About the Editors
Like the other Nature titles, Nature Human Behaviour has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds.
Chief Editor: Stavroula Kousta
Stavroula’s background spans the humanities, social sciences and biological sciences, and she feels strongly about the need for interaction and integration among disciplines. From 2008–2013 she was the Editor of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, during which time the journal evolved into one of the leading reviews outlets in the behavioural sciences. She then joined PLOS Biology, managing the journal’s magazine section and handling research manuscripts in neuroscience. Advocating for robust research practices, she also led the introduction of meta-research as a core discipline covered in PLOS Biology. Originally from Greece, Stavroula obtained a PhD in English and Applied Linguistics (psycholinguistics) from the University of Cambridge. She then spent four years doing post-doctoral research on the psychological and neural underpinnings of language and semantic knowledge at University College London.
Senior Editor: John Carson
John could never decide whether he preferred the history of humankind or the history of the Earth. In the end, he didn’t decide, and his interest in human-environment interactions began. John has worked at the interface of anthropology/archaeology and ecology in environments ranging from European moorlands to Neotropical forests. His doctoral and post-doctoral work focussed on pre-European and contemporary societies in Amazonia and the Mayan Yucatan, and their influences on and interactions with the natural environment over time. He is a strong believer in the benefits of multi/transdisciplinarity and has a broad interest in all subjects relating to human behaviour. John gained his bachelor in Geology and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham, UK and a masters in Environmental Modelling, Monitoring and Reconstruction from the University of Manchester. He studied for his doctorate in the Department of Geography at the University of Edinburgh, before working as a post-doc at the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Reading, UK. Él habla español también.
Senior Editor: Mary Elizabeth Sutherland
Mary Elizabeth’s background is in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and music. Before joining Nature Human Behaviour, Mary Elizabeth was an associate editor at Nature Communications, where she handled a broad range of topics spanning neuroscience, psychology, and the social sciences. Though these interdisciplinary interests emerged prior to her university education, they were formalized by research training at the Institute for Music Physiology and Musician’s Medicine in Hannover, Germany, and later, by a PhD in auditory cognitive neuroscience (at McGill University in Montreal and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences). She then moved to the Catholic University in Santiago Chile, for a postdoc focused on attention and memory. She transitioned from a postdoc to a professor in the departments of medicine and psychology, but soon realized that she would be a better editor than professor, and so moved to New York where she is now based. She still plays the harp.
Associate Editor: Anne-Marike Schiffer
Marike’s background is in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Before moving to Nature Human Behaviour Marike worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Brunel University London. Along the way, she has been picking up degrees and research experience at the Ruhr-University Bochum (BSc Psychology), University of Otago (Research), Maastricht University (MSc Neuropsychology), Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research (PhD research), Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität (Dr. rer nat.), and finally Oxford and the Université Paris Descartes (post-doc positions). Most of Marike’s research centred on the question how we learn to behave adaptively in our changeable environment. How do we manage to pay attention when we have to, integrate information when it’s useful, choose the right action to achieve our goals? And how do we become confidence we know what to expect? She addressed this aspect of human behaviour combining neuroimaging to test theories of functional neuroanatomy and computational approaches such as reinforcement-learning and Bayesian agents.