About the Editors
Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, London
Magdalena is a geneticist by training and has considerable editorial and publishing experience: having started in Nature Publishing Group in 2001, she was Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Genetics, Senior Editor for genetics and genomics at Nature, and more recently Executive Editor for the Nature Partner Journals. Before joining Nature as Editor in Chief she was Editor in Chief of Nature Communications. She studied sex determination at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, and Notch signalling in the vertebrate gut epithelium at the ICRF Laboratories (CRUK today), London. She is passionate about mentorship, transparent science and clarity in science communication. She has a keen interest in innovation in science publishing. Magdalena is based in the London office.
Ritu Dhand, Vice-President Editorial, Nature Journals, London
In this role, Ritu has been overseeing research editorial strategy and management of Nature, Nature Communications and the Nature Research and Review Journals. She has advocated for policies that increase open research and reproducibility and has promoted strategies that lead to more transparency in peer review. Ritu joined Nature in January 1999 as the cancer and signalling editor and was promoted to the Chief Biological Sciences Editor, Nature, in 2001 where she had oversight over content and managed the Nature life-sciences team for 13 years. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years in cancer research, completing her PhD at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and University College London, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. Ritu studied genetics at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London and undertook a master’s in biochemistry and molecular biology at University College, London.
Helen Pearson, Chief Magazine Editor, London
Helen oversees all the magazine content for Nature, including news, features and opinion. She joined Nature as a reporter back in 2001, and has been writing and editing articles for the journal ever since. Her own stories have won accolades including the Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award and two best feature awards from the Association of British Science Writers. Helen has a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in genetics and in 2016 she became an author, publishing a critically acclaimed popular science book called The Life Project. She is based in London.
Francesca Cesari, Chief Biological Sciences Editor, London
Education: BSc, Università di Roma, La Sapienza; PhD, University of Tübingen; postdoctoral work, The Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility include: overseeing editorial content and management of biological sciences team
Susan Allison, Consulting Editor, Biology, London
Education: BSc, University of Otago, New Zealand; PhD, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, UNSW, Australia; post-doctoral work, Lund University, Sweden.
Victoria Aranda, Senior Editor, Biology, New York
Education: BSc, Biochemistry, and PhD, Biochemistry, University of Navarra, Spain; postdoctoral work, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Areas of responsibility include: cancer, translational medicine, gene therapy, genome editing, biotechnology.
Anna Armstrong, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: BSc and PhD, University of York; postdoctoral work, Australian National University and University of York.
Areas of responsibility include: ecology, agriculture.
George Caputa, Associate Editor, Biology, Berlin
Education: BSc, Saint Louis University; PhD, Washington University in St. Louis; postdoctoral work, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics.
Areas of responsibility include: cellular and mitochondrial metabolism, organismal metabolism, environmental microbial metabolism, cardiac physiology and disease, vascular biology and angiogenesis, fibrosis.
I-han Chou, Senior Editor, Biology, San Francisco
Education: BA, Psychology, Harvard University; PhD, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; postdoctoral work, University of California, San Francisco.
Areas of responsibility include: neuroscience (including sensory and motor systems, decision making, executive function, psychiatric disease) social sciences, health sciences.
Alex Eccleston, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: BSc, University of Durham; PhD, Imperial Cancer Research Fund; postdoctoral fellowship, Onyx Pharmaceuticals.
Areas of responsibility include: transcription, chromatin, epigenetics, splicing, small RNAs, signal transduction, proteomics.
Angela K. Eggleston, Senior Editor, Biology, Boston
Education: BSc, Microbiology, and MSc, Molecular Genetics, University of Notre Dame; PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University; postdoctoral work, Imperial Cancer Research Fund (Clare Hall Laboratories) and HHMI-Children's Hospital Boston.
Areas of responsibility include: DNA structure and metabolism, RNA structure and metabolism, biophysics of photosystems; protein folding and design.
