About the Editors


Joaquin HortalJoaquín Hortal, PhD
Scientific Researcher, Department of Biogeography and Global Change
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC)
Madrid, Spain

Joaquín's main research aim is to understand why biodiversity is distributed the way it is in space and time. He is particularly interested in community structure and the processes that drive the spatial and temporal dynamics of ecological assemblages. His current work aims at unifying into a single framework the different hypotheses about the origin of geographic gradients of biodiversity and community dynamics; in particular, the interplay of niche and coexistence as determinants of species co-occurrence, and the concurring effects of the evolutionary history of species, glaciations and current climate. He also works on assessing and accounting for data-driven uncertainty in biodiversity analyses.

Associate Editors

Mar CabezaMar Cabeza, PhD
PI, OEB Research Programme
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

Mar Cabeza is a spatial ecologist, with broad interests spanning from population ecology to macroecology. She currently sees herself as a truly interdisciplinary conservation scientist, integrating social and ecological research. Mar’s present work has a strong focus on tropical socio-ecological systems, through which she attempts to address both ultimate and proximate causes of success and failure of conservation actions and plans.

Jose Alexandre Felizola Diniz-FilhoJosé Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho, PhD
Professor, Department of Ecology
Universidade Federal de Goiás
Goiânia, Brazil

Dr José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho is professor in the Department of Ecology, at the Federal University of Goiás, Brasil, and 1A researcher at the Brazilian National Council for Research and Development (CNPq), working in the application of statistical and computational methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, mainly on how geographically and phylogenetically structured data can help disentangling ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying macroecological patterns and, at the same time, provide solutions to mitigate current biodiversity crisis.

Patience Gandiwa, PhD

Director International Conservation Affairs
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
Harare, Zimbabwe

Patience is free-spirited person who believes in sustainable development through science, innovation and transboundary conservation to achieve targets under the Sustainable Development Agenda and the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Goals. Having published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers in renowned international journals and Book Chapters in diverse fields of conservation, Patience has broad interest in the potential of humanity to bend the curves and change trajectories for a better future for all life on earth.

Sophie von der HeydenSophie von der Heyden, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Botany and Zoology
University of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Prof von der Heyden is a molecular ecologist working predominantly on southern African marine systems. Her research is by necessity broad, but primarily focusses on the conservation and sustainable utilisation of species and the marine environment. Her particular interests lie in the applicability of molecular ecological and genomics tools to inform spatial planning, understanding MPA connectivity patterns and resilience and adaptation of marine species to ongoing and future change, as well as the impacts of changing marine communities on society.

Darren YeoDarren C.J. Yeo, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
Republic of Singapore

Dr Yeo leads the Freshwater and Invasion Biology Laboratory at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS); and holds a concurrent appointment of Deputy Head of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at NUS. Darren's main research interests are in freshwater ecology and biodiversity, aquatic invasions, and freshwater decapod crustacean (systematics and taxonomy, and ecology and conservation).

Advisory Editor

Iain Dickson, PhD
Iain joined Nature Communications in January 2021 after 5 years at Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology as an Associate Editor and then Senior Editor. He has a background in marine biology and oceanography, with BSc and MRes degrees from the University of Southampton. Iain then obtained his PhD from Kings College London, investigating the biomedical application of a marine sponge-derived natural product. He is based in the London office and handles manuscripts in ecology.

Marian Turner, PhD
Marian has been a Senior Editor at Nature Ecology & Evolution since the journal launched in 2016. She has a background in immunology, with a PhD from the University of Melbourne. She joined Nature as a News & Views editor in London for five years before moving to Nature Ecology & Evolution. She is now based in the Melbourne office and handles primary manuscripts and review and opinion content in conservation, biodiversity and marine science, and policy.

Social Media Editor

Marco Aurélio Mendes Elias, PhD
Department of Ecology
Universidade Federal de Goiás

Dr. Marco Elias is an evolutionary ecologist who investigates the processes that have led to the different color strategies found in animals and their potential impact on species' niches. He mainly uses phylogenetic comparative methods, niche modeling, and image analysis to understand the broader implications of species coloration on biodiversity and conservation. In addition to his research, Dr. Elias works as the Social Media Editor for npj Biodiversity, using his scientific communication skills on social media to promote awareness and engagement in biodiversity research. He is a motivated researcher committed to advancing knowledge of the natural world through scientific investigation and communication.

Editorial Board Members

Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, PhD, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
I-Ching Chen, PhD, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Elena D Concepción, PhD, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC), Madrid, Spain
Alva C. Curtsdotter, PhD, University of New England, Armidale, Australia
Adriana De Palma, PhD, Natural History Museum, London, UK
Caroline E. Dingle, PhD, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, SAR
Marco Aurélio Mendes Elias, PhD, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil
Felícia M. Fischer, PhD, Unaffiliated, Brazil
Diego Fontaneto, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Water Research Institute (IRSA), Verbania Pallanza, Italy
Jessica R Glass, PhD, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Sidney F. Gouveia, PhD, Department of Ecology, Federal University of Sergipe, Sergipe, Brazil
Giovany Guevara, PhD, Universidad del Tolima, Ibague, Colombia
Shun Han, PhD, The University of Oklahoma, OK, USA
Zeehan Jaafar, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Adriane R. Lam, PhD, Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies, Binghamton University, NY, USA
Qi-jian Li, PhD, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Jia Huan Liew, PhD, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, SAR
João Loureiro, PhD, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Ann M McCartney, PhD, University of California Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Ting Hui Ng, PhD,  Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
Vivek Pandi, PhD, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India
Javier Puy, PhD, School of Natural Sciences, Zoology, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Rajeev Raghavan, PhD, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kochi, India
Ricardo Rocha, PhD, CIBIO/InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto and University of Lisbon, Portugal
Lauren M. Schiebelhut, PhD, University of California, Merced, CA, USA
Marta Filipa Simões, PhD, Macau University of Science and Technology, Taipa, Macau S.A.R., China
Angela Stevenson, PhD, GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
Krizler C. Tanalgo, PhD, University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, Philippines
Levi Carina Terribile, PhD, Federal University of Jataí, Jataí, Goiás, Brazil
Enrico Tordoni, PhD, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Werner Ulrich, PhD, Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń, Toruń, Poland
Fabricio Villalobos, PhD, Instituto de Ecología, A.C. INECOL, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
David F. Wright, PhD, Sam Noble Museum of Natural History & School of Geosciences, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA
Yiwen Zeng, PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Yunhai Zhang, PhD, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Alexandra Zieritz, PhD, School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK


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