Loeblich and Tappan Student Research Award

This Award was established in 2004 in memory of Alfred R. Loeblich, Jr. and Helen Tappan. The award supports undergraduate and graduate student research on any aspect of living or fossil foraminifera or other protists, such as diatoms, coccolithophorids, dinoflagellates, acritarchs, or radiolaria. Research on geochemistry using microfossils only as geochemical indicators is not funded; however, geochemistry that relates to any aspect of living or fossil foraminifera is fundable and should be explained.

Current students with developed research projects in these areas are encouraged to apply for support. Applicants must be Cushman Foundation members at the time of application. To apply you will need to fill out the application form and provide a description of the proposed research, why it is important, a detailed budget with justification for the expenditures and a curriculum vitae. Budgets should provide sufficient detail that a complete understanding of the financial aspects of the proposed work is clear. A letter of support from the student's faculty advisor is also required. These should be sent to by email to cushmanfoundation@gmail.com. No award will be made for more than $3000. The Board of Directors reserves the right to make no awards or to make awards that differ from the requested budget.

Proposals must be submitted by 1 March. Decisions will be made by the Board of Directors by late April.

A letter reporting the progress of the awardee and use of the Foundation's funds is expected within two years after the award. The Board of Directors hopes that the awardees will submit their results to one of the Foundation's publications, and in any case, requests that acknowledgment of the award be included in any thesis, dissertation or publication that results from work supported by an award of the Foundation.

Proposals will be judged upon scientific merit and financial need. Proposals should consist of an application form, a short (1-3 pages) summary of the student's research, a curriculum vitae, a budget and a letter of support from the advisor. Previous awardees should include a short summary of research completed with the award. Decisions will be made by the Cushman Foundation Board of Directors by late April. Proposals should be submitted by 1 March and sent by email to cushmanfoundation@gmail.com.

Previous Loeblich and Tappan Student Research Award winners include:


  • Francesca Caridi, “Benthic foraminifera and cigarette butts toxicity: worst than plastic?.” Università Politecnica, Ancona, Italy
  • Xiaoyi Guo, "Seasonal hypoxia  in the Yangtze River Estuary indicated by trace elements on benthic foraminiferal shells." Ocean University of China, Qingdao, Shandong
  • Shari Rohret, "Ultrastructural analysis of hydrothermal vent-associated foraminifera: Surveying for symbionts and cellular modifications." Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program


  • Roni Tadir, “Late Cretaceous SST reconstruction based on the most reliable surface-water indicator, Pseudoguembelina.” Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


  • Eric Eubanks, “Distribution of encrusting foraminifera at Mayaguana, Bahamas: determining assemblage composition and relationship to food availability.” Auburn University, USA.
  • Krystyna Kornecki, “Heavy metal sequestration in testate amoebae bioadhesive.” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
  • Joseane Marques, “Anthropogenic influence in Brazilian coral reefs: foraminifera as indicators of environmental health.” Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil.
  • Sarah Trubovitz, “Quantifying radiolarian macroevolution through morphology, biodiversity, and silica usage across major Cenozoic climate shifts.” University of Nevada, USA.
  • Bethany Walker, “Freshwater diatom response to mining activity in a subalpine lake in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains.” University of Colorado, USA.


  • Braden Gregory, "The effect of arsenic on arcellininid communities – towards developing arcellininids as a proxy for paleo-As concentrations." Carleton University, Canada.
  • Katarzyna Melaniuk, "Assessing the relationship between living foraminifera and methane emission in the Arctic." UiT Arctic University of Norway, Norway.
  • Nawaf Nasser, "High spatio-temporal resolution assessment of Arcellinina (Testate Amoebae) as bio-indicators of legacy mine contamination in the Canadian Subarctic." Carleton University, Canada.
  • Jason Padgett, "The application of intertidal foraminifera to reconstruct strike normal variability of coastal subsidence during the Cascadia AD 1700 earthquake in Washington, USA." University of Rhode Island, USA.
  • Elizabeth Tedder, "Holocene benthic foraminiferal assemblages of tidal inlet deposits along Cedar Island, VA, USA: insights into storm impacts, breach dynamics and inlet evolution." George Mason University, USA.
  • Kara Vadman, "Mg/Ca-temperature calibration and reconstruction of bottom water paleotemperatures on the Sabrina Coast, East Antarctica using benthic foraminifer Trifarina angulosa." University of South Florida, USA.


  • Megan Fung, "Exploring Early Eocene hyperthermals from an onshore corehole on the New Jersey paleo-continental shelf (ODP 174AX)," Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA.
  • Christian Haller, 'A modern analog in storm deposit preservation: the foraminifera in the “Storm of the Century,” ' University of South Florida, USA.
  • Sarah White, "Using foraminiferal B/Ca to constrain the effect of dissolution on key Pliocene Mg/Ca temperature records," University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.


  • Elizabeth Brown, "Geochemical and morphological discrepancies in fossil foraminifera: an application to paleoceanographic proxy reconstruction," University of South Florida, USA.
  • Paris Stefanoudis, "The biomass of benthic foraminifera at the PAP – insights from morphometric analyses and X-ray tomography," University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
  • Jaimie Little, "Development of high-resolution sea level records for the South Atlantic," University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA.


  • Chiara Borrelli, “B/Ca as an ocean pH proxy: a new calibration study using cultured benthic foraminifera and synthetic calcite,” Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA. 
  • Martina de Freitas Prazeres, “Benthic foraminifera as a tool for detecting environmental changes on the Great Barrier Reef,” University of Queensland, Australia. 
  • Ben Ross, “Dormancy in the foraminifera: a new direction in understanding responses to environmental insults,” University of South Florida, USA.
  • Dominique Wojcieszek, “Using B/Ca in Cibicidoides pachyderma from the West Florida Shelf as an ocean acidification paleo-proxy in depths shallower than 1000 meters,” University of South Florida, USA.


Phoebe Cohen, Ph.D. student, Harvard University, USA - "Investigations into the Morphology and Taxonomic Affinity of Enigmatic Precambrian Siliceous Scales from the Tindir Formation, Yukon Territories and Alaska"

Bill Wood, M.Sc. student, National University Ireland, Galway, Ireland - "Palaeoclimatological and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of Galway Bay, Ireland during Holocene"


Deniz Altin, Ph.D. student, The University of Georgia, Department of Geology, USA - "The application of the total evidence phylogenetic approach for phylogenetic reconstruction of selected allogromiid foraminifera of Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA"

Lorraine Casazza, Ph.D. student, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology, USA - "Endosymbiosis in an Eocene Nummulite"


Peter van Hengstum, PhD student, School of Geography and Geology, McMaster University, Canada - "Developing the concurrent use of thecamoebians and foraminifera as a paleoenvironmental archive in the subterranean flooded cave systems of Quintana Roo, Mexico"

Christopher Stanton, MS Student, Dept. of Geological Science, East Carolina University, USA - "Holocene Stratigraphy, Micropaleontology, and Environmental Change: North Carolina Inner Shelf"


Barry A. Taylor, PhD student, School of Earth & Geographical Sciences, The University of Western Australia - "Palynostratigraphy of the Valanginian to Lower Aptian succession in the
Carnarvon Basin: a critical framework for petroleum exploration on the
North West Shelf of Australia

Tom Dunkley Jones, PhD student, Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, University of London, UK - "Climate Dynamics, Phytoplankton Productivity and Global Cooling through the Eocene-Oligocene Transition"