Current Committee Members

  • Emily Sessa, BSA Director at large - Publications (2025), Chair
  • Giulia de Gennaro- Grad Student Representative (2025)
  • Jordan Dowell (2024)
  • H. Jochen Schenk (2025)
  • Elizabeth Stacy (2026)
  • Olubunmi Sharaibi (2026)
  • Israel Lopes da Cunha Neto (2026)
  • Pamela Diggle, Editor, AJB, ex officio
  • Briana Gross, Editor, APPS, ex officio
  • Mackenzie Taylor, Editor, PSB, ex officio
  • Amy McPherson, AJB Managing Editor, ex officio
  • Richard Hund, AJB Production Editor, ex officio
  • Beth Parada, APPS Managing Editor, ex officio  

Publications Committee

About the Committee

Chaired by the Director-at-Large for Publications, the Publications Committee meets two to three times per year and provides input on issues relating to BSA’s publications (including the American Journal of Botany, Plant Science Bulletin, and Applications in Plant Sciences). The committee seeks to elevate the BSA to be one of the most influential publishers of scientific content in plant biology. The committee coordinates with the editors and associate editors on issues regarding their publications and considers and provides advice on new activities and initiatives, addresses issues impacting the publications, such as open access, subjects to be covered, and other matters arising from the publications. As an example, the committee provided input on how to solicit articles for and advertise the new AJB review article category.


This committee has one student as part of its composition. The student representative on this committee is expected to provide general feedback about BSA's publications, or specific issues as the need arises.

Member Criteria

Committee membership is open to all BSA membership categories: emeritus, retired, professional, affiliate, postdoc, student, developing nation. Committees strive for both institutional/organizational and geographic diversity. Committee members are expected to participate and be engaged in committee activities and have a genuine interest in the mission of the committee.

Time Commitment

At least two meetings per year, with one meeting normally taking place during the Botany conference. Members serve three-year terms, except for student members whose terms are for two years.

Interested in Applying?

Those interested in being considered for committee service should complete a short application (200 words or less) that includes a statement of interest highlighting your expertise, experience, and interest in serving on this particular committee. Applications are accepted December 1 – February 1 and will be reviewed by the Committee on Committees. Committee appointments are typically made in May to begin in July. Questions about committee membership? Send an email to

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