Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz

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. 

  • 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). 
  • 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). 
  • 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).