Biodiversity is an overarching concept that encompasses the variation of life at all levels of biological organization. It describes all living beings, their traits and attributes, their ecological and evolutionary relationships, and all the mechanisms and processes that give rise to and maintain this vast variety of forms and functions. Nonetheless, the persistence of biodiversity into the future depends on how humanity interacts with natural systems, where human society can act as both custodian and consumer of natural systems. In this inaugural Editorial, we outline our views on current biodiversity science and how our journal plans to set a course toward providing a place for interdisciplinary discussion and synthesis in this necessarily diverse discipline.

Hortal, J., Cabeza, M., Diniz-Filho, J.A.F., von der Heyden, S., Stigall, A.L. & Yeo, D.C.J. (2022) Building a truly diverse biodiversity science. npj Biodiversity, 1, 2. doi:10.1038/s44185-022-00003-1