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Barry Fordham

Barry is a micropaleontologist with specialties in foraminifera, conodonts, phylogeny, databases, biostratigraphy, and regional geology. His BSc at the University of Queensland gave him a very solid grounding across geology. His PhD there, however, ended up being a fresh look at how to deal with the taxonomy and biostratigraphy of fossils given Darwinian evolution - yes, a little slow to respond to Charles’ theory! His subject was Cenozoic planktic forams, using Miocene–Pleistocene oozes from two Deep Sea Drilling Project Sites (Lord Howe Rise; east equatorial Pacific). Barry concluded that fossils could indeed be dealt with as evolutionary entities, with a host of flow-on advantages for applications in paleontology and other fields, but his solutions, presented in the thesis and later a monograph or two, have proved problematic for his peers. However, this insight still drives many of his research passions.

Barry's work profile

Barry works in the following sector(s): University

Barry's primary institution is: Australian National University

Barry's position is: Campus Visitor

Barry's work in taxonomy 

Barry has the following roles: Collecting, Specimen preparation, Identification, Research, Collection Management, Information Management, Editing publishing and reviewing

Barry's skills are in Species delimitation, Phylogenetics, Classification, Nomenclature, Other

Barry works on the taxonomy of Protists, Forams, Animals, Vertebrates, Foraminifera

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Barry is happy to be contacted for the following reasons:

Contact from others in the taxonomy community regarding taxonomy-related issues

Contact from members of the public for advice in areas of expertise (but not for identifications)

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Contact re potential citizen science projects that could contribute to taxonomic research

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