May 7, 2012

Mickle Honored for Research on Ray-Fin Fishes

KU student Kathryn Mickle was selected by the KU Department of Graduate Studies to receive the Marnie and Bill Argersinger Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation.  Kathryn, who was nominated by her co-advisors Hans-Peter Schultze and Ed Wiley of the Biodiversity Institute, defended her dissertation with honors on April 10, 2012.  Her dissertation, Unraveling the Systematics of Palaeoniscoid Fishes – Lower Actinopterygians in Need of a Complete Phylogenetic Revision, has the potential to transform present knowledge of the most diverse group of vertebrates, the ray-fin fishes.
 
Kathryn received the award at the KU doctoral hooding ceremony on May 12, 2012.  The award includes a cash prize.