Introducing the Members of the New (2nd) Editorial Academy

The Editorial Academy at Journal of Biogeography aims to help early career biogeographers learn more about publishing with the guidance and support of an experienced mentor. Each of the Editorial Academy members is partnered one-to-one with one of the journal’s chief or associate editors with relevant disciplinary expertise. The academy members have the same role as a regular member of the Editorial Board, but a reduced workload.

We are delighted to announce the six newest members — Drs. Harith Farooq, Giacomo Puglielli, Julian Schrader, Tatiana Shestakova, Helena Tukiainen, and Thais Vasconcelos — who begin will begin their two-year tenures in January 2022, 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 and broaden our vantage point at the journal. We all very much look forward to working together.

If this is an opportunity that may interest you in the future, watch out mid-2022 for the next opportunity to join the editorial academy and board at the Journal of Biogeography.


Harith FarooqPostdoctoral researcher; Gothenburg University, Sweden. Research interests: Using species extinction risk and phylogenetic endemism to map important areas for biodiversity conservation. Sampling biases, herpetology and IUCN and KBA assessments. Devoted to document data-deficient species in his home country, for which he founded the project Extinct or Shy (

Giacomo PuglielliResearcher; Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia. Research interests: Defining general patterns of woody plants’ adaptations and acclimation responses to tolerate multiple abiotic stresses, from the leaf to the global scale. Testing ecophysiological theories using functional traits and functional biogeography.

Julian SchraderResearch fellow; Macquarie University, Australia. Research interests: Island biogeography, functional ecology, community assembly and nature conservation. Understanding the mechanisms and factors shaping biodiversity at different spatial scales, particularly in island systems and functional trait–environmental relationships. His research focuses on plants, but also includes other taxa such as birds.

Tatiana ShestakovaPostdoctoral researcher; Woodwell Climate Research Center, USA. Research interests: Understanding the processes underlying the complexity and diversity in ecosystem response patterns to environmental forcing and how these patterns are spatially structured across biogeographical gradients. Unravelling spatiotemporal patterns of forest reactions to global warming across biomes, with the ultimate objective of foreseeing tree growth and physiological responses at large scales.

Helena TukiainenPostdoctoral researcher; Geography Research Unit of the University of Oulu, Finland. Research interests: Exploring the relationships between biodiversity and geodiversity (the abiotic richness of the Earth surface and sub-surface) across scales and areas. To find new advantages for nature conservation.

Thais VasconcelosPostdoctoral fellow; University of Arkansas, USA. Research interests: Integrating biogeography and evolutionary biology to understand general patterns of biodiversity distribution in time and space, with a special focus on flowering plants. Development of biologically realistic methods in macroevolution to address questions such as why some areas are more diverse than others and how plants adapt to environmental changes over time.

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