Frances Lawrence Parker (1906–2002), micropaleontologist and pioneer of paleoceanography

Wolfgang H. BERGER

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 1 (6) - Pages 471-477

Published on 31 December 2002

This article is a part of the thematic issue International symposium – Tribute to Alcide d'Orbigny – Muséum, Paris, 1st to 5th July 2002 – Part I

Frances L. Parker made important contributions to the knowledge of benthic and planktonic Foraminifera, both in respect to taxonomy and to biogeographic and stratigraphic distributions. Her work became part of the foundations of modern paleoceanography, which may be said to begin with the results of the Swedish Deep-Sea Expedition (R/V Alabatross, 1947–1948). Among her most significant works is a demonstration of warm-cold cycles in the Mediterranean, based on Albatross cores, a reorganization of the classification of recent planktonic foraminifers, and a study of lineages in planktonic foraminifers for the Late Cenozoic.


F.L. Parker, Foraminifera, Palaeoceanography

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