March 2017 cover

Set the world alight. Integrated biological and archaeological evidence suggests a deep history of human entanglement with our ecosystems, including substantial effects on non-human evolution.

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The photo shows fire being used to clear a patch of spinifex grass in preparation for hunting sand monitor lizard (Varanus gouldii) near Parnngurr Aboriginal Community, Western Australia.

From 'Human behaviour as a long-term ecological driver of non-human evolution.' Sullivan et al., Nature Ecology & Evolution 1; 0065 (2017)

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.