top of page

The aim of Ichnos is to promote excellence in ichnologic research through publication of articles dealing with the ethologic and ecologic significance of tracemaking organisms; organism-substrate interrelationships; and the role of biogenic processes in environmental reconstruction, sediment dynamics, sequence or event stratigraphy, biogeochemistry, and sedimentary diagenesis.

It was first published in 1990 with Robert W. Frey and George S. Pemberton as editors. In 1993 Ron Pickerill replaced Bob Frey as co-editor of the journal until 2008, when he was replaced by Murray Gingras. George Pemberton continued his role as editor up until his death in 2018. Currently, Murray Gingras (University of Alberta) and Luis A. Buatois (University of Saskatchewan) are the editors of Ichnos.

Recent articles

The importance of laboratory-based neoichnological experiments for aquatic palaeoecological analyses

John-Paul Zonneveld & Murray K. Gingras

Neoichnological analyses are essential for the accurate assessment and interpretation of ancient, trace-bearing sedimentary successions. Behaviours exemplified by modern organisms are diverse and commonly complex. Direct observation is most easily accomplished in shallow aquatic and subaerially exposed settings, with sustained observation limited primarily to the latter. Laboratory-based neoichnological experimentation fills the void left by the limitations on field based-studies. It also allows for the standardization of behaviour-influencing variables such as substrate parameters, water characteristics and resource availability. By altering these variables, subtle changes in behaviour and trace-making can be observed, enhancing our ability to interpret the rock record.

Published online: 21 Jun 2023

Ichnology Newsletter

Ichnology Newsletter was first published in 1968 by James D. Howard. Its main purpose was to distribute current bibliography on ichnology. Soon, Robert W. Frey joined Howard as an editor, and the Newsletter became longer and more elaborate, adding announcements of news, meetings, and books, together with current research and addresses of subscribers. After five years, Howard and Frey gave the editorship over to Charles T. Siemers (1974-76). Succeeding editors were Gary W. Hill (1979-88) and S. George Pemberton (1989-90). After the issue no. 19 in 1990, the newsletter stopped publication for almost a decade. In 1998, with Andrew K. Rindsberg and Alfred Uchman as editors, Ichnology Newsletter revived with the same spirit that it had before. Rindsberg and Uchman were responsible for 7 issues between 1998 and 2004, two of them (20 and 21) still available in the web. In 2006, issue no 27 was edited  by Shahin Dashtgard (Simon Fraser University) and Murray Gingras (University of Alberta). Issue no 28 was edited by Shahin Dashtgard (Simon Fraser University) and Noelia Carmona (Universidad Nacional de Río Negro) in 2011. The Ichnology Newsletter is no longer active.

Special Publications

Several special publications have resulted from the successive International Congresses on Ichnology (Ichnia). These are:


Baucon, A. & Neto de Carvalho, C. (Eds) 2017. Proceedings of Ichnia 2016 - the 4th International Congress on Ichnology Ichnology for the 21st century. Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana 56, v. 2.

McIlroy, D. (Ed.) 2015. Ichnology: Papers from Ichnia III: Geological Association of Canada, Miscellaneous Publication 9.

Uchman, A. & Rindsberg, A.K. (Eds) 2010. Advances in marine ichnology. Special Issue Acta Geologica Polonica 60, v. 1.

Pienkowski, G., Martin, A.J. & Meyer, C. (Eds) 2009. Advances in marginal marine and non-marine ichnology. Special Issue Geological Quarterly 53, v. 4.

Bromley, R., Buatois, L.A., Mángano, M.G., Genise, J. & Melchor, R. (Eds) 2007. Sediment-Organism Interactions: A multifaceted ichnology. SEPM Special Publication 88.

bottom of page