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

    Senior Editor

    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. Patricia Wittkopp

    Senior Editor

    Patricia Wittkopp received a BS from the University of Michigan, a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, and did postdoctoral work at Cornell University. In 2005, she began a faculty position at the University of Michigan, where she is now an Arthur F Thurnau Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, and LSA Honors Program. Her research investigates the genetic basis of phenotypic evolution, with an emphasis on the evolution of gene expression. Molecular and developmental biology, population and quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics are integrated in this work. She was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellow, an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow, and a recipient of a March of Dimes Starter Scholar Award.

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary genetics
    evolution and development
    gene expression
    regulatory networks
    allele-specific expression
    Competing interests statement
    Patricia Wittkopp has received research support from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, March of Dimes, and the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. She is currently an Associate Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution, and also serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Trends in Genetics.

Reviewing editors

  1. 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
  2. Jessica Thompson

    Emory University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Research focus
    Zooarchaeology
    human evolution
    African archaeology
    taphonomy
    Experimental organism
    human
  3. Min Zhu

    Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    paleontology
    vertebrate evolution
    vertebrate morphology
    evolutionary-developmental biology
    ichthyology
  4. Carl T Bergstrom

    University of Washington, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    game theory
    network science
    evolution
  5. Jörg Bohlmann

    University of British Columbia, Canada

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genetics and Genomics
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    metabolism
    chemical ecology
    plant genomics
    Experimental organism
    plants
  6. Jon Clardy

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Ecology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    microbial secondary metabolism
    chemical communications
    biosensors
    chemical biology
    microbial ecology and evolution
  7. 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
  8. Marcel Dicke

    Wageningen University, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    ecological entomology
    plant-insect interactions
  9. 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
  10. Paul G Falkowski

    Rutgers University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    Ecology
    Research focus
    coral biology
    biogeochemical cycles
    biological oceanography
    evolution of photosynthesis
    physiological adaptation
    symbiosis
  11. 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
  12. Merijn R Kant

    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    chemical ecology
    plant defense
    plant-parasite interactions
    Experimental organism
    tomato
    insects
    mites
  13. Laurent Keller

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    ecology
    evolutionary genetics
    social insects
  14. 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
  15. 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 (previously also fish)
  16. George H Perry

    Pennsylvania State University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    human evolution
    primates
    paleogenomics
    evolutionary and ecological genomics
  17. Christian Rutz

    University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Research focus
    evolutionary ecology
    ecology
    animal tool use
    animal culture
    animal tracking (bio-logging/bio-telemetry)
    ornithology
    corvids
  18. Bernhard Schmid

    University of Zurich, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    plant ecology
    community ecology
    biodiversity experiments
    plant-plant interactions
    evolutionary ecology
    Experimental organism
    seed plants
    grassland
    forest
  19. Ben Sheldon

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    behavioural ecology
    social ecology
    ecological genetics
  20. Wenying Shou

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

    Expertise
    Computational and Systems Biology
    Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    evolution of cooperation and multi-level selection
    microbial ecology and evolution
    quantitative experimental biology
    theoretical biology