Henry Gee, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: BSc, University of Leeds; PhD, University of Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility include: evolutionary biology including integrative and comparative biology, palaeontology, archaeology, evolutionary developmental biology, taxonomy and systematics, general zoology and botany.
Véronique Gebala, Senior Editor, Biology, Berlin
Education: BSc, Biology, and MSc, Cancer Biology, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan and Université Paris-Sud: PhD, Vascular Biology, University College London.
Areas of responsibility include: stem cells, developmental biology, mechanobiology.
Noah Gray, Senior Editor, Biology, New York
Education: BSc, University of Notre Dame; PhD, Mayo Clinic and Graduate School; postdoctoral work, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Janelia Farm Research Campus.
Areas of responsibility include: neurodevelopment, neural circuits and plasticity, learning and memory, language and social neuroscience.
Marie-Thèrése Heemels, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: BSc and MSc, Free University Amsterdam; PhD, Netherlands Cancer Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Areas of responsibility include: neurodegeneration, ageing, general physiology.
Christina Tobin Kåhrström, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: BSc, Biomedical Science, Dublin Institute of Technology; PhD, Microbiology, Uppsala University.
Areas of responsibility include: microbiology.
Bryden Le Bailly, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: MSci, University of Bristol; PhD, University of Manchester; postdoctoral work, University of Manchester and University of Bristol.
Areas of responsibility include: chemical biology, membrane transport (including channels and transporters), enzymology.
Barbara Marte, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: Diploma in Human Biology, University of Marburg; PhD, Cell Biology, University of Basel; postdoctoral work, Imperial Cancer Research Fund.
Areas of responsibility include: cancer, cell cycle.
David Rowland, Associate Editor, Biology, New York
Education: Biology, BA, Kenyon College; Biology, PhD, University of Oregon; postdoctoral work, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Areas of responsibilities include: cellular and molecular neuroscience, and new technologies for neuroscience.
Sadaf Shadan, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: BSc, King's College London; PhD, University of Cambridge; postdoctoral work, University College London.
Areas of responsibility include: cell biology, plant biology.
Mary Elizabeth Sutherland, Senior Editor, Biology, New York
Education: B.A. Cornell University; PhD, McGill University; postdoctoral work, Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile.
Areas of responsibility include: behavioural and social sciences, including cognitive science, psychology, sociology, computational social sciences, education, bibliometrics, science policy.
Clare Thomas, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: BSc, Biochemistry, University of Sheffield; PhD, Virology and Gene Therapy, University of Leeds; postdoctoral work, University of Manchester and Stanford University.
Areas of responsibility include: virology.
Michelle Trenkmann, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: Advanced degree in Biochemistry, University of Leipzig; PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Zurich; postdoctoral work, University College Dublin.
Areas of responsibility include: genetics, genomics and molecular evolution.
Ursula Weiss, Senior Editor, Biology, London
Education: PhD, Biochemistry, Baylor College of Medicine, postdoctoral work, Immunology, Institute for Genetics, Cologne.
Areas of responsibility include: immunology, vaccine development, immunotherapies.
Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
Karl Ziemelis, Chief Physical Sciences Editor, London
Education: BA, natural sciences, University of Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility: overseeing physical sciences editorial content and management.
Rosamund Daw, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: BEng, materials science and engineering, University of Sheffield; PhD, materials science, University of Sheffield; postdoctoral fellowship, bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle.
Areas of responsibility include: materials science.
Claire Hansell, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: MA natural sciences & MSci chemistry, University of Cambridge; PhD polymer chemistry, University of Warwick.
Areas of responsibility include: materials and chemistry.
Magdalena Helmer, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: Vordiplom, chemistry, University of Tübingen; MS, marine and atmospheric chemistry, University of Florida; PhD, environmental sciences, University of East Anglia.
Areas of responsibility include: chemistry.
Bryden Le Bailly, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: MSci, University of Bristol; PhD, University of Manchester; post-doctoral work Universities of Manchester and Bristol.
Areas of responsibility include: organic and biological chemistry.
