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.

Alycia StigallAlycia Louise Stigall, PhD
Professor and Head of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Dr. Stigall’s research focuses on elucidating how speciation and extinction processes are mediated by ecological change and biogeographic distributions through studies of shallow marine invertebrates preserved in the fossil record.  Her research group applies phylogenetic methods, ecological niche modelling, biogeographic modeling, and palaeoecological methods. Her research explores the long-term impacts of species invasions on evolutionary and ecological processes.  She has published extensively on the late Devonian Mass Extinction, Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, and the Late Ordovician Richmondian Invasion.

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

Alexa McKayAlexa McKay
Alexa joined the Nature Ecology & Evolution team in October 2020. She began her editorial career at Nature Communications in 2016, handling all areas of ecology and zoology. Alexa obtained her PhD from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, where she conducted research in the fields of animal behavior, animal physiology, and disease ecology. She joined npj Biodiversity in September 2021.


Editorial Board Members

I-Ching Chen, PhD, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
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
Diego Fontaneto, National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Water Research Institute (IRSA), Verbania Pallanza, Italy
Sidney F. Gouveia, PhD, Department of Ecology, Federal University of Sergipe, Sergipe, Brazil
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
Ting Hui Ng, PhD, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore, Singapore
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
Levi Carina Terribile, PhD, Federal University of Jataí, Jataí, Goiás, Brazil
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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