UC Press Wins AAP PROSE Awards + Design Recognition from the AAUP

UC Press is proud to announce and congratulate recipients of this week’s Association of American Publishers‘ 2017 PROSE Awards, as well as the honorees of the Association of American University Press‘ 2017 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show.

About the PROSE Awards:

“The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 53 categories.

Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth.”



Ecosystems of California

Edited by Harold Mooney and Erika Zaveleta






Collabra: Psychology

Editors Simine Vazire, Rolf Zwaan and Don Moore



About the AAUP 2017 Book, Jacket, & Journal Show:

“Judging for the 2017 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show took place January 26-27 at the AAUP Central Office in New York City.  This year, 241 books, 2 Journals and 320 jacket and cover designs were submitted for a total of 563 entries.  The jurors carefully selected 50 books and 50 jackets and covers as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design.

The 2017 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show will premiere at the AAUP Annual Meeting in Austin, June 11-13, 2017. Afterward, the show will be exhibited at member presses around the country from September 2017 through May 2018. Forms to request the show for exhibit at your campus or institution will be available in the summer.”


Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Designer: Lia Tjandra

Production Coordinator: Angela Chen

Acquiring Editor: Niels Hooper

Project Editor: Dore Brown



The Principia by Isaac Newton, translated by Bernard Cohen and Anne Whitman

Designer: Lia Tjandra

Production Coordinator: Angela Chen

Art Director: Lia Tjandra



The Future of Point Reyes

by Laura Alice Watt, author of The Paradox of Preservation: Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore

Today is the 54th anniversary of the establishment of the Point Reyes National Seashore, a much-beloved destination for people around the Bay Area and far beyond. Over the years I have been researching the peninsula’s landscape history, many people have asked, why are there still ranches in the park? Classic national parks like Yosemite or Yellowstone do not contain active agriculture, so indeed the presence of dairy cows and beef cattle adjacent to Point Reyes’ beaches must seem puzzling to some.

9780520277083Yet these historic agricultural families have remained in place for a reason, as my forthcoming book The Paradox of Preservation explores in depth. For over a century before it became a national seashore, Point Reyes was famous for its agriculture. Starting in the 1850s, renowned dairy and beef ranches were established on privately-owned property across the peninsula. In the late 1950s, the area was first proposed as a Seashore, aimed at providing recreation opportunities close to the metropolitan Bay Area—but even in the earliest discussions, a key concern was the possible effects of establishing a park on the local agricultural economy. As early as 1958, in a letter to Senator Clair Engle (one of the initial sponsors of the legislation), then-president of Marin Conservation League Caroline Livermore wrote: “As true conservationists we want to preserve dairying in this area and will do what we can to promote the health of this industry which is so valuable to the economic and material well being of our people and which adds to the pastoral scene adjacent to the proposed recreation project.” Throughout two years of Congressional hearings, no one testified at any time in favor of shutting down existing ranching, dairying, or oystering operations. Instead, the 1962 legislation reflected a strong commitment to retaining and sustaining existing agricultural uses, as they served the public values that the new national seashore was created to protect.

The continuing presence of cattle ranches on Point Reyes’ rolling grasslands offers a vision of how working landscapes—places characterized by “an intricate combination of cultivation and natural habitat,” shaped by the work and lives of many individuals over generations, maintaining a distinct character yet responding to the changing needs of its residents—should be recognized as part of both natural and cultural heritage worth protecting. The U.S. national park system contains areas that primarily aim to preserve natural scenery as well as those that primarily preserve history and cultural heritage; Point Reyes offers the suggestive possibility of protecting all types of heritage resources together, as a landscape whole and including the resident users’ input in management, rather than separately. I hope you will join me in celebrating the Seashore’s anniversary on the 13th, in hopes of many more years of public enjoyment of this unique and inspiring model of land protection and stewardship.

Laura Alice Watt is Professor of Environmental History and Policy at Sonoma State University.

Natural History and National Wildlife Day

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 5.15.51 PMIn celebration of #NationalWildlifeDay, enjoy free access to select articles from Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, today through September 18.

Seeing Jaws: The Role of Shark Science in Ocean Conservation
Jennifer A. Martin (Vol. 46, No. 1, February 2016)
Think Shark Week put sharks on the map? Think again. Few scientists played a greater role in constructing how Americans envisioned sharks than marine biologist Perry W. Gilbert.

Paul Errington, Aldo Leopold, and Wildlife Ecology: Residential Science
Robert E. Kohler (Vol. 41, No. 2, Spring 2011)
Place shapes field science: not just the place where research is carried on, but the places where investigators have been in their mobile careers.

