Laura Falkenberg and Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad named Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellows for Limnology & Oceanography Letters

Laura Falkenberg and Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad named Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellows for Limnology & Oceanography Letters The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is pleased to announce that Laura Falkenberg of the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) has been selected as the society’s first Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow. The Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early-career aquatic scientists to gain expertise in scientific publishing, including open-access publishing, peer review, and scientific writing. Falkenberg will begin her two-year term in April 2017. Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad of Roosevelt University has been selected as the society’s next Fellow; she will begin her fellowship in 2018.  

Laura Falkenberg is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography section at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). Her research examines how human activities affect the physiology of marine biota, and how these responses then impact ecosystems and human societies. “I am very honored to be selected as the inaugural Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow. I see this Fellowship as an opportunity to extend my involvement in academic publishing both now and in the future,” said Falkenberg. She believes the Fellowship will help her develop as a scientist by “improving the professional service I undertake, enhancing the quality of my own publications, and widening my perspective via exposure to new ideas and points of view.” As a fellow, Falkenberg will be working with ASLO’s newest journal L&O Letters. She is looking forward to contributing to Letters “as it is a good example of how emerging publishing models can be applied within existing frameworks.” Kelsey Poulson-Ellestad is Assistant Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Science at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. As an aquatic chemical ecologist, her research focuses on the influence of chemical signaling in planktonic interactions and the consequences of these interactions on community composition, primary productivity, and ultimately ecosystem functioning. Poulson-Ellestad says the fellowship will allow her to learn the details of the publication process by filling in the “black-box” of what goes on after manuscript submission. “I’m looking forward to working with experienced editors, as well as the ASLO community, to promote the journal and develop initiatives to increase L&O’s open access profile and utility to its readership.” She says the fellowship is a unique professional development opportunity since “early career scientists are sometimes given little guidance when it comes to the publishing process. As an early career faculty member at a primarily undergraduate institution, this fellowship also provides a way for me to strengthen my connections with the broader scientific community.” The Raelyn Cole fellowship was established through a generous gift from Dale Cole and family in memory of Raelyn Cole, Managing Editor of ASLO’s flagship journal, L&O, from 1965 to 1996, and recipient of ASLO’s Distinguished Service Award. Fellows serve for a two-year period and participate in the editorial process by reviewing articles, interacting with associate editors in manuscript decision making, working with the editor-in-chief on implementing the open-science initiatives of the journal, and attending the annual publishing meeting with Wiley staff. “This fellowship will be critical to meet one of our goals at L&O Letters-- to include and provide opportunities for early-career scientists in scientific publishing. I am thrilled at the response that we got about this program and that we were able to attract these two superb scientists to launch the program,” said L&O Letters Editor in Chief Patricia Soranno. “I can think of nothing that either the family or ASLO could have done which would have been a more fitting tribute to Raelyn than the Editorial Fellowship ASLO established in her name.  Raelyn dedicated 30 years of her life editing the journal L&O.  It was her passion.  I am certain this same passion will carry forward with those selected to receive this fellowship. I am delighted the first two recipients have now been selected and are obviously wonderful candidates to receive this honor,” said Dale Cole, Raelyn’s husband.    

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