Charles Darwin Award and Marsh Prize
This Award is presented in partnership with the Zoological Society of London and recognises the best zoological project by an undergraduate student attending a university in Great Britain or Northern Ireland.
The projects are judged by a panel of experts from the ZSL, who then select the winning study.
The Zoological Society of London is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.
(2015 Awards were presented in 2016)
The 2015 winner is Patrick Meyer Higgins
Patrick won this Award for his comparative study of Strouhal number in birds: on wing morphology, flight mode and methodology, undertaken at the University of Oxford.
In his study, Patrick measured Strouhal number by filming diverse species of bird in free flight, to find evolutionary, morphological and ecological correlates of each of these measurements. This is an impressively technical project and focuses on an important new technique for measuring Strouhal number in the field. In the project, Patrick showed a clear understanding of possible sources of measurement error, and went to great lengths to avoid these in the methods that he designed. He used sophisticated statistical and comparative methods to analyse his data and the techniques he developed will be influential in future work in this area.
Pictured: Patrick receiving his Award from John Beddington (ZSL President) and Brian Marsh (MCT Chairman)
The Zoological Society of London