Editors for Ecology

We aim to publish studies that provide new insights into the different types of interactions that shape the distribution and abundance of organisms on Earth, including everything from new natural history observations to genomic analyses conducted on landscape scales (see also “Ecology in the genomics era of a degraded planet”). We also welcome functional analyses of the traits that matter for an organism’s Darwinian fitness. Read the latest research in this subject area.

Senior editors

  1. Ian Baldwin

    Ian Baldwin

    Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany

    Ian Baldwin studied biology and chemistry at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and graduated 1981 with an AB. In 1989, he received a PhD in Chemical Ecology from Cornell University, in the Section of Neurobiology and Behavior. He was an Assistant (1989), Associate (1993) and Full Professor (1996) in the Department of Biology at SUNY Buffalo. In 1996 he became the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, where he now heads of the Department of Molecular Ecology. In 1999 he was appointed Honorary Professor at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. In 2002 he founded the International Max Planck Research School at the Max Planck Institute in Jena. Baldwin's scientific work is devoted to understanding the traits that allow plants to survive in the real world. To achieve this, he has developed a molecular toolbox for the native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata (coyote tobacco) and a graduate program that trains “genome-enabled field biologists” to combine genomic and molecular genetic tools with field work to understand the genes that matter for plant-herbivore, -pollinator, -plant, -microbial interactions under real-world conditions. He has also been a driver behind the open-access publication efforts of the Max Planck Society.

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary biology
    plant biology
    evolution and ecology
    secondary metabolism
    organismic level gene function
    Competing interests statement
    Ian Baldwin has received funding from the Max Planck Society, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the US National Science Foundation, the AW Mellon Foundation, the European Research Council, and the Human Frontiers Science Program Organization. He currently serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Integrated Plant Biology; and previously, Oecologia, Ecological Studies Series, Chemoecology, and The Plant Journal. He serves on the advisory boards of the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Lytle Preserve, Brigham Young University, and more MPG programs than can be listed; and previously, the Institute of the Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Jülich, the Minerva Center for Arid Ecosystems Research, Hebrew University, the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, the Swiss NSF Priority Program "Plant Survival in Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems”, and the DFG Priority Programs "Biological radiations" and "Trophic interactions and dynamics of communities".
  2. Christian Rutz

    University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

    Christian Rutz is Professor of Biology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where he heads a research group studying animal tool behaviour. He combines observational, experimental and theoretical approaches, to investigate why tool use is so rare across the animal kingdom, and how rudimentary technologies advance and diversify. Since 2005, he has been leading a long-term field project on New Caledonian crows – tropical birds that have the remarkable ability to fashion complex foraging tools from plant materials. Rutz led the team that discovered in 2013 that the critically-endangered Hawaiian crow is also a highly skilled tool user, opening up exciting opportunities for comparative research. He has pioneered the use of miniature, animal-borne video-cameras and proximity loggers for studying wild birds, and currently serves as Founding President of the International Bio-Logging Society. With long-standing interests in conservation biology and science policy making, he is currently contributing to efforts to extend the scope of UNEP’s Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Rutz obtained his doctorate as a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Oxford, was subsequently awarded a £1.44-million David Phillips Research Fellowship to establish an independent research group (first at Oxford, and later at St Andrews), and held visiting appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Tokyo and New South Wales. His research has attracted a string of academic awards – including the 2014 Isambard–Kingdom–Brunel Award (British Science Association), the 2014 Hans Löhrl Prize (German Ornithologists’ Union), and the 2013 Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology (British Trust for Ornithology) – and was showcased at the 2017 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London, UK. Rutz was elected in 2013 to the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), and has recently been named the 2019–2020 Grass Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, USA. Christian Rutz's broad areas of expertise are behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology, urban ecology, comparative cognition, field ornithology and bio-logging science.

