Editorial Board

Editorial Board Members work closely with our in-house editors to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies.  Our Editorial Board Members are active researchers recognized as experts in their field. They handle manuscripts within their broad areas of expertise, and oversee all aspects of the peer review process from submission to acceptance. 

Editorial Board Members

Leiyi Chen

Research areas: Effects of global change on soil carbon dynamics, soil carbon storage and carbon-climate feedback, the stabilization mechanisms of soil organic carbon, roles of microbial communities in stabilizing and destabilizing soil carbon

Leiyi ChenLeiyi Chen is a professor at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IBCAS). Before joining IBCAS in 2012, she received her PhD from Sun Yat-sen University with a major in ecology. Her research focus is soil carbon dynamics in terrestrial ecosystem. The overall goal of her research is to provide the mechanistic understanding required for reliable prediction of global change impacts on soil carbon dynamics, and their likely feedbacks to the climate system. She uses diverse approaches, including experimentation, observation, data synthesis, data-model fusion, to reveal how plant-soil-microbial interactions govern soil carbon stabilization and destabilization. She was promoted as a member of Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017, and founded by National Natural Science Foundation of China as an ‘excellent Young Scientist’ in 2019.
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Joshua Dean

Research areas: Greenhouse gases, biogeochemistry, hydrology, hydrogeology, radio- and stable isotopes

Joshua DeanJoshua Dean is a Lecturer in Biogeochemical Cycles at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK. His research is at the intersection of hydrology and elemental biogeochemistry. His work marries isotopes, biogeochemical and hydrological fluxes, and microbial community characterisation to quantify the source, transformation and flow of carbon through the land-freshwater-atmosphere continuum. His current main research focus is methane cycling and the application of radiocarbon as an unconventional tracer in the global carbon cycle. Originally from New Zealand, Joshua enjoys working in many fieldwork locations including the East Siberian Arctic, Northwest Canadian Arctic, the Yucatán Peninsula, southeast Australia, and across the UK and Europe. Joshua received his BSc (Hons) in Geography from Massey University in New Zealand, and his PhD in Hydrogeology from La Trobe University in Australia.
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João Duarte

Research areas: Tectonics, geodynamics, marine geology, modelling, Earth system

Joao DuarteJoão Duarte is an Assistant Professor at the Geology Department, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a Researcher at the Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), where he coordinates de Research Group on Continental Margins and Deep Ocean Frontiers and the Earthsystems Doctoral School. After obtaining his PhD from the University of Lisbon in 2012, he moved for a Postdoctoral position at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia. João worked in diverse geotectonic environments such as subduction zones, strike-slip plate boundaries, and rifted margins, as well as in outstanding topics such as subduction initiation, slab-plume interactions, and the search for the source of the 1755 Great Lisbon Earthquake. João is passionate about science and its communication. He likes to work cross-disciplines, having explored with his colleagues problems such as the tectonic control of ocean tides, tides in a snowball Earth and the climate in supercontinents.
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Mojtaba Fakhraee

Research areas: Geobiology, nutrient cycling

Mojtaba FakhraeeMoji Fakhraee is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Yale University. For his Ph.D. in water resources science at the University of Minnesota in Aug 2018, he studied sulfur cycling in the low sulfate environment of Lake Superior, and provided new insight into several aspects of sulfur cycling in low sulfate environments, such as large freshwater systems and the oceans of the geologic past (>0.5 billion years ago). He is now interested in developing a mechanistic understanding of the co-evolution of life and Earth's surface environments, with goal to understand how life has shaped our planet. He recruits a wide range of theoretical, modeling, and experimental toolkits to create, formulate, and test hypotheses on the nexus between life and Earth’s surface conditions.
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Maria-Luce Frezzotti

Research areas: Fluid chemistry and thermodynamics, metamorphic petrology, igneous petrology, diamonds, geochemistry, geodynamics, and Raman spectroscopy