Federico Levi, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: MA physics, Università degli Studi di Milano; PhD theoretical quantum physics, University of Freiburg.
Areas of responsibility include: pure and applied physics.
Juliane Mössinger, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: BSc chemistry and environmental chemistry, University of Wales; MPhil and PhD, atmospheric chemistry, University of Cambridge; research fellowship, University of Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility include: biogeochemical cycles, geomorphology, atmospheric chemistry and environmental science.
Teresa Ortner, Associate Editor, Physical Sciences, Berlin
Education: Diploma & doctorate organometallic & solid state chemistry, University of Innsbruck; postdoctoral work inorganic materials synthesis, University of California, Riverside.
Areas of responsibility include: materials chemistry.
Tobias Rödel, Associate Editor, Physical Sciences, Berlin
Education: MA nanostructure technology, Universität Würzburg; PhD solid state physics, Université Paris-Sud; postdoctoral work, University of Luxembourg
Areas of responsibility include: condensed matter and solid-state physics.
Leslie Sage, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, Washington DC
Education: PhD, astronomy, Stony Brook University; postdoctoral fellowships at New Mexico Tech and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy; assistant professorship University of Nevada at Las Vegas; research associate position, University of Maryland.
Areas of responsibility include: astronomy, planetary science and physics.
Stuart Thomas, Consulting Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: BEng computer systems and electronics engineering, Swansea Metropolitan University; PhD semiconductor device physics, Imperial College London; postdoctoral work Imperial College London, National Tsing Hua University.
Areas of responsibility include: Electronics/applied physics
John VanDecar, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: BSc, geophysics, Texas A&M University; PhD, geophysics, University of Washington; postdoctoral fellowships at Utrecht University, and Carnegie Institution of Washington DC.
Areas of responsibility include: geology, geophysics, and geochemistry of the solid Earth and terrestrial planets.
Christiana Varnava, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, Berlin
Education: MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London; MRes Photonics, University College London; PhD semiconductor physics, University of Cambridge.
Areas of responsibility include: electronics, photonics, applied physics.
Michael White, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, San Francisco
Education: BA, environmental science, University of Virginia; MS, forestry, University of Montana; PhD, remote sensing and ecological modeling; postdoctoral fellowship, University of Montana.
Areas of responsibility include: climate sciences.
Yang Xia, Senior Editor, Physical Sciences, Shanghai
Education: BSc, Economics, University of Leeds; MSc, Ecological Economics, University of Leeds; PhD, Ecological Economics, University of East Anglia, The United Kingdom.
Areas of responsibility include: socio-economics, climate policy, climate risk, environmental policy, sustainability and society.
Changjun Zhang, Consulting Editor, Physical Sciences, London
Education: PhD surface catalysis, Queen's University Belfast; postdoctoral work University of Cambridge and University College London.
News and Features
Celeste Biever, Chief News & Features Editor, London
Celeste oversees Nature's online and print news. She joined Nature in 2014 after working at New Scientistfor 11 years, where her most recent role was online and deputy news editor. At New Scientist she has at various times been a news editor for physics, biomedical sciences and technology as well as a US correspondent covering technology from the magazine's Boston office. She has master's and undergraduate degrees in chemistry from the University of Oxford and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from City University of London.
Nisha Gaind, Bureau Chief, Europe
Nisha has been with Nature since 2013, and moved into her current position in July 2018. She has a MSci degree in astrophysics and physical chemistry from University College London.
Ehsan Masood, Bureau Chief: Editorials, Africa and the Middle East, London
Ehsan joined Nature in 2019 as editor of the journal's editorials pages, and news from Africa and the Middle East. He was formerly editor of the science policy magazine Research Fortnight. Ehsan worked at Nature in the 1990s as a correspondent covering environment and development, reporting from Japan on the signing of the Kyoto climate protocol and from Islamabad on Pakistan's nuclear programme. He is a former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and his latest book is called GDP: The World's Most Powerful Formula and How It Must Now Change (Icon, 2021).
