We’re thrilled to announce that Jennifer Ackerman has won the 2021 Whitley Award for Behavioural Zoology for her book The Bird Way — a radical examination of the bird way of being and of recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds.
Awarded annually, the Whitley Awards recognise the best publications that profile the unique wildlife of the Australasian region and this year is a very significant one given it is the 50th Anniversary of the Whitleys.
Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. Her most recent books include Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: a day in the life of your body; Ah-Choo: the uncommon life of the common cold; Chance in the House of Fate: a natural history of heredity; The Genius of Birds; and Birds by the Shore. A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications, Ackerman is the recipient of an National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.