Welcome to our new Associate Editors

Following our open call for applicants we are pleased to welcome 20 new Associate Editors to the Journal of Animal Ecology Editorial Board. The researchers are based across 13 different countries, including our first editors from Colombia and Mexico. We are delighted to further expanded the expertise and diversity of our board. You can find out more about all our new editors, below. Please join me in welcoming them to the journal!

Becker, DDaniel Becker

Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, USA

Daniel is broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious disease. His work combines field studies of wild bats and birds, phylogenetic comparative analyses, theoretical models, ecoimmunology, and machine learning to understand how pathogens spread within and between animal populations and species and how these infection dynamics are altered by environmental change. Website

Bennett, JJoanne Bennett

Centre for Applied Water Science, University of Canberra, Australia

Joanne is a community and landscape ecologist. Her research aims to understand how anthropogenic change, primarily climate and land-use change will influence species distributions and the subsequent impacts on species interactions. A major focus of her work has been the implication of altered species interactions for bird and insect pollination, a key ecosystem service. Website

Bishop, TTom Rhys Bishop

School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK and Dept. of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Tom is a macroecologist interested in how morphological and physiological traits influence species distributions and community composition. His work combines field, lab, and informatics approaches and focuses on ectotherms with a special emphasis on the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). His research has explored how the thermoregulatory traits of ants constrain their activity and diversity. He also has interests in trait macroevolution and mountain biodiversity.  Website

Santos, AAna Margarida C. Santos

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

Ana (Guida) is a community ecologist and biogeographer, that seeks understanding pattern and process in species coexistence, community assembly and ecosystem functioning at different scales, with the ultimate goal of linking biogeographical and community-level processes. She focuses her research mainly on island systems and insect groups, but not exclusively. She is also interested on studying the impact of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, using both field and laboratory approaches.

Cabral, HHenrique Cabral

INRAE, UR EABX, Centre Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux, France

Henrique is a marine ecologist with a particular interest in understanding how global changes affect estuarine and coastal systems. His works primarily focuses on fish using field, experimental and modelling approaches to evaluate changes at individual, population or community levels. Website

CaraDonna, PPaul CaraDonna

Chicago Botanic Garden, USA

Paul’s research investigates the interplay among species interactions, population dynamics, and community patterns—mostly with plants and pollinators, and usually with a temporal perspective. His research asks questions from a basic ecological perspective to better understand how plant and animal populations and communities operate in nature, with the goal of improving conservation efforts in light of various global changes. Website

Culina, AAntica Culina

Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Netherlands

Antica’s expertise covers evolutionary ecology of bonding, life-history trade-offs, evidence synthesis, and data and code standards. She has worked on a variety of free-living animal populations (mostly birds), including conservation-relate work. Over the last years her ‘study system’ has also became the scientific process itself. As one of the pioneers in studying and promoting Open Science in ecological and evolutionary research, she strives to enable ecology to benefit from open practices. In 2018 Antica has co-founded SPI-Birds Network and Database (www.spibirds.org). She strives to promote diversity and inclusion in academia – as a sole carer of her toddler, she is experiencing all the related career drawbacks.  Website

Rabosky, AAlison Davis Rabosky

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Museum of Zoology University of Michigan, USA

Alison is an evolutionary ecologist who studies the ecological drivers of trait evolution in nature. She specializes in interdisciplinary research that unites natural history collections with ecological and genetic data to test hypotheses about the origin, stability, and coevolution of traits over time and space.  Her current research addresses questions about complex phenotypes and convergence within Neotropical snake mimicry systems. Website 

Dominoni, DDavide Dominoni

Institute of Biodiversity, University of Glasgow, UK

Davide’s research seeks to uncover the strategies that animals adopt to cope with global environmental change, with a focus on how rhythms of life on both a daily and seasonal scale are tuned to city life. He uses a highly integrative approach across different research fields and levels of biological organisation, from genes to metabolites, to behaviour and population dynamics, to ask questions and test hypotheses about how species respond to, cope with, and ultimately adapt or not to anthropogenic changes, mostly urbanisation. He combines tools and methods from different disciplines such as chronobiology (analysis of circadian and seasonal rhythms), movement ecology (biologging), molecular ecology (gene expression analyses) and eco-physiology (hormone analyses). You can equally find Davide in the field or in the lab, working on species as diverse as birds, mussels and phytoplankton. Website

Duthie, BBrad Duthie

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, UK

Brad is an evolutionary and community ecologist with broad interests in animal behaviour, species interactions, and conceptual synthesis across the biological sciences. His research primarily focuses on developing ecological and evolutionary theory using mathematical and individual-based models. Specific interests of his include the evolution of inbreeding and mating systems, mechanisms underlying species coexistence, and the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Website

Kuczynski, LLucie Kuczynski

Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany

Lucie is a community ecologist. In particular, I she is interested in how biotic interactions, environmental filtering and dispersal limitation as well as their interplays shape diversity and its variations across space and over time. Her approach encompasses several diversity facets (e.g. functional, phylogenetic and genetic) and is integrative of spatial, temporal and taxonomic scales. Website

