News and Announcements

Journal of Foraminiferal Research new incoming Editor

The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research would like to announce the recent selection of Marci Robinson as the incoming Editor of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research (JFR) in 2022. Marci is a Research Geologist at the United States Geological Survey in Reston, VA and is a Micropaleontologist specializing in foraminifera and climate change research. Marci will be transitioning with current Editors Ann Holbourn and Wolfgang Kuhnt, whom we thank for their excellent job.

Accessibility, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity (AIDE), and Ethics Statement

The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research (CFFR) is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all our members and those within the larger community studying foraminifera and allied organisms. We encourage the exchange of scientific ideas, data, endeavors, and international collaborations. The mission and vision of CFFR is to welcome and support our international community and diverse members. The CFFR does not discriminate in its activities and services to our members or those within the broader community based on but not limited to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, socioeconomic status, and parental/caregiver status. The CFFR continues to ensure that all activities related to and sponsored by the Foundation are conducted professionally, with all participants treated with respect and dignity.

CFFR’s privilege and duty is to serve our community and members and to broaden participation in the sciences related to foraminifera and allied organisms. We have and will continue to increase accessibility, equity, and inclusion for our community members through our grants, fellowships, and awards; continued financial support to our members to participate in foraminiferal-centric meetings and workshops; and through our reduced membership rates for students and those in developing nations.

CFFR’s goal is to determine how we can continue to best support our members and increase access to and diversity within the geosciences. Together, our Board continues to have conversations about AIDE and invites input on the best ways to further our mission and vision.

CFFR is an affiliated society of the Geological Society of America and as such applies and abides by the code of The Geological Society of America Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct.

GSA Connects 2021 

This year the annual Geological Society of America meeting will be in Portland, Oregon from Oct 10-13. While we hope to meet in-person, proposals are being accepted for both in-person and online sessions and short courses. More information can be found at  

Talks from GSA Connects 2020 are still available for viewing. Registered participants of the meeting may access the presentations until October 31, 2021 at

New Cushman Foundation Special Publication! 

No. 48. Atlas of Shallow-Water Tropical Benthic Foraminifera from Moorea (Society Islands, French Polynesia). Fajemila, O.T., Langer, M.R., and Lipps, J.H, 2020, 107 p., 33 pls.

This beautiful volume documents the diversity, structure, and composition of faunal assemblages from reef, lagoon, inlet, marsh and mangrove habitats on Moorea. Located 18 km east of Tahiti, Moorea is a young volcanic island that is a key spot for trans-Pacific faunal exchange. Valuable indicators of water quality and reef health, the foraminifera of Moorea provide a means for comparison to biogeographic regions across the Pacific. With 515 species illustrated on 33 plates, the atlas will be a classic reference for many years. Orders:

Cushman Foundation Grants and Awards

Travel Grants: The deadlines for Joseph A. Cushman Award for Student Travel and the Buzas Award for Travel have been extended to April 1st. Awards are contingent on lifting of travel restrictions.  

The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research

Nominations are sought for the Joseph A. Cushman Award, which was established to honor living researchers who have made outstanding contributions in the field of foraminiferology. Nominations are considered at the Cushman Foundation Board of Director's annual business meeting, which occurs each year in conjunction with the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. A nomination letter and up to three support letters should each be a maximum of two pages. The nomination letter must include a 300-word summary of the reason for nomination. The nominator of the awardee will have primary responsibility for writing the citation to be read at the Cushman Foundation Annual Reception. Nominations and supporting letters received by 1 September will be considered during the subsequent CF Board of Director's business meeting. Nominations received after 1 September will be considered during the following calendar year. Nominations may remain active for up to three years. For more details visit:

Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship

The Cushman Foundation seeks applications in January‒February each year for the Johanna M. Resig Foraminiferal Research Fellowship. 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 US dollar value of the fellowship in 2020 is anticipated to be $25,000. The purpose of the fellowship is to recognize and forward the careers of outstanding doctoral candidates committed to the advancement of foraminiferal research. The fellowship is restricted to advanced doctoral candidates and is intended to provide major support for the awardee’s last 1–2 years of graduate research. Proposals are judged upon scientific merit and financial need. Application materials must be merged into a single pdf document and submitted to with “Resig Award application” in the subject line. Application materials must be received by 1 March of the application year, with decisions to be announced in April. Details are available at: