Hudson Joins ESA as Director of Publications, Communications, and Marketing

Science-society leader brings multi-faceted expertise to ESA research journals and communications programs

Matt HudsonAnnapolis, MD; November 10, 2020—The Entomological Society of America welcomes Matt Hudson to its staff as the Society’s new director of publications, communications, and marketing. Hudson will guide the growth and advancement of ESA’s family of research journals as well as the Society’s communications and outreach efforts to both members and beyond.

Hudson arrives at ESA after serving as publications and member communications manager at the Geological Society of America, where he played a key role in leading the geology field’s top-ranked peer-reviewed journal, launching new publications and products, and coordinating communications and marketing efforts to GSA’s 20,000 members. He currently resides in the Boulder, Colorado, area and will work remotely for ESA.

“Having ESA’s publications department combined with marketing and communication makes this director role rather unique. Matt has a strong skillset in all three of these areas, and he will be an invaluable addition to the team as we continue to advance our operations,” says Chris Stelzig, CAE, executive director of ESA. “As a scientific publisher in a time of significant industry disruption, it is wonderful that we will have Matt’s strong and steady guiding influence on the department. We are delighted to welcome Matt to the staff.”

As director of publications, communications, and marketing, Hudson will lead all elements of ESA’s scholarly journals, from day-to-day operations to long-term strategy. The ESA journal portfolio, published in partnership with Oxford University Press, serves as a hub for entomological knowledge and showcases the broad, dynamic range of research in insect science and all its sub-specialties. Hudson will also direct the production of ESA’s quarterly magazine, American Entomologist, and he will guide ESA’s marketing, communications, and public relations efforts, managing a team of six ESA staff.

Hudson brings a mix of experience in both journal publishing and marketing and communications, all in the setting of a nonprofit scientific society. His career began in editorial roles in publications before he transitioned into online publishing technology and then into management. He has also served in various volunteer roles within science and publishing, including terms on the board of directors of GeoScienceWorld and as president of the Geoscience Information Society.

“I am really excited to become a part of ESA’s rich and extensive history,” Hudson says. “I hope to continue the upward trajectory of ESA’s innovative journals and award-winning marketing program, and I really look forward to working within entomology, which has such an important role in so many areas of society, including public health, agriculture, environmental science, and more.”

Hudson began his role as publications manager at the Geological Society of America in 2011 and added member communications to his responsibilities beginning in 2016. He also served as online publishing analyst, managing editor, and editorial assistant in roles during his tenure with GSA, which began in 2004. Hudson earned his B.A. in English and environmental science from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 and his M.F.A in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2005.


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