Montoya, DDaniel Montoya

SETE CNRS Theoretical & Experimental Ecology Station at Moulis, France

Brief profile: I am a community ecologist, and my research aims to understand how biodiversity is organized, and how it affects the functioning and stability of ecosystems. My work explores the response of communities and ecosystems to global change factors, such as climate change and the loss and fragmentation of natural habitats. My ultimate goal is to contribute to an integrative and predictive theory of the effects of global change on communities and ecosystems, and to apply this theory to inform conservation and restoration, and to design sustainable agricultural systems. Website

Morimoto, JJuliano Morimoto

University of Aberdeen, UK

Juliano is an entomologist, particularly interested in understanding how ecological factors such as nutrition and stress during early life affects physiology, behaviour, and evolution (developmental ecology). He works with both hypothesis-driven and natural history observations as complementary – and very much needed – approaches to understand biological systems. His research coves insect physiology and evolution, animal behaviour, insect-as-food, and the effects of nutrition on systemic and oral health from model organisms (flies and mice) to humans. Website


Riascos, JJosé Riascos

Universidad de Antioquia – sede Ciencias del Mar, Turbo, Antioquia, Colombia.

José is a marine ecologist interested in how marine biodiversity responds to extreme climatic conditions and anthropogenic stressors in tropical and subtropical areas. In particular human imposed alterations of coastal ecosystems that directly translate strong selective pressure to changing phenotypes, population structures and community assemblages, which ultimately dictate the balance between declining (“losers”) and thriving species (“winners”) in increasingly urbanized “eco”systems.

Ricciardi, AAnthony Ricciardi

Redpath Museum, McGill University, Canada

Tony’s research explores how biological invasions alter the diversity and trophic ecology of communities. Using aquatic communities as model systems, he does experiments in the lab and in the field to test the impacts of invaders under different biotic and abiotic contexts. Through these studies, he hopes to develop a more predictive understanding of invader impact. Currently, he is examining the influence of climate warming on biotic interactions of non-native fishes and invertebrates in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin. website

Riley, JJulia Riley

Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada

Julia is an ecologist that is broadly focused on integrating the fields of behavioural ecology, conservation, and evolutionary ecology. I like to integrate theories and techniques from these fields to design and carry-out quantitative field and experimental research that tackles both novel and long-held questions in animal biology. I am particularly interested in developmental plasticity, how evolutionary processes shape animal behaviour, and the means by which animals adapt to new environments and our changing world. A life-long fascination with reptiles and amphibians has guided my research, and I use model systems in both these taxonomic groups for my research. Website

Stawski, CClare Stawski

Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Clare is a zoologist interested in how animals deal with the energetic challenges they face regularly in their environment. In particular, how they cope physiologically with detrimental weather and environmental conditions that often result in a shortage of food and water resources. A few examples of such conditions are seasonal changes, extreme temperatures, storms, fires and habitat degradation. Specifically, her research strengths are field and laboratory work on questions relating to thermal physiology, metabolism, energy management, activity and behaviour in animals. In the field she primarily uses small temperature-sensitive transmitters to obtain information on daily movements and body temperature fluctuations of the study animal. Recently, she has begun to test data loggers that can also record heart rates in addition to body temperature, with the aim to gain an even greater understanding of energy management in wild animals. In the lab She measures various variables, such as metabolic rates of animals in response to a wide range of manipulated ambient conditions, such as temperature and photoperiod. Her main study organisms are endotherms, primarily mammals, but is interested in all species. Website 

Watson, HHannah Watson

Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden

Hannah is a physiological and evolutionary ecologist studying how environmental stress/change shapes physiology and performance, with a particular interest in early-life stress exposure and its long-term effects. Hannah’s research is inter-disciplinary, employing experimental and comparative approaches, mainly in field studies of wild birds, combined with laboratory techniques to measure physiological (hormones, oxidative stress) and molecular (telomeres, gene expression) traits. She also uses ‘omics approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying phenotypic responses and is interested in the potential for DNA methylation to mediate long-term effects of stress exposure. A lot of her research has focused on anthropogenic impacts, especially in the context of urbanisation. Website

Wood, CChelsea Wood

School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, USA

Chelsea’s research explores the ecology of infectious disease in a changing world. She addresses several questions with practical applications to conservation and marine production, as well as essential value for ecological theory. First, does loss of biodiversity generally increase or decrease disease transmission? In other words, do human impacts on biodiversity increase the prevalence of pathogens by eroding natural “checks and balances” on transmission? Or do human impacts decrease prevalence because they remove the free-living biodiversity on which pathogens depend? Second, if – as recent data suggest – biodiversity loss has variable effects on transmission across pathogen species, what factors predict disease outcomes? Might transmission strategy of the pathogen, its dispersal capability, or the spatial scale of observation influence whether transmission increases, decreases, or remains unchanged in response to an environmental impact? Answers to these questions are urgently needed as global change accumulates and as the threat of marine disease grows. Website

Zamora-Gutierrez, VVeronica Zamora-Gutierrez

CIIDIR Unidad Durango, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

Veronica’s research interests range from bat´s conservation, bioacoustics, and species interactions to ecosystem services in both natural areas and human-dominated landscapes like cities and agroecosystems. At present, her work focuses on the importance of bats as pollinators and suppressors of insects’ population, their echolocation behaviour and how global change is and might affect bat´s functional diversity and their distributions. Deepening our understanding of these questions is crucial for developing effective conservation strategies to keep ecosystems functioning



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