Sean Harrington, a biology graduate student at John Carroll University, has been awarded the 2011–12 Charles Stearns Memorial Grant-In-Aid for Herpetological Research from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Harrington is the only student in the nation to receive this year’s grant, which will defray his travel expenses to conduct research at the academy this spring.

Harrington plans to study skeletal data from salamander specimens, part of the academy’s world-class collection of reptiles and amphibians. The research will expand the number of species he can analyze for his thesis exploring the skeletal development and evolution of amphibians.

Harrington, of Winfield, Illinois, is the third biology graduate student from John Carroll to receive the Charles Stearns Memorial Grant-In-Aid since 2003. He studies in the laboratory of Christopher Sheil, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at John Carroll, and is a 2010 graduate of North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio.

Posted on January 26, 2012