Journal news: New Senior Editors

The journal is pleased to welcome Lesley Lancaster and Darren Evens to the Senior Editor board of Journal of Animal Ecology. Lesley is no stranger to Journal of Animal Ecology, having previously been an Associate Editor. Darren joins us from Animal Conservation and will be familiar to BES members in his role as Vice-Chair of the  Policy Committee. To find out a bit more about Lesley and Darren and to get to know the person behind the decision letters we quizzed them on everything from where they go on holiday to what they remember for their first-ever paper as part of our Meet the Editor series.

At the end of this year, we will be saying goodbye to Ken Wilson as Executive Editor for Journal of Animal Ecology. Among Ken’s many fantastic contributions to the journal over the past 9 years has been his effort to increase the diversity of the editorial board, and we’ll ensure that this is a lasting legacy by continuing to build on all his good work. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Ken. We look forward to taking the journal onwards and upwards with the new Editor team led by Jean-Michel Gaillard as our new Executive Editor.


Lesley Lancaster
Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, UK

Lesley became a Senior Editor in September 2019, after previously serving as an Associate Editor. Her research focusses on understanding drivers of and constraints on niche evolution in ectotherms, and investigates how biogeographic processes shape macroecological trait variation, life history evolution, and species interactions. She is fascinated by all aspects of the evolutionary process and spends her time in a more or less continual state of alarm over loss of natural habitats and biodiversity.

Darren Evans
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK
Darren combines advances in ecological network analysis with DNA-metabarcoding to examine the impacts of environmental change on species-interactions, co-evolution and ecosystem functioning. He is currently studying the consequences of altered network structure on fungi, plant and animal populations, mainly within forest- and agro-ecosystems.

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