Award Winners

2020 - 2021

Catia Barbosa, “Unilocular Foraminifera species diversity from the Brazilian margin: a comparison with the Cushman Collection”, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil.

Vanessa Londoño, “Controls on Accumulation of Organic Matter During Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2, IODP Site U1407, Southeast Newfoundland Ridge”, Florida International University, USA.


Maria Sider; research compares benthic assemblages from fossil and modern Caribbean reefs. Florida International University, USA Seth Sutton; “The Influence of the mid-Miocene Climatic Optimum and Middle Miocene Transition on Benthic Foraminiferal Communities. East Carolina University, USA


Jenny Rashall; research updates the benthic and planktic foraminiferal taxonomy for the Cretaceous Washita Group in North Texas. University of Texas at Arlington, USA

The Buzas Award for Travel to the Cushman Collection

The Buzas Award for Travel was established in 2017 by Dr. Martin A. Buzas, Past Director and President of the Foundation, and his family to support researchers on foraminifera to visit the world-famous Cushman Collection of foraminifera at the US Natural History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., USA. The award is open to graduate students and professional researchers who need to use the collection and associated facilities.  The CFFR does not discriminate in its selection of awardees in any way.

Marty Buzas, who was a past Director and President of the Cushman Foundation, has been a curator at the Smithsonian since 1963, where he is currently curator emeritus. His research focuses on the quantitative understanding of the distribution of organisms in small and large amounts of space and time. Over his career he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and 15 books, and he is still actively publishing. Among the honors and awards Marty has received are the prestigious Joseph A. Cushman Award for outstanding achievement in foraminiferal research (2004); the Paleontological Society Medal (2004); and the Brady Medal of the Micropalaeontological Society (2015).