About the Editors

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.




Associate 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.




Associate Editor: Sara Constantino

Sara has an interdisciplinary background that spans the humanities, social sciences and biological sciences and has experience with the public sector, industry and academia. She believes in the importance of fostering dialogue across disciplinary boundaries and that answers to many contemporary questions will come from these interactions. Prior to working at NHB, Sara worked as a deputy economist at The Economist after completing a masters in economics at University College London, where her focus was on policy and health outcomes. In 2016, she earned a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from New York University. Her doctoral research was at the intersection of computational neuroscience, psychology, economics and ecology and focused on how people learn about novel environments and how they allocate scarce time resources to different activities in naturalistic settings. 




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.




Associate Editor: Adam Yeeles

Adam has a background in interdisciplinary research that spans the political, economic and geographic sciences. His research and teaching record reflects a strong commitment to quantitative approaches to questions that are globally oriented, interdisciplinary in scope, and have societal and policy relevance. His doctoral and post-doctoral work has focused on spatial and temporal analysis of social, economic and political risk, as well as socio-environmental interactions. Adam earned his PhD in political science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He also holds a MS degree in geospatial sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas and a MA degree in comparative politics from American University (DC).  Before earning his doctorate, Adam spent several years working in general interest publishing and non-profit management.




Consulting Editor: Ryan Scarrow

Ryan has spent his entire adult life involved in either journalism, publishing, or academia, culminating in a position on the editorial teams at Nature Plants and Nature Sustainability. Before joining the Nature group, Ryan received his PhD in sociology at the Ohio State University, specializing in environmental sociology and the interface of coupled human & natural systems. He has published research on the human ecology of energy intensity after building the largest ever international time-series panel dataset on the subject, as well as on sustainable development and in-migration of cities in the American West. His dissertation was a study of arid cities in the American West and how federal water projects, hyperspecialized economies, and the political economy of water scarcity have intertwined with tens of millions of lives, and an entire desert ecosystem, in the balance. Ryan’s interests cover the broad range of social sciences and humanities, especially as they pertain to sustainability, socio-ecological resilience, urban systems, and the history, theory, and philosophy of social organization in the environment.  


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Advisory Board

Nature Human Behaviour has an external advisory board to support the development of the journal (including journal policies) in the numerous fields it covers. All editorial decisions are made by the journal's in-house editors. 

Chris Chambers (Cardiff University, UK)

Michele Lamont (Harvard University, USA)

Ruth Mace (University College London, UK)

Susan Michie (University College London, UK)

Martin Nowak (Harvard University, USA)

Peter Visscher (University of Queensland, Australia)

Duncan Watts (Microsoft Research, USA)