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A1 Biogeochemical Cycles and Foraminifera: proxy incorporation and interpretation
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Summary

Foraminifera are sensitive to, and can serve as recorders of, their biogeochemical environment. This means that foraminiferal shell and organic component chemistry, as well as morphology and assemblage composition, can provide tracers of ocean basin scale biogeochemical cycles, regional conditions and human impacts on those conditions. Accessing these tracers requires an understanding of foraminiferal control on shell chemistry and morphometrics as well as knowledge of foraminiferal ecological response to biogeochemical conditions. This session addresses the following questions: (a) how does the biogeochemistry of the foraminifera and the environments they inhabit affect the isotopic, trace element, organic component, morphometry and assemblage characteristics of their record? and (b) from this, what proxies can we access to trace biogeochemical cycles from planetary to regional scales, and in natural as well as human impacted environments? We invite abstracts addressing foraminiferal responses to their chemical environment, foraminiferal control of tracers reflecting that environment, and the ways that their responses lead to proxies of contemporary and past biogeochemical conditions
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