Cover of the 4th edition
Cover of the 4th edition

First published in 1978, An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America is a seminal text for aquatic entomologists, stream ecologists, environmental consultants, conservation biologists, forensic entomologists, and others. On more than one occasion, field scientists and technicians have referred to it in my presence as “the stream ecologist’s Bible.” As it happens, the 1st edition of this book was assembled on my living room floor in Michigan (USA) when I was just a boy of eight years old. My father, Richard Merritt, is one of the original conceivers and editors of the text.

brenno-del-lucomagno-blenio-switzerlandKendall Hunt Publishing Co. has recently asked the editors of the 4th edition of the book–Messrs. R.W. Merritt, K.W. Cummins, & M.B. Berg–to prepare a 5th edition of the book, and I am excited to have been asked to make a small contribution to it. I have worked closely on scientific research projects and in educational settings with all three of the current editors, as well as with a handful of the contributing authors, and it’s hard to imagine working with a more enjoyable group of scientists.

The 5th edition of Merritt, Cummins, & Berg’s An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America is scheduled to go to press in 2018.