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 set up, launched and led the journal from 2007 onwards. In February 2020 she moved over to Communications Earth & Environment as the launch Chief Editor. 


Senior 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.


Senior Editor: Clare Davis

Clare started her editorial career in 2019, working at Scientific Reports and Nature Geoscience before joining Communications Earth & Environment in January 2021. She received her MSc in marine sciences from the University of Plymouth, and then completed her doctoral research on the marine phosphorus cycle at the University of Liverpool. Her postdoctoral research at the University of Liverpool and the University of Hawai’i focused on the biogeochemistry of the subtropical North Atlantic, with particular emphasis on nutrient limitation of ocean productivity. Clare is based in the London office.


Associate Editor: Aliénor Lavergne

Aliénor worked for ten years in academic research before joining Communications Earth & Environment in July 2022. She obtained her MSc degree in climate and environmental sciences from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (France) in 2012. She completed her PhD in dendroclimatology focusing on southern South America at University of Paris-Saclay (LSCE, France) and IANIGLA (Argentina) in January 2016. After two years’ experience as lecturer in geosciences in two French universities, she worked as a research associate at Imperial College London (UK) with a Newton International Fellowship (2017-2019) and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2019-2021) to develop her research in the field of climate change and terrestrial biosphere modelling. Before joining Springer Nature, she worked for a few months at the University of Reading (UK). Aliénor is based in the London office.