Michael Perring

Dr, BA Oxf., MSc Aberd., PhD Lond.

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1159 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
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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


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

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Research Output 2006 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Context-Dependency of Agricultural Legacies in Temperate Forest Soils

Blondeel, H., Perring, M. P., Berges, L., Brunet, J., Decocq, G., Depauw, L., Diekmann, M., Landuyt, D., Liira, J., Maes, S. L., Vanhellemont, M., Wulf, M. & Verheyen, K., Jun 2019, In : Ecosystems. 22, 4, p. 781-795 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Environmental drivers interactively affect individual tree growth across temperate European forests

Maes, S. L., Perring, M. P., Vanhellemont, M., Depauw, L., Van den Bulcke, J., Brumelis, G., Brunet, J., Decocq, G., den Ouden, J., Haerdtle, W., Hedl, R., Heinken, T., Heinrichs, S., Jaroszewicz, B., Kopeckv, M., Malis, F., Wulf, M. & Verheyen, K., Jan 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 25, 1, p. 201-217 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Functional trait variation of forest understorey plant communities across Europe

Vanneste, T., Valdes, A., Verheyen, K., Perring, M. P., Bernhardt-Roemermann, M., Andrieu, E., Brunet, J., Cousins, S. A. O., Deconchat, M., De Smedt, P., Diekmann, M., Ehrmann, S., Heinken, T., Hermy, M., Kolb, A., Lenoir, J., Liira, J., Naaf, T., Paal, T., Wulf, M. & 2 othersDecocq, G. & De Frenne, P., Feb 2019, In : Basic and Applied Ecology. 34, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Impacts of nitrogen addition on plant species richness and abundance: A global meta-analysis

Midolo, G., Alkemade, R., Schipper, A. M., Benitez-Lopez, A., Perring, M. P. & De Vries, W., Mar 2019, In : Global Ecology and Biogeography. 28, 3, p. 398-413 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Interactive effects of past land use and recent forest management on the understorey community in temperate oak forests in South Sweden

Depauw, L., Perring, M. P., Brunet, J., Maes, S. L., Blondeel, H., De Lombaerde, E., De Groote, R. & Verheyen, K., 22 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Vegetation Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

forest management
land use

Projects 2011 2013