[ASC-media] 2006 Whitley book awards announced (150906)

Robyn Stutchbury rstutch at bigpond.net.au
Fri Sep 15 04:55:49 CEST 2006


For immediate release

The Royal Zoological Society of NSW today announced the winners of the 
2006 Whitley Awards for outstanding publications dealing with various 
aspects of Australasian fauna. The Whitley Medal, which is the most 
sought after prize in Australian zoological publishing, is awarded to a 
publication deemed to make a landmark contribution to the understanding 
and dissemination of zoological knowledge.

This year's medal winner is Adelaide, Nature of a City, which covers 
the ecology of a dynamic city from 1836 to 2036. It was edited by 
Christopher Daniels and Catherine Tait, both of whom were also part of 
the team of some 75 writers from a vast range of disciplines. The book 
is an analysis of the biological life of the city of Adelaide, tracking 
changes to plant and animal communities over the time of urban 
development and extending into future predictions. The book draws 
heavily on the remarkable records of well-educated settlers who also 
retained significant information of the pre-European environment. It is 
published by BioCity, the Centre for Urban Habitats at the University 
of Adelaide.

The Whitley Awards, first presented in 1979, are hosted by the Royal 
Zoological Society of NSW and presented at a ceremony at The Australian 
Museum in Sydney. They are a tribute to Gilbert Whitley (1903-1975), 
who was the Curator of Fishes at the Australian Museum from 1922 to 
1964. For many years, Whitley was also the editor of the Society's 
publications and a very active member.

The Awards include Certificates of Commendation and this year 11 
publications (books and electronic) received commendations.

These were:
For best children's book -
Leaf Litter, Exploring the Mysteries of a Hidden World
Author and illustrator: Rachel Tonkin
Angus and Robertson

For best children's story -
Emily and Alfie
Author: Meredith Hooper Illustrator: Emma Quay
Hachette Children’s Books Australia

For an outstanding periodical -
Wingspan, For Birds and Birdwatchers
Content Editor: Penny Olsen Production Editor: Sophie Knezic Designer: 
Andrea Williamson
Birds Australia

For natural history -
Albatross, Elusive Mariners of the Southern Ocean
Authors: Aleks Terauds & Fiona Stewart
Reed New Holland

For a conservation resource -
CSIRO List of Australian Vertebrates; A reference with conservation 
status
Authors: Mark Clayton, John Wombey, Ian Mason,Terry Chesser & Alice 
Wells
CSIRO Publishing

On urban fauna -
Wild Neighbours
Author: Ian Temby
Citrus Press

For the natural history of an iconic species -
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Author: Penny Olsen
CSIRO Publishing

For the best conservation text -
Practical Conservation Biology
Authors: David Lindenmayer & Mark Burgman
CSIRO Publishing

For an identification key (CD)
Centipedes of Australia
Authors: Matthew Colloff, Anne Hastings, Fiona Spier & Jean Devonshire
CSIRO Entomology

For the illustrations in a limited edition -
Marsupials of Australia Vol 3 Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-kangaroos
Illustrator: Rosemary Woodford Ganf
Mallon Publishing

For a conservation manual -
South Australian Rangelands and Aboriginal Land Wildlife Management 
Manual
Author: Harald Ehmann
Dept of Water, Land & Biodiversity Conservation, SA

For further information, contact Dr Noel Tait, Chair, Whitley 
Committee, RZS (NSW)
Phone: 612 9427 6747; email: nntait at bigpond.net.au


Noel Tait
Peripatus Productions Pty Limited
1 Carisbrook Street
Lane Cove 2066
ph and fax: 61 2 9427 6747
mobile: 0419 4119 67
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