People

The working scientists who serve as eLife editors, our early-career advisors, governing board, and our executive staff all work in concert to realise eLife’s mission to accelerate discovery

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
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    evolutionary biology
    plant biology
    evolution and ecology
    secondary metabolism
    organismic level gene function

Reviewing editors

  1. Jessica Thompson

    Emory University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Research focus
    Zooarchaeology
    human evolution
    African archaeology
    taphonomy
    Experimental organism
    human
  2. Carl T Bergstrom

    University of Washington, United States

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

    University of British Columbia, Canada

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

    Harvard Medical School, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Ecology
    Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    Research focus
    microbial secondary metabolism
    chemical communications
    biosensors
    chemical biology
    microbial ecology and evolution
  5. Iain D Couzin

    Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany

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

    Wageningen University, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Plant Biology
    Research focus
    ecological entomology
    plant-insect interactions
  7. Paul G Falkowski

    Rutgers University, United States

    Expertise
    Biochemistry
    Biophysics and Structural Biology
    Ecology
    Research focus
    coral biology
    biogeochemical cycles
    biological oceanography
    evolution of photosynthesis
    physiological adaptation
    symbiosis
  8. 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
  9. Merijn R Kant

    University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    chemical ecology
    plant defense
    plant-parasite interactions
    Experimental organism
    tomato
    insects
    mites
  10. Laurent Keller

    University of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    ecology
    evolutionary genetics
    social insects
  11. Daniel J Kliebenstein

    University of California, Davis, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    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
  12. David Lentink

    Stanford University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and 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)
  13. George H Perry

    Pennsylvania State University, United States

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    human evolution
    primates
    paleogenomics
    evolutionary and ecological genomics
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Ben Sheldon

    University of Oxford, United Kingdom

    Expertise
    Ecology
    Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    Research focus
    behavioural ecology
    social ecology
    ecological genetics
  17. Wenying Shou

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

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