Professional summary

Research Interests

Mike has expertise in environmental change effects on ecosystems gained using observational, experimental and simulation modelling approaches. His work involves research sites in the UK, Europe, Australia and South America, with collaborations across the globe, mainly in forests and grasslands. He is particularly keen to use findings from his, and others' research, to aid successful ecological restoration in different contexts, from local to global scales, and also has a background in restoration theory and practice. At UKCEH, he is working with the ozone team at Bangor to improve the understanding of ozone's effects on semi-natural and cropland systems in the context of other environmental changes. He also helps co-ordinate ICP Vegetation activities and is currently leading UKCEH's contribution to understanding co-benefits and trade-offs among climate actions, and mitigation and adaptation outcomes. He is a subject matter editor for two disciplinary journals (Ecosphere and Restoration Ecology), has experience of MSc and PhD student supervision and group teaching at Masters, undergraduate and school level. He has two ongoing adjunct appointments, at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia and the Forest and Nature Lab, Ghent University.

Full publication list available here:

‪Michael P Perring‬ - ‪Google Scholar‬


Brief CV

Sept 2020 - present: UKCEH Plant Scientist in the Ozone group

2020 - present: Adjunct Position, Ghent University

2015 - present: Adjunct Position, The University of Western Australia

2015 - 2020: Forest & Nature Lab, University of Ghent. PASTFORWARD - interactions between legacies and contemporary environmental change and their influence on plant communities and ecosystems, with a focus on temperate deciduous forest understoreys

2010 - 2015: The University of Western Australia, School of Biological Sciences: Intervention ecology: managing ecosystems for the 21st century

2008 - 2010: University of Tasmania, School of Plant Science, Climate change effects on (Australian) improved and semi-natural grasslands

2008: JSPS Short Term Research Fellow, Ryukoku University, Japan

2007: Redpath Museum, Montreal - writing up of PhD findings on Nitrogen deposition effects on ecosystem phosphorus cycling


BA (Hons) Class 2(i) Geography Jesus College, University of Oxford 1998 - 2001 

MSc (Distinction) Ecology University of Aberdeen 2001 - 2002

PhD Ecology, Silwood Park Imperial College London 2003 - 2007

Work experience

2002-2003: Roscoe Capita Environmental (Environmental Engineer)

2001: Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford (assisted with species distribution modelling given expected climate changes)

Panels, committees and memberships

Editorial Board Member: Ecosphere

Editorial Board Member: Restoration Ecology


Robson Medal for Excellence in Agricultural Research and related areas