this meeting by presenting papers, orally or by
posters, on any aspect of foraminifera or related organisms.

Forams '94  will be held at the Clark Kerr Center of the University of
California, Berkeley.  The site was chosen because it provides ready access
to the San Francisco Bay Area's major attractions--the University of
California at Berkeley, Stanford University, the U. S. Geological Survey,
the City of Berkeley, and America's favorite city, San Francisco, just
across the bay.   It combines convenience with all the architectural grace,
tranquil surroundings, and beauty of a California Spanish style facility.

The Center will provide us with meeting facilities centered on the elegant
art deco Joseph Wood Krutch Theater.  Adjacent dining rooms and guest
accommodations are located in a Spanish-style complex of buildings
separated by lawns, enclosed gardens, and courtyards nestled into 43 acres
overlooking San Francisco Bay and stretching upward into the Berkeley
Hills.  The spacious, comfortable, and private environment will enhance our
interactions and bring us closer together as foraminiferologists.

The Bay Area is renowned for its cultural and recreational assents.
Berkeley itself is a cultural mecca, famous for excellent restaurants, good
theater, fine performances, and avante guard social and political
movements.  Within convenient reach are redwood groves, Point Reyes
National Seashore, California's premier wine country, the seaside
communities of Santa Cruz and Monterey to the south, Yosemite and the
Sierra Nevada to the east.  Professionally, foraminiferologists will find
well-known and outstanding modern and fossil localities nearby.  All these
outdoor attractions are within half-day's drive from Berkeley.  We
recommend that you consider arriving early or staying on to explore more of
what the Bay Area and northern California have to offer.

The Bay Area is famous for its outdoor summer air-conditioning--cool ocean
air and fog.  Daytime temperatures can range from the 80's down into the
60's (F), with cool evenings and nights that may drop into the low 50's.
We guarantee that there will be no rain or snow!

Scientific Program
Call for Contributed Papers and Posters.  We solicit abstracts on all
foraminifera -- their biology, biostratigraphy, paleoceanography, and
paleoenvironments, as well as new developments in the field.  These will be
organized into theme and general sessions.  Theme sessions will include
paleoceanography, sequence stratigraphy, extinctions and radiations,
paleoenvironments and paleoclimatology, and biochronology.  Each theme
session will have a well-known key-note speaker.  Participants are limited
to one oral presentation, although there is no limit on  poster
presentations.  Deadline for abstracts is April 1, 1994.  Instructions for
submission of abstracts are included in this packet.  Both oral and poster
papers should have abstracts, although informal and last minute posters may
be presented.

 Technical Program.  Forams '94 will include general oral sessions and
theme sessions each day.  Poster sessions will run continuously during the
meeting, including special evening sessions.  Poster presenters will be
with their posters at scheduled times noted in the Forams '94 Program with
Abstracts.  Oral presentations will have one slide and one overhead
projector available.  Special arrangements for movie projectors or video
can be made upon request.

Theme sessions:   Biology, Biochronology, Paleoenvironments and
Paleoclimatology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Paleoceanography, and Extinctions
and Radiations.
General sessions:  General sessions will run concurrently with other sessions.
Poster sessions:  These will be open during most of the meeting, with
special times scheduled for the authors to be present for discussion.  Each
poster should be 4 X 8 feet.

Meeting Registration and Events
Registration.  Registration fees will cover the common costs of the
meeting.  Advanced registration is $150; on site registration will be $250.
 Student registration is $75, with proof of student status (copy of student
card or letter from major professor).  Please register as soon as possible.
 The deadline for registration and accommodations is April 1, 1994.
Accommodations must be reserved and paid for in advance by April 1, 1994.
Registration and reservation forms are included in the packet and must be
returned with a check, traveler's checks, or money order payable in United
States dollars to "Forams '94".  European Economic Community citizens may
transfer funds to the account listed on the registration form.
Cancellations before May 20, 1994, will be refunded the entire amount
submitted less $25 handling fee.

Forams '94 Reception.  Join the other registrants as guests of the
Organizing Committee at an initial reception 7:00 PM on July 5 in the Clark
Kerr Center.  Buffet food and fine wines will be featured.

California Barbecue and Country Western Dance.  Wednesday evening will find
us enjoying a traditional California barbecue, Napa and Sonoma Valley
wines, and country western music (with dance instructors!) for your dancing
or watching pleasure.

San Francisco Night Life.  Following dinner on Thursday, July 7, a bus tour
of San Francisco will be available for those participants wishing to take
part.  Cost:  $25, including comfortable bus, selection of California
wines, and visits to famous spots like Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, North
Beach and Union Square; payable by April 1, 1994.

