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Personal profile


2017 - Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton.

2015 - Lecturer, University of Roehampton.

2013 - Postdoctoral researcher, Imperial College London.

2011 - Ph.D, Queen Mary University of London.

2006 - BSc (Hons), University of Leeds, 2:1 degree received in Ecology.


BSc, PhD

Research interests

My research focuses on understanding the structure and functioning of ecosystems. An ecosystem is more than the sum of its parts and by studying interactions between species (e.g. food webs) and their environment (e.g. temperature) we can gain key information about the pathways of energy flow that bring about real change in natural systems. I use a range of approaches from small-scale laboratory experiments, field surveys and large ecological datasets and my work searches for common mechanisms operating across aquatic and terrestrial realms

Potential Research Projects on offer
Please contact me via email for potential MSc and PhD projects.

Research projects

Postdoctoral project: http://nerc-duress.org/


Diversity of Life 1 (1st year)

Ecology and Evolution (2nd year)

Aquatic and Invertebrate Biology (3rd year)


Research Output

Comparing biotic drivers of litter breakdown across stream compartments

Peralta-Maraver, I., Perkins, D., Thompson, M. S. A., Fussmann, K. E., Reiss, J. & Robertson, A., 29 Apr 2019, In : JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access
8 Downloads (Pure)

Energetic equivalence underpins the size structure of tree and phytoplankton communities

Perkins, D., Perna, A. & Yvon-Durocher, G., 16 Jan 2019, In : Nature Communications.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
111 Downloads (Pure)

Mapping Micro-Pollutants and Their Impacts on the Size Structure of Streambed Communities

Peralta-Maraver, I., Posselt, M., Perkins, D. & Robertson, A., 11 Dec 2019, In : Water. 11, p. 2610

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Predator traits determine food-web architecture across ecosystems

Perkins, D., 20 May 2019, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 3, p. 919–927

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
124 Downloads (Pure)


  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 Media article or participation
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Pint of Science

Daniel Perkins (Organiser)

15 May 2018

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Research feature

Daniel Perkins (Organiser)

2 Oct 2018

Activity: Public engagement and outreachMedia article or participation

River restoration bio-monitoring

Daniel Perkins (Consultant)

1 Sep 20151 Sep 2020

Activity: Consultancy

Press / Media

Trout bend the rules of stream food webs

Daniel Perkins


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media