Dr Darren Evans
Reader in Ecology and Conservation
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I am an ecologist and conservationist using network theory and DNA-metabarcoding to understand the impacts of environmental change on species-interactions and ecosystem functioning.
- 2016-present: Reader in Ecology and Conservation, Newcastle University
- 2010-2015: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Conservation Biology, University of Hull
- 2006-2010: Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the BBSRC/Defra funded project: Biodiversity on Farms: A Complex Systems Approach with Prof. Jane Memmott, University of Bristol
- 2002-2005: Postdoctoral Avian Ecologist working on a Scottish Government funded project investigating the impacts of livestock grazing on upland Birds (GRUB) with Prof. Steve Redpath, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Banchory
- 1996-2000: DPhil 'Ecology and Spatial Dynamics of wintering Wildfowl on Lough Neagh'. DENI CAST Award with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Department of Education for Northern Ireland, University of Ulster
University Administrative Roles
- Degree Programme Director MSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation
- BBSRC Pool of Experts (2016 - present)
- External Examiner for the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds (2015 - 2019)
- External Examiner for the Department of Biology, University of York (from 2019)
- Subject Extern Examiner for the MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Management, University College Dublin (from 2019)
- Senior Editor of the ZSL journal Animal Conservation, a top 10 journal in biodiversity conservation
- Member of the Conservation Science Advisory Council for A Rocha International
- Vice-Chair of the BES Policy Committee
Membership of Learned Societies
- Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society
- Member of the British Ecological Society
- Council member of the British Ornithologists' Union
I combine advances in ecological network analysis with DNA-metabarcoding to examine the impacts of environmental change on species-interactions and ecosystem functioning. I am currently studying the consequences of altered network structure on fungi, plant and animal populations, mainly within forest- and agro-ecosystems.
I have created a unique range of antagonistic, mutualistic and multilayer networks under different types of perturbation (simulated climate-warming, habitat modification, wildfire and artificial light at night (ALAN)). These are fully-replicated in space and time in order to examine variation in network structure and complexity within and between experimental treatments. I welcome collaborations with theoreticians and applied scientists (and can host Research Fellows and Visiting Scientists) to examine the eco-evolutionary dynamics of these networks.
Key indicative publications
Raimundo, R. L. J., Guimaraes, P. R. & Evans, D. M. (2018) Adaptive Networks for Restoration Ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. In press.
Macgregor, C. J., Evans, D. M., Fox, R. & Pocock, M. J. O. (2017) The dark side of street lighting: impacts on moths and evidence for the disruption of nocturnal pollen transport. Global Change Biology 23, 697-707.
Evans, D. M., Kitson, J. N., Lunt, D. H., Straw, N. A. & Pocock, M. J. O. (2016) Merging DNA metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to understand and build resilient terrestrial ecosystems. Functional Ecology 30, 1904-1916.
Evans, D. M., Villar, N., Littlewood, N. A., Pakeman, R. J., Evans, S. A. Dennis, P., Skartveit, J. & Redpath, S. M. (2015) The cascading impacts of livestock grazing in upland ecosystems: a 10-year experiment. Ecosphere 6, 1-15.
Evans D. M., Pocock M. J. O. & Memmott J. (2013). The robustness of a network of ecological networks to habitat loss. Ecology Letters, 16, 844-852.
Pocock, M. J. O., Evans, D. M. & Memmott, J. (2012) The robustness and restoration of a network of ecological networks. Science 335, 973-977.
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Dr. James Kitson (PDRA) 'Determining the parasitoids of Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) using DNA-metabarcoding' (2014 - present). In collaboration with Dr. Nigel Straw (Forest Research) and Dr. Dave Lunt (University of Hull). Funding: Forestry Commission England.
Ellen Moss (PhD) 'Impacts of climate change on plant-pollinator interactions and ecosystem services' (2013 - present). In collaboration with Prof. Jonathan Atkins (University of Hull). Funding: University Scholarship.
Lisa Malm (PhD) 'The impacts of habitat modification on avian food-web structure and resilience' (2014 - present). In collaboration with Dr. Nick Littlewood (James Hutton Institute), Dr. Alison Karley (James Hutton Institute) and Dr. James Pearce-Higgins (British Trust for Ornithology). Funding: Joint Studentship between Newcastle University and The James Hutton Institute (with support from BTO).
Justin Byrne (PhD) 'Merging DNA-metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to monitor forest biodiversity and ecosystem functioning' (2016 - present). In collaboration with Sian Atkinson (Woodland Trust), Dr. Julia Cooper (SNES, Newcastle) and Prof. Hans-Peter Klenk (SNES, Newcastle). Funding: Woodland Trust.
