Publishing Association Honors UA Ecologist’s Book on Rivers Among ‘Best of Best’

  • February 23rd, 2006
Dr. Arthur Benke
Dr. Arthur Benke

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Association of American Publishers has presented “Rivers of North America,” co-edited by University of Alabama ecologist Dr. Arthur Benke, an Award for Excellence.

The Association’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division lauded the winners earlier this month as the “best of the best for 2005.” Selected by a nine-member panel consisting of librarians, academics and working publishers as the winner in the category of Geology and Geography, “Rivers of North America” is published by Elsevier/Academic Press.

The book, a 1,168 page comprehensive guide detailing 218 of the continent’s rivers, is co-edited by Dr. Colbert Cushing, a retired river ecologist, with a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance. River basin maps, combined with almost 200 breathtaking photographs, demonstrate the diversity, beauty and power of each river system.

University of Alabama faculty Drs. Milton Ward, Phillip Harris, Amelia Ward and Alexander Huryn are among the co-authors of the book’s individual chapters.

For more information on the book see or


Dr. Arthur Benke, 205/348-1799 or


Chris Bryant, Assistant Director of Media Relations, 205/348-8323,

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