In her hometown of Morlaix, France, Lenaïg Hemery worked as a part-time editorial assistant for the sports section of the newspaper, Le Télégramme. She loved sports, especially track and field and rugby, and the position was an opportunity to review articles and assist with nightly page design while simultaneously attending college to study marine biology.
Hemery, now a marine energy specialist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is stepping back into an editorial role. This spring, she was appointed as a topic editor for the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering.
In this position, Hemery will lead special issues related to the field of marine science, suggest topics for new special issues, and supervise the whole editorial process. Since joining the editorial board, Hemery has already reviewed three manuscripts and co-authored a paper published earlier this year.
“I am hoping to lead a few special issues on less-published topics related to marine ecology—either young fields of research or more methodology-based research that sometimes doesn’t seem publication-worthy, even though they are important for advancing any field of research,” Hemery said. “I think this new role will add some visibility about the research done at PNNL in marine sciences and engineering that may not be on the radar of the journal’s readership.”
Hemery noted that the position will allow her to expand her professional network nationally and internationally, leading to new collaborations and research ideas.
At PNNL, Hemery’s research expertise relates to studying the environmental effects of marine renewable energy projects on marine animals and habitats. With her multidisciplinary background, Hemery uses approaches from the fields of marine ecology, genetics, and statistical modeling. She is also a member of the scientific dive team at the Marine Science Laboratory in Sequim, Washington.
“As an ecologist, Lenaïg has studied marine benthic communities and their habitats on three continents on the continuum from basic science to the applied world of the marine renewable energy,” said Andrea Copping, a PNNL oceanographer. “With this broad range of experience and expertise, Lenaïg will bring depth to the editorial board, helping to raise the awareness and quality of the science in this discipline.”