The Prince Philip Award and Marsh Prize

This Award is run in association with the Zoological Society of London and is directed towards under-19 year olds. It recognises excellence and contribution to science, whilst encouraging students to see biology as a relevant and exciting field of study.

Entrants submit an account of original practical work of a standard comparable with A-level projects or higher. 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.

(2014 Awards were presented in 2015)

The 2014 winner is Jamie Weir

Jamie won this Award for his project on the ground beetle fauna of Glen Finglas, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, and the factors affecting the distribution and abundance of this species.

Jamie designed and carried out his investigation independently, as part of his Advanced Higher Biology course at Larbert High School and undertook a three week field study in five different habitats at the Woodland Trust property of Glen Finglas.

Jamie measured factors such as temperature, soil pH and moisture and recorded Sixty-four specimens of nine carabid species. In addition to extensive data collection, Jamie provided an impressive critical evaluation of the project and identified priorities for future research. He found that many species which are nocturnal were found to increase in abundance when night temperatures were at their highest, suggesting that temperature exerts perhaps the strongest effect on levels of activity in many carabid species.

Pictured: Jamie Weir


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