Two new Editors, Peter Curtis and Loren Rieseberg, have recently joined the Editorial Board of New Phytologist. We are delighted that they have joined us, and offer them the warmest welcome. Each has had previous connections with the journal, Peter as an Advisor and author (e.g. see Medlyn et al., pp. 247–264, and the accompanying Commentary, pp. 154–156, both in this issue) and Loren as the author of a widely cited Tansley review (Rieseberg & Carney, 1998).
It is important for a potential author to know that their paper will be dealt with by an Editor who has appropriate specialist knowledge, not to mention a sympathetic and constructive attitude. These appointments particularly strengthen and widen New Phytologist’s editorial expertise in physiological ecology and molecular evolution.
A PhD graduate of Davis (University of California), Peter established the Plant Physiological Ecology Laboratory at Columbus in the early 1990s. His current research focuses mainly on studies of the dynamics of mass and energy exchange between forests and the atmosphere. His research team studies a range of plant and ecosystem responses to climatic change and their work extends to the ecological consequences of other anthropogenic disturbances including land-use change and restoration ecology.1
Another west-coast PhD graduate, this time from Washington State University, Loren has built a large research group at Bloomington studying problems in speciation and reproductive system evolution. He describes the work as ‘largely experimental and reductionist’. Among current projects, his group is reconstructing the evolutionary history of the genus Helianthus, and studying the maintenance of androdioecy in Datisca. Much of the work is applicable to conservation genetics, another of Loren’s great interests.