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Research focus
    tool behaviour
    social learning and cultural evolution
    animal behaviour and cognition
    foraging ecology
    predator-prey systems
    urban ecology
    conservation biology
    policy making
    animal tracking (bio-logging/bio-telemetry)
    Experimental organism
    crow
    raptors
    birds
    human
    Competing interests statement
    Christian Rutz is employed by the University of St Andrews, UK, holds a Senior Visiting Fellowship at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and is the 2019–2020 Grass Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, USA. Most of his research was, and still is, funded by competitive grants from the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). He was an elected member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland (YAS), and is presently serving as Founding President of the International Bio-Logging Society, Scientific Advisor for UNEP’s Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and Editor of Ethology.

Reviewing editors

  1. Jon Clardy

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Ecology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    microbial secondary metabolism
    chemical communications
    biosynthesis
    chemical biology
    microbial chemical ecology
  2. Iain D Couzin

    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    bird flocks
    fish schools
    insect swarms
    consensus decision-making
    collective behavior
    evolution of migration
  3. Marcel Dicke

    Wageningen University, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Research focus
    chemical ecology
    behavioral ecology
    molecular ecology
    multitrophic interactions
    Experimental organism
    B. nigra
    C. glomerata
    H. illucens
  4. Michael Doebeli

    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    mathematical modelling
    evolution of diversity
    social insects
    ecology and evolution of microbial communities
  5. David Donoso

    Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Ecuador

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    biodiversity
    ecosystem ecology
    community ecology
    global warming
    Experimental organism
    ants
    soil organisms
  6. Maria J Harrison

    Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant-microbe symbioses
    plant-microbe interactions
    plant mineral nutrition
    Experimental organism
    glomus
    Medicago
  7. Merijn R Kant

    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant-herbivore interactions
    tritrophic interactions
    plant defense
    herbivore offense
    transcript analysis
    biological control
    crop protection
    Experimental organism
    tomato
    spider mite
    predatory mite
  8. Laurent Keller

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolution
    social behaviour
    ants
    genetics
    social networks
    Experimental organism
    ants
    social insects
    D. melanogaster
  9. Daniel J Kliebenstein

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant-microbe interactions
    quantitative biology
    genome-wide association studies
    plant genomics
    ecological genomics
    fungal cell cycle and morphogenesis
    secondary metabolism
    plant-insect interactions
    Experimental organism
    Arabidopsis
    Botrytis
    plants
  10. David Lentink

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    comparative biomechanics of flight
    evolutionary biology
    bio-fluid dynamics
    bio-inspired design
    Experimental organism
    birds
    insects
    bats
    plant seeds
  11. Lauren O'Connell

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    behaviour and toxicity in poison frogs
    behavior
    physiology
    evolution
    Experimental organism
    amphibians
  12. George H Perry

    Pennsylvania State University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    human evolution
    evolutionary ecology
    evolutionary biology
    population genomics
    comparative genomics
    functional genomics
    paleogenomics
    Experimental organism
    human
    primates
    parasites
  13. Paul Rainey

    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    adaptive radiation
    evolution of individuality
    evolutionary genetics
    ecological genetics
    emergence of infectious diseases
    forecasting evolution
  14. Bernhard Schmid

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant ecology
    evolutionary ecology
    biodiversity
    ecosystem functioning
    traits
    Experimental organism
    seed plants
    grassland
    forest
  15. Wenying Shou

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    quantitative biology
    mathematical biology
    evolutionary biology
    synthetic biology
    molecular genetics
    evolution of cooperation
    computer simulations
    Experimental organism
    S. cerevisiae
  16. Jessica Thompson

    Yale University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    zooarchaeology
    human evolution
    human origins
    taphonomy
    paleontology
  17. Min Zhu

    Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    paleobiology
    vertebrate paleontology
    evolutionary biology
    systematics
    morphology
    paleobiogeography
    ichthyology
    Experimental organism
    E. primordialis
    G. oneiros
    Q. rostrata