Following a recent open call, we are delighted to welcome 13 new Associate Editors to the journal’s Editorial Board.

Chelsey Geralda Armstrong
Simon Fraser University
CAChelsey is assistant professor in Indigenous Studies and associate member of the School for Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. She is an archaeologist and historical ecologist specializing in landscape archaeology, ethnoecology, and land-use history.

Thomas Astell-Burt
University of Wollongong
TAThomas is the Professor of Population Health and Environmental Data Science and an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Wollongong, and the Founding Co-Director of the Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab ( Thomas has a long-standing interest in the relationship between nature and human health, especially on the potential of green space to enrich environments for prevention of noncommunicable diseases like Alzheimers and diabetes, as well as related factors such as loneliness. His research has been located at the interface between population, wellbeing and environmental studies using a range of quantitative approaches (e.g. multilevel modelling, longitudinal data analysis, Geographic Information Systems). Thomas now leads a program of nature-based solutions and ‘nature prescriptions’ research, harnessing randomised trials and implementation science methods to explore how we can enable everyone to reap the rewards of nature contact.

Rachel Carmenta
University of East Anglia
RCRachel is interdisciplinary social environmental scientist, based at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia (UK). Rachel’s work embraces different methods, scales of analysis, analytical lenses and cross-disciplinary collaborations to explore the design, performance and social equity of environmental change and governance. Her work centres on tropical forest-agriculture landscapes that are rich in biocultural diversity, yet face (real and imposed) development challenges, experience manifestations of global environmental change (GEC) and are exposed to competing political-economic interests. In these landscapes Rachel explores how the changing environment, and associated governance responses impact the place-based realities, people-nature relationships (including food security, health, well-being) and the plural values held by diverse actors, and what governance responses might best deliver across the imperatives of climate mitigation, conservation and well-being. 

Angela Dean
The University of Queensland
ADAngela is a conservation social scientist at The University of Queensland. Her research explores how to foster conservation stewardship actions across diverse communities. Angela applies behavioural science and psychological methods at individual and population scales to examine how life activities and experiences shape perceptions of conservation issues, and subsequent engagement in conservation stewardship. In particular, her research explores how diverse social and environmental factors create or limit opportunities to experience nature, derive benefits from nature, and engage in stewardship. Angela works with many non-academic partners to coordinate social monitoring of community participation in nature-based recreation and stewardship.

Janet Fisher
University of Edinburgh
JFJanet is an environmental social scientist interested in the links between environmental change, land use, conservation, and human wellbeing and development. Janet is currently working on using contributions from social science to characterise different perspectives on conservation and restoration, and doing deliberative work in the UK uplands aiming to ameliorate contention around land use. Janet has long standing interests in the nexus between human wellbeing and ecosystem services, and social justice and conservation, and has worked extensively in the UK and east and southern Africa. They are a keen interdisciplinarian and enjoy working at disciplinary boundaries and using mixed methods to understand social ecological systems. Janet has worked with the Scottish Government, and various agencies and NGOs in an advisory capacity.

Caroline Howe
Imperial College London
CHCaroline is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Social Science at Imperial College London and Deputy Programme Director for Imperial’s MSc in Environmental Technology. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, with a focus on sustainable development, biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being. She takes a systems-based approach to exploring the people-nature nexus through the lens of inequity and justice. Caroline leads the Transdisciplinary Centre for Nature and People (TCNP) within the Centre for Environmental Policy. She is a Lead Author on the IPBES (Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Nexus Assessment 2022-24 and was a Contributing Author to the IPBES Global Assessment on Ecosystem Services 2017-2018. She has been an invited speaker at the UN on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Context of Human Security and Well-being. She has led on projects exploring the role the concepts of dignity and heritage play in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on Tanzanian Pastoralist communities.

Takahiro Kubo
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
TKTaka is a Senior Researcher at the Biodiversity Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan. He applies economics, marketing, and behavioural science to design and evaluate policies and behaviour change interventions towards biodiversity conservation. His research topics currently include conservation fundraising, wildlife trade, tourism, and agriculture and food security. He is also interested in interdisciplinary approaches and new data sources to enhance understanding of the relationship between people and nature.

Antoni Margalida
Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (CSIC)
AMAntoni is researcher at the Institute for Game and Wildlife Research (CSIC-UCLM) and currently based at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (CSIC) in Spain. He is interested in finding ways to balance human development and wildlife conservation goals. His primary research interest is in understanding how natural and human-mediated spatio-temporal variation in the environment affect population and behavioral ecology of threatened vertebrates. His research addresses the impact of the human activities and social development on ecological systems with the final aim of suggesting sound environmental policies for the conservation of the biodiversity. His current research line is focused on ecosystem services and human-wildlife conflicts and their interaction with agro-grazing systems and the economic implications, and factors that can regulate populations.

Dominic Martin
University of Bern
DMDominic is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His research focuses on sustainability transformations in tropical land systems, aiming at informing policies that improve outcomes for people and nature. Specifically, he work towards understanding trade-offs and co-benefits between biodiversity, ecosystem services, and agricultural productivity and how these are affected by land management practices, including forest restoration and agroforestry. He aims to bring knowledge into action by designing relevant and applicable research through co-production processes. Furthermore, he is passionate about open science, science communication, and collaborations with junior and senior researchers from diverse disciplinary and geographical backgrounds.

Karen Mustin
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científica (Spanish National Research Council)
KMKaren is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in social and environmental sustainability. Her main focus is in research and practical actions to support more just and effective conservation in and around protected areas in Brazil. Karen also has particular expertise in socioecological systems and conservation in the Amazon, sustainable use of non-timber forest products, questions around hunting and sustainability, and working with local communities and traditional populations. She strongly defends the importance of recognizing local communities as important agents for more just and sustainable conservation. Karen is a passionate advocate of truly inter- and trans-disciplinary science written in a way that is accessible to the broad audiences who seek out new research in conservation and development.

Rachel R.Y. Oh
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ); German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)RO
Rachel is a researcher based at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Germany. While originally from Singapore, Rachel has worked in various human-nature systems in Asia-Pacific and Europe. Much of her work is applied and transdisciplinary, spanning the fields of conservation, public health and environmental psychology. Rachel aims to understand variations in interactions between people and nature, and how these can be enhanced and shaped to converge on coherent solutions to reverse both the biodiversity and human health and wellbeing crises. She looks forward to contributing to research and communities from traditionally underrepresented regions.

Truly Santika
University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
TSTruly is a Senior Fellow at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between humans, biodiversity, and the environment. She is particularly interested in the evidence analysis of complex human-ecological issues, particularly in the context of developing regions and the Global South. She has previously applied a combination of numerous analytical frameworks rooted in different disciplines, including geospatial science and land use planning, macroecology and biodiversity distribution modelling, sustainable development and bio-economics, climate science, and spatial optimization. Her current research projects include evaluating the link between climate change, land use change, and human health; assessing the socio-ecological impacts of crop production and sustainability standards; appraising community-based forest and land management programs in terms of conservation, livelihoods, and human wellbeing; and assessing priorities for biodiversity conservation investments considering social and ecological contexts.

Irene Teixidor Toneu
French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development
ITIrene is an ethnobiologist at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development and a guest researcher at the Natural History Museum of Oslo in Norway. Currently based in Marseille, she studies the reciprocal contributions between people and nature through the lens of biocultural diversity. Her work builds from field-based ethnobiolgical studies to understand the global impact of Indigenous and local knowledge systems in shaping and protecting so-called natural diversity. She is involved in transdisciplinary projects that aim to provide new knowledge of relevance to both the academic community and local actors in Morocco, Ecuador, and Norway.