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Ken Finger
Museum Scientist (Microfossil Collections)

Ken Finger

Email: kfinger@berkeley.edu

Phone: (510) 643-2559

Web page: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/people/klf/KLF.htm

Research: "I study microscopic fossils, with particular interest in foraminifera and ostracodes."

Why microfossils? "Microfossils are wonderful subjects because a small sample often yields an abundance of complete specimens, and they are extremely useful indicators of age and environment. Such interpretations are vital to many research projects. For example, I've been studying some late Miocene material from Chile that contains shallow-marine mollusks. My foram analysis enabled me to restrict the age to the base of the late Miocene and determine deposition in a deep coastal basin — the mollusks had been displaced more than 1000 meters downslope!"

About UCMP: Ken joined the UCMP staff as manager of microfossil collections in July 2002. "I find it very exciting to work with the collections, as I get a firsthand view of species that I've only seen illustrations of and I get to look at slides from many classic studies. I've always enjoyed the curation aspect of paleontology and this job also gives me the opportunity to take my research in just about any direction it wants to go."

Publications:

Encinas, A., Perez, F., Nielsen, S.N., Finger, K.L., Victor Valencia, V., and Duhart, P., Geochronologic and paleontologic evidence for a Pacific-Atlantic connection during the late Oligocene-early Miocene in the Patagonian Andes (43?44? S). Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 55 (November 2014): 1-18.


Encinas, A., Zambrano, P.A., Bernabe, P., Zambrano, P.A., Finger, K., Buatois, L., Valencia V., Fanning, M., and Herve, F. Tectonic implications of deep-marine Miocene strata in the Western Andean Cordillera of South-Central Chile (40-42? S). In: Rocha, R., et al. (eds.), STRATI 2013: 499-501.


Encinas, A., P.A. Zambrano, K.L. Finger, V. Valencia, L.A. Buatois, and P. Duhart. 2013. Implications of deep-marine Miocene deposits on the evolution of the North Patagonian Andes. Journal of Geology. 121(3): 215-238.  Read it


Finger, K.L. 2013. Benthic foraminifers as paleodepth indicators in the Miocene of Chile: a review of the traditional method and conflicting interpretations. Abstracts Volume with Program, Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils III, Houston: 47-48.


Finger, K.L. 2013. California foraminiferal micropaleontology. In: Bowden, A., F.J. Gregory and A.S. Henderson (eds.), Landmarks in Foraminiferal Micropalaeontology: History and Development. The Micropalaeontological Society, Special Publication 6. Geological Society, London: 125-144 + 4 appendices (Geological Society Supplementary Publication No. SUP18638).   Read it


Finger, K.L. 2013. Miocene foraminifera from the south-central coast of Chile. Micropaleontology. 59(4-5):341-492.


Finger, K.L., A. Encinas and S.N. Nielsen. 2013. Comment on 'Evidence for an Early-Middle Miocene age of the Navidad Formation (central Chile): Paleontological, paleoclimatic and tectonic implications' of Gutierrez et al. (2013, Andean Geology 40(1): 66-78). Andean Geology, 40(3):570-578.


Peterson, D.E., K.L. Finger , S. Iepure, S. Mariani, A. Montanari and T. Namiotko. 2013. Ostracod assemblages in the Frasassi caves, the adjacent sulfidic spring, and the Sentino River in the northeastern Apennines of Italy. J. Cave & Karst Sci., 71:11-27.


Encinas, A. K.L. Finger, L.A. Buatois, and D.E. Peterson. 2012. Major forearc subsidence and deep-marine Miocene sedimentation in the present Coastal Cordillera and Longitudinal Depression of south-central Chile (38?30'S-41?45'S). Geological Society of America Bulletin 124:1262-1277. doi:10.1130/B30567.1


Encinas, A., F. Bechis, L. Buatois, P. Duhart, K. Finger, A. Folguera, D. Orts, P. Zambrano, and V.A. Ramos. 2012. Las ingresiones marinas miocenas en los Andes Norpatagonicos (41-43 S) de Argentina y Chile. XV Congreso Geologico Chileno, Antofagasto. Abstract.