Kieran Peel (PhD) 'Designing dynamic models to understand and predict the responses of complex ecological networks to environmental perturbations' (2017 - present). In collaboration with Dr. Clive Emary (PI, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle). Funding: Research Excellence Academy, Newcastle.
Dimitrios Petsopoulos (PhD) 'Developing DNA-metabarcoding technologies for the nationwide surveillance of pest and beneficial insects' (2018 - present). In collaboration with Dr. Larissa Collins (Fera), Dr. Ramiro Morales-Hojas (Rothamsted Research), Dr. Dave Lunt (University of Hull), Prof. Neil Boonham (SNES, Newcastle) and Dr. James Kitson (SNES, Newcastle). Funding: IAFRI.
Douglas Boyes (PhD) 'Examining the impacts of light pollution on moth populations and pollination processes: a DNA-metabarcoding approach' (2018 - present). In collaboration with Dr. Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), Mark Parsons (Butterfly Conservation) and Richard Fox (Butterfly Conservation). Funding: NERC IAPETUS DTP with Butterfly Conservation as CASE partner.
PhD co-supervision: Paula Banza (University of Évora); Alex Austin (University of Hull); Cat Carrick (University of Hull); Eilidh McNab (University of Stirling)
Anne-Kathleen Malchow (RA) 'Dynamical models to predict the response of farmland ecological networks to environmental change' (2017 - present). In collaboration with Dr. Clive Emary (PI, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle). Funding: Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University.
Peter Orrell (PhD) 'Linking above and below-ground interactions in agro-ecosystems: an ecological network approach' (2013 - 2017). In collaboration with Dr Alison Bennett and Prof Maria Nijnik (James Hutton Institute). Funding: Joint Studentship between Newcastle University and The James Hutton Institute. Dr. Orrell was awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship.
Eleanor Collinson (RA) 'Oak Processionary Moth nest processing'. In collaboration with Dr. Nigel Straw (Forest Research) and Dr. James Kitson (SNES, Newcastle). Funding: Forestry Commission England. Ms. Collinson was awarded a place on University of Amsterdam's Science Programme in Biological Sciences.
Callum Macgregor (PhD) 'Understanding the importance of moths as pollinators: an ecological network approach' (2013 - 2017). In collaboration with Dr. Michael Pocock (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) and Richard Fox (Butterfly Conservation). Funding: NERC CASE. Dr. Macgregor took up a post-doctoral position at the University of York.
I am the Degree Programme Director for the MSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation degree
I currently contribute towards the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:
- BIO1010 Biology in Action
- BIO3022 Residential Field Course (Kielder Forest)
- BIO3040 Applied Ecology
- BIO3194/5/6 Undergraduate Research Projects
- BIO8095 Ecological Consultancy Project
- BIO8060 Wildlife Research Project
- Gordon IJ, Altwegg R, Evans DM, Ewen JG, Guillera-Arroita G, Johnson JA, Young JK. 20th Anniversary Editorial: Animal Conservation 1998–2018. Animal Conservation 2018, 21(1), 1-2.
- Raimundo RLG, Guimarães PR, Evans DM. Adaptive Networks for Restoration Ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 2018, Epub ahead of print.
- Derocles SAP, Bohan DA, Dumbrell AJ, Kitson JJN, Massol F, Pauvert C, Plantegenest M, Vacher C, Evans DM. Biomonitoring for the 21st Century: Integrating Next-Generation Sequencing Into Ecological Network Analysis. In: Bohan DA; Dumbrell AJ; Woodward G; Jackson M, ed. Advances in Ecological Research. United States of America: Academic Press, 2018, pp.1-62.
- Kitson JJN, Hahn C, Sands RJ, Straw NA, Evans DM, Lunt DH. Detecting host–parasitoid interactions in an invasive Lepidopteran using nested tagging DNA metabarcoding. Molecular Ecology 2018, Epub ahead of print.
- Francisco TM, Couto DR, Evans DM, Garbin ML, Ruiz-Miranda CR. Structure and robustness of an epiphyte–phorophyte commensalistic network in a neotropical inselberg. Austral Ecology 2018, epub ahead of print.
- Evans DM, Gilbert JDJ, Port GR. Everything is connected: network thinking in entomology. Ecological Entomology 2017, 42(S1), 1-3.
- Kemp JE, Evans DM, Augustyn WJ, Ellis AG. Invariant antagonistic network structure despite high spatial and temporal turnover of interactions. Ecography 2017, 40(11), 1315-1324.
