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European beech (Fagus sylvatica) colonized most European temperate regions in the last millenia. Species richness of beech-dominated forests is determined by environmental variation and also by the impact of postglacial history in species pools. This photo captures the flowering understory of early summer in Biogradska Gora National Park (Bosnia-Herzegovina), one of the regions with the highest number of plant specialists. Photo by Eleonora Giarrizzo.

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Jiménez-Alfaro, B., et al. History and environment shape species pools and community diversity in European beech forests. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 2, 483-490 (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.