PALYNOLOGY WEB SITES OF THE MONTH for 1998-99
The month of November, 1999, features two
web sites! Rather than get caught in a "Ford vs.
Chevy" argument, I'll mention two web sites that provide
software of interest to palynologists in particular, and
biogstratigraphers in general.
Kovach Computing Services
provides software for both MAC and DOS platforms.
The PAZ Software
programs are written for the Macintosh platform.
Both provide a host of full-featured programs for data analysis and
I'll leave it up to you to visit the two
sites shop for the software that is right for you.
Here's a brief list (just five each!) of what's available
at these two excellent and very useful sites.
The Palynology Site of the Month for October, 1999. The instant
Paul Strother's Weston Observatory
web site loads, you know you're in for something special.
We're not in the Quaternary any more, Toto.
There's Zap Comics' Mr. Natural on the cover of
"NATURE", pointing at a
pile of brown acritarchs! (actually I'd a hundred
times rather look at the light micrographs than false-color
SEM's.) Paul's page is a mad cap tour of his extensive research
program (just eight of the projects), plus a few
news items covering future research, some links, and email
addresses for the Weston Lab researchers. There's also a link
to Paul's Boston College
web site, which is less palynological.
Of the many pages at this site, my personal favorite is the
Grand Canyon page.
Recall that the Grand Canyon
in general and Grand Canyon palynology
in particular are "causes" for the creationists.
This may not be Kansas, but the real science on Paul's page is a welcome
change from the other stuff that clogs the search engines.
And, don't forget to read his NSF disclaimer!
The Palynology Site of the Month for September, 1999 is the
Areawide Pest Management Research Unit (APMRU)'s
pollen site created by
It hosts the most extensive collection of Scanning Electron Micrographs
of pollen and spores on the web, and a whole lot more.
It includes a
techniques section for preparing insect-borne pollen.
and links to other
on the internet.
In addition to many light micrographs and SEM's. The taxonomic coverage is of Southeastern U.S.A.
are arranged in a table,
by family (71 families). Just click on the family name and
a pollen grain pops up.
To use the
you need a copy of:
Jones, Gretchen D., et al. 1995.
Pollen of the Southeastern United States: With Emphasis on Melissopalynology and Entomology.
The American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Foundation.
[Order Here!] just $12.00!
The mini-plates (see example above) link to larger images from the book. The
example above is plate 24. Clicking on that image provides a larger image and
for each grain, and a table entry of the book's micrograph no.;
the plant family, genus, species, and authority;
the grain's pollen class; and it's ornamentation. But, to find the grain
in the first place, by its name, class, etc. you'll need the book.
The Palynology Site of the Month for August, 1999,
is the APLF
web page. The ASSOCIATION DES PALYNOLOGUES DE LANGUE FRANÇAISE
(APLF) is one of several National an International linguistic and
specialty organizations that promote palynology. The APLF hosted
the 8th International Pollen Congress September 6-12, 1992 in
Aix-en-Provence. The APLE site includes the addresses of it members.
It is maintained by a team of mysterious international
||The Palynology Site of the Month for July, 1999 is
hosted by the
Palynology Group of the British Micropaleontological Society BMSPG, and
was created by Ian Boomer (University of
Newcastle) and Giles Miller (Natural History Museum, London).
This small, simple site hosts periodic notes on activities of the group, and
links to other palynological sites.
And, as a member of
the British Micropaleontological Society, it includes links to several
other kinds of microfossils, including
as well as useful links to
The Palynology Site of the Month for June, 1999 is
hosted by the
Institute for Quaternary Geology at Uppsala University, Sweden.
They have produced a very large and very well-organized collection
of photomicrographs of pollen that is available on the web.
contains links to
as well as
to pollen identification literature.
The format is simple and in English, and the server is fast!
This is a wonderfully usefull, site containing many, many light micrographs
of pollen grains. My hat's off the the folks who did us all this great service.
The Palynology Site of the Month for May, 1999 is
University of Nebraska Pollen Class Pages.