- Derocles SAP, Plantegenest M, Rasplus JY, Marie A, Evans DM, Lunt DH, Le Ralec A. Are generalist Aphidiinae (Hym. Braconidae) mostly cryptic species complexes?. Systematic Entomology 2016, 41(2), 379-391.
- Johnson JA, Altwegg R, Evans DM, Ewen JG, Gordon IJ, Pettorelli N, Young JK. Is there a future for genome-editing technologies in conservation?. Animal Conservation 2016, 19(2), 97-101.
- Evans DM, Kitson JJN, Lunt DH, Straw NA, Pocock MJO. Merging DNA metabarcoding and ecological network analysis to understand and build resilient terrestrial ecosystems. Functional Ecology 2016, 30, 1904-1916.
- Kitson JJN, Hahn C, Sands RJ, Straw NA, Evans DM, Lunt DH. Nested metabarcode tagging: a robust tool for studying species interactions in ecology and evolution. bioRxiv 2016, 035071.
- Gordon IJ, Altwegg R, Evans DM, Ewen JG, Johnson JA, Pettorelli N, Young JK. Reducing agricultural loss and food waste: how will nature fare?. Animal Conservation 2016, 19(4), 305-308.
- Macgregor CJ, Evans DM, Fox R, Pocock MJO. The dark side of street lighting: impacts on moths and evidence for the disruption of nocturnal pollen transport. Global Change Biology 2016, 23(2), 697-707.
- Pocock MJO, Evans DM, Fontaine C, Harvey M, Julliard R, McLaughlin O, Silvertown J, Tamaddoni-Nezhad A, White PCL, Bohan DA. The visualisation of ecological networks, and their use as a tool for engagement, advocacy and management. In: Woodward G; Bohan DA, ed. Ecosystem Services: From Biodiversity to Society, Part 2. London, UK: Academic Press, 2016, pp.41-85.
- Evans DM, Altwegg R, Garner TWJ, Compper ME, Gordon IJ, Johnson JA, Pettorelli N. Biodiversity offsetting: what are the challenges, opportunities and research priorities for animal conservation?. Animal Conservation 2015, 18(1), 1-3.
- Derocles SAP, Evans DM, Nichols PC, Evans SA, Lunt DH. Determining plant-leaf miner-parasitoid interactions: a DNA barcoding approach. PLOS One 2015, 10(2), e0117872.
- Macgregor CJ, Pocock MJO, Fox R, Evans DM. Pollination by nocturnal Lepidoptera, and the effects of light pollution: a review. Ecological Entomology 2015, 40(3), 187-198.
- Berthe SCF, Derocles SAP, Lunt DH, Kimball BA, Evans DM. Simulated climate-warming increases Coleoptera activity-densities and reduces community diversity in a cereal crop. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 2015, 210, 11-14.
- Evans DM, Villar N, Littlewood NA, Pakeman RJ, Evans SA, Dennis P, Skartveit J, Redpath SM. The cascading impacts of livestock grazing in upland ecosystems: a 10-year experiment. Ecosphere 2015, 6(3), 1-15.
- Banza P, Belo ADF, Evans DM. The structure and robustness of nocturnal Lepidopteran pollen-transfer networks in a biodiversity hotspot. Insect Conservation and Diversity 2015, 8(6), 538-546.
- Zotarelli HGS, Evans DM, Bego LR, Sofia SH. A comparison of social bee-plant networks between two urban areas. Neotropical Entomology 2014, 43(5), 399-408.
- Gordon IJ, Evans DM, Garner TWJ, Katzner T, Gompper ME, Altwegg R, Branch TA, Johnson JA, Pettorelli N. Enhancing communication between conservation biologists and conservation practitioners: Letter from the Conservation Front Line. Animal Conservation 2014, 17(1), 1-2.
- Villar N, Cornulier T, Evans D, Pakeman R, Redpath S, Lambin X. Experimental evidence that livestock grazing intensity affects cyclic vole population regulation processes. Population Ecology 2014, 56(1), 55-61.
- Fraser MD, Moorby JM, Vale JE, Evans DM. Mixed grazing systems benefit both upland biodiversity and livestock production. PLOS One 2014, 9(2), e89054.
- Derocles SAP, Le Ralec A, Besson MM, Maret M, Walton A, Evans DM, Plantegenest M. Molecular analysis reveals high compartmentalization in aphid-primary parasitoid networks and low parasitoid sharing between crop and noncrop habitats. Molecular Ecology 2014, 23(15), 3900-3911.
- Pocock MJO, Evans DM. The success of the horse-chestnut leaf-miner, Cameraria ohridella, in the UK revealed with hypothesis-led citizen science. PLOS One 2014, 9(1), e86226.
