LARGER BENTHIC FORAMINIFERA OF FLORIDA AND THE EOCENE OLIGOCENE TRANSITION
It is therefore essential the American bioprovince is included in studies of LBF evolution, biodiversity and climate events to understand these processes on a global scale. However, this is currently not the case. Inclusion of the Americas to such studies is hampered by a lack of up to date taxonomy and comprehensive biostratigraphy for the region. Numerous detailed taxonomic studies were carried out during the 1950s-1970s, most notably by Cole and Vaughan. However, little work has been carried out since, particularly in the Gulf Coast region, which includes the thick Eocene Ocala Limestone and a variety of LBF-bearing carbonates of Early Oligocene age.
Here we present the LBF ranges from previously unpublished sections, one of which spans the EOT, along with initial results from integrated stratigraphic analyses of core recovered by the Florida Geological Survey, spanning the lower Eocene to Oligocene. Though in its early stages this work has important implications for refining the timing of LBF events with respect to the global isotope curve, and increasing understanding of the response of the shallow marine environment to major climatic and oceanographic changes.