New Faces Behind the Scenes

The Journal of Ecology team is pleased to welcome Emilie Aimé and James Ross, two new faces to Charles Darwin House, the London-based BES Office. Below is a short bio penned by each of them. Authors and reviewers will mostly be working with James who has replaced Lauren Sandhu as Assistant Editor. We were sad to see Lauren leave, albeit for a fantastic new job, but are happy to welcome James on board. As she notes below, Emilie is covering for Andrea with responsibilities that include strategic development and cross-journal coordination.



Emilie Aimé

I joined Journal of Ecology as Managing Editor in November last year, just under a month before the BES annual meeting in Edinburgh (nothing like throwing me in at the deep end!). I am providing maternity cover for Andrea Baier, who has worked on the journal for several years so I’m aware I have big shoes to fill!

Prior to joining the BES I worked for the Royal Society in their publishing team. My academic background is in ecology and so I am very excited to be working for the BES. The first few months in the job have been really enjoyable. My first BES annual meeting, whilst being hectic, was a fantastic opportunity to meet lots of journal editors and authors and really get a feel for how the organisation works. I’m really impressed with how friendly and welcoming the Journal team and the wider BES community are. They’re a great bunch!

I’m really looking forward to contributing to Journal of Ecology’s continued success – so if you have any suggestions do get in touch!

Outside of work I enjoy highbrow(ish) literature, lowbrow (completely) tv and travel (I’m hoping to have a good look around Florida before the ESA meeting this year).

James Ross

I started working with the BES in June 2016 as the Assistant Editor for Journal of Ecology. I have very much enjoyed my time at the BES so far, and am excited to be working on such a well-established and prestigious journal.

I have a fairly assorted background – a Biological Sciences degree from the University of Birmingham, which included an industrial placement year as a Lab Assistant for a diagnostics company also based in Birmingham. I then taught English as foreign language in Costa Rica for a year and travelled in Central America for a few months, before starting my career in publishing at BioMed Central, an Open Access publisher, where I worked for just over a year.

In my free time you’ll find me playing/watching cricket in the summer and playing/watching football during the winter months.

You can get in touch with me anytime through email or tweet the journal @JEcology.

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