Dr Mick Hanley

Dr Mick Hanley

Associate Professor (Reader)

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

Roles on external bodies

Journal refereeing includes: The American Naturalist, PLoS Biology, 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 (“Biodiversity” programme), Brussels & Agence Nationale de la Recherche (“The Sixth Extinction” Programme), Paris 2009.

Referee NERC (UK) 2013, NSF (USA) 2013, ANR (France) 2014, and regular referee for the Australian Research Council since 2000

Teaching interests

I am programme leader for the Environmental Biology degree and module leader for  'Global Change Biology' (BIOL 310) & 'Field Biology' (BIOL 123). In addition I contribute to various other modules including BIO 010, BIO 119; BIOL 127; BIOL 204; BIOL 217 and organise and lead the first year Conservation Biology fieldcourse to Andalucia, Spain.

Staff serving as external examiners

University of Bradford, 2006
University of Melbourne 2008
University of Toulouse 2009
University of Newcastle 2012

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, Behaviour and Evolution Research Group - the link below to the now defunct (CAERS Group SHOULD BE IGNORED)

Since 2014

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: In press

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 5: 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.

Selected Others

Hanley ME, Girling RD, Felix AE, Olliff ED, Newland PL & Poppy GM (2013) Olfactory selection of Plantago lanceolata declines with seedling age. Annals of Botany 112: 671-676.

Barton KE & Hanley ME (2013) Seedling-herbivore interactions: Insights into plant defence and regeneration patterns. Annals of Botany 112: 643-650.

Rowe RL, Goulson D, Doncaster CP, Clarke D, Taylor G & Hanley ME (2013) Evaluating ecosystem processes in willow short rotation coppice bioenergy plantations. GCB Bioenergy 5: 257-266.

Hanley ME, Franco M, Dean CE, Franklin EL, Harris HR, Haynes AG, Rapson SR, Rowse G, Thomas KC, Waterhouse BR & Knight ME (2011) Increased bumblebee abundance along the margins of a mass flowering crop: evidence for pollinator spill-over. Oikos 120: 1618-1624.

Elger A. Lemoine DG, Fenner M & Hanley ME (2009) Plant ontogeny and chemical defence: older seedlings are better defended. Oikos 118: 767-773.

Hanley ME, Lamont BB & Armbruster WS (2009) Pollination and plant-defence traits co-vary in Western Australian Hakeas. New Phytologist 182: 251-260.

Krauss SL, He T, Barrett LG, Lamont BB, Enright NJ, Miller BP & Hanley ME (2009) Contrasting impacts of pollen and seed dispersal on spatial genetic structure in the bird-pollinated Banksia hookeriana. Heredity 102: 274-285.

Johnson MP, Hanley ME, Frost NJ, Moseley MWJ & Hawkins SJ (2008) The persistent spatial patchiness of limpet grazing. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology 365: 136-141.

Hanley ME, Franco M, Pichon S, Darvill B & Goulson D (2008) Breeding system, pollinator choice, and variation in pollen quality in British herbaceous plants. Functional Ecology 22: 592-598.

Hanley ME, Lamont BB, Fairbanks MM & Rafferty CM (2007) Plant structural traits and their role in anti-herbivore defence. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 8: 157-178.

Hanley ME & Fegan EL (2007) Timing of cotyledon damage affects growth and flowering in mature plants. Plant, Cell & Environment 30: 812-819.

Hanley ME, Cordier PK, May OC & Kelly CK (2007) Seed size and seedling growth: differential response of Australian and British Fabaceae to nutrient limitation New Phytologist 174: 381-388.

Hanley ME & May OC (2006) Cotyledon damage at the seedling stage affects growth and flowering potential in mature plants. New Phytologist 169: 243-250.

Goulson D, Derwent L, Hanley ME, Dunn DW, & Abolins SR. (2005) Predicting calyptrate fly populations from the weather; likely consequences of climate change. Journal of Applied Ecology 42:795-804.

Goulson D, Hanley ME, Darvill B, Ellis J & Knight ME. (2005) Causes of rarity in bumblebees. Biological Conservation 122: 1-8.

Hanley ME, Fenner M, Whibley H, & Darvill, B (2004) Early plant growth: Identifying the end point of the seedling phase. New Phytologist 164: 61-66.

Hanley ME, Trofimov S & Taylor G. (2004) Species-level effects determine community-level responses to elevated CO2: evidence from simulated turves. Functional Ecology 18: 304-313.

Hanley ME, Bulling M & Fenner M (2003). Quantifying individual feeding variability: implications for mollusc feeding experiments. Functional Ecology 17: 673-679.

Hanley ME, Unna JE & Darvill B (2003) Seed size and germination response: a relationship for fire-following plant species exposed to thermal shock. Oecologia 134: 18-22.

Hanley ME & Lamont BB (2002) Relationships between physical and chemical attributes of congeneric seedlings: how important is seedling defence? Functional Ecology 16: 216-222.

Fenner M, Hanley ME & Lawrence R (1999) Comparison of seedling and adult palatability in annual and perennial plants. Functional Ecology 13: 546-551.

Hanley ME & Fenner M (1997) Seedling growth of four fire-following Mediterranean plant species deprived of single mineral nutrients. Functional Ecology 11: 398-405.

Hanley ME, Fenner M & Edwards PJ (1996) The effect of mollusc grazing on seedling recruitment in artificially created grassland gaps. Oecologia 106: 240-246.

Hanley ME, Fenner M & Edwards PJ (1995) The effect of seedling age on the likelihood of herbivory by the slug Deroceras reticulatumFunctional Ecology 9: 754-759.

Hanley ME, Fenner M & Edwards PJ (1995) An experimental field study of the effects of mollusc grazing on seedling recruitment and survival in grassland. Journal of Ecology 83: 621-627.

Book Chapter

Hanley ME & Sykes RJ (2014) Seedling herbivory and the temporal niche. In: Environmental Fluctuation, Temporal Dynamics and Ecological Process Eds Kelly CK, Bowler MA & Fox GA, Cambridge University Press.

See  www.hanleylab.com  for full details

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.