About the Editors

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Plants has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds.

Chief Editor: Chris Surridge

Chris has spent the last two decades honing his skills until he was finally ready to lead the editorial team of Nature Plants. Chris gained a PhD in Biophysics from Imperial College, London in 1992 studying the dynamics of microtubule assembly. He left the bench for scientific publishing in 1993 initially as Assistant Editor on Nature Structural Biology, and then as a member of the editorial team at Nature where he has handled topics as diverse as structural biology, neuroscience and systems biology. He became the Plant Sciences editor of Nature in 1999 just in time for the publication of the Arabidopsis genome. In 2005 he joined the Public Library of Science (PLoS) as the Managing Editor of PLoS ONE, before returning to Nature as a Senior Editor in 2008. From 2009 to 2014 he was Chief Editor of Nature Protocols. Chris has also spent time as Nature's Web Editor and as the Editor of the now defunct Brief Communication section.


ORCID: 0000-0003-4264-5176

Senior Editor: Jun Lyu

Before joining Nature Plants in 2014, Jun received his PhD from the Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he studied crop genomics. His research focused on understanding the genetic basis of selected agronomic traits in rice, such as upland adaptation, by means of comparative and evolutionary genomics. He was also trained in a functional genomics lab in the institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, between 2008 and 2009, where he studied the mechanism of temperature/photoperiod sensitive male sterility in rice using transgenic lines. His interest includes plant genetics, epigenetics and evolution. He received the Ray Wu Prize in 2013.


ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-3843

Senior Editor: Guillaume Tena

A long time ago, in a faraway country, Guillaume was sitting at a bench, with a scalpel in his hand. It was during a university practical training session in biology. He was looking at a frog, and the frog was looking at him. Something happened. Right there, very suddenly, he decided once and for all that he would not study animal biology. The frog escaped alive, and Guillaume escaped towards a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Montpellier, France, working on auxin and MAP kinases in tobacco cells. As a post-doc, he spent fourteen years in Boston, USA, in Jen Sheen’s lab at Harvard / MGH, to study the involvement of MAP kinases in plant defence signalling and abiotic stress in Arabidopsis thaliana. He then realized that he just spent almost half of his life working on MAP kinases, and he decided he would never write this word again in his biography. Back in France for a year, he enrolled in a Master in Scientific Communications at the University of Strasbourg, and officialised his escape from the bench by joining the editorial team at Nature Plants in London, UK.


ORCID: 0000-0001-8652-905X

Senior Editor: Lei Lei

Lei joined the editorial team of Nature Plants in 2016. A 2010 graduate with dual degrees (Biological Sciences / Economics) of Peking University, Lei obtained her Ph.D. degree in Plant Biology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research in the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation (a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center) mainly focused on the regulatory mechanisms of cellulose biosynthesis in plants, for example, the intimate relationship between cellulose biosynthesis machinery and microtubule cytoskeleton. She also has research experience of plant female gametophyte and embryo development in Peking-Yale Joint Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Agrobiotechnology. Lei's interests include metabolism, cell biology, physiology, biotechnology, and ecology in plant sciences. Lei is based in the New York office.


ORCID: 0000-0003-4803-4763

Associate Editor: Ryan Scarrow

Ryan ScarrowRyan has spent his entire adult life involved in either journalism, publishing, or academia, culminating in this 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. Ryan is based in the London office.


ORCID: 0000-0002-6706-5330

Editorial Assistant: Anastasia Broadbridge

Before joining Springer Nature in March 2016, Ana spent 8 months in the Journals Production department at Oxford University Press. Ana decided to plant her roots within Scientific Publishing after completing a Comparative and English and American degree at the University of Kent, where she promptly decided she could not pick up another classic book, at least for a few more years.