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Durham University

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Dr Wayne Dawson

Associate Professor in the Department of Biosciences

Contact Dr Wayne Dawson (email at wayne.dawson@durham.ac.uk)

Research Focus

I am a plant ecologist, and my research is currently focused on the ecology of plant invasions at global, community and individual plant scales. I am particularly interested in understanding how soil biota might drive and also respond to plant invasions.

Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

Indicators of Esteem

  • Editor-in-Chief: Plant-Environment Interactions
  • Member: British Ecological Society

Publications

Book review

  • Dawson, W. (2018). Book Review: Invasion Dynamics by Cang Hui and David M. Richardson. NeoBiota 38: 97-98.

Chapter in book

  • Hulme, P.E., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Dawson, W., Edward, E., Richard, J. & Trevelyan, R. (2013). Aliens in the Arc: Are invasive trees a threat to the montane forests of East Africa? In Plant Invasions in Protected Areas: Patterns, Problems and Challenges. Foxcroft, L.C., Pyšek, P., Richardson, D.M. & Genovesi, P. Springer. 7: 145-165.

Journal Article

  • Latombe, Guillaume, Seebens, Hanno, Lenzner, Bernd, Courchamp, Franck, Dullinger, Stefan, Golivets, Marina, Kühn, Ingolf, Leung, Brian, Roura-Pascual, Núria, Cebrian, Emma, Dawson, Wayne, Diagne, Christophe, Jeschke, Jonathan M., Pérez-Granados, Cristian, Moser, Dietmar, Turbelin, Anna, Visconti, Piero & Essl, Franz (2022). Capacity of countries to reduce biological invasions. Sustainability Science
  • Pouteau, Robin, Brunel, Caroline, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Kreft, Holger, Lenzner, Bernd, Meyer, Carsten, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Seebens, Hanno, Weigelt, Patrick, Winter, Marten & Kleunen, Mark (2022). Environmental and socioeconomic correlates of extinction risk in endemic species. Diversity and Distributions 28(1): 53-64.
  • Yu, Hongwei, He, Yingying, Zhang, Wen, Chen, Li, Zhang, Junli, Zhang, Xuebin, Dawson, Wayne & Ding, Jianqing (2022). Greater chemical signaling in root exudates enhances soil mutualistic associations in invasive plants compared to natives. New Phytologist
  • Hancock, Sebastian C., Essl, Franz, Kraak, Menno‐Jan, Dawson, Wayne, Kreft, Holger, Pyšek, Petr, Pergl, Jan, Kleunen, Mark, Weigelt, Patrick, Winter, Marten, Gartner, Georg & Lenzner, Bernd (2022). Introducing the combined atlas framework for large‐scale web‐based data visualization: The GloNAF atlas of plant invasion. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 13(5): 1073-1081.
  • Chong, KY, Corlett, RT, Nunez, MA, Chiu, JH, Courchamp, F, Dawson, W, Kuebbing, S, Liebhold, AM, Padmanaba, M, Souza, L, Andersen, KM, Fei, S, Lee, BPY-H, Lum, S, Luskin, MS, Ngo, KM & Wardle, DA (2021). Are Terrestrial Biological Invasions Different in the Tropics? Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics 52.
  • Omer, Ali, Fristoe, Trevor, Yang, Qiang, Maurel, Noëlie, Weigelt, Patrick, Kreft, Holger, Bleilevens, Jonas, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr & van Kleunen, Mark (2021). Characteristics of the naturalized flora of Southern Africa largely reflect the non‐random introduction of alien species for cultivation. Ecography 44(12): 1812-1825.
  • Wohlwend, Michael, Craven, Dylan, Weigelt, Patrick, Seebens, Hanno, Winter, Marten, Kreft, Holger, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, van Kleunen, Mark, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Space, James, Thomas, Philip & Knight, Tiffany (2021). Data Descriptor: Pacific Introduced Flora (PaciFLora). Biodiversity Data Journal 9: e67318.
