Ostracod crustaceans, common microfossils in marine and freshwater sedimentary records, supply evidence of past climatic conditions via indicator species, transfer function and mutual climatic range approaches as well as the trace element and stable isotope geochemistry of their shells. As methods of using ostracods as Quaternary palaeoclimate proxies have developed, so too has a critical awareness of their complexities, potential and limitations. This book combines up-to-date reviews (covering previous work and summarising the state of the art) with presentations of new, cutting-edge science (data and interpretations as well as methodological developments) to form a major reference work that will constitute a durable bench-mark in the science of Ostracoda and Quaternary climate change.


Key Features

  • In-depth and focused treatment of palaeoclimate applications
  • Provides durable benchmark and guide for all future work on ostracods
  • Presents new, cutting-edge science



This book will be of interest to academics in many fields, such as biology, geology, palaeontology, natural history and the environmental sciences/climate change in general. Primarily, of course, it will be a standard work of reference for any scientist working on fossil or Recent ostracods.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1. A General Introduction to Ostracods

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Morphology

1.3 Distribution

1.4 Fossil Record

1.5 Applications

1.6 Conclusions


Chapter 2. The Ecology of Ostracoda Across Levels of Biological Organisation from Individual to Ecosystem

2.1 Introduction

2.2 General Aspects of Ostracod Biology

2.3 Ecology of Individuals

2.4 Ecology of Populations

2.5 Interactions with Other Species

2.6 Community and Ecosystems Ecology

2.7 Concluding Remarks


Further Reading

Chapter 3. Ostracod Taxa as Palaeoclimate Indicators in the Quaternary

3.1 Introduction and the Early Palaeoclimatic Studies on Ostracoda

3.2 From Living Populations to Fossil Assemblages

3.3 Indicator Species and Assemblage Composition

3.4 The Genus and Supra-generic Units

3.5 Quantitative Approaches

3.6 Conclusions


Further Reading

Chapter 4. Quantitative Transfer Function Approaches in Palaeoclimatic Reconstruction Using Quaternary Ostracods

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Training Datasets

4.3 Environmental Parameters

4.4 Numerical Methods

4.5 Application of Transfer Functions in Non-marine Ostracods

4.6 Application of Transfer Functions in Marine Ostracods

4.7 Data Interpretation and Limitations of OTFs

4.8 Outlook


Chapter 5. Mutual Climatic Range Methods for Quaternary Ostracods

5.1 Introduction

5.2 A Marine Ostracod MCR Method

5.3 Non-marine Ostracod MCR Methods: The Delorme Method

5.4 Non-marine Ostracod MCR Methods: The Mutual Ostracod Temperature Range Method

5.5 Examples of MOTR Applications

5.6 Concluding Remarks


Chapter 6. The Biogeography and Phys


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"...will undoubtedly be an extremely valuable resource for any micropalaeontologist or environmental earth scientist."