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Meet the Editorial Board

Plant Ecology & Diversity

Meet the Editorial Board of Plant Ecology & Diversity

Evolution & Systematics

Subject Editor

Richard Abbott

Richard is an Emeritus Professor at St Andrews University, Scotland. He graduated with a BSc in Agricultural Botany from Bangor University in the 1960s and after obtaining a DPhil at Oxford University took up a research and teaching post at St Andrews in the 1970s. His main research interests are in plant divergence, speciation, the evolutionary consequences of hybridization, mating system evolution and pollination biology. He has worked on a range of plant systems in arctic, alpine, desert, Mediterranean, temperate and tropical environments. 

Richard’s website


Associate Editor

Jill Hamilton

Jill is an Associate Professor and Director of the Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics at Pennsylvania State University, USA. Her research focuses on the role of hybridization in adaptation and conservation, the scale and extent of local adaptation across fragmented landscapes for restoration, evolution of barriers to reproduction and consequences for genetic rescue of rare species and the role of genome duplication in niche divergence and colonization. 

Jill’s website


Associate Editor

Fábio Pinheiro

Fabio is an Associate Researcher at the University of Campinas, Brazil. His research focuses on the evolution of reproductive barriers among lineages and populations, in a phylogeographic context. A diverse array of mechanisms, such as hybridization, introgression and selection for divergent habitats are investigated in order to understand lineage diversification and plant speciation. 

Fabio’s Website


Associate Editor

Matthew Olson

Matt is a Professor at Texas Tech University, USA. He is a population geneticist who has studied the genetics, ecology, and evolution of plant reproductive systems for over 20 years. His other research projects have focused on understanding adaptation to local environments in the context of climate change and invasive species. He has worked in environments ranging from the deserts of Mexico to boreal and arctic Alpine systems in Alaska. Matt’s website


Associate Editor

Joanna Freeland

Joanna is a Full Professor at Trent University, Canada. She uses a range of molecular techniques to study ecological questions, with a particular interest in aquatic plants, invasive species, and hybridization in regions of Canada impacted by anthropogenic activities. She uses tools that include population genetics, environmental DNA assays, and field- and greenhouse-based experiments. 

Joanna’s website


Associate Editor

Jianquan Liu

Jianquan is a Professor at the College of Life Science, Sichuan University, China. He is an evolutionary ecologist with a special interest in species’ origins and the genetic adaptation of plants to stressed habitats. He uses a range of methods and datasets to clarify the processes and mechanisms of speciation, from field morphological variation, common garden experiments, genome scanning to biochemical and transgenic tests of allelic differentiation. His main focus is on alpine and desert plants in western China. 

Jianquan’s website


Associate Editor

Nishanta ‘Nishi’ Rajakaruna

Nishi Rajakaruna is a Professor at California Polytechnic State University, USA. He is a geoecologist broadly interested in how edaphic conditions influence plant and lichen diversity from species to community levels. His primary area of research is on the diversity, ecology, evolution, and conservation of plants and lichens of serpentinite and other heavy metal-enriched rock outcrops. His recent research projects focus on the effects of atmospheric deposition of nitrogen and nutrient-enriched fire retardants on the diversity and ecology of rock outcrop plants and the restoration ecology of rock outcrop habitats degraded due to anthropogenic activities. He has ongoing research in California, Maine, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

Nishi’s website


Associate Editor

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is an Associate Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Southampton University, UK. His research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of ecologically, evolutionary and economically important traits. He works with a range of plants, and some animals, and uses genetic, genomic and transcriptomic techniques to compare populations or species. His research aims to identify the traits and genes that are important in adaptation, speciation, domestication, and which mitigate the effects of climate change. He also has a particular interest in the development of underutilised crops.

Mark’s website


Associate Editor

Yongshuai Sun

Yongshuai is an Associate Professor at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China. He has broad interests in speciation, hybridization and evolution, with a particular focus on the application of evolutionary ecological genomics in the analysis of forests. In his research, he employs population genetics and genomics, and also uses simple statistics and coalescent simulation, in combination with ecological niche and topography analysis, to understand the origin of genomic diversity.

