Fenner Medal from Australian Academy of Science

Prof. Simon Ho has received the 2017 Fenner Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. The medal was presented during the Science at the Shine Dome event in Canberra, an annual gathering of the nation’s top scientists. Simon gave a brief talk about his work, entitled “The evolutionary timescale of the Tree of Life”. The Fenner Medal …

PhD student Charles wins Postgraduate Excellence Prize

MEEP PhD student Charles Foster has won the Postgraduate Excellence Prize from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. This award was established by the school in 2002 to “support and promote the development of postgraduate student research excellence”. Charles was judged the winner of the prize based on his talk on “Untangling the patterns …

Poster prize for PhD student Charles

MEEP PhD student Charles Foster has won the Australian Systematic Botany Prize for the best student poster at the Australasian Systematic Botany Conference. The meeting was held in Alice Springs and brought together plant systematists from the Australian region. Charles’s prize-winning poster was entitled “There goes Thecanthes: molecular systematics expands the circumscription of Pimelea” and …

Prizes for members of the MEEP Lab

A number of prizes have been awarded to members of the MEEP lab over the past month Professor Simon Ho was named as the 2015 recipient of the Edgeworth David Medal, awarded by the Royal Society of New South Wales for “distinguished contributions by a young scientist under the age of 35 years”. PhD student …

Prizes for Honours student Cara

MEEP Honours student Cara Van Der Wal has won a number of significant prizes for her work. Cara recently won the prize for best student talk at the international Crustacean Society Conference, held at the Australian Museum. Cara also received an honourable mention for the poster that she presented at the Genetics Society of Australasia …

Research prizes for PhD students

Two PhD students from the MEEP Lab have won prizes for their research. Sebastian Duchene has been awarded the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. This prize was awarded on recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty. Sebastian has received this prize for this paper entitled “Analyses of evolutionary dynamics in …

Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher

Associate Professor Simon Ho has received the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher for his work on molecular clocks over the past 5 years. The prize was presented at an awards ceremony at the Sydney Town Hall. Molecular clocks provide a tool for biologists to estimate evolutionary rates and timescales. By knowing the rate …

Prizes for Honours students Charles and Jun

MEEP Honours students Charles Foster and Jun Tong have won prizes for their work. For his outstanding Honours research, Charles has been awarded the University Medal in Biology, the Ilma Brewer Prize for Biology Honours, and the Professor Spencer Smith-White Prize in Biology Honours. He also received a prize for his poster at the recent …

Prizes for PhD student Martyna

MEEP PhD student Martyna Molak has won the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement. This prize was awarded for her research into estimating evolutionary rates and timescales using ancient DNA. Martyna has also been awarded a scholarship from the Winton Charitable Foundation. This scholarship supports student projects that span both mathematics …

PhD student wins Science Without Borders scholarship

PhD student Luana Lins has won a 2-year ‘Science Without Borders’ top-up scholarship from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. This will fund her project on the evolution of deep-sea isopods. Science without borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras) is a programme of the Brazilian government that seeks to promote the consolidation, expansion, and …