Last week, BioMed Central published its first research article to be peer-reviewed via the new community review initiative Peerage of Science. Coinciding with the announcement that four BioMed Central journals have now officially upgraded to full membership of the service, Seniro Executive Editor for BMC Ecology Simon Harold (@sid_or_simon) spoke to the article’s lead author about her experience of using this new peer review and publishing system.
Conservation scientist Jenny Dunn of the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) discusses the reasons that first lead to her submitting research through Peerage of Science, whilst also outlining ongoing work investigating blood parasites in wild bird populations – including her recent research published in BMC Ecology on yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella), a declining species of farmland specialists.
Jenny Dunn began her research career at the University of Leeds, focusing on farmland bird ecology, particularly the interactions between food availability, predation risk, and blood parasites using the red-listed yellowhammer as a study species. Now at the RSPB Dunn leads a project on turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) monitoring and conservation that aims to determine why this species has experienced such rapid declines in UK populations over the last 40 years, as well as testing the potential for a new agri-environment scheme designed to provide a food source for birds returning from winter migration. Dunn is also a visiting research fellow in the school of biology at the University of Leeds, UK.
For more on the Peerage of Science initiative take a look at Biome’s Q&A with co-founder Janne-Tuomas Seppänen.
Avian blood parasite infection during the non-breeding season: an overlooked issue in declining populations?
BMC Ecology 2013, 13:30
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