Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship

The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and forward the careers of outstanding doctoral candidates committed to the advancement of foraminiferal research.  This fellowship is made possible by a gift from the estate of Johanna M. Resig, a lifelong specialist on Foraminifera and former editor of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research.

The fellowship will be awarded to an advanced doctoral candidate.


a.   Criteria for awarding the fellowship include an excellent research topic involving Foraminifera, a strong academic record, and evidence of interest in a career involving foraminiferal research such as participation at conferences through oral presentations or posters, and a publication record.


b.   The fellowship is intended to provide major support for students’ last 1-2 years of graduate research.

The fellowship application must include the following:


a.    2-page summary of the research project in progress.


b.   List of current and pending financial support, including source, amount and purpose of each.


c.    Official transcripts of graduate coursework.


d.   2-3 page curriculum vitae that includes educational background, career goals, publications and meeting presentations, and other information relevant to the applicant’s research potential.


e.   Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation advisor that:


1.   ascertains that the applicant has completed all academic requirements for the doctorate (e.g., required coursework, research proposal acceptance by advisory committee, and qualifying examinations, as required by the institution) except completion of research and dissertation;

2.   provides evidence of the applicant’s enthusiasm for and commitment to foraminiferal research; and

3.   indicates how the award can significantly assist the applicant in completing her/his dissertation within 1-2 years.


f.    Two additional letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s research and career potential, and that provide evidence of the applicant’s enthusiasm for and commitment to foraminiferal research.

Applicants must hold membership in the Cushman Foundation.

All application materials must be received by March 1.  Letters or supporting    materials sent separately should clearly state their purpose in support of the applicant. All application materials should be sent to the Cushman Foundation’s Secretary/Treasurer in hard copy or by email. The preferred format for electronic submission is pdf. Other acceptable formats are MSWord and Wordperfect.

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2017 Johanna M. Resig Awardee

Anieke Brombacher, "Disentangling synergistic climate drivers on the evolution of planktonic foraminifera".  National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK.

2016 Johanna M. Resig Awardees

Elizabeth Brown, “Morphological variability in the Globigerinoides ruber-elongatus plexus and its implications.” University of South Florida, USA.

Emily Osborne, "Development and Application of Foraminiferal Carbonate System Proxies to Quantify Ocean Acidification within the California Current System." University of South Carolina, USA.

2015 Johanna M. Resig Awardees

Catherine Davis, "Planktic Foraminifera of the Central California Margin: Seasonality and Laboratory Culture for applications in Paleothermometry and Paleoceanography," University of California, Davis, USA.


Natasha Mendez-Ferrer, "Characterizing photic stress in Amphistegina gibbosa d’Orbigny," University of South Florida, USA.

Kate Salmon, "How has recent ocean acidification affected the biocalcification and ecology of planktonic foraminifera?” Open University, United Kingdom.

2014 Johanna M. Resig Awardees

Roberto Sierra, "Phylogenomics of Foraminifera," University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Jennifer Hertzberg, “Mg/Ca Paleothermometry in Planktonic Foraminifera: Proxy Refinement and Applications in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific,” Texas A&M University, USA.

Claudio Stalder, "Benthic foraminifera assemblages from cold-water coral ecosystems: comparing active, declining, buried modern and fossil analogues, "University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Kate Leigh Strachan," Reconstructing sea-level change along the east and south coast of South Africa," University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

2013 Johanna M. Resig Awardee

Manuel Weinkauf, "Morphological variability and symmetry of foraminiferal shells in response to rapid environmental change," University of Bremen, Germany.