Star*sand is actively looking for contributors. The project welcomes contributions from anyone interested in documenting the richness of foraminiferal diversity, including:
- foraminiferologists (both biologists and geologists)
- researchers working in other fields (such as paleoclimatology) who use forams in their research
- microscopists and photographers who use foraminiferans as subjects
- interested laypeople, including students at all levels.
The initial stage of the project focuses on images and information about species, but other datatypes are also sought; these will be integrated into the database as the project matures. All contributions are credited to their contributor and provided with a full citation if they have been previously published.
The editorial staff of the Journal of Foraminiferal Research has graciously given us permission to use images which they have published, as long as the author offers to contribute the images to star*sand and a citation to the journal article is provided. Star*sand staff especially appreciate digital versions of images, but can also process published plates.
To contribute, or learn more about the process, please contact the Curator.