Michael Perring


  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


An ecosystem ecologist interested in how environmental change affects plant, animal and microbial communities. Using knowledge gained from fundamental research into organisms' responses to environmental changes I aim to improve our management of degraded ecosystems

Roles and responsibilities

Research associate.
Setting up and analysis of field and glasshouse experiments that examine the response of ecosystems and their constituent parts to environmental change. Mathematical modelling of ecosystem responses taking into account biodiversity.
Field, mathematical, and statistical skills.

Future research

Continued investigations into how environmental change will affect ecosystem function and service provision.

Funding overview

2003 - 2006: BBSRC PhD Scholarship
2007 : JSPS Fellowship
2009 : NERC CPB Workshop organisation funds

Previous positions

Jan 08 - Apr 08: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Ryukoku University
2008-2010: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Tasmania

Current projects

Research Associate in Richard Hobbs' ERIE Research Group; project title:
Intervention ecology: managing ecosystems in the 21st Century

Industrial relevance

Restoration of degraded land


In chronological order:
Mathematical model of the coupled cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus in ecosystems, focusing on the response of phosphorus to increased availability of nitrogen.
How to remove phosphorus from ecosystems to promote plant species richness.
Responses of ecosystems to carbon dioxide increases and climate changes.
How biodiversity mediates environmental changes.
Restoration of ecosystem function to degraded land.


Limited French

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Nutrient cycling (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus)
  • Restoration ecology
  • Grassland ecology
  • Analytical modelling
  • Plant ecology


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  • Combining multiple investigative approaches to unravel functional responses to global change in the understorey of temperate forests

    Landuyt, D., Perring, M. P., Blondeel, H., De Lombaerde, E., Depauw, L., Lorer, E., Maes, S. L., Baeten, L., Bergès, L., Bernhardt-Römermann, M., Brūmelis, G., Brunet, J., Chudomelová, M., Czerepko, J., Decocq, G., den Ouden, J., De Frenne, P., Dirnböck, T., Durak, T., Fichtner, A., & 23 othersGawryś, R., Härdtle, W., Hédl, R., Heinrichs, S., Heinken, T., Jaroszewicz, B., Kirby, K., Kopecký, M., Máliš, F., Macek, M., Mitchell, F. J. G., Naaf, T., Petřík, P., Reczyńska, K., Schmidt, W., Standovár, T., Swierkosz, K., Smart, S. M., Van Calster, H., Vild, O., Waller, D. M., Wulf, M. & Verheyen, K., Jan 2024, In: Global Change Biology. 30, 1, e17086.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Effects of plant diversity on productivity strengthen over time due to trait-dependent shifts in species overyielding

    Zheng, L., Barry, K. E., Guerrero-Ramírez, N. R., Craven, D., Reich, P. B., Verheyen, K., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Eisenhauer, N., Barsoum, N., Bauhus, J., Bruelheide, H., Cavender-Bares, J., Dolezal, J., Auge, H., Fagundes, M. V., Ferlian, O., Fiedler, S., Forrester, D. I., Ganade, G., Gebauer, T., & 52 othersHaase, J., Hajek, P., Hector, A., Hérault, B., Hölscher, D., Hulvey, K. B., Irawan, B., Jactel, H., Koricheva, J., Kreft, H., Lanta, V., Leps, J., Mereu, S., Messier, C., Montagnini, F., Mörsdorf, M., Müller, S., Muys, B., Nock, C. A., Paquette, A., Parker, W. C., Parker, J. D., Parrotta, J. A., Paterno, G. B., Perring, M. P., Piotto, D., Wayne Polley, H., Ponette, Q., Potvin, C., Quosh, J., Rewald, B., Godbold, D. L., van Ruijven, J., Standish, R. J., Stefanski, A., Sundawati, L., Urgoiti, J., Williams, L. J., Wilsey, B. J., Yang, B., Zhang, L., Zhao, Z., Yang, Y., Sandén, H., Ebeling, A., Schmid, B., Fischer, M., Kotowska, M. M., Palmborg, C., Tilman, D., Yan, E. & Hautier, Y., 7 Mar 2024, In: Nature Communications. 15, 14 p., 2078.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Enhancing Tree Performance Through Species Mixing: Review of a Quarter-Century of TreeDivNet Experiments Reveals Research Gaps and Practical Insights

    Depauw, L., De Lombaerde, E., Dhiedt, E., Blondeel, H., Abdala-Roberts, L., Auge, H., Barsoum, N., Bauhus, J., Chu, C., Damtew, A., Eisenhauer, N., Fagundes, M. V., Ganade, G., Gendreau-Berthiaume, B., Godbold, D., Gravel, D., Guillemot, J., Hajek, P., Hector, A., Hérault, B., & 24 othersJactel, H., Koricheva, J., Kreft, H., Liu, X., Mereu, S., Messier, C., Muys, B., Nock, C. A., Paquette, A., Parker, J. D., Parker, W. C., Paterno, G. B., Perring, M. P., Ponette, Q., Potvin, C., Reich, P. B., Rewald, B., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schnabel, F., Sousa-Silva, R., Weih, M., Zemp, D. C., Verheyen, K. & Baeten, L., Feb 2024, In: Current Forestry Reports. 10, 1, p. 1-20 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Explore before you restore: Incorporating complex systems thinking in ecosystem restoration

    Maes, S. L., Perring, M. P., Cohen, R., Akinnifesi, F. K., Bargués-Tobella, A., Bastin, J. F., Bauters, M., Bernardino, P. N., Brancalion, P. H. S., Bullock, J. M., Ellison, D., Fayolle, A., Fremout, T., Gann, G. D., Hishe, H., Holmgren, M., Ilstedt, U., Mahy, G., Messier, C., Parr, C. L., & 11 othersRyan, C. M., Sacande, M., Sankaran, M., Scheffer, M. S., Suding, K. N., Van Meerbeek, K., Verbeeck, H., Verbist, B. J. P., Verheyen, K., Winowiecki, L. A. & Muys, B., May 2024, In: Journal of Applied Ecology. 61, 5, p. 922-939 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Natural vegetation biomass and the dimension of forest quality in tropical agricultural landscapes

    de Toledo, R. M., Pivello, V. R., Perring, M. P. & Verdade, L. M., Apr 2024, In: Ecological Applications. 34, 3, e2950.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review