Introducing the Inaugural Editorial Academy

The new Editorial Academy at Journal of Biogeography is aimed to help early career biogeographers who are interested to learn more about the publishing process to gain experience with the guidance and support of an experienced mentor.

We are delighted to announce the six inaugural members — Drs. Ricardo Correia, Qin Li, Tom Matthews, Filipa Palmeirim, Amanda Taylor, and Alex Zizka — who begin their tenures today and who will be with the journal for the next two years, after which they may be appointed to the full editorial board.

These early career researchers span a diversity of disciplines, career stages and appointments, and beckon from six different countries. All share a deep interest in biogeography, to which they bring new skills and perspectives that will enrich our perspectives at the journal.

Each of the Editorial Academy members will be partnered one-to-one with a chief editor of the journal and will have the same role as a regular member of the Editorial Board, but a reduced load. The editorial academy brings considerable expertise and a new vantage point to the journal, and we all very much look forward to working together.

If this is an opportunity that may interest you in the future, watch out mid-2021 for the next opportunity to join the editorial academy and board at the Journal of Biogeography.


Ricardo A. CorreiaHelsinki Lab for Interdisciplinary Conservation Science (HELICS), University of Helsinki. Research interests: Species distributions in space and time for conservation applications; using novel data sources to understand how humans are shaping the natural world and using that knowledge to inform conservation.

Qin LiField Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA. Research interests: Patterns of plant diversity, biogeography of species interactions, and processes of diversification in a changing environment. Especially, floristic structure & environmental, species assembly and co-existence, speciation and adaptation, and ecological niche dynamics in mountainous areas; comparative methods, genetics, and field studies.

Tom MatthewsUniversity of Birmingham, UK. Research interests: Assessing issues in global environmental change using macroecological, macroevolutionary and biogeographical approaches. Using a mixture of theoretical and empirical methods to investigate various macroecological topics, including species–area relationships and species abundance distributions; any place and taxon, but especially islands and birds.

Ana Filipa PalmeirimUniversity of East Anglia, UK. Research interests: Complex biodiversity responses to habitat loss and fragmentation, and how they affect foodweb structure and overall ecosystem functioning. Her research is focused on both terrestrial and insular forest fragments (reservoir islands) across tropical forests, combining different dimensions of diversity at multiple spatial scales.

Amanda TaylorUniversity of Göttingen, Germany. Research interests: Disentangling complex diversity patterns on islands using plants as model organisms. Particularly constraints on the assembly of island floras such as species interactions (e.g. plant-pollinator) or the environment (e.g. climate).

Alexander ZizkaGerman Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). Research interests: Evolution and distribution of tropical plants (especially the pineapple family, Bromeliaceae), and the use of “big data” for biogeography and conservation. Integrating large-scale data sets of species distribution with molecular phylogenies and traits, to understand biodiversity in time and space.

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