Dr Mick Hanley

Dr Mick Hanley

Associate Professor in Plant-Animal Interactions

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Dr Mick Hanley can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Urban ecology
  • Coastal flooding
  • Agroecology
  • Pollinators


Roles on external bodies

Editor - Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics

Journal refereeing includes: Science, The American Naturalist, Ecology, New Phytologist, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Functional Ecology, Oikos, Oecologia, Biological Conservation

Referee and invited evaluation committee member Belgian Federal Science Policy Office & Agence Nationale de la Recherche France and regular referee for NERC (UK), NSF (USA), ANR (France) 2014, ARC (Australia) and EU.



Teaching interests

I am module leader for 'Field Biology' (BIOL123), 'Ecology' (BIOL214) and 'Global Change Biology' (BIOL 310) and in addition contribute to various other modules spanning foundation to Masters levels. I also organise and lead the first year Conservation Biology fieldcourse to Andalucia, Spain.

Staff serving as external examiners

PhD Examiner:

University of Bradford, 2006
University of Melbourne 2008
University of Toulouse 2009
University of Newcastle 2012
Manchester Metropolitan University 2018
University of Southampton 2020



Research interests


I am a community-ecologist specialising in ecosystem processes and services and how they impact on the conservation and management of threatened species and habitats.

See www.hanleylab.com for details

I now lead the Ecology and Evolution Research Group

Research groups

Other research

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Research degrees awarded to supervised students

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Grants & contracts

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Since 2014 - See www.hanleylab.com  for full details

Strain EM, Steinberg P, Vozzo M, et al (Incl Hanley ME) (2020) A global analysis of complexity-biodiversity relationships on marine artificial structures. Global Ecology and Biogeography doi:10.1111/geb.13202

Murphy TR, Hanley ME, Ellis JE, Lunt PH (2020) Native woodland establishment improves soil hydrological functioning in UK upland pastoral catchments. Land Degradation & Development doi.org/10.1002/ldr.3762

Firth LB, Airoldi L, Bulleri F, Challinor S, Chee S-Y, Evans AJ, Hanley ME, et al (2020) Greening the grey: making space for nature in the built environment should not be used as a Trojan horse to facilitate coastal development. Journal of Applied Ecology 57: 1762-1768

Lamont BB, Pausas JG, He T, Witkowski ETF, Hanley ME (2020). Fire as a selective agent for both serotiny and nonserotiny over space and time. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 39: 140-172.

Lane M, Hanley ME, Lunt PH, Knight ME, Braungardt CB, Ellis JS (2020) Chronosequence of former kaolinite open cast mines suggests active intervention is required for the restoration of Atlantic heathland. Restoration Ecology 28: 661-667

O'Shaughnessy KA, Hawkins SJ, Yunnie ALE, Hanley ME, et al (2020) Occurrence and assemblage composition of intertidal non-native species may be influenced by shipping patterns and artificial structures. Marine Pollution Bulletin 154: 111082

O'Shaughnessy KA, Hawkins SJ, Evans, AJ, Hanley ME, et al (2020) Design catalogue for eco-engineering of coastal artificial structures: a multifunctional approach for stakeholders and end-users. Urban Ecosystems 23: 431-443.

Hanley ME, Sanders SKD, Stanton H-M, Billington RA, Boden R (2020) A pinch of salt: Response of coastal grassland plants to simulated seawater inundation treatments. Annals of Botany 125: 265-276.

Hanley ME, Hartley FC, Hayes L, Franco M (2020) Simulated seawater flooding reduces oilseed rape growth, yield, and progeny performance. Annals of Botany 125: 247-254.

Hanley ME, Bouma TJ, Mossmann HL (2020) The gathering storm: optimizing management of coastal ecosystems in the face of a climate-driven threat. Annals of Botany 125: 197-212.

Murphy TR, Hanley ME, Ellis JE, Lunt PH (2019) Deviation between projected and observed precipitation trends greater with altitude. Climate Research 79: 77-89.

Hanley ME, Cook BI, Fenner M (2019) Climate variation, reproductive frequency and acorn yield in English Oaks. Journal of Plant Ecology 12: 542–549.

Parmesan C, Hanley ME, Singer MC (2018) Models vs. experiment to predict crop loss. Science 362: 1122.

Hanley ME, Shannon RWR, Lemoine DG, Sandey B, Newland PL, Poppy GM (2018) Riding on the wind: volatile compounds dictate selection of grassland seedlings by snails. Annals of Botany 122: 1075–1083.

Berkley NAJ, Hanley ME, Boden R, Owen RS, Holmes JH, Critchley RD, Carroll K, Sawyer DGM, Parmesan C (2018) Influence of bioenergy crops on pollinator activity varies with crop type and distance. GCB Bioenergy 10: 960-971.

