Will Evans

Will Evans


I’m based at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and work alongside my supervisor, Dr Ryan Neely III, and a team of researchers spanning radar meteorology, ecology, genetics, and data science as part of the BioDAR Project. Together, we develop and inform machine-learning algorithms to allow weather surveillance radars to locate, identify, and quantify airborne insect communities.

I’m an interdisciplinary conservation scientist with a passion for research that exploits traditional field skills and remote-sensing technologies to understand and combat insect declines. I completed an undergraduate degree in Zoology at the University of Sheffield and graduated with an MSc in Biodiversity & Conservation from the University of Leeds. My Masters thesis explored the relationships between morphological and dual-polarisation radar-derived observations of nocturnal macro-moth communities.

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  • BSc Zoology
  • MSc Biodiversity & Conservation

Student education

My teaching interests include experimental design; data analysis; insect identification; habitat management; community ecology.