Hall Cushman is Chief Editor of AoB PLANTS and a Professor in the Department of Biology at Sonoma State University in northern California (USA). After completing graduate degrees at the University of Arizona (M.Sc.) and Northern Arizona University (Ph.D.), Cushman served as a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College (UK), Macquarie University (Australia) and Stanford University (USA). Although his interests encompass all aspects of basic and applied plant biology, Cushman’s research focuses primarily on plant ecology, with particular emphasis on biological invasions and plant–animal interactions (for additional details see http://www.sonoma.edu/users/c/cushman/). Cushman became Chief Editor of AoB PLANTS in July 2012 and is excited about the opportunity to serve during the next phase of the journal’s development.