Maria-Luce Frezzotti is a professor in Petrology and vice-president of the Doctoral School at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). She completed her Ph.D. degree in Petrology at Siena University (Italy) and Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands). Before joining the Faculty at Milano-Bicocca University in 2012, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and an associate professor at Siena University. Dr. Frezzotti’s primary research focuses on the role that fluid phases play in geological processes in the crust and upper mantle. She uses a diversified set of approaches in natural samples (petrology, thermodynamics, geochemistry, and spectroscopy) to investigate the physical and chemical properties of deep C-O-H-S fluids, diamond formation, mantle metasomatism and the genesis of magmatism. At present, her research projects deal with the deep carbon cycle: how carbon is transported and fixed in the mantle and released back to the surface in the frame of Earth’s geodynamics. In 2019, she was awarded the medal of the Accademia delle Scienze, detta dei XL, otherwise known as the National Academy of Science for her scientific contributions in natural sciences.
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Derya Gürer

Research areas: Tectonics, plate kinematics, geodynamics, structural geology, geochronology, paleomagnetism

Derya GurerDerya Gürer is a Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She holds a BSc in Geosciences (Bonn, Germany), MSc of Physics in Geological Processes (Oslo, Norway) and PhD in Tectonics (Utrecht, The Netherlands). She moved to Brisbane, Australia to take up her current appointment in 2018. Derya’s research evolves around tectonics and the evolution of Earth's lithosphere at various spatio-temporal scales. She applies a combination of field-based methods with laboratory analyses (geochronology, paleomagnetism) to reconstruct subduction, accretion and exhumation from the rock record preserved in ophiolites and forearc basins from the grain scale to the plate scale. Her extensive field experience spans a diverse range of tectonic settings, where she worked in sedimentary basins, metamorphic basement and magmatic terranes. She is particularly interested in relationships between orogenic/plate boundary events and far-field changes in plate motion, as well the long-standing enigma of subduction initiation. Originally from Germany/Turkey, Derya enjoys working in many fieldwork locations including the Tethyan realm (spanning from Greece - Turkey - Iran - India) and the Southwest Pacific region (New Caledonia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea), and more recently the Southern Ocean. Besides her primary research field Tectonics, Derya is passionate about marine microplastics research and is involved in citizen science initiatives.
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Sze Ling Ho

Research areas: Paleoclimate, paleoceanography, biogeochemistry, seawater temperature proxy, proxy-model comparison, lipid biomarker, foraminifera

Sze Ling HoSze Ling Ho is an assistant professor at the Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University. Her research focuses on reconstructing past changes in climate and ocean using marine sediments, and developing geochemical proxies for paleoceanographic reconstruction. One of her main research interests is to constrain the uncertainties in proxy-based reconstructions, which is vital for an improved mechanistic understanding of past climate change. Sze Ling received her MSc from Hokkaido University in Japan, and her PhD from University of Bremen in Germany. Before moving back to Asia, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, and University of Bergen in Norway.
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Christophe Kinnard


Christophe KinnardDr Christophe Kinnard is Professor of geography at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Canada, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Cryosphere Hydrology (Tier 2). He received his PhD in Geography from University of Ottawa in 2009. His current research interests include glacier-climate interactions, snow and ice hydrology and ecology, cold region geomorphology, and climate-change impacts on cold environments. His team relies on micrometeorological studies and remote-sensing observations combined with modelling to better understand and predict the response of the cryosphere to climate change, and its impact on the hydrology of cold regions. His current research focuses on understanding and modelling the spatial heterogeneity of snow and its impact on catchment hydrology, plant ecology and frozen soil processes in a variety of cold climate landscapes.
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Jan Lenaerts

Research areas: ice sheets. climate modeling, sea level, polar climate, atmospheric science, snow, ice, mass balance, climate change, Earth System Modeling

Jan LenaertsJan is principal investigator and leader of the Ice Sheets and Climate lab, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. He is an ice sheet and climate scientist with a specific interest in polar climate, snow-atmosphere and ice-ocean interactions on meso- to global scale. Jan's main tools are climate models, evaluated with remote sensing and in-situ climate observations. He is co-chair of the Land Ice Working Group of the Community Earth System Model (CESM).
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Emma Liu

Research areas: Volcanology, igneous petrology, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing

