Frequently Asked Questions
- Aren't there other foram databases available?
- Can I use images from the site?
- What's that thing in the upper left corner?
Yes. There are several independent databases that maintain information about foraminiferans. A (probably non-comprehensive) list is provided in the Related Websites page.
For the current project, the micro*scope platform was chosen for its powerful search capabilities and flexibility. Because it also integrates with hundreds of other databases on taxonomy, protistology, and other related fields, sophisticated data-mining becomes possible.
In addition, most existing foram database resources focus on the hard-shelled, multilocular foraminiferans, especially fossil forams. Very little information about the less conspicuous allogromiid species is available online. The star*sand project is intended as a resource that includes information about the full range of foram diversity, and covers both biological and geological data.
The images (and other data) in star*sand are contributed by individual researchers. Policies for use are in accordance with Science Commons guidelines. The content is freely available for personal and non-commercial uses, although acknowledgement should be given if the material is used in its original or in a modified form. Private use of the images (such as for a personal field guide) is encouraged. Commercial use of the images must be negotiated; contact the curator to learn who must give permission for a particular image.
It's a Photoshopped version of an SEM (scanning electron micrograph) of a foram called Calcarina defrancii. The original image was taken by Bryan McCloskey; the graphics work (like the rest of the site design) was done by Andrea Habura.
The background image for the navigation menu is the same foram, at higher magnification. It's an image of the surface of the central part of the test.
Coming Soon: To change the appearance of the site, click on the "stylesheet switcher" below the navigation menu in any of the pages. This will change the color scheme and "spokesforam" for the site.