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