New Associate Editors

Today we are welcoming seven new people to the Methods in Ecology and Evolution Associate Editor Board. All of these new Associate Editors were invited to join the Board following our open call for applications a couple of months ago. You can find out more about them below.

Karen Bacon

Karen Bacon

Karen Bacon

“I am a plant ecologist and palaeoecologist with interests that span the present day to the Mesozoic. My particular interests include plant–atmosphere interactions, fossil plant taphonomy, mass extinctions, stable isotope ecology, and Anthropocene ecology. My current work focuses on the development of plant-based proxies to improve interpretations of plant responses to past environmental change and investigating plant functional traits that lead to success across environmental upheaval events in both the fossil record and present day.”

Torbjørn Ergon

Torbjørn Ergon

“I am a population/evolutionary ecologist with wide interests. My research has mostly been focused on variation in life-history traits and demographic rates within populations, and I have a strong interest in statistical modelling in this field. As an associate editor of Methods in Ecology and Evolution, I hope to promote novel papers that pay close attention to ecological/evolutionary theory in addition to study design and statistical modelling.”

Andrés López-Sepulcre

Andrés López-Sepulcre

“My research focuses on the study of eco-evolutionary theory and its relevance to the forecasting and management of ecological systems. I study eco-evolutionary processes at several levels of organization, from populations to ecosystems. Within this framework, I am interested in understanding phenomena such as: rapid evolution; the role of dispersal in the spread of population invasions; and the feedback between the evolution of resource use and nutrient cycling. To do so, I integrate mathematical models with long-term data and manipulative experiments on Trinidadian guppies, and other systems. Much of my time is spent thinking about the statistical estimation of ecological parameters relevant to evolutionary theory or conservation practice.”

Andrés has recently been given funding to develop statistical and analytical tools to study the effects of consumer evolution on nutrient cycling. He has developed a new method based on hidden Markov models to reconstruct nutrient dynamics from isotope tracer addition experiments.

Brenda Pracheil

Brenda Pracheil

“I am broadly interested in the reconstruction of animal movements using stable isotope and trace element chemistry and large-scale biodiversity patterns. My current research is focused on applying materials science tools such as neutron and other diffraction techniques and a variety of imaging methods to inform interpretation of isotopic and trace element signatures in calcified structures of organisms. My research also works to devise more effective conservation approaches in aquatic ecosystems through combining animal movement, traits, and large-scale biodiversity patterns.”

Kylie Scales

Kylie Scales

“I am interested in coupling emerging technologies and quantitative analytical techniques to identify the linkages between pattern and process that regulate global biodiversity and ecosystem function. My research encompasses spatial and movement ecology, animal tracking and biologging, satellite remote sensing, species distribution modelling and model transferability. I am particularly interested in the fundamental mechanisms that underlie habitat selection by highly mobile and migratory species, with a specific focus on marine vertebrates. I use eco-informatics to contribute to the development of applied conservation and management outcomes, such as dynamic ocean management for fisheries sustainability, and modelling ecological responses to global change.”

Kylie was the lead author on the article ‘Scale of inference: On the sensitivity of habitat models for wide-ranging marine predators to the resolution of environmental data‘, recently published in Ecography. She has also had manuscripts accepted for publication in Ecological Applications and Diversity & Distributions which will be published soon.

Emily Shepard

Emily Shepard

“I am interested in the mechanisms that underpin animal movement. I use a variety of techniques to quantify movement trajectories, space-use and energetics, and my research currently focuses on how environmental factors, including wind, affect flight costs and flight paths in birds, as well as avian ecology more broadly.”

Emily is currently funded by an ERC starter grant, to examine how flight costs are affected by atmospheric conditions. The project includes the construction of a new wind tunnel at Swansea University, designed to fly relatively large birds.

Clive Trueman

Clive Trueman

“My interests broadly lie in the application of natural ecogeochemical tags to infer aspects of animal behaviour. Stable isotope-based assessment of trophic and spatial ecology form a core research interest. My research particularly focuses on development of new methodologies: the physiological, biogeochemical and mechanistic processes underpinning the use of natural geochemical tags, and statistical modelling approaches used to infer aspects of behaviour from ecogeochemical data. While predominantly focussed on modern marine ecosystems, I also have experience and interests in the application of biochemical methods to palaeontological, archaeological and historic systems and in marine and terrestrial settings.”

We are thrilled to welcome Karen, Torbjørn, Andrés, Brenda, Kylie, Emily and Clive to the Associate Editor Board and we look forward to working with them over the coming years.

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