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hesemannMichael Hesemann. Project, Waterloostrasse 24, 22769 Hamburg, Germany.

Michael Hesemann graduated 1984 (economics) from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim and works as head of finance, administration and IT in a mid-sized company. Since 2007 he studies foraminifera as an avocational scientist in the AG Mikropaläonotologie of the Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein Hamburg. In 2007 he founded the project together with the long-time avocational foraminiferologists Dieter Ketelsen and Karl-Otto Bock with support by Georg Rosenfeldt, running a SEM. Its mission is to foster the interest in foraminifera and support anybody in their study on a non-commercial basis. He runs the project with its 110+ contributors, exhibitions, talks, field trips and meetings. Since 2008 he is working on the design, programming and data-entry of the database. He attended in 2008 and 2013 the International School on Foraminifera in Urbino. He presented the project at international scientific meetings (e.g. FORAMS 2010 in Bonn, TMS joint Foraminifera and Nannofossil meetings in Krakow 2011 and Prague 2013) at museums, institutes on micropaleontology and events for avocational scientists.