At the recent conference of the Landelijk Netwerk Mathematische Besliskunde (Dutch Network on the Mathematics of Operations Research) it was announced that Leo van Iersel (now at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, in Amsterdam) was awarded the Gijs de Leve Prize for best operations research Ph.D. thesis of the last 3 years.
Leo’s thesis, submitted in January 2009 to the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, covers
single individual haplotyping, population haplotyping, and phylogenetic
networks. As part of the award Leo gave a talk on "Phylogenetic Networks:
Reconstructing Evolution" [PDF of the slides].
Apparently, phylogenetic networks are now being treated as a
respectable part of mathematics. This is a not inconsiderable step.
Phylogenetics has not hitherto been a notable component of discrete
mathematics, although discrete mathematics, particularly combinatorics, has
long been a major part of phylogenetics.