Meet the editors: Lara Ferry, Senior Editor

Lara worked as an Associate Editor on Functional Ecology, before becoming our newest Senior Editor (replacing Duncan Irschick) in October.

Hello!  I am very excited to be a part of the FE team in a new way.  LaraAFerry

My background and training are in Functional Morphology, broadly speaking.  I am interested in novel traits, how they evolve and perform, and their ecological consequences.  I work largely with aquatic organisms, studying traits related to feeding and respiration.  I am currently at Arizona State University.  My PhD is from the University of California Irvine, and I was a post doc at the University of California Davis.

My goals for FE include to promote it widely and to (continue to) attract the highest quality papers.  Among other things, I would like to see our blog, Twitter feed and YouTube channels followed by more people.  So, I am happy to see that, since you are reading this, you are reading our blog!  I look forward to meeting many of you at the annual meetings, and I welcome comments and concerns at any time.  Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Peer Review Week: Thoughts from a researcher

It is peer review week, a week in which we celebrate the review process and acknowledge the work of reviewers, and celebrate the review process that is the beating heart of science communication. There are many arguments why reviewing is necessary to do, but can it also benefit you as a reviewer? And if you review, what are your responsibilities? Below I give my vision on these aspects.


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Peer review and publishing workshops from the BES

For Peer Review week, the BES Publications Team are discussing about various aspects of peer review, and how we make the process more transparent. Yesterday, launched their new Peer Reviewer Mentoring Scheme, but the Publications Team have a number of other ways of opening up peer review and helping people get the most out of their published paper. Continue reading “Peer review and publishing workshops from the BES”

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