Dr. Darren Evans is a Reader in Ecology and Conservation at Newcastle University, where he leads the Network Ecology Group. He combines advances in ecological network analysis with DNA-metabarcoding to examine the impacts of environmental change on species-interactions and ecosystem functioning. He is currently studying the consequences of altered network structure on fungi, plant and animal populations, mainly within forest- and agro-ecosystems. He is leading a Royal Society Challenge-led Grant that is developing network ecology to understand and secure resilient food systems with partners in South America, and is involved in related projects in biodiverse parts of Indonesia, Tanzania and across the EU. He is a member of A Rocha International’s Conservation Science Advisory Committee.