Our in-house editors are PhD-level scientists with research experience. All in-house editors work full-time for the journal to oversee the review process, handle manuscripts as primary editors, liaise with our Editorial Board Members and enforce journal policy. Editors also engage in other activities on behalf of the journal, such as attending and organizing conferences and meeting with scientists at their institutions. 

In-house editors work closely with our Editorial Board Members to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies.

Chief Editor: Heike Langenberg

Heike holds a degree in mathematics and a PhD in Oceanography, and then moved into  climate change research for her postdoctoral work. In 1999, she joined Nature as a manuscript editor with responsibility for the broad area of climate research and related fields. She went on to become Chief Editor of Nature Geoscience and has set up, launched and lead the journal since 2007. In February 2020 she moved over to Communications Earth & Environment to become the launch Chief Editor. 


Associate Editor: Joe Aslin

Joe joined Communications Earth & Environment in January 2020 and has a background in tectonics and structural geology. His doctoral research at the University of Liverpool focused on the physical and chemical processes which influence deformation in mid-crustal fault and shear zones using a combination of field and laboratory techniques. Prior to that, Joe used U-Pb geochronology to investigate the uplift and tectonic history of the central Andes during his MSci research at the University of Bristol. Joe is based in the London office.


Consulting Editor: Teresa Ortner

Teresa graduated from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, in 2016 with a doctoral degree in chemistry. Her diploma studies were on organometallic phosphine complexes for photocatalysis. In her graduate research, she synthesised oxoanionic compounds to study their crystal structures and luminescence properties. For a postdoctoral research fellowship, she moved to UC Riverside, where she worked on the solvothermal synthesis of borides. Teresa has joined the editorial team at Communications Earth & Environment as a Consulting Editor in April 2020, having worked for Communications Chemistry since August 2019. Teresa is based in the Berlin office.