Michigan State University professor Patricia Soranno has been named founding editor-in-chief of the new environmental/aquatic sciences journal, Limnology and Oceanography Letters. The journal is published by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.
So let’s ask the important questions first — what is limnology? Limnology is the study of inland lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, wetlands, and groundwater and how they, as ecological systems, interact with the world around them. It’s considered to be an environmental science.
Sorrano currently teaches in the MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife where she also works as an aquatic ecologist. She is considered one of the leading researchers in the emerging subject of macro system ecology. She previously served as an associate editor for Ecosystems, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Scientific Data and GigaScience, an experience she believes will help her lead the journal through its beginning years. Soranno spoke with ALSO about her appointment. “Given my interests and the articles that I have written about data sharing, authorship guidelines, team science policies, and research credit, I want to be an active player in emerging publishing models. In this evolving and exciting time in science and publishing, it is hard to imagine where we will be 20 years from now, but I am excited to help to lead the way.”