[ASC-media] Whitley Awards

Robyn Stutchbury rstutch at bigpond.net.au
Thu Sep 13 10:38:02 CEST 2007

Media Release, 14 September 2007: for immediate release

2007 Whitley Awards

The Royal Zoological Society of NSW today announced the winners of the 2007
Whitley Awards.

The awards are for outstanding publications that deal with the promotion and
conservation of Australasian fauna. Of the awards, the Whitley Medal is the
most sought after prize in Australian zoological publishing.

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.

This year's Whitley Medal winner is Australia¹s Mammal Extinctions, A 50,000
Year History, by Chris Johnson and published by the Cambridge University
Press, which is renowned for its scientific publications. Author Chris
Johnson is a Professor in the School of Tropical Biology at James Cook
University, North Queensland. His book covers the demise of Australia¹s
mammal fauna and brings to those readers without specialist knowledge, the
debate about what might have caused the great mammal extinctions.

The Awards also include Certificates of Commendation and this year these
were awarded to 12 publications, including books and electronic media.
Commended were:

Children's Natural History

Spiders, Snails and other Minibeasts of Australia, by Paul Zborowski and
Wallabies, Wombats and other Mammals of Australia, by Lee K. Curtis, both
published by Young Reed.

Children's Conservation Series

Australia's Animals and Plants in Danger, by Jane Pearson, published by
Echidna Books.

Illustrated Book for Children

The Last Tree by Mark Wilson, both author and illustrator, published by
Lothian Children's Books.

Children's Book

The Penguin Book, Birds in Suits by Mark Norman, published by Black Dog

Interactive Atlas and Key (CD)

On The Fly, by authors J Hamilton, D. Yeates, A Hastings, D Colless, D
McAlpine, D Bickel, G Daniels, M Schneider, P Cranston and S Marshall,
published by ABRS, Canberra, and CBIT, University of Qld.

Natural History DVD

The Big Blue, produced by Jeni Clevers of the ABC Natural History Unit
(sadly, now disbanded).

Zoological Series

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, Volume 7, edited by
PJ Higgins, JM Peter and SJ Cowling and published by the Oxford University
Press and Wingspan.

Zoological Guide

A Guide to Australian Moths, by Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards and published
by CSIRO Publishing.

Zoological Catalogue

Zoological Catalogue of Australia; Volume 35, Parts 1-3: Fishes, edited by A
Wells and PL Beesley and published by CSIRO and ABRS, Canberra.

Zoological Text

Marsupials, edited by PJ Armati, CR Dickman and I Hume and published by
Cambridge University Press.


Wingspan, by Penny Olsen (Content Editor), Sophie Knezic (Production
Editor), designed by Andrea Williamson and published by Birds Australia.

Reference Text

Evolution and Biogeography of Australasian Vertebrates, edited by J Merrick,
M Archer, G Hickey and
M Lee and published by Auscipub Pty Ltd.

For more information contact
Dr Noel Tait, Chairman, Whitley Awards Committee, RZS NSW;
phone/fax: 612 9427 6747; email: nntait

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