Ornamental horticulture is the main source of alien plants in the British Flora. Insufficient resources are available to conduct risk assessments for all of the 70,000 ornamental plants on sale. It is therefore vital to identify and manage those species that have a higher potential to become invasive, to prevent them negatively affecting natural biodiversity.
Katharina is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. She is a plant 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) and currently collaborates as a lead author in the IPBES Assessment of invasive alien species. Katharina coordinates the Plant Alert citizen science project in collaboration with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. As a BSBI member, she likes going on field trips with the Warwickshire Flora group.