After careful review of the excellent applications we received, we are pleased to welcome Gwendolyne Knight Keimpema as our new Junior Editor. She will start working in this capacity for the Fall issue, with Nadine Kuipers becoming Senior Editor as Melissa Ridley Elmes steps down from the position after two years of commitment to Hortulus.

Gwendolyne holds a M.Sc in Information and Library Studies from the Robert Gordon University, a MA degree in Medieval Studies from Stockholm University, as well as a MA in Archeology from Aberdeen University. She is currently writing her dissertation on the social implications of shapeshifting imagery in early medieval Europe for her PhD project at Stockholm University. Gwendolyne’s multidisciplinary background has allowed her to work both as as an assistant editor for Hortulus for our Fall 2015 issue and copyeditor for the popular science publication Au Magazine at the University of Aberdeen. We look forward to the new ideas and perspectives she will bring to Hortulus.

The Hortulus team would like to express their gratitude to Melissa Ridley Elmes, for her dedication as an editor, her guidance and direction, and her willingness to explore new avenues of digital publishing. We congratulate Melissa with her new appointment as Assistant Professor of English and Medieval Literature at Lindenwood University and wish her all the best for her future pursuits.