Dr Mick Hanley

Dr Mick Hanley

Associate Professor in Plant-Animal Interactions

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

Mick can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Climate change
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biofuels
  • Pollination biology
  • Plant ecology

Roles on external bodies

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 (“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

Manchester Metropolitan University 2018

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

Since 2014

Hanley ME, Hartley FC, Hayes L, Franco M (2020) Simulated seawater flooding reduces oilseed rape growth, yield, and progeny performance. Annals of Botany In Press doi.10.1093/aob/mcz026

Hanley ME, Cook BI, Fenner M (2019) Climate variation, reproductive frequency and acorn yield in English Oaks. Journal of Plant Ecology doi.10.1093/jpe/rty046

Parmesan C, Hanley ME, Singer MC (2018) Models vs. local data to predict crop losses. 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: 1073-1068

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 withseedling age. Annals of Botany 112: 671-676.

Barton KE & Hanley ME (2013) Seedling-herbivoreinteractions: Insights into plant defence and regeneration patterns. Annals ofBotany 112: 643-650.

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

Hanley ME, Franco M, Dean CE, Franklin EL, Harris HR, HaynesAG, 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) Plantontogeny and chemical defence: older seedlings are better defended. Oikos 118:767-773.

Hanley ME, Lamont BB & Armbruster WS (2009) Pollinationand plant-defence traits co-vary in Western Australian Hakeas. New Phytologist182: 251-260.

Krauss SL, He T, Barrett LG, Lamont BB, Enright NJ, MillerBP & Hanley ME (2009) Contrasting impacts of pollen and seed dispersal onspatial genetic structure in the bird-pollinated Banksia hookeriana. Heredity102: 274-285.

Johnson MP, Hanley ME, Frost NJ, Moseley MWJ & HawkinsSJ (2008) The persistent spatial patchiness of limpet grazing. Journal ofExperimental 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 inBritish 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. Perspectivesin Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 8: 157-178.

Hanley ME & Fegan EL (2007) Timing of cotyledon damageaffects growth and flowering in mature plants. Plant, Cell & Environment30: 812-819.

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

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

Goulson D, Derwent L, Hanley ME, Dunn DW, & Abolins SR.(2005) Predicting calyptrate fly populations from the weather; likelyconsequences 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. NewPhytologist 164: 61-66.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hanley ME, Fenner M & Edwards PJ (1995) An experimentalfield study of the effects of mollusc grazing on seedling recruitment andsurvival 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.