Nicky Phillips, Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief, Sydney
Nicky joined Nature in mid-2017, after 2 years editing the Nature Index. Before that, Nicky was a science reporter, then editor, at the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. She also worked as a radio reporter and producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She has degrees in science (physiology) and journalism.
John Pickrell, Locum Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief, Sydney
John joined Nature in early 2021. He is the author of three popular science books and has worked as a reporter or editor for magazines including New Scientist, Science, Science News, Australian Geographic and Cosmos. John studied biology at Imperial College and has an MSc in taxonomy and biodiversity from The Natural History Museum, London.
Lauren Wolf, Americas Bureau Chief, Washington DC
Lauren joined Nature in 2020 after working for Chemical & Engineering News. At C&EN, she was a reporter covering nanotechnology and neuroscience, and later she was the executive editor for science, managing a team of reporters and editors to cover cutting-edge chemistry. Before becoming a journalist, Lauren carried out a postdoc at the US National Institute of Standards & Technology and received a PhD in chemistry from Boston University.
Anne Marie Conlon, Chief Editor, Audience and Engagement, London
Anne Marie joined Nature in September 2021. She previously spent 4 years at New Scientist where she worked as the Deputy Digital Editor. Before that she held roles at The Guardian, The Independent and Hot Press magazine in Dublin. She has a BA in Journalism from Dubin City University.
Flora Graham, Senior Editor, Nature Briefing, London
Flora writes the daily Nature Briefing email, covering everything that matters in science, from Nature and beyond. Previously she was Digital Editor at New Scientist and a technology and physics reporter for the BBC, CBC and CNET. Flora has a BSc in Physics and English from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London.
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Emma Stoye, News Editor, Europe
Emma joined Nature in 2019. Before that she was a reporter and editor at Chemistry World, covering research, publishing, science policy and reviews. Emma has a degree in biological sciences from the University of Oxford.
Traci Watson, Associate Editor, Research Highlights, Washington DC
Traci joined Nature in 2017. She studied cell biology at Amherst College and science journalism at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to joining Nature full-time, she wrote frequently for the news section about palaeontology and biology. Her work has also appeared in Science and Archaeology, among others. During a stint as a daily newspaper reporter, she covered everything from NASA to terrorist attacks to pop stars.
Richard Monastersky, Chief Features Editor, Washington DC
Richard joined Nature in 2008, writing and editing features on geosciences, climate, environment and other gloomy topics. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education and he covered Earth sciences at Science News magazine. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has reported science stories from every continent and won several awards.
Rachel Courtland, Locum Features Editor, New York
Rachel joined Nature in mid-2017 to edit features in the physical sciences. Previously, she was an editor at the technology magazine IEEE Spectrum and worked as a physics and astronomy reporter for New Scientist. She holds degrees in physics and is an alumna of the science communication programme at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Brendan Maher, Features Editor, New York
Brendan officially joined Nature in April 2009 after freelancing for the magazine for two years editing features and commentaries. Before that, he was a senior editor for The Scientist. He has been writing and editing life-science news for more than eight years.
Kerri Smith, Features Editor, London
Kerri edits and writes for the features section, covering life sciences. She joined Nature in 2006, as an intern in the newly minted podcast department. For 11 years she presented and produced the award-winning Nature Podcast and other documentary and roundtable audio series, alongside writing for the news and features sections. Kerri has a degree in human sciences and an MSc in neuroscience from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in science communication from Imperial College London.
Richard Van Noorden, Features Editor, London
Richard joined Nature in January 2009 as a reporter and subsequently a senior reporter covering chemistry, materials, energy and science publishing, and moved into his current position in 2015. Previously, he was a reporter and editor at Chemistry World. He has a master's degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Ewen Callaway, Senior Reporter, Europe
Ewen joined Nature in August 2010, after 2 years at New Scientist as Boston-based biomedical reporter. He attended the science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned a master’s degree in microbiology at the University of Washington. He spends his free time learning to bicycle on the left side of the road.
