- © 2004 by AASP Foundation
The American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists bestows upon PROFESSOR BARRIE DALE The AASP Medal of Scientific Excellence, For seminal contributions to dinoflagellate cyst biology and ecology, and applications of this research to the fossil record
PRESENTATION BY MARTIN J. HEAD AND REX HARLAND
Barrie Dale, born on April 12, 1940, is a native of Sheffield, England. Following secondary school, he joined the staff of the University of Sheffield as a Research Technician in the Department of Geology. This appointment brought him into contact with the late Professor (then Dr.) Charles Downie, the late Professor Leslie R. Moore (Head of Department), Dr. Roger Neves and the various postgraduate students studying for their doctoral degrees in palynology. His duties included developing preparation techniques and type collections, teaching preparation methods to graduate students, and preparing palynological slides for examination by staff in the department together with assisting many of the postgraduate students including Graham Williams and David Wall. During this time he gained not only further technical qualifications but also an insight into the world of palynological research including dinoflagellates and their cysts. Years later, Charles Downie was to say that his greatest source of pride was in having taught palynology to Barrie Dale and David Wall.
In 1964, after a short time working for the UN Community Development Program in Greece, Barrie left the UK to work as a Research Assistant (1964–1971), and later Research Associate (1971–1974), at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA with David Wall. This period at Woods Hole was astonishingly productive and led to the series of Wall and Dale publications that are so well known. These publications demonstrated the existence of “living fossils” in the plankton, documented the cyst-motile stage relationships of numerous marine and fresh water dinoflagellate species, and opened the possibility of applying modern cyst ecology to the fossil record. They also …