Meet the people behind XpertScientific. Our team of editors and scientific consultants consists of the following permanent members:

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Academic Aquatic Sciences Earth Sciences

Dr Oliver Ross (editor-in-chief, founder of XpertScientific)

  • MSc in physics
  • PhD in physical oceanography/ biological-physical interactions (NOCS/Univ. Southampton)
  • subject areas: aquatic sciences, earth sciences, oceanography, marine biology, marine optics, atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, climatology, geophysics, global change, limnology, meteorology
  • Regular reviewer for several journals including:
    • Aquatic Biology
    • Continental Shelf Research
    • Deep-Sea Research
    • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
    • Global Change Biology
    • Harmful Algae
    • Hydrobiologia
    • ICES J Marine Science
    • J Geophysical Research
    • J Marine Systems
    • J Plankton Research
    • Limnology & Oceanography
    • L&O: Fluids and Environments
    • Marine Ecology Progress Series
    • Progress in Oceanography
  • Reviewer for UK NERC and US NSF research grant proposals
  • Has obtained two Marie Curie fellowships and several research grants
  • Member of the GEOHAB core research project “HABs in stratified systems”
  • Recent projects include:
    • Analyses of oceanographic data (ship based, gliders, floats, AUVs, moorings, remote sensing, time series, spatial analyses, etc.)
    • Lagrangian modelling of phytoplankton
    • 1D vertical turbulence modelling of lakes, estuaries and shelf seas
    • modelling of parasite infectivity on dinoflagellates
    • modelling the DMS cycle
    • 3D modelling of shelf seas and coastal embayments
    • HAB modelling
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Academic Life Sciences
Dr Gabriela Aguileta (managing editor – life sciences)
  • MSc in biology
  • PhD in genomics/bioinformatics (UCL)
  • Author of several popular science books
  • subject areas: life sciences, genomics, bioinformatics, biology, evolutionary biology, agricultural science, plant science
  • Regular reviewer for several journals including:
    • Bioinformatics
    • BMC Evolutionary Biology
    • Evolution
    • Genetica
    • Genome Biology and Evolution
    • Journal of Evolutionary Biology
    • Journal of Molecular Evolution
    • Methods in Ecology and Evolution
    • Molecular Biology and Evolution
    • Molecular Ecology
    • PLoS One
    • PLoS Genetics
  • Has obtained one Marie Curie fellowship and several research grants
  • Recent projects include:
    • Phylogenetic and Phylogenomic analysis: phylogeny reconstruction, including large scale and genomic datasets. Prediction of optimal phylogenetic markers and barcoding. Molecular dating and ancestral state reconstruction.
    • Development of Phylo-MCOA: a method based on multiple co-inertia analysis for the identification of outlier genes and species in phylogenomic studies.
    • Functional genomics: gene family expansion and functional specialisation analysis; ortholog and paralog prediction.
    • Structural genomics: analysis of the evolution of the genomic content (e.g., transposable elements, repeats, genes) and organisation (e.g., study of gene and genomic region rearrangements).
    • Ecological genomics: identification of rapidly-evolving genes involved in fungal pathogenicity, host specialisation and speciation processes; hybridisation analysis; sexual chromosome evolution in fungi.
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Academic Life Sciences
Dr Ildem Akerman
  • MSc in biochemistry
  • PhD in molecular biology (Univ. Oxford)
  • Member of the Beta Cell Biology consortium
  • subject areas: biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, computational biology, microarray analysis
Academic Social Sciences
Dr Tod van Gunten
  • MA in humanities & social thought (NYU)
  • PhD in sociology (U Wisconsin-Madison)
  • subject areas: economic and political sociology, sociological theory, social networks, sociology of knowledge, globalization, Latin America and Southern Europe, human/ urban geography
Academic Life Sciences
Dr Jaime Huerta Cepas
  • MSc in biology
  • PhD in genomics (UCM)
  • subject areas: phylogenomics, orthology, gene duplication, metagenomics, databases, tool development
Academic Aquatic Sciences
Dr Silvija Kipson
  • MSc in biology/ecology
  • MSc in environmental science and policy
  • PhD in marine biology (Univ. Zagreb)
  • Appointed national coral expert in Croatia
  • subject areas: aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, marine biology, marine ecology, climate change, conservation
Academic Life Sciences
Dr Joel Montane
  • MSc in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • PhD in gene therapy and diabetes (UAB)
  • Several years of experience as science editor associated with the Centre of Excellence for Medicine
  • subject areas: diabetes, immunology, transplantation, infection diseases, biochemistry, gene therapy, molecular biology, genetics, clinical studies
Academic Social Sciences Earth Sciences
Dr Charlotte Pierrat
  • MSc in geography
  • PhD in geography (Sorbonne)
  • subject areas: biogeography, epidemiology, environmental management, environmental policy, physical/urban/human geography, remote sensing, GIS
Academic Earth Sciences
Dr Colin Smith
  • BSc hons in geology
  • PhD in geosciences/petrology (Imperial College)
  • subject areas: geology, sedimentology, petrology, paleontology, physical geography, geodesy
Academic Aquatic Sciences Earth Sciences
Dr Stephanie Gardham
  • BSc hons in biology (U Nottingham)
  • MSc in aquatic resource management (King’s College London)
  • PhD in environmental science (ecotoxicology) (Macquarie University, Australia)
  • Member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
  • Intermediate Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders
  • subject areas: ecotoxicology, risk assessment, pollution and remediation, aquatic ecology, water quality, environmental microbiology and environmental management, climate modelling, conservation biology, marine ecology, plant ecology, plant pathology, and general ecology and biology
Academic Enironmental Sciences Life Sciences
Dr Malcolm Keeping
  • BSc hons in zoology/entomology
  • PhD in entomology (U. Witwatersrand)
  • National Research Foundation (South Africa) rated researcher, grant holder and peer reviewer
  • Registered natural scientist – South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions
  • subject areas: agriculture, integrated pest management, plant science, plant patholoy, host plant resistance, silicon in plants and soils, insect behaviour and chemical ecology, behavioural ecology, entomology, soil science
Academic Life Sciences
Dr Sara Ricardo
  • BSc in biology
  • PhD in Developmental Biology (UCL)
  • subject areas: cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, stem cells, model organisms, drosophila

At times of elevated workload, or in case we need some outside expertise, we also draw on a pool of academics, mainly colleagues we know from our own professional careers, who we employ as associate editors or freelance consultants. Every manuscript will be double checked by the editor-in-chief before being returned to a client.

Ethics statement

All our team members regularly review articles for some of the top scientific journals in our fields. In order to avoid conflicts of interest, we will decline to review a manuscript for a journal, if that manuscript has previously passed through XpertScientific.