A welcome message from PLOS Paleo Community Editor and PLOS ONE Paleontology Academic Editor, Andy Farke.
The interrelated and allied fields of paleontology (it’s more than just dinosaurs, after all!) are more accessible than ever before, with everything from downloadable fossils to open access descriptions of key species to savvy blogging efforts across the discipline. PLOS, along with other open access publishers, has played a key role in my discipline’s renewed vigor.Building upon this legacy, the PLOS Paleo Community promises an important venue to further expand and refine science communication for paleontologists, paleontology enthusiasts, and the broader world. I’m excited to see where the journey takes us! To help kick things off, I’m pleased to introduce PLOS Paleo Community Blog Editors, Jon Tennant and Sarah Z. Gibson.
Jon Tennant began university life as a geologist, followed by a treacherous leap into the life sciences. He is now based at Imperial College London, investigating the extinction and biodiversity patterns of Mesozoic tetrapods. Prior to this, Jon was immersed in the world of science policy and communication, which has greatly shaped his view on the broader role that science can play, and in particular, the current ‘open’ debate. He tweets as @Protohedgehog.
Sarah Z. Gibson is a current PhD candidate in the Department of Geology and the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas, studying the evolutionary relationships of lower actinopterygian fishes, with a focus on the biodiversity of the Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic geologic deposits of North America. Sarah uses morphological characters within a phylogenetic framework to answer questions about the evolution of these fishes and how their morphology relates to their behavior, environment, and habitat. On Twitter @gombessagirl