On Thursday 9th October, The Banks Society was delighted to welcome Dr Darren Evans to the Natural History Museum to talk on the topic of “Understanding and Protecting Nature in the 21st Century.”

Dr Evans is currently senior lecturer on conservation biology at the University of Hull. He began with an assessment of wildlife, particularly populations and distribution, and outlined the various problems facing nature at the moment, including why the decline of the natural world has so much significance for people. He then went on to cover his research which involves creating, with the aid of a tech company based in London, extremely complicated food webs to place as many species as possible into their ecological niches, and thereby understand their importance to the ecosystems they inhabit. He highlighted the fragility of these systems and suggested ways in which key species can be better protected in the future.