Clément Duckert (aka The Duke)

Understudied, hyperdiverse, and awesome. That's about all there is to say about protists, and it is exactly why I decided to work on those tiny organisms.



2016 -

PhD on the taxonomy, evolution and ecology of protists, mostly the eugyphid testate amoebae.

2014 - 2016

Master thesis in Biogeosciences: Morphological and molecular taxonomy of Euglypha – Towards a calibration of the molecular clock (Laboratory of Soil Biodiversity, universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne).

2011 - 2014

Bachelor in biology at the university of Neuchâtel.




Singer, D., Mitchell, E.A.D., Payne, R.J., Blandenier, Q., Duckert, C., Fernández, L.D., Fournier, B., Hernández, C.E., Granath, G., Rydin, H., Bragazza, L., Koronatova, N.G., Goia, I., Harris, L.I., Kajukało, K., Kosakyan, A., Lamentowicz, M., Kosykh, N.P., Vellak, K., Lara, E. (2019). Dispersal limitations and historical factors determine the biogeography of specialized terrestrial protists. Molecular Ecology (in press).

McKeown, M. M., Wilmshurst, J. , Duckert, C., Wood, J. R., Mitchell, E. A. D. (2019). Assessing the ecological value of small testate amoebae (<45 μm) in New Zealand peatlands. European Journal of Protistology, 68, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejop.2018.12.002


Duckert, C. & Blandenier, Q., Kupferschmid, F.A.L., Kosakyan, A., Mitchell, E.A.D., Lara, E., Singer, D. (2018). En garde! Redefinition of Nebela militaris (Arcellinida, Hyalospheniidae) and erection of Alabasta gen. nov. European Journal of Protistology, 66, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejop.2018.08.005


Blandenier, Q., Seppey, C., Singer, D., Vlimant, M., Simon, A., Duckert, C., & Lara, E. (2016). Mycamoeba gemmipara nov. gen., nov. sp., the First Cultured Member of the Environmental Dermamoebidae Clade LKM74 and its Unusual Life Cycle. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology 64, no 2 (1 mars 2017): 257‑65. doi:10.1111/jeu.12357.

Dr. Clément Duckert

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