Davide Castelvecchi, Senior Reporter, Physical Sciences
Davide covers physics, chemistry, cosmology, energy, mathematics and computer science. He joined Nature in 2012 as assistant online news editor and later deputy news editor, before moving into his current position in 2015. Previously he has been a physical sciences reporter at Science News and a senior editor at Scientific American. He has a PhD in mathematics from Stanford University and a degree in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Holly Else, Reporter, London
Holly writes about the ways that scientists conduct research and communicate their findings. Before joining Nature in 2018, she wrote about research policy and universities for Times Higher Education, and she has experience reporting on engineering, infectious diseases and public health. She studied biomedical science at the University of Sheffield and has a master’s degree in science communication from Imperial College London.
Elizabeth Gibney, Senior Reporter, London
Elizabeth joined Nature as a physical sciences reporter in 2013, after working for Times Higher Education and UK-based science policy publications Research Fortnight and Research Europe. Before that she spent two years as a staff writer at CERN, Europe’s high-energy physics laboratory. Elizabeth has a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in science communication from Imperial College London.
Heidi Ledford, Senior Reporter, London
Heidi writes about biology and medicine, and has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Heidi has written for The Oregonian, edited for the Berkeley Science Review, and freelanced for a few other publications.
Smriti Mallapaty, Senior Reporter, Sydney
Smriti joined Nature in 2020, and covers the Asia-Pacific region. She previously worked as an editor at the Nature Index, and has also worked as a freelance journalist reporting on science and environment based out of Kathmandu, Nepal. She has a master of science degree in environmental technology from Imperial College London.
Amy Maxmen, Senior Reporter, San Francisco
Amy joined Nature in 2017, covering the entanglements of evolution, medicine, policy and of the people involved with research. Her stories have appeared in Nature, Wired and Newsweek, among other outlets. Amy's feature on the origin of humanity was anthologized in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015, and she won the 2016 Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers for a piece on Ebola. Before becoming a journalist, she received a PhD in evolution from Harvard.
Quirin Schiermeier, German Correspondent, Munich
Since 1999, Quirin has written for Nature about science and related policy in Germany, the European Union, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He is particularly interested in climate, oceanography, fisheries and the Earth sciences. Before joining Nature, Quirin worked as a cartographer. He graduated in geography, statistics and economics from the University of Munich.
Nidhi Subbaraman, Senior Reporter, Washington DC
Nidhi Subbaraman reports on biomedical research and US science policy from Nature's Washington bureau, and is interested in accountability and the research enterprise. She joined the news team in November 2019 from BuzzFeed News, where she was a science reporter and news editor. She has worked as a journalist for The Boston Globe, NBC News and Fast Company.
Jeff Tollefson, Reporter, Washington DC
Jeff came to Nature from Congressional Quarterly, where he covered energy, climate and the environment for two years. Before that he was a Knight fellow in science journalism at MIT; a science reporter at the Santa Fe New Mexican, where he covered Los Alamos and the national labs among other topics; and a general assignment reporter at the Billings Gazette for which he covered Yellowstone National Park. Jeff has won a number of accolades, including New Mexico press awards for pieces on pollution and nuclear-weapons work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is originally from Wyoming and has studied French, Russian and Portuguese.
Alexandra Witze, Retained Correspondent, Boulder, Colorado
Alex covers the Earth and planetary sciences, with a little dabbling in astronomy. She studied geology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Among other places she has worked as a journalist for Science News and the Dallas Morning News; she also ran Nature's US news operations from Washington DC between 2005 and 2010. Alex rejoined the journal in 2013.
Comment, World View, Books & Arts, Correspondence, Obituaries
Sara Abdulla, Chief Opinion Editor, London
Education: BSc, mathematics, Imperial College; MSc, crystallography, Birkbeck College (University of London).
Areas of responsibility include: overseeing editorial content and management of Opinion sections, including: Comment, Columns, Books & Arts, Correspondence and Obituaries.