Finger, K.L. 2011. Recent New Zealand Deep-water Benthic Foraminifera: Taxonomy, Ecologic Distribution, Biogeography, and Use in Paleoenvironmental Assessment, by B.W. Hayward, H.R. Grenfell, A.T. Sabaa, H.L. Neil, and M.A. Buzas. 2010. GNS Science Monographs 26 (New Zealand Geological Survey Paleontological Bulletin 77), 363 pp. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 41(2):199.  Read it


Lipps, Jere H., K.L. Finger, and S.E. Walker. 2011 What should we call the Foraminifera? Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 41(4):309-313.  Read it


Peterson, D.E., K.L. Finger, S. Iepure, S. Mariani, A. Montanari, and T. Namiotko. 2011. Reconnaissance of ostracode assemblages in the Frasassi caves, the adjacent sulfidic spring, and the Sentino River in the northeastern Apennines (Marche region, Italy). Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. 43(5): Abstract No.191713.


Encinas, A., E. Fourtanier, K.L. Finger, L.A. Buatois, and J.P. Le Roux. 2010. Stratigraphic implications of latest middle Miocene to earliest late Miocene diatoms in the Navidad Formation at Lo Abarca, central Chile (33-30'S). Ameghiniana (Rev. Asoc. Paleontol. Argent.). 47(4):527-533.   Read it


Encinas, A., P. Zambrano, P. Bernabe, K. Finger, P. Duhart, V. Valencia, M. Fanning, and F. Herve. 2010. Tectonic implications of deep-marine Miocene strata in the western Andean Cordillera of south-central Chile (40 -42 S). 18th International Sedimentological Congress, Mendoza, Argentina.


Finger, K.L. 2010. The Galapagos Islands-a hotspot of foraminiferal diversity? Forams 2010, International Symposium on Foraminifera, September 5-10, Bonn, Germany:84.


Lipps., J.H., and K.L. Finger. 2010. How many species of forams? Forams 2010, Abstracts with Program, Forams 2010, International Symposium on Foraminifera, September 5-10, Bonn, Germany:132.


Encinas, A., K. Finger, P. Duhart, and F. Quiroz. 2009. Age and sedimentary environment of the Estratos de Puñihuil (northwestern Chiloé, 41º56'S). XII Congreso Geológico Chileno, Santiago, Chile. Abstract S10_016.


Finger, K.L., and A. Encinas. 2009. Recognition and implications of globigerinathekids (Eocene planktic foraminifera) in coal-bearing successions of the forearc of south-central Chile (37°45'-41°50'S). Ameghiniana 46(2):437-442.  Read it


Zambrano, P., A. Encinas, K. Finger, L. Buatois, and P. Duhart. 2009. Ambiente de sedimentación, paleobatimetría y edad de la Formación Ayacara, Chile centro-sur. XII Geologico Congreso Chileno, Santiago. Abstract S10_015.


Zambrano, P., A. Encinas, K. Finger, S. Nielsen, and H. Etchler. 2009. Ambiente de sedimentación y paleobatimetría de los depósitos marinos Neógenos de la Isla Mocha (38°30'S, 74°W), Chile centro-sur. XII Geologico Congreso Chileno, Santiago. Abstract S10_043


Encinas, A., K. Finger, and L. Buatois. 2008. Sedimentologic, paleontologic, and ichnologic evidence for deep-marine Miocene deposition in the present Intermediate Depresión of south-central Chile (38°30'-41°30'S). 7th International Symposium on Andean Geodynamics (ISAG 2008, Nice), Extended Abstracts: 195-198.


Encinas, A., K.L. Finger, S.N. Nielsen, A. Lavenu, L.A. Buatois, D. E. Peterson and J.P. Le Roux. 2008. Rapid and major coastal subsidence during the late Miocene in south-central Chile. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 25:157-175.  Read it


Encinas, A., L.A. Buatois, and K.L. Finger. 2008. Paleoecological and paleoenvironmental implications of a high-density Chondrites association in slope depositis of the Neogene Santo Domingo Formation, Valdivia, south-central Chile. Ameghiniana 45(1):225-231.