The UC Museum of Paleontology.  The University of California Museum of
Paleontology (UCMP), the fourth largest fossil collection in North America,
will be open for tours in its brand new facilities in the spectacular
Valley Life Sciences Building on the UC Berkeley Campus.  Its collections
include Protists and Prokaryotes, Paleobotany and Palynology, Fossil and
Recent Invertebrates, Vertebrates, and Paleontological Samples.  The
Protist collection includes thousands of slides, type specimens, and
assemblages of foraminifera, particularly from California and the western
USA.  Appointments to study in any of these collections and for informal
tours may be arranged in the lobby of the Center during the meeting.

Dealer's Bourse.  An exhibition area will be open to view specimens and
publishers' books from Wednesday to Friday in a room near the Krutch

Sequence Biostratigraphy Short Course.  A special short course, organized
by M. Lagoe, University of Texas, and H. C. Olson, Mobil Research and
Development, will given Thursday afternoon.  This course will cover
advanced concepts, age control, data integration, basin analysis, and
depositional models in sequence biostratigraphy.  A fee of $25 will cover a
workbook and seismic stratigraphic lines for use of participants.  Number
of participants will be limited.  Spaces will be filled in the order of
payment received.  See Registration form.

Workshops.  Free demonstrations and workshops on cladistic analysis in
foraminiferal systematics and evolutionary phylogenetics, morphologic
analysis, and DNA sequencing will take place continuously on Thursday
afternoon.  Time and place will be posted in the lobby of the Clark Kerr
Center and printed in the Forams '94 Program with Abstracts.

 Scientific Field Trips.
Field trips will follow the meeting, and will return to the Clark Kerr
Center (except for trip 1).  Field trips require advance payment  at the
time of registration and accommodations (no later than April 1, 1994).
Field trips will be filled on a first-pay, first-go basis.  Oversubscribed
field trips will be refunded.  Under subscribed field trips will be
canceled, and participants refunded.

1.  Permian fusulinids Eastern California (Saturday July 9 to Monday July
11).    Depart Berkeley at 8:00 am Saturday, return by 7:00 PM Monday.
Cost:  $160, includes van transportation, all meals from dinner on July 9
through lunch on July 11 (7 meals), 2 nights in motels (double occupancy),
and an informal guidebook.  Note that dinner and room on Monday night, July
11, are not included.  Reservations for motels in Berkeley can be made;
estimated cost approximately $80 per room.  Leader:  Prof. Calvin Stevens,
San Jose State University.  Limit: 18 participants.

Day 1 of this trip will travel east from Berkeley across the Great Valley
of California, across the Sierra Nevada at Tioga Pass with stops to view
Half Dome, Mono Lake, glacial moraines and volcanic features of the eastern
Sierra, and the Paleozoic section at Convict Lake.  Day 2 will include
stops to sample fusulinid-rich Lower Permian bank deposits at Conglomerate
Mesa as well as a Lower Permian deep-water sequence in Darwin Canyon where
fusulinids occur in gravity-flow deposits.  On Day 3 participants will
examine the Upper Permian-Lower Triassic contact at Fossil Hill near Lone
Pine in the spectacular Owens Valley, and then return to Berkeley via Tioga
Pass.  You will be delivered to your motel or hotel in Berkeley.  Daytime
weather will likely be hot and dry with cool nights.  Moderate hikes of 1
km required.

2.  Cretaceous Foraminifera and Other Fossils from the Great Valley
Sequence (Saturday, July 9).  8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.  Cost:  $35.  Includes
air-conditioned bus, beverages, and informal field trip guidebook.  Leader:
 Dr. W. V. Sliter, USGS.  Limit: 45 participants.

This trip departs Berkeley for the southeast corner of the Napa Valley.
After passing through vineyards, wooded hills and valleys typical of the
California Coast Ranges and the volcanic terraines of he Napa Valley, the
field trip begins with stop one in the Franciscan melanges of the
California coastal zone and basal Great Valley Sequence (Lower Cretaceous).
 The trip then proceeds from the base of the Great Valley Sequence through
deep-sea fan deposits of the Antelope Formation, where samples can be
collected.  Good views of these flysch deposits, including turbidites,
rip-up beds, and submarine slump deposits will be clear from the bus as we
pass through the scenic Lake Barryessa region.  Detailed examination and
collection of chaotic beds, fossils, and turbidites can be done at
Monticello Dam, a famous site for these kinds of deposits.  After
transversing the younger part of the Great Valley Sequence, studied by
Takayanagi (1968), lunch will be taken in the Pliocene Tehama Formation
(non-marine) on the shore of Lake Solano.  We end in the Campanian Dobbins
Shale and Forbes Formation, loaded with foraminifera, radiolaria,
megafossils, and trace fossils.  Participants should be prepared for hot to
very hot weather.  Easy walks only.

