Congratulations to Jake Covey for having his thesis published as a Springer Thesis, recognizing outstanding PhD research! Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in this series. Nominated and endorsed by two recognized specialists, each thesis is chosen for its scientific excellence and impact on research. The published versions include an extended introduction, as well as a foreword by the student's supervisor explaining the special relevance of the work for the field. Jake was awarded € 500 cash prize, as well as the hardcover edition being available via Amazon!