Finger, K. L., M. M. Flenniken, and J. H. Lipps. 2008. Foraminifera used in the construction of Miocene Polychaete Tubes, Monterey Formation, California, USA. Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, 40 (6), xx


Finger, K. L., M. M. Flenniken, and J. H. Lipps. 2008. Foraminifera used in the construction of Miocene Polychaete Tubes, Monterey Formation, California, USA. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 38 (4): 277-291.  Read it


Finger, K.L., C.S. Hickman, M.J. James, J.H. Lipps, D. E. Peterson, L.J. Pitt, and W.D. Pitt. 2007. Pleistocene Marine Paleoenvironments on the Galapagos Islands. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. 39(6):399.


Encinas, A., and K.L. Finger. 2007. Sedimentologic, paleontologic and ichnologic evidence for deep-marine Miocene deposition in the present Intermediate Depression and Coastal Cordillera of south-central Chile (38°30'-41°30'S). Geosur 2007 - International Geological Congress on the Southern Hemisphere), Santiago de Chile, 19/20 November.


Encinas, A., K.L. Finger, A. and Buatois. 2007. Evidence of deep-marine sedimentation in the present longitudinal depression of south-central Chile (38 30'-41 30'S) during the Neogene. Tectonic implications. 4th European Meeting on the Palaeontology and Stratigraphy of Latin America (EMPSLA), 12-14 Sept., Tres Cantos - Madrid, Spain.


Finger, K.L., C.S. Hickman, M.J. James, , J.H, Lipps, D.E. Peterson, L.J. Pitt, and W.D. Pitt. 2007. Pleistocene marine paleoenvironments on the Galapagos Islands. Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs 39, Paper No. 144-14 (on CD-ROM).  Read it


Finger, K.L., S.N. Nielsen, T.J. DeVries, A.E. Encinas, and D. E. Peterson. 2007. Paleontologic evidence for sedimentary displacement in Neogene forearc basins of central Chile. Palaios 22(1):3-16.  Read it


Shriner, C.M., G.E. Christidis, J.G. Brophy, K.L. Finger, and H.H. Murray, 2007. Clay mineralogical studies for Aeginetan ware, Aegina, Greece. Enchanted Clays - 44th Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society, Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA, June 2-7, 2007. Technical Program:150.  Read it


Encinas, A., F. Hervé, R. Villa-Martínez, S.N. Nielsen, K.L. Finger, and D.E. Peterson. 2006. Finding of a Holocene marine layer in Algarrobo (33°22'S), central Chile. Revista Geológica de Chile 33(2):339-345.  Read it


Encinas, A., J.P. Le Roux, L.A. Buatois, S.N. Nielsen, K.L. Finger, E. Fourtanier, and A. Lavenu. 2006. Nuevo esquema estratigráfico para los depósitos marinos mio-pliocenos del área de Navidad (33°00'-34°30'S), Chile central. Revista Geológica de Chile 33(2):221-246.  Read it


Encinas, A., K.L. Finger, S.N. Nielsen, L.A. Buatois, A. Lavenu, D.E. Peterson, and J.P. Le Roux. 2006. Subsidencia y alzamiento del área de Navidad (Chile central, 33°00-34°30S) durante el Neógeno. Implicaciones con respecto a la tectónica del antearco. XI Congreso Geológico Chileno, Antofagasta, Chile. 4 pp.


Finger, K.L., M. Weber, J. H. Lipps, A. Bartolini, M.-T. Vénec-Peyré, S. Gardin, T. Adatte, and S. Bajpai. 2006. Test malformation in foraminifera. Anuário do Instituto de Geociências - UFRJ 29: 258-259.


Finger, K.L., S.N. Nielsen, T.J. DeVries, A. Encinas, and D.E. Peterson. 2006. Foraminiferal resolution of conflicting interpretations for late Tertiary deposits along the coast of central Chile. Forams 2006, Natal, Brazil. Anuário do Instituto de Geociências UFRJ 29(1), p. 649.


Finger, K.L., S.N. Nielsen, T.J. DeVries, A. Encinas, and D.E. Peterson. 2006. Paleontologic evidence for sedimentary displacement in Neogene forearc basins of central Chile. Geological Society of America annual meeting, Philadelphia. Abstracts with Program 38(7):557.


Vénec-Peyré, M.-T., K.L. Finger, M. Weber, J.H. Lipps, A. Bartolini, S. Gardin, T. Adatte, and S. Bajpai. 2006. Test malformation in foraminifera. Forams 2006, Natal Brazil. Anuário do Instituto de Geociências UFRJ 29(1):258-259.


