Marine and Aquatic Science at PLoS One


I was extremely flattered a year ago to be invited to join the academic editors at PLoS One. In that time I worked diligently to develop a Marine and Aquatic Science hub at the journal. I have accumulated what I consider to be an experienced team of academic editors who are both committed to open access but well respected researchers in their fields.  These include Zoe Finkel, Carlos Duarte, Geoffrey Trussell, John Bruno, Stuart Humphries, Stuart Sandin, and Steve Volmer, just to name a few.

Today the Marine and Aquatic Section is live. I am excited to introduce our first paper in the section.  Schmidt et al. examine the biogeography and population genetics of whale sharks demonstrating that disparate populations have considerable gene flow between them. Overall the paper cautions that conservation of whale sharks require global initiatives.

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5 Replies to “Marine and Aquatic Science at PLoS One”

  1. Awesome!! Thank for tall the work on this Dr. M. I’m surprised that the genetic variation is so low, though I am not surprised that there is no real geographic population difference what with some of the earlier tagging studies, and the citizen science photo-ID work showing multi-ocean basin migrations.

  2. Whale sharks? Great start! And great job, McClain. Looks like you’ve put together a smart team. My colleagues and I look forward to submitting to PLoS One’s MASS. PLoS certainly takes a modern approach. Just preparing the manuscript was already a major departure from stuffy old publishing guidelines. The online format certainly opens up doors in terms of what could be done.

  3. Congratulations, and that’s quite a team! Looking forward to following along, and eventually submitting!

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