Call for Associate Editors – all BES journals

We are looking for active ecological researchers to join the Editorial Boards of Ecological Solutions and Evidence, Functional Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution and People and Nature.

The start date for the role is October 2020 with flexibility to take up the position any time up to early 2021 to accommodate circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns.

Selection criteria:

  • An active researcher with a PhD (or, for Ecological Solutions and Evidence, equivalent practical experience) in a field relevant to the journal scope
  • Evidence of an active and relevant publication record for current career stage
  • Experience of reviewing
  • Expertise in relevant subject areas within the scope of the journal

Although previous editorial experience is desirable, we encourage applications from researchers at any stage of their career, even if they have not previously worked as an editor.

All journals are supported by professional editorial office staff and offer flexibility and planned absences due to parental leave, prolonged field work or other personal commitments.

Key responsibilities:

  • Making initial assessments of the suitability of manuscripts
  • Selecting appropriate peer reviewers
  • Making recommendations to the Senior Editor on the basis of reviews received and your own professional opinion
  • Assisting editorial team to identify papers for further promotion via video, podcasting and the media
  • Contributing to initiatives such as journal-specific and cross-journal Virtual Issues and Special Features
  • Acting as an ambassador for the journal at conferences and engaging with the journal through blogs and social media, as appropriate

Associate Editors typically handle around 10 original submissions per year, but this number ranges from 5 to 15, depending on subject area, AE capacity, numbers of submission received overall and absences agreed with the journal, with an expectation to handle papers in a timely manner.

The Associate Editor role is voluntary and Associate Editors are entitled to free personal access to the journal and free registration to the BES Annual Meeting every year. In addition to this, they receive a year’s free membership to the BES, with a 50% discount for subsequent years. Full details of BES membership benefits can be found here.

To apply, please complete the form at the end of this page. You will be asked to upload a CV and provide a brief statement on why you would like to become an Associate Editor. You will be asked to select the primary journal for your application, but if your application is unsuccessful with your journal of choice, you may still be considered by an alternative BES journal.

Application deadline: Friday 31st July 2020  EXETENDED to Friday 7th August 2020

The BES values the benefits that diversity brings.  We seek to create an inclusive culture and welcome applications from all sectors of society and from any geographic region.

Each journal is seeking subject experts in different topics, as listed below:

Ecological Solutions and Evidence
Functional Ecology
Journal of Animal Ecology
Journal of Applied Ecology
Journal of Ecology
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
People and Nature

Ecological Solutions and Evidence
A recently launched open access journal, Ecological Solutions and Evidence publishes articles with direct relevance for the management of biological resources and ecological systems. The journal welcomes original research, data articles, case studies and short reports communicating key findings and observations for all areas relating to practical environmental management.

The journal is inviting applications from people working at the interface of research and practice or policy to further expand the current Editorial Board of applied researchers working in academia and practitioners in a range of roles. The journal can provide support for practitioners who require approval from their managers or organisation leaders to apply, in the form of a letter on the benefits of the role and how it fits with existing work commitments.

We would particularly like to encourage applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Aquatic (marine and freshwater) biomes
  • Method development in applied research and practice
  • Long-term studies and datasets
  • Pedagogy of research principles and evidence interpretation
  • Seed and soil ecology
  • Agroecology
  • Plant­–pathogen interactions

Functional Ecology
Functional Ecology publishes high-impact papers that enable a mechanistic understanding of ecological pattern and process from the organismic to the ecosystem scale.

Given our scope we are looking for ecologists who are interested in broad ecological questions, and whose research interest crosses taxa. We welcome applications from anyone working within our scope and especially those with additional expertise in the following areas. We would also particularly welcome applications from researchers based in China.

