The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography is pleased to announce that Laura Falkenberg has been named the next Editor of Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. Laura joined ASLO as the inaugural Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow in the spring of 2017. Laura is currently serving as Contributing Editor for L&O Bulletin and was approved for the Editor position by the ASLO Board of Directors after an open search and enthusiastic recommendation by the Publications Committee. She will take over the helm of the publication on January 1, 2022 when the current Interim Editor, Christopher Filstrup, completes his tenure. “We are so delighted to have Laura continue to work with ASLO as L&O Bulletin Editor. This unique publication is integral to our society and we are looking forward to seeing the outcome of her creative direction,” says ASLO President Roxane Maranger.
Laura holds a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Adelaide. Currently, Laura serves as Assistant Professor at the Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory in the School of Life Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Laura’s research interests include the biological, ecological, and human health implications of global climate change – specifically ocean warming and acidification – as well as issues in academic publishing. In her tenure as Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow, Laura published 15 blog pieces on various topics including open access, peer review, and early-career issues. In addition, her Bulletin article, “Reviewing Reviews: Evaluation of Peer Reviews of Journal Article Submissions,” which she co-wrote with founding L&O Letters Editor-in-Chief Patricia Soranno, is currently the publication’s most downloaded article.
Laura says, “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the ASLO community as Editor of L&O Bulletin. To me, the Bulletin is an important publication, providing a chance to publish diverse types of contributions that might not find a home elsewhere. Moreover, it is a key means of communication with, and among members of, the ASLO community.”
Published quarterly, L&O Bulletin contains ASLO and community news, viewpoints, book reviews, and full-length, original articles to share and discuss developments in the field. Annually, the Bulletin produces about 65 individual pieces and 150 pages of content of interest to the ASLO membership. As incoming Editor, Laura envisions the Bulletin highlighting relevant research areas and member accomplishments, along with fostering involvement from the early-career community. Laura also plans to use her position to engage a broader, more international group of Bulletin authors and readers.
Chris Filstrup, the Bulletin’s Deputy Editor between 2015-2020 and currently serving as the Interim Editor, says, “Laura is a great selection to lead the Bulletin into the future. As Contributing Editor, she has already left a unique imprint on the journal and created a lot of really exciting content, with more to come. I have no doubt that the Bulletin will continue to flourish under her leadership.”
Laura adds, “It is my goal to continue the work of recent Editors – specifically Adrienne Sponberg and Chris Filstrup – so that the Bulletin fills its important role. I encourage potential contributors – particularly those who haven’t submitted to the publication before – to reach out with any ideas you have for Bulletin pieces. Even if they’re still in the early stages I’m happy to discuss ideas and develop them for inclusion in L&O Bulletin.”
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