Harold Mooney’s Ecosystems of California wins California Book Award

Ecosystems of CaliforniaEcosystems of California has received the Gold Medal for Contribution to Publishing in the 86th Annual California Book Awards. The comprehensive reference guide, which includes contributions from more than 150 authors, is a deep dive into the functions, management and diversity of each ecosystem in the Golden State.

This adds to the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics it received earlier this year and the Environmental Sciences Award from the Association of American Publishers.

“It encompasses the total array of California’s natural wealth. It’s not just an ecology book or just a history book,” said co-editor HAROLD MOONEY, the Paul S. and Billies Achilles Professor in Environmental Biology, Emeritus.

The comprehensive reference and source book stands at over 1,000 pages, but a recently released supplement designed for decision-makers shows snapshots of threats and responses for ecosystems detailed in the 40 chapters of this thorough overview of California’s natural resources.

The California Book Awards are presented by the Commonwealth Club of California, a nonprofit educational organization and the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. Since the inception of the awards in 1931, the Commonwealth Club has recognized more than 600 authors and publishers in California for their contributions to the literary art.

A ceremony will be held June 12 in San Francisco honoring Ecosystems of California and other California Book Awards winners.