Karl has done a terrific job of putting the basics of
palynological instruction on the internet. The topics
for GEO 996 Palynology Techniques include
The "Pollen Wash" archeological technique.
And, for GEO 446 - 846 there are illustrated lectures on
Pollen Aperatures and
among other topics.
Karl's site gets my vote for the best palynology-
education page on the internet. It's HTML format is
simple and attractive, and it is accessable to everyone.
The Palynology Site of the Month (one "page," actually) of the month for April, 1999 is
The Manitoba Pollen Scum Page.
"Palynology" is not a household word! So, I
am very pleased to find this page that features
pine pollen at an elementary level, including a
clear description of pollen function. The Manitoba
Environment, Water Quality Management Section
has listed the pine pollen page between "swimmer itch"
and "natural foam," but all three are treated accurately
at a level accessible to the K - 12 audience.
There's even a pollen-scum drawing!
You may fault the pollen-grain illustration, but the page
gets my vote for best K-12 pollen-education on the internet.
The Palynology Site of the Month for March, 1999 is
Dr. Terry J. Hutter's web site,
The Paleozoic Palynomorph of the Month.
is featured for each of 41 months.
Each month has a high-quality micrograph of the palynomorph,
the original nomenclature citation for the palynomorph, and amendments,
morphological characteristics, and comments regarding the geographical,
geological, and chronological distribution of the palynomorph.
The web page, one of many maintained by Hutter
(follow the links !) is clean and well-designed and features
an unobtrusive Java applet that doesn't disrupt browsers that
aren't Java-enabled. The quality of the information and execution
of this web page are exemplary.
The Palynology Site of the Month for February, 1999 is the
Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology LPP
web site, hosting
The Glossary of Pollen and Spore Terminology
The Glossary is edited by LPP Graduate Student
and is maintained by an
The site is an electronic version of LPP's 1996 publication
The page includes an Introduction,
a five-part glossary, and a literature survey. Each
term is carefully defined, with a literature review. Many of the terms
are excellently illustrated, in color.
- Punt, Blackmore, Nilsson and LeThomas. (1994)
Glossary of Pollen and Spore Terminology
Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology Contributions Series No. 1
This is certainly one of the most attractive and useful palynology
web sites on the internet, and it gets my vote for being the
best internet publication in palynology.
And, it's **FREE OF CHARGE**.
The Palynology Site of the Month for January, 1999 is
The AASP Web Page
This site is managed by
It contains a number of usefull pages, and the one I most often use
World palynology e-mail & WWW directory.
The directory provides both the e-mail address for palynologists world-wide,
and an e-mail link to them through the server's "mailto" utility.
The site is written in simple HTML, fast to load, and compatible with most browsers.
The site gives background information on the American
Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP), and information
on how to join. Some other useful pages of the AASP site include its
Tables of Contents & Abstracts for recent volumes of AASP's journal
PALYNOLOGY, and Titles and Abstracts for recent AASP meetings.
The site hosts FTP downloads of the seventeen AASP "PALYDISKS" of
bibliographic information and software. Other pages include an AASP
Members bulletin board, and a Trading Center for books .... (updated 3/00)
The Palynology Site of the Month for December, 1998 is
The CAP web page
The CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PALYNOLOGISTS (CAP) site is managed by
(Alwynne B. Beaudoin.
It is a simple HTML site, fast to load, and compatible with most browsers.
The site focuses on CAP activities and membership, and even displays
the organization's by-laws. It has a page with links to five
Canadian Institutions with Palynology Programs, and addresses
(including e-mail links) to
Some nice services the site provides are pages of links to
palynology-related sites on the internet, and to
Don't forget to set a bookmark on your browser to the list of
Palynologists' Equipment and Laboratory Supplies
The Palynology Site of the Month for November, 1998 is
The IFPS web page
The International Federation of Palynological Societies (IFPS)
site contains links to IFPS affiliate societies, and e-mail
links to IFPS Officers. It also hosts a searchable database
of the addresses, e-mail addresses, and web pages of over 4000 IFPS