De Frenne P, Blondeel H, Brunet J, et al (Incl Hanley ME) (2018) Atmospheric nitrogen deposition on petals enhances seed quality of the forest herb Anemone nemorosa. Plant Biology 20: 619–626.

Masselink G, Hanley ME, Halwyn AC, Blake W, Kingston K, Newton T, Williams M (2017) Evaluation of salt marsh restoration by means of self-regulating tidal gate – Avon estuary, south Devon, UK. Ecological Engineering 106: 174-190.

Hanley ME, Gove TL, Cawthray GR, Colmer TD (2017) Differential responses of three coastal grassland species to seawater flooding. Journal of Plant Ecology 10: 322-330.

Hudson LN, Newbold T, Contu S, et al (Incl Hanley ME) (2017) The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project. Ecology and Evolution 7: 145–188.

Hall DM, Camilo GD, Tonietto RK, et al (Incl Hanley ME) (2017) The city as a refuge for insect pollinators. Conservation Biology 31: 24–29.

de Palma A, Abrahamczyk SA, Aizen MA,et al(Inc. Hanley ME) (2016) Predicting bee community responses to land-use changes: Effects of geographic and taxonomic biases. Scientific Reports 6: Art. 31153.

Lamont, BB, Hanley ME, Groom PK, He T (2016) Bird pollinators, seed storage and cockatoo granivores explain large woody fruits as best seed defense in Hakea. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 21: 55-77.

Shannon RWR, Felix A-E, Poppy GM, Newland PL, van Dam NM, Hanley ME (2016) Something in the air? The impact of volatiles on mollusc attack of oilseed rape seedlings. Annals of Botany 116: 1073–1082.

Firth LB, White FJ, Schofield BM, et al (Inc. Hanley ME) (2016) Facing the future: The importance of substratum features for ecological engineering of artificial habitats in the rocky intertidal. Marine and Freshwater Research 67: 131–143.

Parmesan C & Hanley ME (2015) Plants and climate change: complexities and surprises. Annals of Botany 115: 849-864.

Franzitta G, Hanley ME, Airoldi L, et al (2015) Home advantage? Decomposition across the freshwater-estuarine transition zone varies with litter origin and local salinity Marine Environmental Research 110: 1-7.

Manning P, Taylor G & Hanley ME (2015) Bioenergy, food production and biodiversity - an unlikely alliance? GCB Bioenergy 7: 570-576.

Hanley ME & Wilkins JP (2015) On the verge? Preferential use of road-facing hedgerow margins by bumblebees in agro-ecosystems. Journal of Insect Conservation 19: 67-74.

Hudson L, Newbold T, Contu S, et al (Inc. Hanley ME) (2014) The PREDICTS database: a global database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology and Evolution 4: 4701-4735.

White AC, Colmer TD, Cawthray GR & Hanley ME (2014) Variable response of three Trifolium repens ecotypes to soil flooding by seawater. Annals of Botany 114: 347-356.

Hoggart SPG, Hanley ME, Parker DJ, et al (2014) The consequences of doing nothing: The effects of seawater flooding on coastal zones. Coastal Engineering 87: 169-182.

Hanley ME, Hoggart SPG, Simmonds DJ, et al (2014) Shifting sands? Coastal protection by sand banks, beaches and dunes. Coastal Engineering 87: 136-146.

Firth LB, Thompson RC, Bohn K, et al (Inc. Hanley ME) (2014) Between a rock and a hard place: environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structures. Coastal Engineering 87: 122-135.

Hanley ME, Awbi AJ & Franco M (2014) Going Native? Flower use by bumblebees in English urban gardens. Annals of Botany 113: 799-806.



Reports & invited lectures

• Hanley ME (2012) Something in the air? Seedling volatiles and anti-herbivore defence. Invited symposium presentation: Seedling-herbivore interactions: Insights into early plant defense and patterns of regeneration . 97th ESA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, USA.

• Hanley ME , Foggo A, Johnson MP & Hawkins SJ (2011) What, where and how bumpy? 9th International Temperate Reefs Symposium, Plymouth, UK.

· Hanley ME & Sykes RJ (2008) Seedling herbivory and the temporal niche. Invited symposium presentation: Environmental Fluctuation, Temporal Dynamics, and Community Processes . 93rd ESA Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, USA.

· Hanley ME, Lamont BB & Armbruster WS (2007). Floral defence and pollination systems in Western Australian Hakea species. In: Proceedings of the MEDECOS 2007 Conference, 2-5th September. Eds D. Rokich et al. pp 111, Kings Park Botanic Garden & University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

· Hanley ME (2006) More than mortality. Seedling herbivory and plant performance in the established phase. BES Annual Meeting, University of Oxford. Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 37,pp.

· Hanley ME, Pichon S, Darvill B & Goulson D. (2005) The influence of floral rewards on bumblebee foraging behaviour: higher quality pollen means more visits. Third meeting of the European section of the IUSSI, St Petersburg, Russia.