Thank You to Kathleen Erickson, Outgoing AOS Journals Director

CaptureToday the American Ornithological Society is saying a fond farewell to Kathleen Erickson, who has led AOS’s publications since 2013.

Kathleen was hired in 2013 as the Managing Editor of The Auk and The Condor, working for the newly created Central Ornithological Publications Office, a joint venture of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society that preceded the societies’ eventual merger in 2016. Kathleen was promoted to Journals Director after the merger.

Under Kathleen’s leadership, the publications team created a successful publicity program, increased open access to Auk and Condor papers, reduced author page fees, and kept in contact with more than 8,000 ornithologists through the journals’ email newsletter and monthly content alerts.

“Getting the joint publications office up and running was like creating a startup, and it has been the dream job of my thirty-year publishing career,” says Kathleen. “The ornithology community is a passionate and down-to-earth group of professionals, whom I will miss. You’ll find me out at Point Blue counting birds!”

Catherine Lindell Named Editor of The Condor: Ornithological Applications

Catherine LindellThe American Ornithological Society announces the appointment of Catherine Lindell as the 15th Editor-in-Chief of The Condor: Ornithological Applications, one of two peer-reviewed journals published by AOS. Dr. Lindell is an Associate Professor of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University and an AOS Fellow. She will begin her position in 2019.

The AOS Council selected Dr. Lindell to lead the journal based on her comprehensive vision for The Condor’s future, including plans to increase interdisciplinary and international submissions to the journal and involve students in the manuscript review process, as well as her commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in scientific publishing. Dr. Lindell has conducted research with a wide network of colleagues in Latin America, a region that is currently underrepresented in AOS journals. Her research interests include the ecosystem services (and disservices) of birds in managed landscapes such as orchards.

Dr. Lindell will succeed current Editor-in-Chief Phil Stouffer, who will be stepping down after six years in the role. “I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to continue the great work of Phil Stouffer and the AOS Council,” says Dr. Lindell. “We will keep building The Condor into the go-to outlet for research from around the world on the roles birds play in and across ecosystems and their conservation and management.”

“I’m excited that Catherine Lindell will be the next Editor-in-Chief of The Condor,” says Dr. Stouffer. “Serving as editor of the journal has been a rewarding challenge for me, and I’ve been lucky to be part of a great team that takes pride in putting out the best possible product. Dr. Lindell has the experience and vision to take the journal to the next level. I’m sure she’ll do a great job.”

“We hope that Dr. Lindell’s appointment will be the beginning of an exciting new era for The Condor,” adds Kathy Martin, president of AOS. “She is especially well-positioned to increase the profile of Latin American ornithology in the journal, and AOS is confident in her ability to continue this venerable publication’s journey into the twenty-first century.”

The Condor: Ornithological Applications was first published as the Bulletin of the Cooper Ornithological Club in 1899. It became The Condor the following year, and was officially renamed The Condor: Ornithological Applications in 2014, with a new focus on applied ornithological topics such as conservation and management. In 2016, the Cooper Ornithological Society merged with the American Ornithologists’ Union to form the American Ornithological Society, which now publishes both The Condor and its sister journal The Auk. As of 2017, The Condor has the highest impact factor of any ornithology journal. Dr. Lindell will be the first woman to lead The Condor in its 120-year history.

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About the American Ornithological Society

The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is the largest and most influential ornithological society in the world. The society provides leadership in ornithological research and a rigorous scientific basis for the conservation of birds and invests more in research awards and direct support of students and early professionals than any other society devoted to ornithology. AOS publishes two international journals, The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications, which have consistently had among the highest impact factors of the world’s ornithological journals, and the book series Studies in Avian Biology. The society’s checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific and English names of birds in North, Middle, and South America. AOS is also a partner in the online publication of The Birds of North America with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. For more information, see www.americanornithology.org.

Nominations Sought for Ornithology’s Katma Award

The American Ornithological Society is currently seeking nominations for their annual Katma Award, which recognizes publications that propose ideas or test theories that challenge current ornithological dogma and could change the course of thinking about the biology of birds.

The award was originally established by the Cooper Ornithological Society in 2003 through the generous gift of Dr. Robert Storer, who proposed the name “Katma,” derived from the Greek work kat, which means “against.” The award consists of a $2500 prize and a certificate and is announced at the American Ornithological Society’s annual meeting.

“Why is katma needed?” wrote Dr. Storer. “Science moves forward by the production and acceptance of new ideas, yet it has been increasingly difficult to air new ideas in both the pure and applied sciences. Serious work that questions current dogma too often is stifled by those who are angered by seeing their own work questioned. Great katmatists like Galileo and Darwin are heroes of science.”

Nominees for the award do not need to be members of the American Ornithological Society, nor do papers nominated need to have been published in an AOS journal. Full eligibility and nomination information is available on the AOS website at americanornithology.org/content/aos-katma-award. The deadline for the current nomination cycle is December 14. Please contact info@americanornithology.org with any questions.

NSF rescinds proposal submission limit for 2019

In October, the American Ornithological Society co-signed a letter opposing changes to National Science Foundation policy that would have limited the number of funding proposals that could be submitted to a given division annually by a PI or co-PI. We are pleased to learn that the NSF has listened to the concerns of the scientific community and rescinded the planned change. Full details can be found on the NSF BIO blog.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

AOS_logo-k375k_stackedAOS members should have received an email last week reminding them of important upcoming dates and deadlines! In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of AOS dates you may want to add to your calendar.

2019 Meeting: Our 2019 annual meeting will be June 24-28 in Anchorage, Alaska. Registration is open now, and we hope you’ll be joining us to celebrate the summer solstice at 61° North latitude!

  • Symposium and Round Table proposal deadline: 15 December 2018
  • Abstracts submission & travel grant deadline: 15 February 2019
  • Early Bird Registration deadline: 15 March 2019

Council & Officer Nominations: We invite all members to submit nominations for four AOS Elective Councilor positions, AOS Secretary, and AOS Treasurer. Nominations require the consent of the nominee and should be emailed to AOS Secretary Andy Jones at secretary@americanornithology.org. Deadline: 30 November 2018.

Fellow & Elective Member Nominations: These special membership classes recognize members for their contributions to ornithology and/or service to AOS. Deadline: 30 November 2018.

Senior Professional, Early Professional, Service, & Katma Award Nominations: Nominate yourself or your colleagues for AOS’s prestigious ornithology awards. Full information available at the pages linked. Deadline: 14 December 2018.

Student Membership Awards: Please encourage eligible ornithology students to apply for AOS Student Membership Awards, which provide one year of free AOS membership to interested students who have not previously been members of the society. Deadline: 31 December 2018.