July 4, 2014
Burnham teenager receives top biology award at London ceremony

A Burnham-On-Sea teenager has received a prestigious national award from the Zoological Society of London.

Carly Brown, 18, has ben presented with the Zoological Society of London's prestigious Prince Philip Award and Marsh Prize for her biology study on snails.

The award aims to encourage students to see biology as a relevant and exciting field of study and to make the step from learning to investigation.

She won the award after completing an investigative project entitled 'Can the common garden snail see in colour?'.

Carly, who lives with her family in Burnham, has attended a presentation ceremony at the Zoological Society of London in Regent's Park where the certificate, a medal and a £600 cheque were handed over.

A citation read by Professor Geoff Boxshall, ZSL's Secretary, said: "Carly presented a sound hypothesis, supported by appropriate biological arguments and background research."

"Carly provided an impressive critical evaluation of the project and was able to identify priorities for future research."

Carly, who studies at Taunton School, is understandably honoured to have received the award.

She has already appeared in a recent edition of Somerset Life magazine and has also been interviewed by BBC Somerset.

Carly Brown with Dr James Penny, Prof Patrick Bateson (ZSL's President) and Brian Marsh OBE


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