Jim Pospichal

Jim received his B.S. in Geology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and followed up with an M.S. in 1989 and a PhD in 1993 from Florida State. Like most other BugWare paleontologists, Jim studied at the FSU Nannofossil Laborartory. He participated in two Ocean Drilling Program cruises as lead nannofossil paleontologist, Legs 188 and 121 sailing to Prydz Bay Antarctica and the Indian Ocean, respectively.

Jim’s first experience with industry began as a summer intern for Amoco in the summer of 1991. Jim’s academic research was based upon the nannofossil assemblages at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. Having studied sections from all around the world, Jim is the world’s foremost authority on this subject. He has published 20 articles as lead author, and many more as second author. After graduation with a doctorate in 1993, Jim gained experience as Director/Curator of the Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility at FSU, followed by Visiting Assistant Professorships at UN-Lincoln, Hamilton College, and Washington and Lee University.

align="left">Jim joined BugWare in 1998, and has since risen to be one of the very top nannofossil biostratigraphers in the Gulf of Mexico industrial arena. In addition to working many wells in the office, he has spent hundreds of days at wellsite on prospects such as Thunderhorse, Mad Dog, Atlantis, and many more.

Publications

Recent Papers

Pospichal, J.J., 2002. Speculations on the occurrence of the late Miocene species, Minylitha convallis in Antarctic margin sediments. J. Nannoplankton Res., 24:195-197.

Pospichal, J.J., 2003. Calcareous nannofossils from continental rise Site 1165, ODP Leg 188, Prydz Bay, Antarctica. In Cooper, A.K., O'Brien, P.E., and Richter, C. (Eds.), Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 188 [Online]. Available from World Wide Web: . [Cited YYYY-MM-DD]

Aljahdali, M., Wise, S.W., Jr, James Bergen, J., Pospichal, J.J., 2015. A new biostratigraphically significant Late Oligocene Sphenolithus species from the equatorial region, Micropaleontology, 61, 3, p. 193-197.

Bergen, J.A., Boesiger, T.M., Pospichal, J.J., 2014. Low-latitude Oxfordian to Early Berriasian Nannofossil Biostratigraphy and its Application to the Subsurface of EasternTexas, in U. Hammes and J. Gale, eds., Geology of the Haynesville Gas Shale in East Texas and West Louisiana, U.S.A.: AAPG Memoir 105, p. 69-102.

Corbett, M.J., Watkins, D.K., Pospichal, J.J., 2014. A quantitative analysis of calcareous Nannofossil bioevents of the Late Cretaceous (Late Cenomanian-Coniacian) Western Interior Seaway and their reliability in established zonation schemes, Marine Micropaleontology, 109, p. 30-45.

Older Publications

Pospichal, J. J., 1991. Calcareous Nannofossils across the K/T Boundary, ODP Leg 121, Site 752, Broken Ridge, In Peirce, J., Weissel, J., et al., Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 121: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 395-413.

Pospichal, J. J., 1993. Calcareous nannoplankton assemblages across the K/T boundary, La Lajilla section. Revista de la Sociedad Mexicana de Paleontologia, v. 6 (2), p. 67.

Pospichal, J. J., 1994. Calcareous nannofossils at the K/T boundary, El Kef: No evidence for stepwise, gradual or sequential extinctions. Geology, 22, 99-102.

Pospichal, J. J., 1996a. Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary calcareous nannofossils from Agost, Spain. In Flores, J.A. and Sierro, F.J. (eds.), The Proceedings of the 5th International Nannoplankton Association Conference, Salamanca 1993, University of Salamanca Press, 185-218.

Pospichal, J. J., 1996b. Calcareous nannofossils and clastic sediments of the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary of northeastern Mexico. Geology, v. 24 (3), p. 255-258.

Pospichal, J. J., 1996c. High latitude calcareous nannofossil changes at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary in the southern Indian Ocean. In Whately, R. and Moguilevsky, A. (eds.), Microfossils and Oceanic Environments, University of Wales - Aberystwyth Press, p. 205-229.

Pospichal, J. J., 1996d. Calcareous nannofossils and the KT boundary crisis: An update. In Ryder, G., Fastovsky, D., Gartner, S. (eds.), The Cretaceous/Tertiary Event and other Catastrophes in Earth History. Geological Society of America Special Paper 307, 335-360.

Pospichal, J. J., and Wise, S. W., Jr., 1990a. Maestrichtian calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of Maud Rise ODP Leg 113 Sites 689 and 690, Weddell Sea. In Barker, P. F., Kennett, J. P., et al., Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 113: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 465-487.

Pospichal, J. J., and Wise, S. W., Jr., 1990b. Paleocene to middle Eocene calcareous nannofossils of ODP Sites 689 and 690, Weddell Sea, Antarctica. In Barker, P. F., Kennett, J. P., et al., Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 113: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 613-638.

Pospichal, J. J., and Wise, S. W., Jr., 1990c. Calcareous nannofossils across the K/T boundary, ODP Hole 690C, Maud Rise, Weddell Sea. In Barker, P. F., Kennett, J. P., et al., Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 113: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 515-532.

