Ellen Thomas is the recipient of the 2020 Joseph A. Cushman Award for Excellence in Foraminiferal Research for her lifetime dedication to the study of foraminifera and her outstanding contributions in this field. She is a leading authority on deep-sea benthic foraminifera, especially their taxonomy and curation, evolutionary history, and multiple applications. Additionally, the award recognizes her multiple collaborative studies that have been at the forefront of international efforts to reconstruct past climates.

Ellen completed her education at the University of Utrecht with a general background in classical geology and micropaleontology and finished her doctoral thesis (1979) on the evolution...

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