Meet . . . our IBIS editorial team

Prof Jennifer Gill (she/her)

Editor in Chief

Jennifer was appointed as Editor-in-Chief in 2022. She is Professor of Applied Ecology at the University of East Anglia and her work spans avian population responses to environmental change, conservation management for breeding birds and migration ecology. Much of her research involves collaborations with citizen science and tracking individuals on migratory journeys to understand how migratory routes form and change. She has previously served as BOU President and Chair of Ibis Committee, and she currently serves as Chair of Board of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Prof Rauri Bowie


Rauri is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and a Curator in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his PhD from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2003. He is an evolutionary biologist who is fascinated by why animals are distributed unevenly around the globe. Much of his research has centered on documenting and studying patterns of species diversity and distribution across heterogeneous landscapes, particularly those inherent to mountains and arid savannas. The bulk of his research takes place in Africa but over the past decade has expanded to other continents to ask questions about the global diversification of birds. His favorite groups of birds are sunbirds. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, was awarded UC Berkeley’s most prestigious teaching award, and is a fellow of the Californian Academy of Sciences, the American Ornithologists Society, and the International Ornithologists Union. He has been an editor of Ibis since 2006.

Prof Richard Fuller (he/him)


Richard is a Professor at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He did his PhD on Ruddy Turnstones at the University of Durham, and postdoctoral projects on urban ecology and conservation biology, before forming a research group focused on biodiversity and conservation at the University of Queensland in 2010. Birds form the central study system for much of this work, with a special focus on migratory shorebirds of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Other research topics include seabird monitoring and conservation, the role of citizen science in biodiversity monitoring, and dimensions of urban ecology. Richard’s work is often interdisciplinary, studying the interactions between people and nature, and how these can be enhanced to deliver solutions to the biodiversity crisis.

Prof Rebecca Kimball (she/her/hers)


Rebecca received a PhD from the University of New Mexico, where her dissertation focused on sexual selection in House Sparrows. After completing postdoctoral work at both the University of New Mexico and The Ohio State University, she became a faculty member at the University of Florida in 2001, where she is now a Professor in the Dept. of Biology. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology. Within these broad areas, she utilizes modern molecular genomic techniques, in combination with other types of data to address questions in: avian phylogenetics, where she has focused on reconstructing the evolutionary history among all birds as well more focused studies in specific orders; the evolution of male secondary sexual traits and display behaviors; the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie evolutionary change in specific traits; mating and social systems within and among species; population and conservation genetics, and more recently evolutionary genomics. She has been an editor of IBIS since 2013.

Angela Langford (she/her)

Journal Manager

Angela graduated from Hull University with a BSc in Environmental Botany and Geography, went on to do a PGCE and taught Science for a number of years. After starting a family she decided on a change of direction and set up a carnivorous plant nursery and tropical butterfly house in southern Scotland. Still looking for a new challenge she later established a second hand bookshop in Wigtown (Scotland’s National booktown), specialising in natural history. This love of books lead to establishing a publishing business, Langford Press, which concentrated on wildlife art. Living in beautiful Pembrokeshire, Angela spends her spare time walking the coastal path with her dog and enjoying the wonderful wildlife of the area. Angela joined the BOU as a staff member in 2008.

Dr Ruedi Nager


Ruedi Nager obtained a PhD on the breeding strategies of Great Tits from the University of Basel (Switzerland). He then spent post-docs with Rudi Drent in Groningen and then Jaques Blondel (Montpellier) studying physiological aspects of breeding in hole-breeders and demographic aspects of the Greater Flamingo (with Tour du Valat, Camargue). In 1996, Ruedi joined the University of Glasgow, first as a post-doctoral research assistant working on the cost of egg production in the Lesser Black-backed Gull, and then appointed a lecturer in 1999. Ruedi’s current main research interests are in seabird ecology and thermal ecology. The seabird work mainly focuses on the trophic and movement ecology of gulls, centred on a colony in the Firth of Clyde that he now studies since 2012. The thermal imaging work focuses on capturing relevant physiological measures that characterise a bird’s interactions with its abiotic and biotic environment non-invasively using infra-red thermal imaging. And there are many other things that catches Ruedi’s curiosity. Ruedi joined the IBIS editorial team in 2009.

Patrick Smith

Freelance proofreader

Patrick graduated in Geology at Imperial College in London before joining Blackwell Scientific Publications (now part of Wiley Blackwell) in 1988 as a production editor in the journals department, working on a range of titles (including Ibis) from the earth sciences to genetics and medicine. He set up as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader in 2003 and has been proofreading IBIS papers for much of that time. He is a sporadic birdwatcher and keen conservation volunteer at Chimney Meadows on the Thames in West Oxfordshire.

Prof Jeremy Wilson

Reviews Editor

Jeremy is Head of Conservation Science for RSPB in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where he is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of RSPB’s science programme in these countries, and in upland and marine environments throughout the UK. He has held an Honorary Chair at the University of Stirling since 2009 and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2017. He is currently a member of Scottish Natural Heritage’s Scientific Advisory Committee, UK SPA & Ramsar Scientific Working Group, and Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Science Group, and is a Vice-President of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club. His personal research interests focus on problem-solving science to inform nature conservation, especially understanding the impacts of land management change, on biodiversity in terrestrial environments. He has supervised over 15 PhD students and has published around 160 peer-reviewed papers, research reports, and book chapters, and was lead author of Bird Conservation and Agriculture, published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. Jeremy joined the IBIS editorial team in 2006.

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