March 2018 cover

The plains zebra is the most widespread of the three zebra species, but is under pressure due to habitat fragmentation which severs migration routes. A population genetic study places the plains zebra origin in southern Africa and details the historical migration routes between populations, revealing that the subspecies classification does not match the genetic structure. Photo by Mogens Trolle.

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From 'A southern African origin and cryptic structure in the highly mobile plains zebra'. Pedersen et al., Nature Ecology & Evolution 2; 491-498 (2018). 

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.