Hello there...Jan-Åke Nilsson

Submitted by Michi on 16 August 2023.

Taking the pulse of our Editor-in-Chief, Jan-Åke Nilsson, with four quick questions:


What are you working on at the moment?

Since the European Ornithologists’ Union conference will be hosted here in Lund during the next week, much of my working hours are devoted for preparations of this long whished for opportunity to meet, to discuss avian science and to learn about recent research advances.


You are one of the two Editors-in-Chief for Journal of Avian Biology, what is your biggest challenge in this role over coming years?

The challenge will be to further establish JAB as an outlet for high quality hypothesis-driven avian research in an ever-changing publication landscape. I will be especially keen to see the result of the JAB Review Award for early career researchers.


Enough about work - what do you like doing the most in your spare time?

I learnt during the recent pandemic to conduct bird watching in my ‘back-yard’. It is very relaxing to spend half an hour before going to work just enjoying the whereabouts of common birds.


What are you looking most forward to this autumn? 

After my previous grant period during which research was mostly focused on temperature regulation, I am looking forward to return to metabolic rate measurements towards the winter. On a more personal note, I would like to spend time with my first, newly born grandchild.