environmental SCIENTIST

As part of its commitment to promote environmental science and allow our members to learn about and disseminate the latest sector thinking, the IES produces four editions of its highly regarded journal environmental SCIENTIST each year. 

Each thematic issue examines a topic of pressing importance to environmental science from a variety of different angles; an expert in the relevant area often acts as guest editor, introducing the articles and providing a critical overview of the subject at hand. Articles are primarily written by our members, supplemented by contributions from experts and professionals working in the environmental field. 

The journal acts not just as way of keeping abreast with the sector, but is also a thoroughly interesting read.

Latest Journals

  • Environmental engagement is on television screens, in the streets and at your local book group; everyone's doing it. Whether you're engrossed in the latest nature documentary or watching the news in the evening, environmental communicators are everywhere and everyone. In this edition of the environmental SCIENTIST we're on the front lines of the revolution, mixing with artists, comedians, unions and students; exploring the new face of environmental engagement. Read about how local cultural expertise once cast aside is at the forefront of research, why paper bags are environmentally misleading and hear from a professor arrested at the extinction rebellion protests.
  • When you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. The treescape of Earth has changed throughout history. What once was forest is now city, and where ancient woodland stretched as far as the eye could see now lies green pasture and crop. In this edition of the environmental SCIENTIST, we walk deeper into the forest to investigate the role trees play in our environment, what potential solutions they may provide in managing the urban environment, and how the UK is increasing its forest cover sustainably. Read about the history of woodland management, why we should value our oldest trees, the impact of disease and how tree planting is inspiring development worldwide.
  • Hiking through National Parks, climbing mountains and surfing waves; we spent a lot of our spare time immersed in the natural world. But how does our use of the natural world impact it and equally, how does it affect us? This edition of the environmental SCIENTIST explores our relationship to nature through recreational activities and questions whether we value recreation in nature for human benefit or for environmental gain. In a fascinating breadth of articles, read about how anglers could help to save our watercourses, how natural nature reserves really are, and to what extent does the air we breathe impact on athletic ability.
  • With the return of David Attenborough's Blue Planet, the Earth's seas and oceans have been at the forefront of the public agenda in 2018. This edition of the environmental SCIENTIST takes a look beneath the surface, uncovering issues faced by the marine environment. Join us, as we dive into topics such as the changing habitats of cetacean species, studying the activity on the ocean floor, and observing long-term climate trends in the Earth's oceans.
  • Unintended consequences crop up throughout our lives; they can change our perspective, open new avenues and create all manner of problems. Science owes many groundbreaking discoveries to the unexpected but not all unintended consequences lead to great things - whether positive or negative the impact of the "unknown unknowns" cannot be understated. This edition of the environmental SCIENTIST seeks to highlight the uncertain nature of environmental science. In this issue we explore how historical and current policy making can lead to unpredictable outcomes, how a green energy solution solves more than one environmental issue and what happens when the native species return to their homeland to find an intruder.

Older journals

Forthcoming publications


Due to be published to members in October 2019

(Un)natural Disasters

Due to be published to members in December 2019


Due to be published to members in February 2020

War and Conflict

Due to be published to members in May 2020

The State of Nature

Due to be published to members in May 2020

Who to contact

Paddy Fowler

Publications Officer

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Joining the IES helps your personal and professional development. Wherever you are in your career, the IES has membership services that will help you gain recognition and progress to the next level.

Benefits include:

  • 4 journals per annum
  • Regional and national events
  • Chance to apply for Chartered Scientist, Chartered Environmentalist and Registered Environmental Technician
  • Recognition of professional status
  • Use of post-nominal letters
  • CPD recording tools
  • Access to our exclusive monthly webinars
  • Regular reports on the environmental science sector
  • Discount on meeting room rates at our central London office