• 1572 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
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Katharina is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. She is an ecologist with a background in vegetation science and nature conservation. Her research projects focus on the prevention, management and impacts of biological invasions for nature conservation, horticulture and agriculture. Before joining Coventry University she has worked at the Universities of Warwick and York and holds a PhD from the Technical University of Berlin. Katharina is a member of the Plant Health Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).


Research Interests

Ecology and environmental change

Vision Statement

I am an ecologist interested in understanding environmental change and how it is driven by human activities in the past, present and future. Biological invasions are one example to study this relationship with interdisciplinary research approaches and how it affects agriculture or forestry, but also urban ecosystems across the globe. My research vision is that this work contributes to the protection of biological diversity and the creation of resilient ecosystems.

I am interested in hearing from students who want to undertake research in biological invasions or agricultural weeds. 

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introduced species Earth & Environmental Sciences
plant health Agriculture & Biology
invasive species Agriculture & Biology
ornamental plants Agriculture & Biology
ornamental horticulture Agriculture & Biology
Introduced Species Medicine & Life Sciences
plant diseases and disorders Agriculture & Biology
Plant Diseases Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2018 2022

Research Output 2004 2020

  • 1572 Citations
  • 19 h-Index
  • 28 Article
  • 6 Review article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference proceeding
Open Access
agricultural development
Information services
information service
Mobile phones
Sustainable development
4 Citations (Scopus)
66 Downloads (Pure)

Cover crop biomass production is more important than diversity for weed suppression

MacLaren, C., Swanepoel, P., Bennett, J., Wright, J. & Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Mar 2019, In : Crop Science. 59, 2, p. 733-748 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cover crops
weed control
biomass production
16 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
organic farming
agricultural extension
Information dissemination
19 Citations (Scopus)
17 Downloads (Pure)

Explaining people’s perceptions of invasive alien species: A conceptual framework

Shackleton, R., Richardson, D. M., Shackleton, C. H. L., Bennett, B., Crowley, S. L., Dehnen-Schmutz, K., Estevez, R., Fischer, A., Kueffer, C., Kull, C. A., Marchante, E., Novoa, A., Potgieter, L. J., Vaas, J., Vas, A. S. & Larson, B. M. H., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Management. 229, p. 10-26 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
introduced species
conceptual framework
Environmental management
2 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Livestock in diverse cropping systems improve weed management and sustain yields whilst reducing inputs

MacLaren, C., Storkey, J., Strauss, J., Swanepoel, P. & Dehnen-Schmutz, K., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 56, 1, p. 144-156 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
cropping systems
weed control
cropping practice