Endangered Science: The Regulation of Research by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection and Endangered Species Acts
Etienne Benson (Vol. 42, No. 1, February 2012)
The Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act have been cornerstones of federal wildlife conservation policy in the United States since their enactment in the early 1970s. Although there was relatively little controversy over the need for or nature of these permit procedures during the debates leading up to the enactment of the laws, they became the source of concern on the part of many zoologists, biologists, and ecologists as soon as federal agencies began to implement them.

The Business of Natural History: Charles Aiken, Colorado Ornithology, and the Role of the Professional Collector
Steve Ruskin (Vol. 45, No. 3, June 2015)
Charles Aiken was a Colorado ornithologist and specimen dealer whose career spanned almost sixty years, roughly 1870–1930. He was an entrepreneurial naturalist who operated a long-running commercial natural history dealership in Colorado Springs, which enabled him to pursue his passion for birds and make important contributions to American ornithology.

UC Press to publish OA journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene in 2017

We are extremely excited to follow up on yesterday’s press release on this blog and confirm that as of January 2017 UC Press will be the publisher of the open access journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, which was launched in 2013 and incubated by BioOne.

ElementaAs you can tell from its title, Elementa is committed to publishing research that ultimately leads to scientific solutions to the challenges presented by this era of human impact, the Anthropocene. The journal is organized into 6 inaugural knowledge domains, each with its own Editor in Chief. Each EIC takes great care to encourage the submission of cross-domain work, and present it in the most appropriate domains, to ensure it reaches the right readers beyond any single discipline.

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a perfect fit for UC Press—it will be in good company with our existing books list in the Natural Sciences; it will also become a core part of our open access ecosystem alongside the journal Collabra and the open access monograph program Luminos.

We are thrilled to be taking on the journal in 2017. In the meantime, if you do research in this field please consider it for your next article, and please take a look at some of the science published so far,

Jungfraujoch, at 3,580 m in the Swiss Alps, is the highest elevation WMO GAW station in Europe

including this highly accessed Special Feature Reactive Gases in the Global Atmosphere, and the article “Expert opinion on extinction risk and climate change adaptation for biodiversity,” which alone has been downloaded over 200,000 times since July 2015!

For more information about Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, please see our press release.





Myriad Atlases: Now Available as E-Books

UC Press is pleased to announce that the following titles in the Myriad Atlas Series The Atlas of Climate Change, The Atlas of Religion, The Atlas of Food, The State of China Atlas, The Atlas of Global Inequalities, and The Atlas of California are now available for the first time, in addition to their print format versions, as e-book editions.


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Sample interior spreads (please click to expand):




About Myriad Atlases:

Myriad’s award-winning atlases, some of which are published in the United States by University of California Press, are unique visual surveys of economic, political and social trends. By ingeniously transforming statistical data into valuable, user-friendly resources, they make a range of global issues – from climate change to world religions – accessible to general readers, students and professionals alike.

A Sea of Glass and the Blaschkas’ Fragile Legacy

What caught Drew Harvell’s eye first was a glass octopus. Inspired by the incredible glass marine sculptures of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, she soon set off to search for their living counterparts. In her new book A Sea of Glass, she tells the story of this journey of a lifetime while exploring unusual biology of these ancient animals and showing us that our ocean ecosystems—like the Blaschkas’ works of art—are as fragile as glass.

In honor of Earth Day, check out a slideshow of incredible Blaschka creations below, and learn more about Drew’s book here.

Additionally, click here to save 30% on new and bestselling science titles.

  • Common Octopus (Photo: Gary Hodges)
  • Sea Pansy (Photo: Gary Hodges)
  • From Left to Right: Siphonophores: Apolemia uvaria (Photo: Kent Loeffler) and Rosacea cymbiformis (Photo:Gray Hodges)
  • From Left to Right: mauve stinger (Photo: Drew Harvell), mauve stinger glass (Photo: Corning Museum of Glass), stinger watercolor (Photo: Corning Museum of Glass)
  • tentacle tubeworm (Photo: C. Smith)
  • From Left to Right: Doto Glass (Photo: C. Smith), Doto live (Photo: Reyn Yoshioka)
  • seadragon glass (Photo: Guido Mocafico), sea dragon watercolor (Photo: Corning Museum)
  • histioteuthis before (Photo: E. Brill), histioteuthis after (Photo: K. Loeffler)
  • common seastar in glass (Photo: Guido Mocafico)

Join Us at the 2016 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA!


