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The Common Raven, shown here in the Petrified Forest of Arizona, inhabits some of the most unpredictable habitats on Earth. Large brains help birds to cope with unexpected challenges and have been important in facilitating the colonization of these difficult environments. Photo by Trevor Fristoe.

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Fristoe, T. S., et al. Big brains stabilize populations and facilitate colonization of variable habitats in birds. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 1, 1706-1715 (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.