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Kate Williams

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  • Professor of Public Engagement with History


  • Director of postgraduate research
  • Director of postgraduate recruitment
  • Funding from NERC, National Trust & the Norwegian government
  • Insect ecology
  • Biocontrol of insect pests and weeds
  • Insect conservation
  • Tripartite insect-fungus-plant interactions

Member of the

Esteem Factors

  • Member of DEFRA Weed Biocontrol Steering Group
  • Chair of EWRS Biocontrol Working Group
  • Chair of Editorial board for Weed Research.
  • Book Review Editor, Journal of Insect Conservation.
  • Co-organiser and Session Chair of 3rd International Symposium on Environmental Weeds and Invasive Plants, Ascona, Switzerland, 2 - 7 October 2011.
  • Member of Programme Organising Committee, Session Organiser, and Proceedings Co-editor of 14th European Weed Research Society Symposium, Kaposvar, Hungary, 12 - 15 July 2010.
  • Co-organiser and Session Chair, 2nd International Symposium on Environmental Weeds and Invasive Plants, Osijek, Croatia, 14 - 18 September 2008
  • Reviewer of grants for UK, Norwegian and US governments

Pre 2003

Hatcher, P.E. (ed). Programme, Abstracts and Participants. 2002 Workshop on Biological Weed Control, University of Reading, UK, 2002, 26pp.

Hatcher, P.E. Plant-pathogen-herbivore interactions: ecological and chemical aspects. International Society of Chemical Ecology 19th Annual Meeting, University of Hamburg, Germany August 3-7, 2002, Scientific Programme and Abstracts, 2002, p. 60.

Hatcher, P.E. Netted carpet moth Eustroma reticulatum (Denis & Schiffermüller), Lake District survey, September 2002. Butterfly Conservation Report No. S02-31, Butterfly Conservation, Wareham, UK, 2002, 12 pp.

Hatcher, P.E. and Melander, B. Combining physical, biological and cultural methods: prospects for an integrated non-chemical weed management strategy. Proceedings, 12th EWRS (European Weed Research Society) Symposium 2002, Wageningen, 2002, 226-227.

Keary, I.P. and Hatcher, P.E. Prospects for the biological control of Rumex obtusifolius in competition with Lolium perenne: evidence from pot trials. Proceedings, 12th EWRS (European Weed Research Society) Symposium 2002, Wageningen, 2002, 230-231.

Tinney, G.W., Pritchard, S.C., Gonzalez, R., Paul, N.D., Hatcher, P.E. and Taylor, J.E. Elimination of oxalate contamination in RNA isolation from Rumex obtusifolius. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, 20, 2002, 309a-309f.

van Laar, H.H., Bastiaans, L., Baumann, D.T., Christensen, S., Hatcher P.E., Kudsk, P., Grundy, A.C., Marshall, E.J.P., Streibig, J.C. and Tei, F. (eds). Proceedings, 12th EWRS (European Weed Research Society) Symposium 2002, Wageningen. EWRS, Wageningen, 2002, 438pp.

Vicari, M., Hatcher, P.E. and Ayres, P.G. Combined effect of foliar and mycorrhizal endophytes on an insect herbivore. Ecology, 83, 2002, 2452-2464.

Hatcher, P.E. and Paul, N.D. Plant-pathogen-herbivore interactions and their effects on weeds. In: Biotic Interactions in Plant-Pathogen Associations (eds. M.J. Jeger & N.J. Spence), 2001, pp 193-225, CABI Publishing, Wallingford.

Hatcher, P.E. and Paul, N.D. On integrating molecular and ecological studies of plant resistance: variety of mechanisms and breadth of antagonists. Journal of Ecology 88, 2000, 702-706.

Hatcher, P.E. and Paul, N.D. Beetle grazing reduces natural infection of Rumex obtusifolius by fungal pathogens.New Phytologist 146, 2000, 325-333.

Paul, N.D., Hatcher, P.E. & Taylor, J.E. Coping with multiple enemies: an integration of molecular and ecological perspectives. Trends in Plant Science, 5, 2000, 220-225.

Tinney, G.W., Hatcher, P.E., Ayres, P.G., Paul, N.D. & Whittaker, J.B. (1998)Inter- and intra- species differences in plants as hosts to Tyria jacobaeae. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 88, 137-145.

Hatcher, P.E., Paul, N.D., Ayres, P.G. and Whittaker, J.B. Added soil nitrogen does not allow Rumex obtusifolius to escape the effects of insect-fungus interactions. Journal of Applied Ecology 34, 1997, 88-100.