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Editor Profiles

Alison Cuff, Editor

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Neuer InhaltAlison’s scientific background is in biomedical sciences and bioinformatics. She read for a degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Durham, UK. Having become interested in the then new field of bioinformatics, she then decided to do a Masters in Information Technology at Teesside University, UK. She went on to study at the University of Reading, UK completing a bioinformatics-based PhD on investigating the effects of mutations on the structure of p53, before working for a time in academia, including 8 years as the curator of the CATH protein classification database. After eventually deciding to pursue a career in scientific publishing, she joined BioMed Central in 2014, initially as a Database Editor for the ISRCTN clinical trial registry.  Alison joined the BMC series in 2016 and became the Editor for BMC Zoology in 2019.  Alison is also a editor for the BMC-series blog and is based in Berlin.

Section Editors

Brock Fenton

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New Content ItemCognition, sensory biology, signaling and communication

Brock Fenton, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Western Ontario.  After finishing a Ph.D., he held academic jobs at Carleton University, Canada, York University, Canada and the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Brock's research has focused mainly on bats across the spectrum from behaviour and ecology to echolocation and evolution, and conservation. Ongoing work on structure and function mainly relying on digital photography of bats in action. Brock joined the editorial board of BMC Zoology as Section Editor in 2016. 

Thomas Flatt

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New Content ItemLife History

Thomas Flatt is Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne. His main interest is the evolution and mechanisms of life history and aging. Prior to his position in Lausanne, Thomas was a group leader at the Institute of Population Genetics at the Vetmeduni Vienna between 2009 and 2012, and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 2012. He received his M.Sc. from the University of Basel in 1999 and his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Fribourg in 2004. Between 2004 and 2008 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. Thomas serves on the editorial boards of several journals; since 2016 he is the Section Editor of the Life History section at BMC Zoology. In August 2017 he will take up a professorship position in evolutionary biology at the University of Fribourg.

Laurence Packer

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New Content ItemSystematics and biogeography

Laurence Packer is a Professor of Biology at York University, Canada where he has worked since 1988. His research is on bees. He and his students have published almost 200 research papers and he has written one book “Keeping the bees” published by HarperCollins and co-authored a second “Bees: a close-up look at pollinators around the world” with Sam Droege, Voyageur Press. Laurence has been a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Evaluation Group for Ecology and Evolution. His research has been funded by the latter organization as well as National Geographic, Genome Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. In addition to BMC Zoology, since its inception, he is also an Editor for the Canadian Journal of Zoology and Insect Conservation and Diversity and was an Editor for Zootaxa for some years.

2019 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    2.115 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.529 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.786 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.197 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social Media Impact
    219 mentions

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