3.  The Type Miocene Monterey Formation and Point Lobos State Park
(Saturday, July 9).  8:30 AM - 10:30 PM.  Cost:  $80, including
air-conditioned bus, box lunch, refreshments, wine tasting, dinner, and
informal guidebook.  Bus will pick up and return participants to Clark Kerr
Center at Berkeley.  Leader:  Prof. James Ingle, Stanford University.
Limit:  45 participants.

This tour will travel south to the world-famous Monterey region of
California where participants will (1) examine and sample bathyal
diatomaceous deposits of the Miocene Monterey Formation (in its type
region), including laminated sediments and foraminiferal faunas
representing sub-anoxic environments; (2) visit scenic Point Lobos State
Park including coastal exposures of Paleocene submarine canyon deposits,
and (3) taste local wines and have dinner at a coastside restaurant.
Participants should be prepared for highly contrasting weather ranging from
warm inland valleys to cool foggy coastal settings.  Some walking required.

 4.  Modern Foraminiferal Environs of San Francisco Bay (Saturday, July 9).
 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM.  Cost:  $20.  Bus will pick up and return participants
to the Clark Kerr Center.  Leader:  Dr. Martin Langer, University of
California, Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology.  Limit:  45 participants.

This trip will visit sites along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay to
collect live marsh and tidal channel foraminifera.  Good views of San
Francisco, the Golden Gate and Oakland Bay Bridges, and the San Francisco
Bay can be seen.  A transect from the high marsh to the mudflats of the bay
will be sampled.  This trip returns to the Clark Kerr Center in time for
participants to visit local attractions or San Francisco.  Cool weather.
Easy walking across marsh and mud flats.

5.  Living Foraminifera of Bodega Head and the Bodega Marine Laboratory
(Saturday, July 9).     8:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  Cost:  $70, including
air-conditioned bus, box lunch, refreshments, wine tasting, dinner, and
informal guidebook.  Bus will pick up and return participants to Clark Kerr
Center at Berkeley.  Leader:  Prof. Jere H. Lipps, Museum of Paleontology,
U. C. Berkeley.  Limit:  45 participants.

You will drive through the scenic Marin and southern Sonoma Counties to the
University of California Bodega Marine Laboratory.  Most of this trip
encounters the melange deposits of the Mesozoic Franciscan Formation.
Participants will receive a guided tour of the research laboratories on
Horseshoe Cove followed by a survey of the diverse habitats of Bodega Head,
including exposed rocky shores, marsh, mud flat, and sandy beach.
Foraminiferal samples can be collected in each of these.  Easy walking.

6.  Geologic cross-section from the Berkeley Hills to Mount Diablo and tour
of the UC Berkeley Museum of Science, Art and Culture and the Behring
Automobile Museum (Saturday, July 9).   8:00 am to 1:00 PM.  Cost:  $25,
including air-conditioned bus, refreshments, admission to both museums, and
an informal guidebook.  Bus will pick up and return participants to the
Clark Kerr Center at Berkeley.  Leader:  Michelle Silk, Museum of
Paleontology, U. C. Berkeley.  Limit: 45 participants.

This trip will begin at the Clark Kerr Center and proceed through the
Berkeley Hills where the complex marine and non-marine sedimentary deposits
and volcanic rocks typical of this part of the California Coast Range are
well exposed.  As the trip winds through the hills, Mt. Diablo comes into
view.  Cretaceous through Pliocene marine and non-marine sediments are
visible on the flanks of the mountain.  Mt. Diablo, a California State
Park, will be climbed in the bus, providing opportunity to see the
stratigraphy of this thrust-formed mountain.  Following lunch, a special
tour of the UC Berkeley Museum's "Explorations of the Museum of
Paleontology" exhibit, which highlights fossils from the world-famous
Blackhawk Vertebrate Fossil Quarry on Mt. Diablo and the world's best
reconstruction of humankind's ancestor, the australopithicine "Lucy".
Opportunity will be available to see the world-famous UC Behring Automobile
Museum, a truly unique display exquisite cars, starting with the first ones
built in the late 1800's and proceeding to modern models.  This trip
returns to the Clark Kerr Center in time for participants to visit local
attractions or San Francisco.  Warm to hot weather.  Minimal walking.

 Clark Kerr Center Accommodation and Dining Package
We have negotiated a special conference package for meals and rooms (double
and single occupancy) in a combination of residence halls and suites at the
Clark Kerr Center, UC Berkeley.

