Introducing new Associate Editors for Journal of Zoology – Part 4

Wen Bo LiaoWen Bo Liao, China West Normal University, China

It is my great honor to serve as Associate Editor for the Journal of Zoology and I am looking forward to reading your manuscripts on ecology, morphology, biogeography, genetics and evolution in anurans.

I graduated in 2009 in evolutionary biology in Wuhan University. I am now a professor at China West Normal University. My research focuses mainly on better understanding and quantifying evolution of life-history traits, ecological adaptability in brain size, the relationship between pre- and post- postcopulatory sexual traits, and adaptive differentiation in anurans. Between 2009 and 2018, we have published our findings in Molecular Ecology, Evolution, American Naturalist, and Journal of Zoology. In particular, we’ve found a positive correlation between brain size, and reproductive and absolute lifespan, across 40 species of frogs. Moreover, we’ve also found that the ventral brain regions, including the olfactory bulbs, are larger in long-lived species. Earlier in my research career I also explored the breeding ecology of the Sichuan partridge and provided comments of management and conservation for this species.

As an evolutionary biologist and an Associate Editor, I would like to encourage my colleagues to publish their high-quality research in the Journal of Zoology. I like manuscripts that test theoretical hypotheses using a multidisciplinary approach. I feel privileged to deliver your research to a wide audience.


Nataly Hidalgo AranzamendiNataly H. Aranzamendi, Monash University, Australia

I am very pleased to be a new member of the editorial board of Journal of Zoology and I am looking forward to reading your manuscripts on animal ecology.

I have been interested in the study of bird ecology since my undergraduate studies in Peru. After working for several years with endangered species in conservation biology for different NGOs, I moved to the University of Brasilia in Brazil to obtain a Master in ecology and later to Australia for a PhD in behavioral ecology at Monash University.

The main subjects of my research have been framed into 1) sexual selection and 2) environmental effects on reproduction of tropical birds. I have mostly focussed my interest on the unique life-history traits of tropical birds and the differences with birds from other latitudes (e.g. slow life histories, predation risk, drivers of phenology, mate choice, etc.).

I have conducted fieldwork in many remote locations in three different continents: America, Europe and Oceania, and currently I work as a science communicator at Penguins International. I also keep collaborating with research groups monitoring endangered species in South America. I am looking forward to handling manuscripts about inbreeding avoidance, mate choice, phenology, ecology, conservation biology and behavior in vertebrates.


Sandeep SharmaSandeep Sharma, University of Göttingen, Germany

I am a conservation biologist by training, and an alumnus of the Wildlife Institute of India, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and George Mason University, USA. My doctoral research on landscape genetics of tigers in central India reveled the importance of connectivity in maintaining gene flow and meta-population persistence of tiger populations. I have over 20 years of field and lab-based research experience working on large mammals in South Asia. In this period I have gained experience working with many stakeholders including NGOs, universities, international donor organizations, and governmental departments and ministries. I have conducted multidisciplinary research on diverse topics encompassing both ecology and evolutionary aspects, on various large terrestrial mammals including the tiger, snow leopard, leopard, sloth bear, Himalayan brown bear, Tibetan wolf, Eurasian lynx, and jungle cat in various ecosystems ranging from Himalayan cold desert and alpine region to dry-deciduous sub-tropical forest and more recently in mangrove swamps. My specialization is in conservation genetics of large mammalian carnivores in human-dominated landscape, and systematic conservation planning using GIS & spatial analysis. My research interests range from topics as diverse as population and landscape genetics, foraging ecology, competition and resource partitioning, animal behavior, to devising innovative ways of population monitoring, integrated spatial conservation planning, human-wildlife conflict resolution, and ecological ramifications of geo-politics. My long-term research goal is to understand the complex conundrum of conserving imperiled ecosystems and their biodiversity amidst the issues pertaining to people and politics.

I am excited and honored to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Zoology, and look forward to seeing the manuscripts that utilize science-based solutions to devise conservation strategies for biodiversity in various regions of the world. I also look forward to seeing more scientific research on the ecology and evolutionary aspects of mammalian species from Asia.


K MilerKrzysztof Miler, Jagiellonian University, Poland

I am currently affiliated with the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. As a postdoctoral researcher, I am mostly focusing on testing the suitability of the honeybee as a drug abuse model, but I am also interested in learning abilities in the antlion larvae. Both of my current study subjects stem from psychological background (MA in Psychology in addition to MSc in Biology) and previous work on various invertebrates. I worked on mite sexual selection during my BSc studies, on nesting dynamics of solitary bees for my MSc degree and on ants’ altruistic tendencies as a PhD candidate.

Obviously, when assessing research I am feeling most confident when a study is utilizing invertebrates. However, I prefer to look at the issue from the perspective of interesting questions which are worth answering; that kind of research can be conducted on any model and still is of general interest. I really like studies that transcend a single discipline and present simple but convincing results that stir the imagination. It is a great pleasure to be a new member of the editorial board of the Journal of Zoology and I am looking forward to editing all the manuscripts directed to me.


Desire DaltonDesiré Lee Dalton, National Zoological Garden, South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as I embark on this journey as a new Associate Editor for the Journal of Zoology.

I am a senior researcher at the National Zoological Garden as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Venda. My work involves conducting high quality original research to generate knowledge that contributes to the conservation of wildlife species, with a focus on African fauna. The research is translated into contributions to policy development processes as well as scientific and forensic genetic services. My research focus includes (1) immune ecology – which involves the analysis of microbiomes of wildlife species with specific focus on the in-situ and ex-situ interface and provides baseline knowledge in order to understand the type and diversity of bacterial groups, (2) phylogenetics – which includes research on species for which no or limited genetic data is available that requires either taxonomic re-/classification or identification of possible ecologically significant units (ESU’s), (3) hybridization – which includes the development of novel tests for hybridisation detection and modelling, (4) reproductive genetics – here we are focusing on identifying genetic components that can affect reproduction in a species, (5) epigenetics – which involves the analysis of genetic components that can affect age in a species, (6) genetic management – which includes the analysis of genetic diversity and structure of wildlife populations in-situ and ex-situ, (7) immunogenetic variation – here we analyse functional diversity of Toll-like receptors in critically endangered species and lastly (8) wildlife forensic genetics research – where we develop, validate and implement forensic science technologies for wildlife species where reliable, robust and reproducible results are critical. In addition, my research involves analysis of whole mitochondrial genomes the development and validation of novel markers (species-specific microsatellite markers and SNP assays) for genetic analysis of species. My research efforts assist in conservation management of species in terms of National Biodiversity Management Plans (BMP’s) and to inform government policy and legislation. In particular, multidisciplinary research is conducted on flagship species such as old world vultures, antelopes, cheetah, pangolins, sungazers, Cape mountain zebras, Pickersgill reed frogs and African penguins.

It is a great honour to be able to serve on the editorial board of Journal of Zoology and I am excited to read your manuscripts. As an Associate Editor and researcher I would like to see manuscripts that are innovative and use multi-disciplinary approaches to produce research findings that are relevant and applicable in addressing conservation problems.



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