  • Fristoe, TS, Chytry, M, Dawson, W, Essl, F, Heleno, R, Kreft, H, Maurel, N, Pergl, J, Pysek, P, Seebens, H, Weigelt, P, Vargas, P, Yang, Q, Attore, F, Bergmeier, E, Bernhardt-Romermann, M, Biurrun, I, Boch, S, Bonari, G, Botta-Dukat, Z, Bruun, HH, Byun, C, Carni, A, Carranza, ML, Catford, JA, Cerabolini, BEL, Chacon-Madrigal, Ciccarelli, D, Custerevska, R, de Ronde, I, Dengler, J, Golub, V, Haveman, R, Hough-Snee, N, Jandt, U, Jansen, F, Kuzemko, A, Kuzmic, F, Lenoir, J, Macanovic, A, Marceno, C, Martin, AR, Michaletz, ST, Mori, AS, Niinemets, U, Peterka, T, Pielech, R, Rasomavicius, V, Rusina, S, Dias, AS, Sibikova, M, Silc, U, Stanisci, A, Jansen, S, Svenning, J-C, Swacha, G, van der Plas, F, Vassilev, K & van Kleunen, M (2021). Dimensions of invasiveness: links between local abundance, geographic range size, and habitat breadth in Europe's alien and native floras. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 118(22): e2021173118.
  • Pinheiro, Amanda Maria, Silva Matos, Dalva M., Dawson, Wayne & Xavier, Rafael O. (2021). Effect of rhizome exposure to contrasting abiotic conditions on the performance of the invasive macrophyte Hedychium coronarium J. Koenig (Zingiberaceae). Plant Ecology 222(3): 375.
  • Delavaux, Camille S., Weigelt, Patrick, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, van Kleunen, Mark, König, Christian, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Stein, Anke, Winter, Marten, Taylor, Amanda, Schultz, Peggy A., Whittaker, Robert J., Kreft, Holger & Bever, James D. (2021). Mycorrhizal types influence island biogeography of plants. Communications Biology 4(1).
  • Gioria, Margherita, Carta, Angelino, Baskin, Carol C., Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Kreft, Holger, Pergl, Jan, Kleunen, Mark, Weigelt, Patrick, Winter, Marten & Pyšek, Petr (2021). Persistent soil seed banks promote naturalisation and invasiveness in flowering plants. Ecology Letters 24(8): 1655.
  • Kalusová, Veronika, Padullés Cubino, Josep, Fristoe, Trevor S., Chytrý, Milan, Kleunen, Mark, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Kreft, Holger, Mucina, Ladislav, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Weigelt, Patrick, Winter, Marten, Lososová, Zdeňka & Sandel, Brody (2021). Phylogenetic structure of alien plant species pools from European donor habitats. Global Ecology and Biogeography 30(12): 2354-2367.
  • Pouteau, Robin, Biurrun, Idoia, Brunel, Caroline, Chytrý, Milan, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Fristoe, Trevor, Haveman, Rense, Hobohm, Carsten, Jansen, Florian, Kreft, Holger, Lenoir, Jonathan, Lenzner, Bernd, Meyer, Carsten, Moeslund, Jesper Erenskjold, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Svenning, Jens‐Christian, Thuiller, Wilfried, Weigelt, Patrick, Wohlgemuth, Thomas, Yang, Qiang & van Kleunen, Mark (2021). Potential alien ranges of European plants will shrink in the future, but less so for already naturalized than for not yet naturalized species. Diversity and Distributions 27(11): 2063-2076.
  • Lenzner, Bernd, Magallón, Susana, Dawson, Wayne, Kreft, Holger, König, Christian, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Weigelt, Patrick, van Kleunen, Mark, Winter, Marten, Dullinger, Stefan & Essl, Franz (2021). Role of diversification rates and evolutionary history as a driver of plant naturalization success. New Phytologist 229(5): 2998-3008.
  • Yang, Qiang, Weigelt, Patrick, Fristoe, Trevor S., Zhang, Zhijie, Kreft, Holger, Stein, Anke, Seebens, Hanno, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, König, Christian, Lenzner, Bernd, Pergl, Jan, Pouteau, Robin, Pyšek, Petr, Winter, Marten, Ebel, Aleksandr L., Fuentes, Nicol, Giehl, Eduardo L. H., Kartesz, John, Krestov, Pavel, Kukk, Toomas, Nishino, Misako, Kupriyanov, Andrey, Villaseñor, Jose Luis, Wieringa, Jan J., Zeddam, Abida, Zykova, Elena & van Kleunen, Mark (2021). The global loss of floristic uniqueness. Nature Communications 12(1).
  • van Kleunen, Mark, Xu, Xinyi, Yang, Qiang, Maurel, Noëlie, Zhang, Zhijie, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Kreft, Holger, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Weigelt, Patrick, Moser, Dietmar, Lenzner, Bernd & Fristoe, Trevor S. (2020). Economic use of plants is key to their naturalization success. Nature Communications 11(1): 3201
