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About the Society Awards Past Award Winners 2015 Awardees 2015 (Patterson Memorial Grant) Marion Chevrinais


I started my education at the Université de Poitiers (France) in 2007. I carried out my undergraduate education in this university where I developed my interest in paleontology because of the inspiring teachings of Dr Patrick Vignaud, the director of the Institute of Paleoprimatology, Human Paleontology: Evolution and Paleoenvironments.

After my graduation in 2010, I spent the first year of my Master degree at the Université de Moncton (New-Brunswick, Canada). The same year, I had an internship at the Redpath Museum (McGill University, Montreal, Canada) in the laboratory of Dr Virginie Millien. Using morphometric geometrics, I characterized the fluctuating cranial asymmetry in three vole populations of Quebec to understand the environmental stress which these populations are subjected to. The same summer 2011, I carried out field work in Paleolithic archeological excavations (under the supervision of Dr Jerôme Primault) in the middle-west of France.

I started my 2nd year of Master degree in fall 2011 at the Université de Montpellier 2 (France) where I followed the courses of Paleontology, Paleobiology and Phylogeny in the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution-Montpellier (ISEM) under the supervision of Dr Fabrice Lihoreau. Even if the evolution of fossil mammals is a specialization of this institute, I was more interested in early vertebrates. My interest in early gnathostomes increased after talking to Drs Henri Capetta and Sylvain Adnet who work on Mesozoic chondrichthyans. During this year, I made field trip in the Montreudon Formation (Hérault, France). In early 2012, I carried out a six month internship in the Laboratory of Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (Quebec, Canada) under the supervision of Dr Richard Cloutier to obtain my Master degree. I worked on the trophic relationships of the Escuminac paleoestuary (eastern Canada) dated from the Late Devonian. I reconstructed the trophic relationships based on observed digestive contents and predicted relationships. At the SVP 73th Annual meeting held in Los Angeles (USA), I presented my results focusing on the role of the top-predator Eusthenopteron foordi in the paleocommunity.

After graduating from my Master degree, I started a PhD in September 2012 with Drs Richard Cloutier and Jean-Yves Sire (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France) on the phylo-evo-devo perspectives of the diversification of early vertebrates. I worked especially on the material of the Escuminac Formation where I spent two summers of fieldtrip and data collection from fossils. At the SVP 74th Annual meeting held in Berlin (Germany), I presented part of my results concerning the development from larvae to adult of the acanthodian Triazeugacanthus affinis. Now, I am focusing of the last chapter of my thesis in which I describe the growth series of the anaspid-like Euphanerops longaevus which is a corner-stone in improving the understanding of the evolution of the skeleton of Early vertebrates, and notably the transition from agnathans to gnathostomes.