Dr. Evan Fricke studies how altered species interactions affect ecosystem responses to global change. His PhD work at the University of Washington explored impacts of bird extinction on Guam’s forest due to the loss of seed dispersal mutualisms. As a postdoctoral research fellow at SESYNC, he analyzed how introduced species are reshaping mutualistic networks globally, and he developed predictive models of ecological networks in novel communities. In his current research, Evan is modeling how seed dispersers influence plants’ ability to shift ranges under climate change and forests’ ability to recover from deforestation, as well as the threats of animal declines to these ecosystem functions and the role of vertebrates in forest ecosystem restoration. He is a Faculty Fellow in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University.