  • Hughes, Kevin A., Pescott, Oliver L., Peyton, Jodey, Adriaens, Tim, Cottier‐Cook, Elizabeth J., Key, Gillian, Rabitsch, Wolfgang, Tricarico, Elena, Barnes, David K. A., Baxter, Naomi, Belchier, Mark, Blake, Denise, Convey, Peter, Dawson, Wayne, Frohlich, Danielle, Gardiner, Lauren M., González‐Moreno, Pablo, James, Ross, Malumphy, Christopher, Martin, Stephanie, Martinou, Angeliki F., Minchin, Dan, Monaco, Andrea, Moore, Niall, Morley, Simon A., Ross, Katherine, Shanklin, Jonathan, Turvey, Katharine, Vaughan, David, Vaux, Alexander G. C., Werenkraut, Victoria, Winfield, Ian J. & Roy, Helen E. (2020). Invasive non‐native species likely to threaten biodiversity and ecosystems in the Antarctic Peninsula region. Global Change Biology 26(4): 2702-2716.
  • Seebens, Hanno, Bacher, Sven, Blackburn, Tim M., Capinha, César, Dawson, Wayne, Dullinger, Stefan, Genovesi, Piero, Hulme, Philip E., Kleunen, Mark, Kühn, Ingolf, Jeschke, Jonathan M., Lenzner, Bernd, Liebhold, Andrew M., Pattison, Zarah, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Winter, Marten & Essl, Franz (2020). Projecting the continental accumulation of alien species through to 2050. Global Change Biology 27(5): 970-982.
  • Pyšek, Petr, Hulme, Philip E., Simberloff, Dan, Bacher, Sven, Blackburn, Tim M., Carlton, James T., Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Foxcroft, Llewellyn C., Genovesi, Piero, Jeschke, Jonathan M., Kühn, Ingolf, Liebhold, Andrew M., Mandrak, Nicholas E., Meyerson, Laura A., Pauchard, Aníbal, Pergl, Jan, Roy, Helen E., Seebens, Hanno, Kleunen, Mark, Vilà, Montserrat, Wingfield, Michael J. & Richardson, David M. (2020). Scientists' warning on invasive alien species. Biological Reviews 95(6): 1511-1534.
  • Sande, Masha T., Bruelheide, Helge, Dawson, Wayne, Dengler, Jürgen, Essl, Franz, Field, Richard, Haider, Sylvia, Kleunen, Mark, Kreft, Holger, Pagel, Joern, Pergl, Jan, Purschke, Oliver, Pyšek, Petr, Weigelt, Patrick, Winter, Marten, Attorre, Fabio, Aubin, Isabelle, Bergmeier, Erwin, Chytrý, Milan, Dainese, Matteo, De Sanctis, Michele, Fagundez, Jaime, Golub, Valentin, Guerin, Greg R., Gutiérrez, Alvaro G., Jandt, Ute, Jansen, Florian, Jiménez‐Alfaro, Borja, Kattge, Jens, Kearsley, Elizabeth, Klotz, Stefan, Kramer, Koen, Moretti, Marco, Niinemets, Ülo, Peet, Robert K., Penuelas, Josep, Petřík, Petr, Reich, Peter B., Sandel, Brody, Schmidt, Marco, Sibikova, Maria, Violle, Cyrille, Whitfeld, Timothy J. S., Wohlgemuth, Thomas & Knight, Tiffany M. (2020). Similar factors underlie tree abundance in forests in native and alien ranges. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29(2): 281-294.
  • König, Christian, Weigelt, Patrick, Taylor, Amanda, Stein, Anke, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, van Kleunen, Mark, Winter, Marten, Chatelain, Cyrille, Wieringa, Jan J., Krestov, Pavel & Kreft, Holger (2020). Source pools and disharmony of the world's island floras. Ecography 44(1): 44-55.
  • Brunel, Caroline, Pouteau, Robin, Dawson, Wayne, Pester, Michael, Ramirez, Kelly S. & van Kleunen, Mark (2020). Towards Unraveling Macroecological Patterns in Rhizosphere Microbiomes. Trends in Plant Science
  • Razanajatovo, M, van Kleunen, M, Kreft, H, Dawson, W, Essl, F, Pergl, J, Pysek, P, Winter, M & Weigelt, P (2019). Autofertility and self-compatibility moderately benefit island colonization of plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28(3): 341-352.
  • Pysek, P, Dawson, W, Essl, F, Kreft, H, Pergl, J, Seebens, H, van Kleunen, M, Weigelt, P & Winter, M (2019). Contrasting patterns of naturalized plant richness in the Americas: Numbers are higher in the North but expected to rise sharply in the South. Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Guo, W-Y, van Kleunen, M, Pierce, S, Dawson, W, Essl, F, Kreft, H, Maurel, N, Pergl, J, Seebens, H, Weigelt, P, Winter, M & Pyšek, P (2019). Domestic gardens play a dominant role in selecting alien species with adaptive strategies that facilitate naturalization. Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Essl, F, Dawson, W, Kreft, H, Pergl, J, Pysek, P, van Kleunen, M, Weigelt, P, Mang, T, Dullinger, S, Lenzner, B, Moser, D, Maurel, M, Seebens, H, Stein, A, Weber, E, Chatelain, C, Genovesi, P, Kartesz, J, Morozova, O, Nishino, M, Nowak, PM Pagad, S, Shu, W & Winter, M (2019). Drivers of the relative richness of naturalized and invasive plant species on Earth. AoB Plants 11(5): plz051.
