Meet the editors
Dr Paul Donald | Editor-in-Chief
Paul started his research career at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), working on a wide range of issues relating mostly to the relationship between farmland and woodland birds and their changing environments. He left the BTO for the RSPB in 1995, initially running a 4-year research project on Skylarks and gaining a DPhil from the Edward Grey Institute (EGI), University of Oxford, in the process. After that he worked on a wide range of research projects in the RSPB’s International Research Team. This included detailed ecological research on some of the world’s rarest and most endangered species and work on wider issues such as climate change, international agricultural issues, remote sensing and monitoring and biogeography. His varied research interests include the implications of variable adult sex ratios for bird conservation, the ecology and conservation of threatened larks (Alaudidae), the effects of international policies on bird populations and the identification and monitoring of key sites for biodiversity. In July 2016 he left the RSPB after 20 years to take up a position at BirdLife International, where he is now Global Science Officer overseeing BirdLife’s scientific support of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas and Key Biodiversity Areas initiatives. He has published over 80 scientific papers, as well as numerous book chapters, conference proceedings, books and scientific reports. In 2010 he was awarded the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology by the Zoological Society of London. In 2016 he was made an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Paul was appointed as an Editor of IBIS in 2006 and took over as Editor-in-Chief in 2009.
Dr Rauri Bowie | Editor
Rauri obtained his Ph.D. in 2003 and is at present the Curator of Birds in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at University of California, Berkeley, an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, and the Director of the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Field Research Stations. He has published over 125 publications, received UC Berkeley’s most prestigious teaching award, and is a fellow of the Californian Academy of Sciences. The major thrust of his research is centered on understanding how montane bird faunas have assembled over time, particularly in Africa. In order to better understand processes underlying patterns of diversification, his research takes a hierarchical approach, combining phylogenetic with population genetic and phylogeographic (spatial patterns of genetic diversity) methodologies. Presently, he is integrating new DNA sequencing methodologies, isotope analyses, bioinformatics, and data science tools that are advancing our ecological and evolutionary understanding of birds at an unprecedented rate. Rauri maintains an active field program having conducted fieldwork in Africa, Central America, the Western United States, and Indonesia. He has served as an Editor of IBIS since 2006.
Dr Dan Chamberlain | Editor
Dan is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Turin, Italy. Since obtaining a DPhil on Blackbird ecology at the Edward Grey Institute, Oxford, Dan spent fifteen years working for the British Trust for Ornithology, most recently as the Principal Ecologist for Climate Change and head of Population Ecology and Modelling, managing projects on spatial modelling, demography and climate change. Over 22 years’ post-doctoral research experience has produced a large body of work on the ecology of birds in highly modified habitats, specifically farmland and urban areas. Much of this research has concerned impacts of farming practices, including identification of historical drivers of bird population change, impacts of specific farm management practices (e.g. organic farming, GM cropping) and monitoring the impacts of agri-environment schemes. He has also conducted research into the urban environment, in particular, the relative importance of habitat versus food supply (especially that provided by man) in influencing the urban bird community. His current research is focussed on impacts of environmental change, and in particular climate change, on biodiversity in alpine habitats, including studies on birds, carabid beetles and dung beetles. He has been an IBIS Editor since 2006.
Prof Rebecca Kimball | Editor
Rebecca received a PhD from the University of New Mexico, where her dissertation focused on sexual selection in House Sparrows. After completing postdoctoral work at both the University of New Mexico and The Ohio State University, she became a faculty member at the University of Florida in 2001, where she is now a Professor in the Dept. of Biology and an Affiliate Associate Professor with the Florida Museum of Natural History. She has published over 80 scientific papers in the areas of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology. Within these broad areas, she has several specific areas of interest: avian phylogenetics, where she has focused on reconstructing the evolutionary history among all birds as well as in specific orders; the evolution of male secondary sexual traits; the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie evolutionary change in specific traits; mating and social systems within and among species; as well as population genetics. She has been an editor at IBIS since 2013.
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Dr Ruedi Nager | Editor
Ruedi Nager obtained a PhD on the breeding strategies of Great Tits from the University of Basel (Switzerland). He then spent one year at the University of Groningen studying incubation behaviour of Starlings, followed by two years in the South of France studying physiological adaptations of blue tits to breeding in the Mediterranean (CNRS Montpellier) and demographic aspects of the Greater Flamingo (Tour du Valat, Camargue). In 1996, Ruedi joined the University of Glasgow first as a post-doctoral research assistant working on the cost of egg production in the Lesser Black-backed Gull and then appointed a lecturer in 1999. Ruedi’s main research interests are the causes and consequences of variation in early developmental conditions on the offspring later in life. He is also interested in the conflicts between the parents and between the offspring in avian families. Lately he has resumed his studies on breeding strategies of tits. Ruedi joined the IBIS Editorial team in 2009.
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Prof. Jeremy Wilson | Editor
Jeremy obtained a PhD on social behaviour of Great Tits from the University of Edinburgh in 1989. After two further years at Edinburgh working on the dispersal of Dippers as a Royal 1851 Commission Research Fellow, he spent the next ten years working on many aspects of relationships between agriculture and bird populations at the British Trust for Ornithology, the University of Oxford and, since 1996, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. In 2001, Jeremy became Head of Research for RSPB Scotland, and now leads a research team with interests in bird conservation issues across the uplands, lowland agricultural systems, forestry and native woodlands, and the marine environment. He has published over 80 scientific papers, plus numerous contributions to conference proceedings, books and research reports. Jeremy has held an Honorary Chair in Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling since 2009. He has been an IBIS Editor since 2006.