Encinas, A., K.L. Finger, S.N. Nielsen, A. Lavenu, L. Buatois, and D.E. Peterson. 2005. Late Miocene coastal subsidence in central Chile: tectonic implications. 6th Intl. Symp. Andean Geodynamics, Sept. 12-14, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. Pp. 246-249.


Finger, K.L., S.N. Nielsen, D.E. Peterson, and A. Encinas. 2005. Microfaunal evidence of late Miocene to early Pliocene deep-water displacement off the central coast of Chile. 19th Colloquium on Latin American Geosciences, GeoForshungsZentrum, April 18-20, Potsdam, Germany.


Nielsen, S.N., T. Vietor, H. Echtler, F. Lamy, K.L. Finger, D.E. Peterson, and D. Frassinetti. 2005. Late Cenozoic climate indicators in marine sediments of southern Chile: indications for the expansion of the circum-antarctic cryosphere and impact on strength of the subduction zone. 6th Intl. Symp. Andean Geodynamics, Sept. 12-14, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, Extended Abstracts. Pp. 552-554.


Finger, K.L., D.E. Peterson, C.W. Pehl, and J.H. Lipps. 2004. The continuing plight of Foraminifera and Ostracoda in an urban lagoon. Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Denver. Abstracts with Program 36(5):382.


Encinas, A., J. Le Roux, K.L. Finger, D.E. Peterson, M. Suárez, and S. Nielsen. 2003. Age and deposition of the lower Navidad Formation in central Chile. Third Latin American Congress of Sedimentology, v. 3, Bélem-Pará, Brasil, June 8-11 2003. Pp. 161-162.


Encinas, A., K.L. Finger, S. Nielsen, M. Suárez, D.E. Peterson, and J. Le Roux. 2003. Evolución tectono-sedimentaria de la cuenca Neógena de Navidad (33°40S-34°15S), Chile central. 10th Chilean Geological Congress, University of Concepcion, Contribucciones. Abstract Volume CD-ROM, p. 10.


Finger, K.L. 2003. Book review: Atlas of Early and Middle Miocene Ostracodes from West Coast of India, by A. Bhandari, S.C. Khosla, and M.L. Nagori. 2001. Palaeontographica Indica No. 6. Keshava Deva Malaviya Institute of Petroleum Exploration. Marine Micropaleontology 48:355-356.


Finger, K.L. 2003. Book review: Miocene Stratigraphy: An Integrated Approach. A. Montanari, G.S. Odin, and R. Coccioni (eds.), 1997, Developments in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy 15. Elsevier. 694 pp. Marine Micropaleontology 49:183-184.


Finger, K.L., A. Encinas, S. Nielsen, and D. E. Peterson. 2003. Foraminiferal indications of late Miocene deep-water basins off the central coast of Chile. 10th Chilean Geological Congress, University of Concepcion. Abstract Volume CD-ROM, p. 8.


Finger, K.L., J.H. Lipps, C. Pehl, and D. E. Peterson. 2003. Plight of Foraminifera and Ostracoda in an urban lagoon. Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Seattle. Abstracts with Program 35(6):484.


Hervé, F., A. Encinas, R. Villa-Martínez, S. Nielsen, K.L. Finger, and D. E. Peterson. 2003. Registro sedimentológico de la transgressión marina del Holoceno medio en el area de Algarrobo (33°22S), Chile central. Implicaciones tectónicas y pelaeoecológicas. 10th Chilean Geological Congress, University of Concepcion, Contribucciones. Abstract Volume CD-ROM, p. 7.


Nielsen, S.N., T. DeVries, A. Encinas, K.L. Finger, and D. E. Peterson. 2003. Towards an understanding of the age of the Navidad Formation. 10th Chilean Geological Congress, University of Concepcion, Contribucciones. Abstract Volume CD-ROM, p. 7.


Peterson, D.E., K.L. Finger, S.N. Nielsen, and A. Encinas. 2003. Ostracoda from Miocene deep-water deposits in central Chile: preliminary results. Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Denver. Abstracts with Program 35(6):130.


Buckeridge, J.S., and K.L. Finger. 2001. First record of a fossil verrucid barnacle in California: Verruca digitali sp. nov. (Cirripedia: Thoracia), from the late Miocene. Journal of Crustacean Biology 21(2):443-449.