Emma LiuEmma Liu is a Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences, University College London. Emma has broad research interests across volcanology and petrology; from the mechanisms that generate volcanic ash during explosive eruptions to the geochemical controls on volcanic outgassing of volatile gases and trace metals. Her current research focuses on developing capability for in-situ gas measurements in volcanic plumes at long-range using drone technology, and she is passionate about translating this research for hazard monitoring applications. Following an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford, Emma completed her PhD in Volcanology at the University of Bristol in 2016. She moved to the University of Cambridge as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, during which she was awarded a L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship in 2018.
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Joy Merwin Monteiro

Research areas: Geophysical fluid dynamics, extreme events, climate modelling frameworks

Joy Merwin MonteiroJoy is an Assistant Professor at the department of Earth and Climate Science at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, India. He completed his Ph.D at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India, following which he worked at as a postdoc at Stockholm University. He has broad interests in weather and climate phenomena, with a focus on understanding the fundamental physics that underlie these phenomena.
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Rachael Rhodes

Research areas: Palaeoclimate, biogeochemistry, climate modelling, geochemistry

Rachael RhodesRachael Rhodes is a Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. After completing her undergraduate degree in geology at University of Leeds, Rachael swapped rocks for ice and moved to New Zealand where she began her research career with a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington (2012). Rachael specialises in reconstructing past changes in climate and biogeochemical cycling using polar ice cores. She is driven by a desire to combine innovative geochemistry with cutting-edge numerical modelling to fully exploit the capacity of palaeoclimate archives to record environmental change. Her work has taken her to Oregon State University, USA for a postdoctoral position, to Antarctica and Greenland, before her return to the UK.
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Regina Rodrigues

Research areas: Climate variability, large-scale ocean and atmospheric dynamics and teleconnection patterns in the Southern Hemisphere, extreme events

Regina RodriguesRegina R. Rodrigues is a professor of Physical Oceanography at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. Before joining UFSC in 2010, she received her PhD from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, USA. She is interested in understanding how tropical ocean basins interact and affect the extra-tropics leading to extreme events, using observations and modelling. Her research has also focused on the impacts of ENSO variability on the climate of South America and the Tropical Atlantic. More recently she has her attention on the physical mechanisms generating compound extreme events of droughts, land and marine heatwaves.
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Alessandro Rubino


Alessandro RubinoAlessandro Rubino is Assistant Professor in the Ionian Department of Law, Economics and Environment, University of Bari Aldo Moro. After completing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Business at University of Bari Aldo Moro, Alessandro enrolled as PhD researcher in Economics at Siena University (2011) and started his career as Regulatory Economist at Ofgem (Office for Gas and Electricity Markets) in the UK. Subsequently he has worked as Research Assistant at the Florence School of Regulation (EUI); as Head of the Capacity Building and Knowledge Dissemination Area at the Enel Foundation and as Senior Editor at Nature Energy. Alessandro is an expert in international energy and climate issues, with a focus on the international energy markets, the European energy and climate policy and the Euro-Mediterranean energy relations. He combines applied research with energy policy and regulation in his studies.
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Yinon Rudich


Yinon RudichYinon Rudich is a Professor and Dean, the Faculty of Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot (Israel). His research focuses on the effects of aerosols on climate and human health. The ovearching goal of his research is to provide mechanistic understanding about the connections between the physical and chemical properties of aerosols to their ability to nucleate ice, to absorb and scatter solar radiation and to induce health effects. In addition, Prof. Rudich studies the aerobiome – bacteria, viruses and fungi that are transported in the atmosphere by dust and winds, and their potential impacts to the Earth system, to ecosystems and to human health. To reach these goals he studies processes in the laboratory and in the field. Prof Rudich is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a member of the Academia Europaea and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Adam Switzer

Research areas: natural hazards, coastal hazards, sea level change, geomorphology, quaternary geology, shallow geophysics, time series analysis, science communication

Adam SwitzerAdam Switzer, is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Academic), Asian School of the Environment and Principal Investigator, Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A broadly trained Earth scientist, Switzer has been leader or co-leader on several major research programs including the prestigious Singapore National Research Fellowship (2010-2015) and the Southeast Asia Sea Level Program (SEA2) launched in 2020. He is a former executive council member of the Asia Oceania Geoscience Society (AOGS).
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