Michael Perring

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

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 850 Citations
  • 15 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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Projects 2011 2013

Research Output 2006 2018

2 Citations

A million and more trees for science

Paquette, A. , Hector, A. , Vanhellemont, M. , Koricheva, J. , Scherer-Lorenzen, M. , Verheyen, K. , Abdala-Roberts, L. , Auge, H. , Barsoum, N. , Bauhus, J. , Baum, C. , Bruelheide, H. , Castagneyrol, B. , Cavender-Bares, J. , Eisenhauer, N. , Ferlian, O. , Ganade, G. , Godbold, D. , Gravel, D. , Hall, J. & 26 others Hobbs, R., Hoelscher, D., Hulvey, K. B., Huxham, M., Jactel, H., Kreft, H., Liang, J., Mereu, S., Messier, C., Montgomery, R., Muys, B., Nock, C., Parker, J., Parker, W., Parra-Tabla, V., Perring, M., Ponette, Q., Potvin, C., Reich, P. B., Rewald, B., Sandén, H., Smith, A., Standish, R., Weih, M., Wollni, M. & Zemp, D. C. 1 May 2018 In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2, 5, p. 763-766 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

cooperative research
forest ecosystems
species diversity
forest ecosystem

Ecological restoration efforts in tropical rural landscapes: Challenges and policy implications in a highly degraded region

Toledo, R. M., Santos, R. F., Verheyen, K. & Perring, M. P. 1 Jun 2018 In : Land Use Policy. 75, p. 486-493 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

rural policy
rural landscape
ecological restoration
soil erosion
1 Citations

Global environmental change effects on plant community composition trajectories depend upon management legacies

Perring, M. P. , Bernhardt-Römermann, M. , Baeten, L. , Midolo, G. , Blondeel, H. , Depauw, L. , Landuyt, D. , Maes, S. L. , De Lombaerde, E. , Carón, M. M. , Vellend, M. , Brunet, J. , Chudomelová, M. , Decocq, G. , Diekmann, M. , Dirnböck, T. , Dörfler, I. , Durak, T. , De Frenne, P. , Gilliam, F. S. & 22 others Hédl, R., Heinken, T., Hommel, P., Jaroszewicz, B., Kirby, K. J., Kopecký, M., Lenoir, J., Li, D., Máliš, F., Mitchell, F. J. G., Naaf, T., Newman, M., Petřík, P., Reczyńska, K., Schmidt, W., Standovár, T., Świerkosz, K., Van Calster, H., Vild, O., Wagner, E. R., Wulf, M. & Verheyen, K. Apr 2018 In : Global Change Biology. 24, 4, p. 1722-1740

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

community composition
plant community
environmental change
2 Citations

Modelling understorey dynamics in temperate forests under global change–Challenges and perspectives

Landuyt, D., Perring, M. P., Seidl, R., Taubert, F., Verbeeck, H. & Verheyen, K. 1 Apr 2018 In : Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 31, p. 44-54 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

global perspective
temperate forests
global change
temperate forest

Responses of competitive understorey species to spatial environmental gradients inaccurately explain temporal changes

De Lombaerde, E. , Verheyen, K. , Perring, M. P. , Bernhardt-Roemermann, M. , Van Calster, H. , Brunet, J. , Chudomelova, M. , Decocq, G. , Diekmann, M. , Durak, T. , Hedl, R. , Heinken, T. , Hommel, P. , Jaroszewicz, B. , Kopecky, M. , Lenoir, J. , Macek, M. , Malis, F. , Mitchell, F. J. G. , Naaf, T. & 8 others Newman, M., Petrik, P., Reczynska, K., Schmidt, W., Swierkosz, K., Vild, O., Wulf, M. & Baetena, L. Aug 2018 In : Basic and Applied Ecology. 30, p. 52-64 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle