Deep-ocean paleoceanography and ostracodes



Ostracodes are small, bivalved Crustacea commonly preserved in deep-sea sediments that are well suited for faunal, trace-element, and isotopic analyses in paleoceanography of deep-ocean environments. Twenty deepsea ostracode specialists from eight countries met at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center, Reston, Va., from July 12 to 14 at a workshop entitled “Recent Ostracoda from the Deep and Intermediate Ocean: Application to Paleoceanography.” The workshop was sponsored by the USGS Global Change and Climate History Program, and its major goal was to develop a data base on recent ostracodes from the world's deep-sea environments and to fully realize their potential in deep-sea paleoceanographic research.