Marine and Aquatic Science at PLoS One

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I was extremely flattered a year ago to be invited to join the academic editors at PLoS One. In that time I worked diligently to develop a Marine and Aquatic Science hub at the journal. I have accumulated what I consider to be an experienced team of academic editors who are both committed to open access but well respected researchers in their fields.  These include Zoe Finkel, Carlos Duarte, Geoffrey Trussell, John Bruno, Stuart Humphries, Stuart Sandin, and Steve Volmer, just to name a few.

Today the Marine and Aquatic Section is live. I am excited to introduce our first paper in the section.  Schmidt et al. examine the biogeography and population genetics of whale sharks demonstrating that disparate populations have considerable gene flow between them. Overall the paper cautions that conservation of whale sharks require global initiatives.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.





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5 comments on “Marine and Aquatic Science at PLoS One
  1. Awesome!! Thank for tall the work on this Dr. M. I’m surprised that the genetic variation is so low, though I am not surprised that there is no real geographic population difference what with some of the earlier tagging studies, and the citizen science photo-ID work showing multi-ocean basin migrations.

  2. Whale sharks? Great start! And great job, McClain. Looks like you’ve put together a smart team. My colleagues and I look forward to submitting to PLoS One’s MASS. PLoS certainly takes a modern approach. Just preparing the manuscript was already a major departure from stuffy old publishing guidelines. The online format certainly opens up doors in terms of what could be done.

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