Katharina is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security. Before joining Coventry University she has worked at the Universities of Warwick and York. She is an ecologist with a background in vegetation science and nature conservation. Research projects focus on the prevention, management and impacts of biological invasions for nature conservation, horticulture and agriculture. At York, she worked in interdisciplinary projects with environmental economists analysing the impacts of Rhododendron ponticum in the British Isles and the role of the horticultural trade for the invasion success of invasive plants. At Warwick, she worked in a Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) project analysing the impacts, spread and management of plant diseases and more recently in an experimental study looking at the potential impacts of climate change on agricultural weeds.
- Leung, B., Roura-Pascual, N., Bacher, S., Heikkilä, J., Brotons, L., Burgman, M.A., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Essl, F., Hulme, P.E., Richardson, D.M., Sol, D., and Vilà, M. (2012) 'TEASIng apart alien species risk assessments: a framework for best practices'. Ecology Letters 15 (12), 1475-1493.
- Dehnen-Schmutz, K. (2011) 'Determining non-invasiveness in ornamental plants to build green lists'. Journal of Applied Ecology 48 (6), 1374-1380.
- Mills, P., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Ilbery, B., Jeger, M., Jones, G., Little, R., MacLeod, A., Parker, S., Pautasso, M., Pietravalle, S., and Maye, D. (2011) 'Integrating natural and social science perspectives on plant disease risk, management and policy formulation'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, B: Biological Sciences 366 (1573), 2035-2044.
- Dehnen-Schmutz, K., MacLeod, A., Reed, P., and Mills, P. (2010) 'The role of regulatory mechanisms for control of plant diseases and food security - case studies from potato production in Britain'. Food Security 2, 233-245.
- Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Holdenrieder, O., Jeger, M.J., and Pautasso, M. (2010) 'Structural change in the international horticultural industry: implications for plant health'. Scientia Horticulturae 125 (1), 1-15.
- Williamson, M., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Kühn, I., Hill, M., Klotz S, Milbau, A., Stout, J., and Pyšek, P. (2009) 'The distribution of range sizes of native and alien plants in four European countries and the effects of residence time'. Diversity and Distributions 15, 158-166.
- Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Touza, J., Perrings, C., and Williamson, M. (2007) 'A century of the ornamental plant trade and its impact on invasion success'. Diversity and Distributions 13, 527-534.
- Dehnen-Schmutz, K., and Williamson, M. (2006) 'Rhododendron ponticum in Britain and Ireland: social, economic and ecological factors in its successful invasion'. Environment and History 12 (3), 325-350.
- Perrings, C., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Touza, J., and Williamson, M. (2005) 'How to manage invasive species under globalization'. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20 (5), 212-215.
- Success and failure in the invasion process of non-native agricultural weeds in Britain: The project analyses the most recent agricultural weeds arriving in Britain (Medical and Life Sciences Research Fund).
- Life history variation in weed populations and the effects of climate change: An experimental project analysing the impacts of increased temperatures on populations of Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass) and Sinapis arvensis (charlock). (Defra, PIs Dr Paul Neve, Prof Bill Finch-Savage).
- Management of invasive plants: a socio-economic analysis: The project interviewed stakeholders involved in the management of invasive plants and plant nursery owners in Galicia, Spain (Xunta de Galicia, PI Dr Julia Touza).
- Growing Risk? The potential impact of plant disease on land use and the UK rural economy: A Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) project analysing spread, impacts and policies governing plant diseases in agriculture and horticulture (RCUK, 2007-2011, PI Prof Peter Mills).
- Invasive species and the trade in plants: This project analysed historical nursery catalogues to understand the role of the horticultural trade for the invasion success of ornamental plants (Leverhulme Trust, 2004-2006. PIs Profs Mark Williamson and Charles Perrings).
- Ecological and economic effects of Rhododendron ponticum in the British Isles: The project looked at ecological, economic and social factors for the invasion success of R. ponticum in Britain as well as the impacts (Fellowship grant, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).