Nonstop Metropolis by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro






University of California Press is exhibiting at the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting! The meeting convenes March 29 – April 2, 2016 in San Francisco, CA.

Please visit us at booth #314 in the exhibit hall at the Hilton San Francisco in Union Square for the following offers:

  • 40% conference discount on all orders
  • Request exam copies to consider for course adoption
  • Enter for a chance to win $100 worth of books by subscribing to UC Press eNews

Please see our flyer at our booth for our latest releases. Acquisitions and marketing staff will be available for your publishing questions.

Follow AAG’s Facebook, @theAAG, and hashtag #aag2016 for current meeting news. Catch up on our recent blog posts on the Natural Sciences here.

Be sure to catch our authors at the following Author Meets Critics sessions:


Rebecca Solnit with Joshua Jelly-Shapiro
“Mapping the Infinite City” — A Talk on the “infinite trilogy” of Atlases
Wednesday, March 30th, 5:20PM – 7:00PM
Hilton Hotel, Imperial B, Ballroom Level


Garrett Broad
Land, Justice and Agrifood Movements I: Trajectories and Tensions
Tuesday, March 29th, 2:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Hilton Hotel, Union Square 4, 4th Floor


Erica Kohl-Arenas with Ananya Roy
Author Meets Critics: Erica Kohl-Arenas’ The Self-Help Myth
Tuesday, March 29th, 4:40PM – 6:20PM
Hilton Hotel, Plaza A, Lobby Level


Seth Holmes
Annual CAPE “James M. Blaut” Plenary Lecture
Wednesday, March 30th, 3:20 PM – 5:00 PM
Imperial A, Ballroom Level
Hilton Hotel


Julie Guthman
Papers in Honor of Michael Watts IV
Thursday, March 31st, 3:20 PM – 5:00 PM
JW Marriott Hotel, Metropolitan A, 2nd Floor

Chemical Geographies: Science, Politics, and Materiality
Friday, April 1st, 8:00AM – 9:40AM
Continental 6, Ballroom Level — Hilton Hotel


Ananya Roy
Sabotage, Ostentation, and Attitude: Transformations in Modes of Collective Life in São Paulo’s Peripheries
Thursday, March 31st, 5:20PM – 7:00PM
Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom 2, 3rd Floor


Christine Shepardson
Spatiotemporal Symposium: Space-Time Concepts in the GeoHumanities
Thursday, March 31st, 5:20 PM–7:00 PM
Hilton Hotel, Union Square 1, 4th Floor

Islamic Identities
Friday, April 1st, 10:00 AM–11:45 AM
Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom III, 3rd Floor

What We Need to Dodge Extinction

by Anthony Barnosky, author of Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth

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This guest post is published as part of a series in relation to the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco this week.

In trying to avoid the so-called Sixth Mass Extinction, we tend to focus on proximate solutions, such as preserving critical habitats or preventing poaching. While such efforts are absolutely essential, they won’t do the job without us taking a step back and addressing the global drivers of extinction: climate change, food production, and monetizing nature.

Human-caused climate change is faster than and creating climatic conditions outside the evolutionary experience of species on Earth today; they can’t adapt or move fast enough. The food problem is that already we have co-opted almost 40% of Earth’s ice-free land for agriculture. How do we produce enough to feed an additional three billion people by 2050 without cutting into the last refuges for the vast majority of Earth’s species? And as for money, we now treat nature as a bottomless checking account—but the natural capital is fast running out.

Can we fix these global problems? It’s a tall order, but certainly within humanity’s grasp. As I write this, the COP21 climate meetings are in their final hours in Paris: for the first time in history, almost 200 countries, including the nations that are the largest contributors of greenhouse gases, are working hard to forge an agreement to prevent global temperature from rising more 2oC. Food security experts have mapped out ways to feed a few billion more people while still not taking over more wild landscapes and seascapes. And economists and business leaders are laying out pathways to manage nature as an investment bank, so that we can live off the interest, rather than deplete the principle.

These are encouraging signs, but just the beginning. Averting the Sixth Mass Extinction is still possible through broad communication about what humanity would lose, individual actions, and adopting appropriate governmental and business policies. But, the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Because of lag times inherent in global-scale phenomena, action today is required to avoid extinction tomorrow.

Anthony D. Barnosky is a professor in the Department of Integative Biology, a curator at the Museum of Paleontology, and a research paleoecologist at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. His book, Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth (University of California Press, 2014) explains how we can get global extinction drivers under control to avoid the sixth mass extinction. He also talks about these issues in the film Mass Extinction: Life on the Brink, available on the Smithsonian Channel and on-line.

