9 November – The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is pleased to announce that Dr. Dave Hambright has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of ASLO’s flagship journal, Limnology & Oceanography(L&O). Hambright was selected after an extensive search by the ASLO Publications Committee. ASLO President Mike Pace praised the selection: “Dave brings considerable experience and broad knowledge to the Editor-in-Chief position. The ASLO Board is excited to have Dave on board. We look forward to continued growth in the impact of L&O under his leadership.”
Dave Hambright, a native North Carolinian, and formerly a post doc, scientist, and senior scientist at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory in Israel, is currently Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where he has been since 2001. A member of ASLO for more than three decades, his research interests and expertise in the aquatic sciences include most aquatic life forms (microbial to vertebrate) and complexities (genes to ecosystems), as well as basic and applied biogeochemical and physical limnology, ecological modeling, climate change impacts, watershed dynamics, and various socio-political aspects of freshwaters. His current NSF-funded research projects include the ecological and evolutionary study of a potentially invasive coastal marine haptophyte, Prymnesium parvum, in southern US freshwaters, and a collaborative dimensions of biodiversity project focused on the biogeography and functional diversity of global cyanobacterial blooms. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, his M.S. in Biology from Texas Christian University, and his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.
A Fellow of the society, Hambright hopes to build on the existing, strong scientific foundation of L&Oby engaging the full aquatic science community. “I look forward to bringing a philosophy of collaboration and teamwork, a willingness to take on challenges, a desire to solve problems, a strong sense of social responsibility, and a true compassion for the underappreciated and underrepresented to L&O,” said Hambright. “Such a philosophy, to my mind, is especially necessary in the competitive and dynamic world of high quality, timely, and impactful scientific publishing.”
L&O was founded in 1956 with a unifying emphasis on the understanding of aquatic ecosystems and is among the most frequently cited journals in both limnology and oceanography. The journal currently receives over 500 submissions each year and publishes six regular issues and one special issue, with a total of approximately 2800 pages each year.“With the support of L&O’s editorial board and ASLO’s membership, my goal will be to keep ASLO’s flagship journal at the forefront of scientific advancement and understanding in the aquatic sciences, and as a journal that serves as a visionary magnet for aspiring young limnologists and oceanographers, and an enduring supporter for those of us who want to make a positive and long-lasting difference in our world,” said Hambright.