Elisa Schaum Named Deputy Editor for Limnology & Oceanography

Elisa Schaum Named Deputy Editor for Limnology & Oceanography

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is pleased to announce that Elisa Schaum will join the ASLO editorial team as Deputy Editor for Limnology and Oceanography (L&O) starting August 1, 2022. Elisa started with L&O in 2021 as an Associate Editor and has handled the review of over 23 submissions. Elisa’s appointment from the established, experienced ranks of L&O Associate Editors was approved by the ASLO Board following the recommendation of the Publications Committee and the Editor-in-Chief, Dave Hambright. “We are delighted to have Elisa join the L&O family. Our Deputy Editors play a key role in not only ensuring that manuscripts meet the high standards of the journal, but also the timeliness of reviews. Welcome aboard to Elisa!” said Patricia Glibert, ASLO President.

Dr. Schaum is currently Junior Professor for Plankton Ecology and Evolution, University of Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany. Elisa’s work focuses on marine plankton ecological and evolutionary processes and responses of aquatic microbes in a changing world. She brings expertise in biological oceanography to the editorial leadership of L&O. An oceanographer turned evolutionary biologist, Elisa in her lab investigates what makes or breaks the adaptive potential of large marine microbial populations, including the roles of marine viruses on evolutionary trajectories, species interactions, and environmental variability. After obtaining her Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Elisa spent three years studying how phytoplankton may adapt global warming as an Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute before moving to her current position at University of Hamburg.

“The help I have received from the L&O community (reviewers and editors alike) as an early career researcher thrown in at the deep and only just starting to get the hang of publishing independent research has been extremely valuable, and delivered with a level of kindness that is rare to find,” said Dr. Schaum. “It is really nice to be in a position that will hopefully allow me to provide at least a little bit of guidance to other researchers, and I am excited to be working with an excellent team of people and very much looking forward to all the exciting extra science one gets to explore as a deputy editor.”

Founded in 1956, L&O is continuously among the most cited journals in the aquatic sciences. With a unifying theme of understanding aquatic ecosystems, L&O currently receives over 600 submissions each year and publishes 12 regular issues and at least one special issue, with a total of approximately 2800 pages each year. Elisa joins an editorial leadership team that consists of the Editor-in-Chief Dave Hambright, and Deputy Editors Julia Mullarney (2020) and Steeve Comeau (2022). Together Elisa, Steeve and Julia will continue building on L&O’s successful special and virtual issue initiatives, work with Associate Editors in the manuscript review process, and assist the Editor-in-Chief with review, analysis, and synthesis of data on journal performance and publishing trends in the field.

“I am absolutely delighted that Elisa has accepted our offer to become Limnology and Oceanography’s third Deputy Editor, alongside current Deputy Editors Julia Mullarney and Steeve Comeau,” said L&O Editor-in-Chief Dave Hambright. “Having joined the journal’s editorial board in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elisa has proven to be an outstanding editor who always provides careful and thoughtful guidance to authors, whether supporting a study’s publication in L&O or encouraging the authors to seek publication elsewhere. Elisa’s expertise in marine plankton ecology, evolution, and climate change helps to ensure that L&O and its editorial leadership is well-positioned to continue attracting and publishing the very best research in the aquatic sciences.”

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