The California Nitrogen Assessment


This guest post is published as part of a series in relation to the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco this week.

Increasing concern in California about nitrogen in drinking water, the air we breathe, and climate change has brought a new set of nitrogen monitoring requirements for farmers to implement, and reinvigorated the discussion on how to respond to the impacts of nitrogen’s movement through our environment.

As part of that discussion, the California Nitrogen Assessment: Challenges and Solutions for People, Agriculture, and the Environment comprehensively examines the existing knowledge on nitrogen science, policy, and practice in California. The goal of the assessment is to more effectively link science with action and to produce information that informs both policy and practice. Forty-five contributing authors have collected and synthesized a large body of data to analyze overall patterns and trends in nitrogen imports, exports, internal movement and storage throughout the state, encompassing all nitrogen flows and their impacts on ecosystem services and human wellbeing. The California Nitrogen Assessment includes:

  • Identification of underlying drivers (e.g., regulations, population growth) and direct drivers (e.g., fertilizer use and soil management, fuel combustion) that affect stocks and flows of nitrogen in California agriculture.
  • Calculation of a mass balance to examine how nitrogen moves through California agroecosystems and the state as a whole, including agriculture, sewage, industry and transportation.
  • Evaluation of the state of knowledge about nitrogen’s impacts on ecosystem health and human well-being.
  • A series of scenarios, or “plausible stories about the future,” that provide insights about nitrogen issues that will require attention over the next 20 years.
  • Assessment of a suite of practices and policy options and the potential effects each would have on agriculture, the environment and human health.

The California Nitrogen Assessment underwent a multi-stage review process involving the input of over 60 external scientists and stakeholders from California commodity organizations, farmer associations, non-governmental organizations focused in environment, health, and social justice, UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors and specialists, and governmental agencies. This approach aims to move beyond academic “business as usual” to more effectively link science with action and to produce information that informs both policy and field-level practice.

Learn more about the book here.

Thomas P. Tomich is W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Professor of Community Development and Environmental Science and Policy, and Director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at the University of California, Davis.

Sonja B. Brodt is Academic Coordinator at the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources statewide program hosted by ASI at the University of California, Davis.

Randy A. Dahlgren is Russell Rustici Endowed Chair in Rangeland Watershed Sciences and Professor of Land, Air, and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis.

Kate M. Scow is Director of ASI’s Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility and Professor of Land, Air, and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis.

Energy Crossroads

by Carla Jones, co-author of Our Energy Future: Introduction to Renewable Energy and Biofuels

9780520278776This guest post is published as part of a series in relation to the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco this week.

The world is at a crossroads in deciding its energy future. One direction leads to the latest technologies in fossil fuel development: hydraulic fracking, clean coal, and shale oil production, which are collectively deemed by some to be the answer to the future of independent energy in the United States and other developed nations. Despite their promise, these energy sources do not overcome the environmental challenges associated with continued emissions of carbon dioxide and long-term availability for future generations. In the other direction lies renewable energy. Renewable resources are abundant, clean and sustainable, but remain in their developmental infancy and lack the cheap efficiency enjoyed by the fossil fuels market.

As we stand at this intersection, questioning the growth of the global economy and debating the environmental impacts of energy use on the planet, we are faced with the challenge of forging a new path, one that seeks to enhance global prosperity while simultaneously overcoming the growing mountain of demand for low cost, high-yielding energy resources. To be successful, this path requires a new type of energy consumer, one who is educated and dedicated to making a difference in the fight against climate change.

Our world is full of people looking to be inspired and led in a direction where their lives will truly impact the future. The field of energy, particularly renewable energy, is ripe for new and innovative thinking to expand available technologies and develop a successful approach for sustainable energy production to support our increasing energy demands. A critical first step down this path is to educate ourselves about energy, the options nature provides, the technologies most likely to support energy production and consumption in the long run, and the environmental implications of the way we obtain our energy resources. Through education, we can push the boundaries of our energy knowledge and discover new answers to the difficult and complex questions behind creating a sustainable energy future. The time is right for us to forge a new direction in the energy market and take control of creating a renewable and sustainable future: Our Energy Future.

Carla Jones is adjunct faculty in Sustainability Studies at Roosevelt University, and author of the forthcoming book Our Energy Future: Introduction to Renewable Energy and Biofuels (Feb 2016, UC Press)