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Why are animals, such as these White-fronted bee-eaters, Merops bullockoides, which live in hot and unpredictable environments more likely to breed cooperatively? Research shows that cooperative breeding in birds has enabled the invasion of ecological niches inhospitable to independent breeders. Photo by Derek Keats.

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Cornwallis, C. K. et al., Cooperation facilitates the colonization of harsh environments. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 1, 0057, (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.