Pospichal, J. J. and Bralower, T. J., 1992. Calcareous Nannofossils Across the Cretaceous/Tertiary Boundary, Site 761, Northwest Australian Margin. In Haq, B. U., von Rad, U., O'Connell, S. et al., Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 122: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 735-752.

Pospichal, J. J., and Huber, B. T., 1992. The Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary in the southern Indian Ocean: Results from Ocean Drilling Program coring operations: In Duncan, R.A., Rea, D.K., Kidd, R.B., von Rad, U., and Weissel, J.K. (eds.), The Indian Ocean: A Synthesis of Results from the Ocean Drilling Program, Geophysical Monograph 70, American Geophysical Union (Washington, D.C), pp. 275-294.

Pospichal, J. J., and Wise, S. W., 1992. Calcareous Nannofossils from southern high latitude K/T boundaries. Proc. of the Int. Nannoplank. Assoc., Memorie Di Scienze Geologiche, 43: 133-147.

Pospichal, J. J., Wise, S. W., Asaro, F., and Hamilton, N., 1990. The effects of bioturbation across a biostratigraphically complete, high southern latitude K/T boundary. Global Catastrophes in Earth History: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Impacts, Volcanism, and Mass Mortality. Geological Society of America Special Paper 247, 497-508.

Pospichal, J. J., Wise, S. W., Wei, W., 1991. Oligocene Sr-Isotope Stratigraphy, Ninetyeast Ridge Sites 757 and 758. In Peirce, J., Weissel, J., et al., Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 121: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 921-930.

Pospichal, J. J., et al., 1991. Cretaceous-Paleogene Biomagnetostratigraphy of ODP Sites 752-755, Broken Ridge: a synthesis. In Peirce, J., Weissel, J., et al., Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 121: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 721-741.

Pospichal, J. J., Wise, S. W., and Wei, W., 1992. Probing the limits of Southern Ocean high latitude nannofossil stratigraphy. Proc. of the Int. Nannoplank. Assoc., Memorie Di Scienze Geologiche, 43: 115-132.

Peirce, J., Weissel, J., and ODP Leg 121 scientific party, 1988. Rifting theories tested and hotspot evolution traced. Geotimes, v. 33, n. 1, pp. 9-11.

Peirce, J., Weissel, J., P., and ODP Leg 121 scientific party, 1988. A tale of two ridges; Broken Ridge and Ninetyeast Ridge drilled on ODP Leg 121. Nature, v. 335, pp. 593-594.

Peirce, J., Weissel, J. P., and ODP Leg 121 scientific party, 1989. Proc. ODP, Init. Repts., 121: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 1000 p.

Rea, D. K., Dehn, J., Driscoll, N. W., Farrell, J., Janecek, T.R., Owen, R. M., Pospichal, J. J., Resiwati, P., and ODP Leg 121 Scientific Party, 1990. Paleoceanography of the Eastern Indian Ocean from ODP Leg 121 drilling on Broken Ridge. Geol. Soc. Amer. Bull., 102:679-690.

Watkins, D. K., Wise, S. W., Jr., Pospichal, J. J., and Crux, J., 1996. Upper Cretaceous calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of the Southern Ocean. In Whately, R. and Moguilevsky, A. (eds.), Microfossils and Oceanic Environments, Univ. Wales - Aberystwyth Press, 355-381.

Wei, W. and Pospichal, J. J., 1991. Danian calcareous nannofossil succession at ODP Site 738 in the southern Indian Ocean. In J. Barron, B. Larsen, et al., Proc. ODP, Sci. Results, 119: College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 495-512.

Wei, W., Pospichal, J. J., Wise, S. W., Jr., 1991. Cenozoic calcareous nannofossil magnetobiochronology of the Southern Ocean: a summary. Antarctic Journal, 26:134-138.

Wei, W., Pospichal, J. J., Wise, S. W., Jr., 1993. Cenozoic calcareous nannofossil magnetobiochronology of the Southern Ocean. In Hamersmid, B. and Young, J. R. (eds.), Proc. 4th INA conference, Prague, v. 2. Knihovnicka ZPN, 14b, 93-104.

Wise, S. W., Jr., Pospichal, J. J., Wei, W., 1992. Time transgressive calcareous nannofossil datums and Maestrichtian-Cenozoic mid to high latitude zonations. In Zullo, V. A. et al., Proc. of the 2nd Bald Head Island Conference on Coastal Plains Geology: University of North Carolina, Wilmington (U.S. Govt. Printing Office), 104-109.

Volumes Edited

Bryan, J., and Pospichal, J. J., (eds.), 1993. Descriptions of sediments recovered by the 1986-1987 austral summer cruise of the R/V Polar Duke, United States Antarctic Program: Bransfield Strait, Antarctic Peninsula. Sedimentology Research Laboratory Contribution No. 58, Department of Geology Florida State University, Tallahassee, 33 p.