Yongshuai’s website


Associate Editor

Alex Papadopulos

Alex is a Senior Lecturer at Bangor University, UK. His research combines genetics and genomics with ecological analyses and experiments to study adaptation and speciation. He is interested in how organisms adapt to their environment, the influence this can have on the evolution of reproductive isolation and the extent to which this can be a predictable and repeatable process. His main focus has been on the evolution and conservation of island plants, but he also dabbles with animals as well.

Alex’s website

Photograph of Alex editorial board

Associate Editor

Alex Twyford 

Alex is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and a Research Associate at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK. His research interests include the genomic consequences of hybridisation and introgression, the evolution and ecology of parasitic plants, and genomic diversity in the British flora.

Alex’s website

Prof Alex

Biotic Interactions


Subject Editor

Luis Daniel Llambi

Luis Daniel works on liking patterns to processes for analysing vegetation diversity and dynamics, with emphasis on tropical alpine ecosystems. He is interested in the role of plant-plant interactions and adaptive strategies on community assembly along environmental gradients and in response to successional dynamics and climate change. He is also works actively on ecological monitoring, biodiversity conservation/restoration and climate change adaptation. 

Luis’s website


Associate Editor

David M Wilkinson

Dave has very wide research interests in ecology, the environmental sciences and archaeology. Biotic interactions of particular interest are seed dispersal by birds, signalling between plants/fungi and animals, and mutualisms such as mycorrhizae and lichens.

Dave’s website


Associate Editor

Anthony Darrouzet-Nardi

Anthony’s website


Associate Editor

Christian Schöb

Christian’s Website


Associate Editor

Carolina Tovar

Carolina has a main research interest in ecology and biogeography. Her work focuses on understating how different drivers shape biodiversity distribution, with particular interest in dispersal and functional traits in tropical regions. She also works on community ecology and monitoring past, present and future biodiversity responses to climate and land use changes. 

Carolina’s Website


Associate Editor

Gianalberto Losapio

Gianalberto is an ecologist and botanist studying biodiversity and ecological networks, with particular attention to plant–plant and human–environment interactions as well as the response of communities to global change.

Gianalberto’s website


Associate Editor

Lohengrin Cavieres

Lohen’s research focus on alpine plant ecology and ecophysiology, as well as on ecology and ecophysiology of plants in Mediterranean-type ecosystems. He also conduct research on the invasion biology and the climate change effects on these ecosystems, focusing on plant–plant interactions and functional traits analyses.

Lohen’s Website


Associate Editor

Emilio Vilanova

I am a passionate forest ecologist with more than 15 years of professional experience in scientific research, teaching and extension. My research interests are broad, but my main focus is related to the understanding of the patterns processes of forest function and tree dynamics across tropical forests, including elements of the carbon cycling, tree mortality and the role of functional traits. As a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley, I am leading field work and data analysis to study the effects of droughts and other major disturbances on the dynamics of tree communities and tree regeneration in the Sierra Nevada of California University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Emilio’s website

Global Change & Vegetation

Subject Editor

William D. Gosling

William is interested in research that places our understanding of the impacts of recent and ongoing climate change in spatial and temporal context relevant to ecosystem function. In his own research William uses palaeoecological and biogeographic approaches, and specialises on tropical ecosystems during the Quaternary (last 2.6 million years).

Personal web page @ University of Amsterdam


Associate Editor

George Chuyong

George is a tropical ecologist with particular interest in understanding natural patterns and processes and using these research findings to address specific policies/actions that will boost the health and resilience of tropical ecosystems in the face of global change. My current research is centered on understanding long-term dynamics using large and small sized forest monitoring plots in pristine, logged forests, savannah woodlands and mangroves in the face of anthropogenic pressure and climate change and developing ecological indices for sustainable forest management (SFM).

George’s website

Portrait of George Chuyong

Associate Editor

Sándor Bartha

Sandor’s main research topic is grassland community ecology but he is also interested in functional ecology, primary and secondary succession, climate change experiments and long-term monitoring (repeated mapping) of fine scale spatial patterns in grasslands. He uses spatially explicit individual based models and spatial statistics to link observed spatiotemporal data with theory.

Personal web page @ Centre for Ecological Research


Associate Editor

Sabine Both

Sabine has a broad expertise in undertaking scientific research in forest ecosystems around the world, with observational studies in subtropical China, in small and large  scale forest biodiversity and ecosystem functioning experiments, and in pristine and selectively logged tropical rainforest in Malaysian Borneo.