- Pettorelli N, Evans DM, Katzner T, Gompper ME, Altwegg R, Branch TA, Johnson JA, AcevedoWhitehouse K, DaVolls L, Rantanen E, Gordon IJ. Addressing gender imbalances in Animal Conservation. Animal Conservation 2013, 16(2), 131-133.
- Bennett AE, Daniell TJ, Opik M, Davison J, Moora M, Zobel M, Selosse MA, Evans DM. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal networks vary throughout the growing season and between successional stages. PLOS One 2013, 8(12), e83241.
- Katzner T, Johnson JA, Evans DM, Garner TWJ, Gompper ME, Altwegg R, Branch TA, Gordon IJ, Pettorelli N. Challenges and opportunities for animal conservation from renewable energy development. Animal Conservation 2013, 16(4), 367-369.
- Evans DM. Citizen science comes of age. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 2013, 28(8), 451.
- Benevides CR, Evans DM, Gaglianone MC. Comparing the structure and robustness of Passifloracaea-Floral visitor and true pollinator networks in a lowland Atlantic forest. Sociobiology 2013, 60(3), 295-305.
- Villar N, Lambin X, Evans D, Pakeman R, Redpath S. Experimental evidence that livestock grazing intensity affects the activity of a generalist predator. Acta Oecologica 2013, 49, 12-16.
- Woodward G, Tamaddoni-Nezhad A, Bluthgen N, Pocock MJO, Muggleton S, Evans DM, Astegiano J, Petit S, Macfadyen S. Networking agroecology: integrating the diversity of agroecosystem interactions. Ecological Networks in an Agricultural World 2013, 49, 1.
- Evans DM, Pocock MJO, Memmott J. The robustness of a network of ecological networks to habitat loss. Ecology Letters 2013, 16(7), 844-852.
- Evans DM, Barnard P, Koh LP, Chapman CA, Altwegg R, Garner TWJ, Gompper ME, Gordon IJ, Katzner TE, Pettorelli N. Funding nature conservation: who pays?. Animal Conservation 2012, 15(3), 215-216.
- Pocock MJO, Evans DM, Memmott J. The robustness and restoration of a network of ecological networks. Science 2012, 335 (6071), 973-977.
- Prior GL, Evans DM, Redpath S, Thirgood SJ, Monaghan P. Birds bias offspring sex ratio in response to livestock grazing. Biology Letters 2011, 7(6), 958-960.
- Handley LJL, Estoup A, Evans DM, Thomas CE, Lombaert E, Facon B, Aebi A, Roy HE. Ecological genetics of invasive alien species. BioControl 2011, 56(4), 409-428.
- Evans DM, Pocock MJO, Brooks J, Memmott J. Seeds in farmland food-webs: resource importance, distribution and the impacts of farm management. Biological Conservation 2011, 144(12), 2941-2950.
- Pocock M, Evans D, Straw N, Polaszek A. The horse-chestnut leaf-miner and its parasitoids. British Wildlife 2011, 22(5), 305.
- Linnell JDC, Rondeau D, Reed DH, Williams R, Altwegg R, Raxworthy CJ, Austin JD, Hanley N, Fritz H, Evans DM, Gordon IJ, Reyers B, Redpath S, Pettorelli N. Confronting the costs and conflicts associated with biodiversity. Animal Conservation 2010, 13(5), 429-431.
- Pocock MJO, Evans DM, Memmott J. The impact of farm management on species-specific leaf area index (LAI): farm-scale data and predictive models. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 2010, 135(4), 279-287.
- Evans DM, McLeod JJ, Pascoe L, Memmott J. The efficiency of a vacuum device for estimating soil-surface seed abundance on lowland farms. Weed Research 2009, 49(4), 337-340.
- Douglas DJT, Evans DM, Redpath SM. Selection of foraging habitat and nestling diet by Meadow Pipits Anthus pratensis breeding on intensively grazed moorland: Capsure Foraging sites with low vegetation height and density, but with high arthropod biomass, are selected. Bird Study 2008, 55(3), 290-296.
- Dennis P, Skartveit J, McCracken DI, Pakeman RJ, Beaton K, Kunaver A, Evans DM. The effects of livestock grazing on foliar arthropods associated with bird diet in upland grasslands of Scotland. Journal of Applied Ecology 2008, 41(1), 279-287.
- Walsh PT, Evans DM, Hansell M, Ruxton GD. Factors influencing nocturnal egg-turning frequency in Meadow Pipits Anthus pratensis: Capsule Mean frequency of nocturnal egg-turning in Meadow Pipits is similar to that found in other passerines. Turning frequency changes during incubation, with time since the start of incubation exerting the strongest influence. Bird Study 2007, 54(1), 133-136.