Joanne Baker, Senior Comment Editor
Joanne joined Nature in 2007 from the journal Science. She has degrees in physics (MA, natural sciences, University of Cambridge), astrophysics (PhD, University of Sydney) and landscape architecture (MLA Greenwich University), and held postdocs at the University of Cambridge, University of California, Berkeley and University of Oxford. In 2019–20 she was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. She’s authored several books. Areas of responsibility include: physical sciences.
Rosalind Cotter, Correspondence Editor, London
Education: BSc, chemistry, Westfield College London; PhD, biophysics, Kings College London
Areas of responsibility include: Correspondence, Communications Arising
Lucy Odling-Smee, Senior Comment Editor, San Francisco
Education: MA, natural sciences, University of Cambridge, UK; PhD, evolutionary ecology, University of Edinburgh.
Areas of responsibility include: biological sciences.
Monya Baker, Senior World View and Comment Editor, San Francisco
Monya joined Nature in 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from Carleton College and an EdM from Harvard University. Areas of responsibility include how researchers can do better science.
Yann Sweeney, Senior Editor, London
Yann joined Nature in 2021, after working as senior editor for Nature Machine Intelligence and consulting editor for Nature Computational Science. He has a degree in theoretical physics (Trinity College Dublin) and a PhD in computational neuroscience (University of Edinburgh) with some postdoctoral experience (Imperial College London).
Areas of responsibility include the biological sciences.
News & Views
Andrew Mitchinson, Chief Editor, News & Views, London
Education: BSc Hons, chemistry, University of Durham; PhD, chemistry, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Areas of responsibility include: chemistry, materials science, geochemistry, climate science and biochemistry.
Mary Abraham, Associate Editor, News & Views, Biological Sciences, London
Education: BA Hons, MSci, natural sciences, University of Cambridge; PhD Rockefeller University, developmental genetics; postdoctoral fellowships, University of Oxford and Yale University.
Areas of responsibility include: cancer, translational medicine, immunology, microbiology, cell biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, plant biology, palaeontology and social sciences.
Natasha Bray, Locum Senior Editor, News & Views, Biological Sciences, London
Education: BSc Hons, cognitive neuroscience and psychology with industrial experience, University of Manchester; PhD neuroscience, University of Manchester.
Areas of responsibility include: neuroscience, molecular biology, metabolism, developmental biology, stem cells, systems biology, genetics, genomics and epigenetics.
Jennifer Gardiner, Senior Editor, News & Views, Biological Sciences, London
Education: BSc Hons, genetics, University of Nottingham; PhD, developmental genetics, King’s College London; postdoctoral fellowship, Institute of Cancer Research, London.
Areas of responsibility include: molecular biology, neuroscience, metabolism, developmental biology, stem cells, systems biology, genetics, genomics and epigenetics.
Abigail Klopper, Senior Editor, News & Views, Physical Sciences, London
Education: BSc Hons, physics, University of Western Australia; PhD, physics, University of Western Australia; postdoctoral fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden.
Areas of responsibility include: physics and the Earth sciences.
David Payne, Chief Careers Editor, London
David joined Nature in October 2016 from The British Medical Journal, where he was online editor. His journalism career began in 1990 as a general news reporter on a local evening newspaper. He then worked for UK GP magazine Pulse, Nursing Times, and The Food Standards Agency, where he managed its website and print publications. David has a degree in English and a postgraduate diploma in journalism.
Karen Kaplan, Senior Editor, Careers, Washington DC
Karen came to Nature's careers section in December 2008 after stints at Physics Today; a handful of business publishers in Washington DC and Charleston, South Carolina; and The Day, an independent daily newspaper in New London, Connecticut. Karen, who has degrees in English and mass communications, cut her teeth in the journalism business at The Day, where she was a business reporter and editor covering big pharma.
Jack Leeming, Naturejobs Editor, London
Jack joined Nature in 2015. He produces Spotlights and Career Guides for the magazine, and manages the Naturejobs blog and wider careers community. He holds a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Hull.
