Those of you who have been through the process of submitting journal articles to Area in recent months may have noticed that communication was coming from Dr Dave Nash (School of Environment and Technology at Brighton University) rather than me. This was because Dave kindly took up the position of Co-Editor of Area while I was on maternity leave following the birth of my second child. I have now returned to work and have relieved Dave of his duties. During the 8 months Dave was acting Co-Editor he has overseen decisions on approximately 20 papers, accepted 12 final papers for publication, and proposed somewhere in the region of 60 referees. Even more impressive is the subject range of the papers Dave has dealt with. Papers ranged from research on interdisciplinarity, managing rivers and water bodies, coastal geomorphology (both process and legal frameworks), sustainability, avian scavengers and even zoogeography. Research has been focused on countries including the UK, USA, Ghana, Bangladesh, Brazil and Fiji and has utilised methods including interviews, aerial photography, environmental assessments and focus groups. I hope this underlines the breadth and quantity of work that Dave has undertaken in his role at Area, but he has also been efficient, helpful and cheerful throughout and all of us at Area, especially myself, would like to publicly say thank you to Dave for all his help and hard work. I would also like to thank Amy Swann (our Managing Editor) for handling the transition between Dave and myself so efficiently and smoothly.