Co-Editors-in-Chief Chosen for Insect Systematics and Diversity

Annapolis, MD; July 13, 2016 -- The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has approved the selection of two professors from the University of Illinois -- Dr. Sydney A. Cameron and Dr. James B. Whitfield -- to serve as co-editors-in-chief for ESA's newest journal, Insect Systematics and Diversity (ISD).

Dr. Sydney A. Cameron and Dr. James B. Whitfield“After a long and thorough search, the ISD editorial board is thrilled to have Drs. Cameron and Whitfield as co-editors-in-chief,” said Dr. Anthony Cognato, chair of the ISD editorial board. “Together they bring a diverse background of editorial experience and systematic knowledge that will be invaluable for a momentous start and the success of Insect Systematics and Diversity.”

The new journal, which is scheduled to begin publication in 2017, will publish original research on systematics, evolution, and biodiversity of insects and related arthropods. The journal will welcome integrative studies incorporating comparative and functional morphology, conservation, behavior, taxonomy, molecular phylogenetics, paleobiology, natural history, and articles that utilize novel technologies or data types or describe emerging methods of research.

Insect Systematics and Diversitywill be published by Oxford University Press (OUP), joining the Entomological Society of America’s portfolio of eight other journals. The ESA’s journal collection can be accessed at, which will also include the new journal when it launches.

ISD CoverThe new journal will be online-only and subscription-based. As an online-only journal, Insect Systematics and Diversity will be able to publish papers in a variety of lengths, from short communications, to reviews of current topics, to revisions of up to 200 pages. ESA members will be exempt from page charges when publishing in the new journal. As the journal is online-only, all color figures will be free to publish.

“It's a privilege and a challenge to help launch a new scientific journal today in the age of electronic publishing,” said Dr. Cameron. “Our success will ultimately depend upon the excellent research of all those scientists interested in the systematics and diversity of insects and other arthropods representing by far the largest pool of biodiversity on the planet.”

“I am pleased and honored to be able to help launch a journal I believe will become one of ESA's strongest contributions to entomology, in particular, and to comparative biology as a whole,” said Dr. Whitfield.

Dr. Cameron is an expert on bee phylogenetics, evolution, genomics, behavior, and conservation. Her lab works at multiple levels in phylogenetics, from higher level to populations, and has developed next-gen sequencing (RAD sequences) for phylogenetics and analysis of genetic variation and population structure of bumble bees and the pathogen Nosema bombi, including non-destructive use of museum specimens for comparative genetic analysis. The lab has developed metagenomics screening of bumble bee microbiota for multiple host species. She received her PhD in entomology from the University of Kansas and her master's degree in entomology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Whitfield is an expert on the systematics of parasitoid wasps, phylogeny and evolution of parasitoid Hymenoptera, coevolution between viruses and parasitoid Hymenoptera, and molecular systematics of insects. His lab specializes in parasitoid Hymenoptera, especially braconid wasps that attack caterpillars, but their work spans a broad range of disciplines, from classical descriptive taxonomy to tropical community ecology to genomics and phylogeny. He received his PhD in entomology from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in entomology from North Carolina State University.

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