Jodi Price becoming a new Chief Editor of JVS and AVS

We welcome Jodi Price as a new Chief Editor of the Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science! Jodi is replacing Alessandro Chiarucci who decided to step down after serving as a Chief Editor for 15 years.

Jodi is a teaching and research academic at Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia. Her research focuses on plant community ecology and spans both applied and theoretical questions. Recent research has focused on disturbance ecology (fire and grazing), restoration ecology and management of plant communities. Much of her research has been conducted in temperate grasslands and she is motivated to explore management and restoration of these important communities. Jodi has worked at various institutions in Australia (PhD from La Trobe University, post-doc at the University of Western Australia), and completed a post-doc at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She has been active in the IAVS community for many years, participating regularly in the annual symposium, and helping to organise the Perth meeting. Jodi has been an Associate Editor with the Journal of Vegetation Science for 7 years and will now move to the Chief Editor role primarily with Applied Vegetation Science, for which she will be serving as a Receiving Editor. Jodi has held several leadership roles in the Ecological Society of Australia; including currently being the Vice President – Next Generation Ecologists. Jodi is looking forward to continuing to publish high quality applied research in Applied Vegetation Science.

We thank Alessandro Chiarucci, who dedicated 15 years of his professional life to our journal, always working very professionally, with a deep understanding of scientific issues and trying to help our authors wherever possible. Recently, Alessandro was given other important positions, becoming the Head of the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Bologna and the President of the Italian Botanical Society. We are happy that in spite of these new time-consuming responsibilities, Alessandro decided to continue in our team as one of the Associate Editors of the Journal of Vegetation Science.

The current team of the JVS/AVS Chief Editors includes Meelis Pärtel and Valério Pillar (both primarily responsible for the Journal of Vegetation Science), Jodi Price (primarily responsible for Applied Vegetation Science) and Milan Chytrý (Chair of the Editors, responsible for the overall functioning of the journals).