UNE scholar receives prestigious Whitley Book Award

Published 28 September 2016

One of Australia’s eminent animal behavioralist, UNE Adjunct Professor Gisela Kaplan has been awarded the prestigious Whitley Book Award for Bird Minds.

The Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales presents the awards to outstanding publications relating to the fauna of the Australasian region.

Professor Gisela Kaplan

Professor Gisela Kaplan

UNE Adjunct Professor, Gisela Kaplan from the School of Science and Technology said the award recognises her work as a landmark publication.

“This is the first time in 40 years that an attempt has been made to bring all the land birds in one volume and discuss them on this scale. This book specifically puts a light on Australian native species,” said Professor Kaplan.

She says it is an important validation for native birds to discuss their contribution and evolution, and how they can be conserved.

“We are a bird rich country with 500 species that are song or land birds. I haven’t included water or wetland birds.”

Professor Kaplan received the award at a gala dinner in Sydney.