This year's best master’s thesis award was given to Clément Duckert for his work entitled " Morphological and molecular taxonomy of Euglypha – Toward a calibration of the molecular clock ", conducted at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne.
The genus Euglypha is composed of testate amoebae that can be found in a broad variety of soil and freshwater environments. Because of their small size, species identification can be reliably achieved only based on good quality light or scanning electron microscopy. Clément and co-workers demonstrated that the species Euglypha rotunda (the most common and widespread member of the genus) is not monophyletic based on morphology as well as molecular data. Their molecular clock analysis showed that the genus Euglypha appeared during the Jurassic and that some of these species have diverged very recently. This thesis convinced the jury by its thorough application of modern systematic methods to a poorly known taxon. Clément presented his work during the SSS-Day. Congratulations again!
The SSS wants to encourage brilliant young scientists in their early career and therefore set up a yearly prize that will reward an excellent contribution in the field of systematics at the level of a Master thesis.
See details in the document below.
Deadline for next submission: July 31st
Taxonomy of testate amoebae