Jeffrey Perkel, Technology Editor, New York
Jeffrey Perkel has been writing and editing stories about laboratory technology since 2000, first as senior editor for Technology at The Scientist magazine and then as a freelance science writer. His work has appeared in BioTechniques, Nature, Science, and various American Chemical Society journals, among other outlets. He has a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School. He joined Nature in 2016.
Herb Brody, Boston
Herb joined Nature in 2010 as Supplements Editor. He has a BSc in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, he was an editor at MIT's Technology Review magazine, which covers the societal, business, and policy impacts of scientific research and emerging technology.
Richard Hodson, Supplements Editor, London
Richard commissions and edits content for the Nature Outlook& supplements. He joined Nature in 2015 after completing an MA in science journalism at City University London. Prior to that, he studied biomedical science at King’s College London, with particular focus on human physiology in extreme conditions.
Noah Baker, Chief Multimedia Editor, London
Noah produces short films for Nature Video and also presents and creates audio content for the Nature Podcast. He joined Nature in 2013 after working on several independent documentary projects, for cinema and the web. Noah has a BSc in Zoology and an MSc In Science Media Production both from Imperial College London.
Shamini Bundell, Senior Multimedia Editor, London
Shamini joined the Nature Multimedia team in 2015 after almost six years in television where she worked on science documentaries for the BBC and others. She now produces short form content for Nature VideoNature Podcast. Shamini studied natural sciences at the University of Cambridge and then completed an MSc in Science Media Production at Imperial College London.
Benjamin Thompson, Senior Multimedia Editor, London
Benjamin joined the Nature Multimedia team in 2017, prior to which he worked at the Microbiology Society and the Wellcome Trust. Benjamin was awarded a PhD in Microbiology from the University of East Anglia in 2010.
Nick Petrić Howe, Multimedia Editor, London
Nick hosts and produces audio content for the Nature Podcast. He joined Nature in 2019 after studying for a PhD, on the problems facing bees, at the University of Birmingham.
Dan Fox, Multimedia Editor, London
Dan produces short films and audio for Nature. He joined the team in 2019 after stints making digial content for Asthma UK and BMJ. Dan has a MSci in Physics from Royal Holloway University of London.
Publishing & Management
Editorial and Publishing Director: Alison Mitchell
Alison Mitchell is Director of Editorial & Publishing for Nature Research Journals, overseeing a staff of over 400 professional editors, copy editors and assistants. Alison has a PhD in the molecular biology of genetic recombination from Imperial College, London, and has held editorial and publishing positions with the Nature journals for over 20 years. Alison is responsible for the research content in Nature, Nature Communications, the Nature Research Journals and the Nature Reviews Journals. She is also Chief Publishing Advisor for Springer Nature, leading publishing developments across the company including the SharedIt content sharing initiative and the company’s support of ORCID.
Publishing Directors: James Butcher (Journals), Richard Hughes (Magazines)
James Butcher is Publishing Director of the Nature journals, responsible for the research publishing activities of the existing titles and for launching new Nature journals. Before that he worked on our two broad-scope open-access journals—Nature Communications and Scientific Reports—helping to nurture them during their early years. James joined Nature Publishing Group in 2008 as Publisher of the Nature Clinical Practice journals and later became Publisher of the Nature Reviews portfolio. Between 2000 and 2007 he worked at The Lancet, first as a Senior Editor then as Executive Editor; he launched The Lancet Neurology, as Editor, in 2002. James was awarded a PhD in neurophysiology from the University of Bristol in 1998.
Richard Hughes is Publishing Director for Nature’s magazine content including multimedia. Richard joined what was then Nature Publishing Group in 2012 and helped to establish a new business that provides content marketing solutions for partners. Prior to Nature, Richard managed a list of clinical journals at Wiley. He holds scientific degrees from the University of Southampton and the University of Bath, and an MBA from Henley Business School. Richard is based in London.