- Loe LE, Mysterud A, Stien A, Steen H, Evans DM, Austrheim G. Positive short-term effects of sheep grazing on an alpine avifauna. Biology Letters 2007, 3(1), 110-112.
- Evans DM, Redpath SM, Evans SA, Elston DA, Gardner CJ, Dennis P, Pakeman RJ. Low intensity, mixed livestock grazing improves the breeding abundance of a common insectivorous passerine. Biology Letters 2006, 2(4), 636-638.
- Pakeman RJ, Dennis P, Evans D, Redpath S, Elston D, McCracken DI. Multiple mechanisms control the breeding density of meadow pipit. In: The Future of Biodiversity in the Uplands. 2006, Battleby, Perth: University of the Highlands and Islands.
- Evans DM, Redpath SM, Elston DA, Evans SA, Mitchell RJ, Dennis P. To graze or not to graze? Sheep, voles, forestry and nature conservation in the British uplands. Journal of Applied Ecology 2006, 43(3), 499-505.
- Stuart SN, Archibald GW, Berry RJ, Emmerich SD, Evans DM, Flenley JR, Gaston KJ, Given DR, Gosler AG, Harris P, Houghton J, Lindquist ED, Mahan DC, Morecroft MD, Moyer DC, Murdiyarso D, Musiti BWW, Nicolson C, Oteng-Yeboah A, Plumptre AJ, Prance G, Ramachandra V, Sale JB, Sheldon JK, Simiyu S, Underhill LG, Vickery J, Whitten T. Conservation theology for conservation biologists - A reply to David Orr. Conservation Biology 2005, 19(6), 1689-1692.
- Dennis P, Elston D, Evans DM, Evans SA, Gordon IJ, Grant M, Kunaver A, Marquiss M, Mayes R, McCracken DI, Pakeman R, Pearce-Higgins J, Redpath SM, Skartveit J, Stephen L, Benton T, Bryant D. Effect of grazing management on upland bird populations: disentagling habitat structure and arthropod food supply at appropriate spatial scales (GRUB). Macaulay Land Use Research Institute: Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department, Edinburgh, 2005.
- Evans DM, Redpath SM, Evans SA, Elston DA, Dennis P. Livestock grazing affects the egg size of an insectivorous passerine. Biology Letters 2005, 1(3), 322-325.
- Evans DM, Redpath SM, Evans SA. Seasonal patterns in the productivity of meadow pipits in the uplands of Scotland. Journal of Field Ornithology 2005, 76(3), 245-251.
- Evans DM, Ruxton GD, Ruxton DA. Do false alarm anti-predatory flushes provide a foraging benefit to subdominant species?. Biologia-Bratislava 2004, 59(5), 675-678.
- Dennis P, Evans D, Skartveit J, Stephen L, Pakeman RJ, Pearce-Higgins J, Redpath S, Mayes R, McCracken DI, Gordon IJ, Grant M, Elston D, Kunaver A, Quinn S, Benton T, Bryant D, Marquiss M. Effects of grazing management on upland bird populations: disentangling habitat structure and arthropod food supply. In: Crossing Frontiers - Landscape Ecology Down Under. 2003, Darwin, Australia: International Association for Landscape Ecology World congress.
- Verboven N, Monaghan P, Evans DM, Schwabl H, Evans N, Whitelaw C, Nager RG. Maternal condition, yolk androgens and offspring performance: a supplemental feeding experiment in the lesser black-backed gull (Larus Fuscus). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 2003, 270(1530), 2223-2232.
- Evans DM, Day KR. Hunting disturbance on a large shallow lake: the effectiveness of waterfowl refuges. Ibis 2002, 144(1), 2-8.
- Evans DM, Day KR. Does shooting disturbance affect diving ducks wintering on large shallow lakes? A case study on Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland. Biological Conservation 2001, 98(3), 315-323.
- Evans DM, Day KR. Migration patterns and sex ratios of diving ducks wintering in Northern Ireland with specific reference to Lough Neagh. Ringing and Migration 2001, 20(4), 358-363.
- Evans DM. A report on the BOU/RSPB Conference 5-7 September 1997: Bird science and conservation - A view from Ireland by Darren Mark Evans. Ibis 1998, 140(2), 361-362.
- Evans DM, Day KR. Diving duck redistribution in relation to refuge zones and wildfowling disturbance on Lough Neagh. Irish Birds 1998, 6, 251-256.
- Evans DM, Warrington S. The effects of recreational disturbance on wintering waterbirds on a mature gravel pit lake near London. International Journal of Environmental Studies 1997, 53(3), 167-182.