Personal web page @ University of New England


Associate Editor

Susan Letcher

Personal web page @ College of the Atlantic


Associate Editor

Simon Queenborough

Simon is interested in population dynamics – how individuals, species and communities (including humans) interact over both ecological and evolutionary time.In his own research he employs a range of techniques from greenhouse experiments, long term censuses, literature and herbarium research to large scale data collection and cutting-edge statistical modelling.

Personal web page @Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


Associate Editor

Risto Virtanen

Risto is a plant community ecologist (study in primarily multi species systems, interactions, processes and increasingly global change effects, ranging from aquatic to terrestrial from temperate to arctic, and now interest in studying how global change effects translate to functions and ecosystem services). He has a focus on long-term research in Nordic and European regions.

Personal web page @ University of Oulu


Associate Editor

Francisco Cuesta
Susanna Venn


xavier pico

Section Editor

F. Xavier Picó

Xavier’s research focuses on population biology of plants. His lab conducts multidisciplinary research that aims to disentangle the ecological, genetic and evolutionary processes that govern the performance and dynamics of plant populations across space and time. To that end, Xavier integrates data from field surveys, common garden experiments, molecular work and modelling.

Xavier’s Website

Stefan Dullinger

Associate Editor

Stefan Dullinger

Stefan is mainly interested in understanding and predicting the effects of human driven environmental change on the biogeography and biodiversity of plants at local to global scales. His lab uses field data and experimental methods as well as macroecological analyses and modelling approaches. Stefan’s research has a particular focus on mountain ecosystems, especially on the European Alps. In addition, he is interested in the ecology of biological invasions and the development of methods to analyse and forecast the spread of invasive species.

Stefan’s Website


Associate Editor

Christophe Randin

The broad questions Christophe aims to answer with his research are: how species are distributed in space and time, what are the underlying mechanisms that explain their past and current range distribution and dynamics and how can we best predict their future distribution in a rapidly changing environment. To address these questions, he combines field sampling, in situ experiments and measurements with empirical and dynamic modelling.

Christophe’s Website

Portrait of Geraldine

Associate Editor

Geraldine Allen

I have broad interests in plant evolution and biogeography, and I work mainly on North American and arctic species. Current and past projects include the phylogeography of widespread arctic groups, especially in relation to Pleistocene glacial history; reproductive ecology and male-female reproductive patterns of dioecious species; the genetic consequences of hybridization; and genetic structure of rare and invasive plants. 

Geradine’s Website

Kyle Dexter

Associate Editor

Kyle Dexter

Kyle’s Website

Portrait of Antonio Castilla

Associate Editor

Antonio Castilla

As a plant ecologist, I am interested in understanding the ecological and genetic processes that enable plant populations to cope with global change. My research is focused on the evolutionary forces shaping phenotypic and genetic diversity in plant populations, such as local adaptation to biotic factors and gene flow. My multidisciplinary research integrates data from fieldwork, molecular work, GIS, and spatially explicit modeling.

ORCID number: 0000-0002-4124-738X

Portrait of Priya

Associate Editor

Dr. Priya Davidar

Priya’s Website

Associate Editors

Katharine Dickinson

Environment & Plant Functioning

Subject Editor

Prof. John Grace

John’s current interests include: carbon dioxide and methane fluxes over forests; tropical ecosystems and the services they provide; tree-lines in temperate and boreal zones; urban floras. He has published over 300 papers and chapters in peer-reviewed international journals and symposia; he has edited or authored ten books, and was the founder co-editor of the journal Functional Ecology. 

John’s Website


Associate Editor

Víctor Resco de Dios

Victor’s research surrounds predicting fire risk and post-fire vegetation responses, the effects of climate change on plant physiology and growth and circadian regulation of ecological processes.

Victor’s Website

Photograph of Associate Editor Víctor Resco de Dios

Associate Editors

Kurt Fagerstedt

Nalaka Geekiyanage

Lin Hua

Bart Kruijt

Federico Magnani

Maurizio Mencuccini

Elmar Veenandaal

About Plant Ecology & Diversity

Plant Ecology and Diversity is an international journal for communicating results and novel ideas in plant science, in print and online, six times a year. All areas of plant biology relating to ecology, evolution and diversity are of interest, including those which explicitly deal with today’s highly topical themes, such as biodiversity, conservation and global change

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