  • Coral reef ecology
  • Marine ecology
  • Marine invertebrate ecology
  • Pollinator ecology
  • Plant–pollinator interactions
  • Plant–insect interactions
  • Grasslands
  • Mycorrhizas
  • Decomposition
  • Fungi
  • Arthropod life history
  • Functional traits
  • Grassland and forest traits
  • Traits and community ecology
  • Thermal adaptation and biology
  • Energetics of terrestrial ectotherms
  • Performance curves (vertebrates)
  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Animal geographic distributions
  • Animal behaviour
  • Predator–prey dynamics
  • Food webs

Journal of Animal Ecology
Journal of Animal Ecology publishes the best animal ecology research that develops, tests and advances broad ecological principles. We are looking for applications from those with expertise in the following areas:

  • Ecological networks
  • Community ecology
  • Nutritional ecology
  • Invasive species
  • Disease ecology
  • Macroecology and biogeography
  • Marine ecology
  • Agroecology
  • Urban ecology
  • Ecophysiology
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Ecological genomics
  • Behavioural ecology

Journal of Applied Ecology
Journal of Applied Ecology publishes novel, high-impact papers on the interface between ecological science and the management of biological resources. We are looking for applications from those with expertise in the following areas:

  • Agroecology
  • Bird ecology
  • Conservation: optimisation, planning and decision-making
  • Disease ecology
  • Entomology and plant–insect interactions
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Grassland ecology: connectivity and dispersal
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Invasive species
  • Landscape ecology
  • Mammals (large) in terrestrial ecosystems: population dynamics, trophic interactions and plant–herbivore interactions
  • Marine: methods for assessing the past and current status of fish, invertebrate and mammal populations
  • Modified/disturbed environments (ecology in): including impacts of historic land-use management, and infrastructure avoidance and development (e.g. behavioural and population-level responses to windmills, wind turbines, etc)
  • Molecular ecology: applications to biodiversity and land management
  • Pollinators: predator and biocontrol/pest-control ecosystem services
  • Restoration ecology
  • Soil and above-ground below-ground feedbacks
  • Species interactions (all levels of taxa)
  • Urban ecology
  • Ungulates: grazing and its impacts on biodiversity

Journal of Ecology
Journal of Ecology publishes original articles on all aspects of the ecology of plants (including algae), in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, that carry strong and ecological messages and advance our understanding of ecological principles. We are particularly seeking applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Global change ecophysiology
  • Below-ground microbial ecology including mycorrhizal fungi
  • Earth system science, with a focus on climate change and earth observation (e.g. remote sensing)
  • Root ecology
  • Arctic, alpine and boreal ecosystems
  • Pollination biology

Ecologists based anywhere in the world can apply, but we are especially looking to recruit more board members from China.

Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Methods in Ecology and Evolution promotes the development of new methods in ecology and evolution, and facilitates their dissemination and uptake by the research community, bringing together papers from previously disparate sub-disciplines to provide a single forum for tracking methodological developments in all areas. We are particularly looking for applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Evolution (especially evolutionary developmental biology, phenotypic evolution, quantitative genetics)
  • Natural history and field biology (especially camera traps and acoustic monitoring)
  • Coding and computational tools
  • eDNA, metagenomics and molecular ecology/evolution
  • Marine and freshwater biology
  • Remote sensing and drone technology
  • Machine learning
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Ecophysiology
  • Population dynamics
  • Community dynamics

People and Nature
People and Nature is a broad-scope, open access journal publishing work from across research areas exploring relationships between humans and nature.
We encourage conceptual and empirical approaches to answer interesting questions within this scope. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies are all welcome.
People and Nature fosters innovation and experimentation and particularly encourages submissions that stimulate debate.

Submissions to People and Nature should be accessible to a broad audience and reach beyond the boundaries of work published in discipline or subject specific journals. For more information on the kinds of submissions we want please see our opening editorial.

People and Nature – a journal of relational thinking

We welcome applications from any areas of our scope but we are particularly seeking applicants from the global south and mainland Europe. We are also looking for expertise in the following areas:

  • the environment and human health and wellbeing
  • governance, political sociology and the environment
  • nature experience – social science perspectives
  • agri-environmental policy
  • quantitative methods in people and nature including handling large datasets
  • survey design, interviews, qualitative methods
  • children and young people and the environment
  • environmental psychology
  • human-wildlife interactions
  • socioecological systems
  • urban nature
  • environmental justice
  • disease ecology and human health

If you have any questions or would like to make an informal enquiry, please contact Jennifer Meyer (

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