We encourage you to choose a conference package for the following reasons:
1.  Convenience.  It is convenient and will contribute to the closeness of
the meeting and good interactions between participants to be eating,
sleeping, and meeting together in the same complex.  Suite accommodations
will allow couples and friends an extra opportunity for visiting and
discussion.  If you will not have a car or are not enthusiastic about
walking or cab fares, you should also consider this option seriously.
2.  Economy.  It is your least expensive option.  Because you will be
paying less for meals and accommodation than you would be for accommodation
alone or in a hotel or motel, you do not need to feel obligated to eat all
your meals at the center if you want to venture out to Berkeley
3.  Comfort.  Accommodations are spacious and comfortable.  Rooms are
equipped with telephones and smoking is permitted.

In both the suites and the residence halls there are two single beds per
Suites.  These have two and three bedrooms, attractive living rooms, and
one or two bathrooms.  Note that a couple wishing a suite to themselves can
pay the single occupancy rate for both bedrooms in a two-bedroom suite.
Residence halls.  Here most bedrooms do not have private bathrooms.  Each
floor has one, large central bathroom with private toilets, shower stalls,
and wash basins.  Men's and women's bathroom will be on alternate floors.

Your choices of packages (includes room and meals from afternoon of July 5
to morning of July 10, except dinner July 9): Single occupancy in a
residence hall (1 person/room 5 nights)          $315. Single occupancy in
a suite (1 person/room; 5 nights)                     $365 Double occupancy
in a residence hall (shared room; 5 nights)               $250. Double
occupancy in a suite (shared room; 5 nights)                       $275.

Clark Kerr Center parking.
Parking in Berkeley is extremely difficult, especially in the vicinity of
the Clark Kerr Center!  For those who have a car, parking is available at
the Center for $15 for the week.  If you require parking, please include
the fee in your registration.

Airports.  The Clark Kerr Center is 25 minutes from the Oakland Airport and
45 minutes from San Francisco International Airport.  Shuttle and limousine
services, buses and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) provide easy access.
Bus Service.  Check with the ground transportation desk for schedules.
Although cheap, buses are not so convenient and they require considerable
BART.  In order to use BART, you must take the AIR-BART shuttle at Oakland
Airport or the Airporter Bus at San Francisco to a BART station.  Then
board a Richmond line train and get off at the Berkeley BART station.  From
there take a taxi to the Clark Kerr Center.  This requires several
transfers from buses to BART to taxi, and could cost more than a shuttle.
Shuttle Services.  The Bay Area Shuttle Service (415-873-7771) will deliver
you to the Hotel Durant for approximately $10.  The Hotel Durant is 6
blocks from the Clark Kerr Center.  The Bay Porter Express (415-467-1800)
will take you directly from either airport to the Clark Kerr Center and
Campus (2601 Warring Street) for approximately $16 for the first person and
$10 for each additional person.  Reservations are recommended for both
services, although you may go to the shuttle pick-up area outside the
arrival areas to try to board a shuttle which is commonly possible.

 No Smoking Policy
The University of California has a no smoking policy in all public areas.
Smoking is prohibited in any common area (including meeting rooms,
hallways, lounges, restrooms, and the dining areas).  Smoking is allowed in
the individual sleeping rooms and outdoors at the Center.  The area where
we will hold our morning and afternoon coffee and tea breaks opens into a

A jogging track and outdoor basketball courts are available on site for
participants use.  In addition, the swimming pool is open hours and cost
will be posted.  The Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area, The Recreation
Sports Facility, and Harmon and Hearst Gymnasiums will also be available to
program participants.  Information on hours, locations, and fees will be
posted in the registration area in the lobby of the Center.

Tourist Attractions
Attractions, restaurants, and shops abound in the Berkeley, East Bay and
San Francisco areas.  On the University of California, Berkeley, main
campus are the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University Art Museum,
Pacific Film Archive, Botanical Garden, Sather Tower, Dow, Bancroft, Earth
Science and other libraries, and the campus grounds lushly covered in
redwoods, oaks, and other trees.  Just off-campus, is Telegraph Avenue,
famous for its unusual assortment of people and shops.  San Francisco is
easily accessible by BART from the Berkeley BART station.  Depart BART at
Powell Street in San Francisco and venture up Powell to Union Square.  Take
a cable car from the Powell Street stop to Fisherman's Wharf, viewing as
you go, much of the San Francisco flavor.  For further information about
these or other attractions, visit the lobby of the Clark Kerr Center.


Forams '94
Museum of Paleontology
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720 USA
fax:  (510) 642-1822
muspaleo at


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