Education, Early Career, Outreach

The Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship

Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad

Scott Hotaling

Introducing the Fellowship

The Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship was established to contribute to the development of early career aquatic scientists and their outreach to peers in the context of scientific publishing, including open-access publishing, peer review, and writing. Fellows get exposure to all, and experience in most, aspects of the publishing process. The skills developed are aimed to enhance the Fellows’ research careers and future contributions to journals as peer reviewers and editorial board members. The Fellows also undertake activities to share their learning and experiences with the scientific community, particularly other early-career researchers, via a range of outreach activities. The Fellows serve a two year period working with the Editors of ASLO journals, currently Limnology and Oceanography: Letters. The overarching program goals are:

  • To provide professional development for early-career aquatic scientists in scientific publishing, open-access publishing, peer review, and scientific writing
  • To give Fellows experience in publishing to be able to contribute in the future as an effective reviewer, editor, and writer
  • To have the Fellows disseminate their experiences to fellow early-career scientists in an outlet or forum of their choice

The Editorial Fellowship is named after Raelyn Cole who was Managing Editor of ASLO’s flagship journal, Limnology and Oceanography, from 1965-1996 with her long and productive tenure recognised with the Tommy and Yvette Edmondson Distinguished Service Award. The Fellowship is supported by the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship Fund which was established from a very generous initial contribution from Dale Cole and Family and matched by ASLO. Additional solicitation of contributions are ongoing, with annual interest proceeds from the Fund supporting the Fellowship (  

Calls for Fellows applications are announced every two years, and will include details on eligibility requirements, stipend and other benefits, details of activities, and application requirements.  The call will be announced via email to members, and will be posted to the RCEF Blog.    

The RCEF Blog

The RCEF blog will feature posts from the Fellows and ASLO Editors on topics related to scientific writing, editing, and publishing. In addition, announcements regarding ECR initiatives will be posted here. With a posting frequency of 4-6 weeks, it will be an area worth returning to to access an ever-growing body of resources.  

Recent RCEF Blog Posts

Read the RCEF Blog Archive

The changing of the guard: a discussion between an outgoing and incoming Editorial Fellow

By: Laura J Falkenberg | May 1

Writing effective titles, abstracts, and summaries

By: Laura J Falkenberg | Apr 5

The women of the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship

By: Laura J Falkenberg | Mar 7

Publications from the RCEF Fellows

Soranno, P.A. and Falkenberg L.J. 2018. How editorial fellowships at society journals can provide opportunities for early career researchers in publishing: a case study of the Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship. Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin 27: 88  Read article

Falkenberg, L.J. and P.A. Soranno. 2018. Reviewing reviews: An evaluation of peer reviews of journal article submissions. Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin 27: 1-5.  Read article

Curto, T. 2018. Message from the Executive Director: Interview with Laura Falkenberg, ASLO’s first Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow. Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin 27: 15-17.  Read article

Workshop Presentations

The Fellows aim to increase awareness of practices around peer review and scientific publishing by presenting workshops on these topics at conferences. The workshops presented to date are listed below. If you are organizing a conference and would like to include a similar event, please contact us (via e-mail at or Twitter @rcef_aslo).

Falkenberg, L.J. 2019. How to be an effective peer reviewer. 12th International Temperate Reefs Symposium. Hong Kong, China.

Poulson-Ellestad, K.L. and Falkenberg, L.J. 2019. Writing effective abstracts and summaries. ASLO 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Planet Water, Challenges and Successes. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Fellows

Current Fellows

Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad (2018-2020)

Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad is Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Biological, Physical, and Health Sciences at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. As an aquatic chemical ecologist, her research focuses on the influence of chemical signalling in planktonic interactions and the consequences of these interactions on community composition, primary productivity, and ultimately ecosystem functioning.

Scott Hotaling (2019-2021)

Scott Hotaling is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington State University. His research spans a variety of disciplines from community ecology to genome biology with a focus on high-elevation and high-latitude ecosystems. He is particularly interested in how climate change will affect alpine stream ecosystems in North America and is part of a team seeking to address this question using long-term data in the Teton Range of Wyoming.

Future Fellows

Bridget Deemer (2020-2022)

Bridget Deemer is a postdoctoral ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. As an aquatic biogeochemist, her research crosses scales to investigate how lakes and reservoirs can affect the transport and transformation of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other biologically relevant elements. She is also interested in the science/policy boundary and currently contributes scientifically to the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program.

Past Fellows

Laura Falkenberg (2017-2019)

Laura Falkenberg is a marine biologist and ecologist. During her Fellowship term, Laura was initially a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography section at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and later an Assistant Professor in the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research examines how human activities affect the physiology of marine biota, and how these responses then impact ecosystems and human societies.

Support Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowships

You may help ASLO in delivering this opportunity to the next generation of aquatic scientists by contributing to the Cole Fellowship Fund.

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