  • Klonner, Günther, Wessely, Johannes, Gattringer, Andreas, Moser, Dietmar, Dullinger, Iwona, Hülber, Karl, Rumpf, Sabine B., Block, Svenja, Bossdorf, Oliver, Carboni, Marta, Conti, Luisa, Dawson, Wayne, Haeuser, Emily, Hermy, Martin, Münkemüller, Tamara, Parepa, Madalin, Thuiller, Wilfried, Van der Veken, Sebastiaan, Verheyen, Kris, van Kleunen, Mark, Essl, Franz & Dullinger, Stefan (2019). Effects of climate change and horticultural use on the spread of naturalized alien garden plants in Europe. Ecography 42(9): 1548-1557.
  • Pyšek, Petr, Guo, Wen‐Yong, Štajerová, Kateřina, Moora, Mari, Bueno, C. Guillermo, Dawson, Wayne, Essl, Franz, Gerz, Maret, Kreft, Holger, Pergl, Jan, van Kleunen, Mark, Weigelt, Patrick, Winter, Marten & Zobel, Martin (2019). Facultative mycorrhizal associations promote plant naturalization worldwide. Ecosphere 10(11): e02937.
  • Haeuser, E, Dawson, W & van Kleunen, M (2019). Introduced garden plants are strong competitors of native and alien residents under simulated climate change. Journal of Ecology 107(3): 1328-1342.
  • Delavaux, Camille S., Weigelt, Patrick, Dawson, Wayne, Duchicela, Jessica, Essl, Franz, van Kleunen, Mark, König, Christian, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Stein, Anke, Winter, Marten, Schultz, Peggy, Kreft, Holger & Bever, James D. (2019). Mycorrhizal fungi influence global plant biogeography. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3(3): 424.
  • Malecore, EM, Dawson, W, Kempel, A, Müller, G & van Kleunen, M (2019). Non-linear effects of phylogenetic distance on early-stage establishment of experimentally introduced plants in grassland communities. Journal of Ecology 107(2): 781-793.
  • Canavan, S, Meyerson, LA, Packer, JG, Pysek, P, Maurel, N, Lozano, V, Richardson, DM, Brundu, G, Canavan K,, Cicatelli, A, Cuda, J, Dawson, W, Essl, F, Guarino, F, Guo, W-Y, van Kleunen M,, Kreft H,, Lambertini, C, Pergl J,, Skalova, H, Soreng, RJ, Visser, V, Vorontsova, MS, Weigelt, P, Winter, M & Wilson, JRU (2019). Tall-statured grasses: a useful functional group for invasion science. Biological Invasions 123: 37-58.
  • van Kleunen, M, Pyšek, P, Dawson, W, Essl, F, Kreft, H, Pergl, J, Weigelt, P, Stein, A, Dullinger, S, König, C, Lenzner, B, Maurel, N, Moser, D, Seebens, H, Kartesz, J, Nishino, M Aleksanyan, A, Ansong, M Antonova, LA, Barcelona, JF, Breckle, SW, Brundu, G, Cabezas, FJ, Cárdenas, D, Cárdenas-Toro, J, Castano, N, Chacón, E, Chatelain, C, Conn, B, de Sá Dechoum, M, Dufour-Dror, JM, Ebel, AL, Figueiredo, E, Fragman-Sapir, O, Fuentes, N Groom, QJ, Henderson, L, Inderjit, Jogan, N, Krestov, P Kupriyanov, A, Masciadri, S, Meerman, J, Morozova, O, Nickrent, D, Nowak, A Patzelt, A, Pelser, PB Shu, WS Thomas, J, Uludag, A, Velayos, M, Verkhosina, A, Villasenor, JL, Weber, E, Wieringa, JJ, Yazlik, A, Zeddam, A, Zykova, E & Winter, M (2019). The Global Naturalized Alien Flora (GloNAF) Database. Ecology 100(1): e02542.
  • Haeuser, E, Dawson, W, Thuiller, W, Dullinger, S, Block, S, Bossdorf, O, Carboni, M, Conti, L, Dullinger, I, Essl, F, Klonner, G, Moser, D, Münkemüller, T, Parepa, M, Talluto, MV, Kreft, H, Pergl, J, Pyšek, P, Weigelt, P, Winter, M, Hermy, M, Van der Veken, S, Roquet, C & van Kleunen, M (2018). European ornamental garden flora as an invasion debt under climate change. Journal of Applied Ecology 55(5): 2386-2395.
  • Seebens, Hanno, Blackburn, Tim M., Dyer, Ellie E., Genovesi, Piero, Hulme, Philip E., Jeschke, Jonathan M., Pagad, Shyama, Pyšek, Petr, van Kleunen, Mark, Winter, Marten, Ansong, