Journal of Applied Ecology offers a two-year mentoring opportunity for early career researchers to gain experience of the Associate Editor role on a journal. Each mentee works with an assigned Senior Editor mentor and the Editorial Office. They have the opportunity to gain insights into the publishing and review processes as they handle submissions in an Associate Editor capacity.
We’re pleased to welcome six new Associate Editor Mentees to the Journal of Applied Ecology Editorial Board. Get to know the newest members of our journal team.
Danilo Roberti Alves de Almeida, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Danilo is a forest engineer interested in monitoring forest conservation, management, and restoration by remote sensing technologies. His main research goal is to understand how forest integrity, biomass, and diversity can be estimated from airborne and satellite sensors. Danilo is also interested in high-resolution imaging and machine learning techniques applied to forest ecology. Website.
Gudryan J. Barônio, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Gudryan is currently developing a project relating fire regimes used by human populations to plant reproduction and ecological interactions. Among his main interests is the understanding of how ecological, mutualistic, and antagonistic interactions are shaped and maintained in communities depending on the availability and use of resources by the interactants, as well as the direct and indirect effects resulting from these interactions. Around this, he has been directing his work towards ecological management in an attempt to minimize human impacts on natural resources. Website.
Ying-Chi (Ginny) Chan, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland
Ginny is a movement ecologist interested in understanding the causes and consequences of individual variation in animal movement, and how animals respond to rapid human-induced environmental change. She also explores ways to apply knowledge on animal movement to wildlife conservation. She has worked on local foraging movements and long-distance migration, and her current focus is on natal dispersal. Her study systems include threatened migratory shorebirds in East Asia and Australia and raptors in Europe. Website
Rucha Karkarey, Lancaster Environment Centre, UK
Rucha is broadly interested in studying patterns and drivers of reef fish biodiversity and consequences of biodiversity change for coral reef ecosystems and people. She has worked extensively in the Lakshadweep Archipelago (India) for the past decade. In her current fellowship at the Lancaster Environment Centre she is examining the role of non-trophic biotic interactions (competition-facilitation) in enabling reef fish species coexistence and function and in stabilising communities. She is passionate about evidence-based and community-based conservation practice and science-policy engagement. Website
Bárbara Langdon, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Bárbara is a Forestry engineer, PhD In Forestry Sciences from the University of Concepción, and most important, mum of two. Currently, she’s a Postdoctoral researcher at the Biological Invasion Laboratory (LIB) at the University of Concepción, where her research line focuses on invasive tree species. Through the study of processes and patterns behind the invasion, from a local to a regional scale, she looks for better ways to manage tree species, prioritizing those species of greater invasive potential or larger negative impacts. Website
Mahdieh Tourani, University of California, Davis, USA
I combine hierarchical models and non-invasive monitoring data to address applied ecological questions. My interest is to develop models to overcome challenges associated with wildlife population monitoring at large scale. Currently, I produce basic analytics for Wildlife Insights, an open-source platform developed to share and analyze wildlife data worldwide. Our aim is to provide a user-friendly platform to explore and visualize monitoring data. I am also analyzing large-scale camera trapping data from Wildlife Insights to study the impacts of global change on trends in wildlife occurrence. Website.