April 2018 cover

As the terrestrial human footprint continues to expand, the amount of native forest that is free from significant damaging human activities is in precipitous decline. The remaining intact forests, such as the pictured Danum Valley, Borneo, should be accorded urgent conservation priority because of their value for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and storage, water provision, and the maintenance of indigenous cultures and human health. Image by Liana Joseph.

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From 'The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems'. Watson et al., Nature Ecology & Evolution 2; 599-610 (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.


Go to the profile of David Maskalick, Ph.D.
over 3 years ago

All ecosystems in the biosphere whether on land, in fresh water, or in salt water are threatened by the human footprint.  Thus people are gradually destroying their life support system on Earth.