News and Announcements

Cushman Foundation to celebrate its 70th Anniversary

2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Cushman Foundation by curators at the US National Museum.  The Foundation will celebrate this anniversary with Special Sessions at the 2020 Geological Society of America meeting in Montreal and at other meetings that occur that year, with special receptions and a special exhibit booth for 2020 with some really outstanding posters, and with special issues of JFR.  During the celebration, which has started already, special papers on the history of the Foundation and other special topics will be published in the Journal of Foraminiferal Research.  Watch this page for further details and upcoming events.

GSA 2020 - Montréal, Québec, Canada, 25–28 October, a good international site for our celebration.

The Joseph A. Cushman Award for Student Travel applications are due August 15 for fall and winter 2019 meetings.  Details can be found at

Cushman Foundation Symposium, abstract deadline June 25

We invite you to submit an abstract for the Cushman Foundation's topical session #T123 at the Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Sept. 22-25. The topical session will be held on Tuesday afternoon with the annual Awards Ceremony and Reception to follow that evening. 


T123. Cushman Foundation Symposium: Addressing Coastal Concerns with Micropaleontological Applications to Environmental Proxies, Reconstructions, and Deep-Time Analogs
Natural and anthropogenic changes to marine coastlines will be investigated with micropaleontology that develops paleoclimate analogs and environmental proxies for problems such as extreme storm events, pollution, acidification, and sea-level rise.

Oceans are rising, nutrients and pollutants are overloading coastal systems, corals are dying, extreme storm events are likely increasing, and these are all in addition to long-term problems such as coastal erosion and earthquakes. Geologists are responding by using the paleontologic record to understand the history of their timing and the probable relationships to environmental and anthropogenic changes, and to predict future changes to coastlines.

The stratigraphic record presents a history of pre- and post-impact environmental settings for natural and human degradation such as eutrophication and pollution. Foraminiferal data from many surface and core samples have contributed significantly to understanding coastal evolution and paleoanalogs for the effects of global warming. For example, historic records of tsunamis and hurricanes are too short to fully capture the spatial range and temporal occurrence of these rare but destructive events, and microfossils can serve as a proxy. The development of foraminifera as environmental proxies for problems such as sea level rise and pollution is based on modern systems and then applied to paleoenvironments and paleoclimate. Discovering the past record of coastal processes helps us understand and cope with current problems induced by climatic and anthropogenic changes.

Deadline for abstract submission is June 25 11:59 Pacific Time, at Choose the hyperlink for Topical Sessions and select T123. 

Submissions that cannot be fit into this session of oral presentations will be considered for one of the poster sessions also sponsored by the Cushman Foundation:  "T120. Oceans and Climates throughout Earth's History: From Proxy Reconstructions to Model Assessments," and "T122. Insights from Microfossils and Their Modern Analogs: From Traditional to Emerging Approaches."

We hope to see you at the Cushman Foundation's Symposium and the Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception!

Sincerely yours,
Laurel S. Collins, Zoë R.F. Verlaak, Maria N. Sider
Co-organizers, 2019 Cushman Foundation Symposium

Call for Applications for Student Directors of the Cushman Foundation

The Cushman Foundation’s Board of Directors seeks applications of members of the Cushman Foundation who are doctoral students and researchers within 3 years of earning a PhD to join the Board for one 1-year term and one 2-year term with full voting rights and full participation in the control and management of the property and affairs of the Foundation. After the first term, the normal duration for student/early career Directors will be two years. Note that Directors cannot apply for research or travel grants from the Foundation. 

Student/Postdoctoral Directors will be expected to attend the annual business meeting of the Cushman Foundation, which is held on the Saturday before the Geological Society of America Annual Meetings. Travel and hotel costs for participation in the Board Meetings will be paid for by the Cushman Foundation. The next Board meeting will take place on 21 September in Phoenix, Arizona, and we would like the newly elected Directors to attend even though this precedes the official beginning of their terms.

To apply, please submit a package that includes: (1) your CV; (2) a letter of recommendation from your Ph.D. and/or postdoctoral advisor; and (3) a statement of your professional goals, why you are interested in the study of foraminifera, and why you would like to join the Board of Directors. Please email your application package to Brian Huber ( by May 15, 2019.

JFR Publishing Frequency Change:

Beginning in 2020, the Journal of Foraminiferal Research will be published quarterly online, with two issues combined into a single printing that will be mailed twice per year.

The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
Phoenix, Arizona, 22-25 September 2019
Sessions sponsored by The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research

T123. Cushman Foundation Symposium: Addressing Coastal Concerns with Micropaleontological Applications to Environmental Proxies, Reconstructions, and Deep-Time Analogs

T84. Scientific Ocean Drilling’s Impact on Geoscience: Past, Present, and Future

T107. Volcanism, Impacts, and Phanerozoic Mass Extinctions: Discovering a Common Cause and Planning for the 6th Mass Extinction

T115. The Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum Recorded in Continental Margin Sections: Constraining Timing and Cause of Carbon Injection

T120. Oceans and Climates throughout Earth’s History: From Proxy Reconstructions to Model Assessments (Posters)

T122. Insights from Microfossils and Their Modern Analogs: From Traditional to Emerging Approaches (Posters)

Watch the CF Facebook page for details regarding the Cushman Foundation Awards Reception

FORAMS 2018, 17-22 June 2018, Edinburgh Scotland

The Forams 2018 symposium, organized by Kate Darling and Bill Austin, was held in the lovely and historic city of Edinburgh Scotland from 17-22 June.  The well-organized meeting included a vast array of oral and poster presentations, which revealed that our subdiscipline is applying numerous cutting-edge methods to make great strides in understanding our organisms of choice. A total of 424 delegates, from 40 countries, attended the meeting. The session program included three plenary talks during the morning, three parallel symposium sessions during the afternoon, daily poster sessions, and several options for a mid-week field trip. Eighteen students received funding from the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research to help defray their costs to attend Forams 2018.  These students were from eight countries (Austria 1; Czech Republic 1; France 1; Israel 4; Japan 1; Norway 1; UK 1; US 8). The Foundation sponsored a reception open to all delegates the evening of 19 June, where delectable finger foods such as Scottish smoked salmon pretzels and diverse beverages were served.  During the reception, Brian Huber gave a presentation regarding the Foundation’s history and activities, including introducing student travel award recipients.  Immediately after the reception, the Foundation also partially sponsored a traditional Ceilidh dance, where approximately 200 delegates danced Scottish reels and disco well into the night. The Foundation looks forward to Forams 2022, which will be convened in Perugia, Italy.

Cushman Foundation Grants and Awards

2019 Buzas Award for Travel (BAT) to Visit the Cushman Collection

·         Maria Sider; research compares benthic foraminiferal assemblages from fossil and modern Caribbean reefs. Florida International University, USA

·         Seth Sutton; “The Influence of the mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum and Middle Miocene Transition on Benthic Foraminiferal Communities”. East Carolina University, USA

Awarded each year in April, the Buzas Award for Travel was established in 2017 by Dr. Martin A. Buzas, Past Director and President of the Foundation, and his family to support research at the world-famous Cushman Collection of foraminifera at the US Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA.  The award is open to graduate students and professional researchers who can demonstrate a need to use the collection and associated facilities. For more information and to apply, please visit

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: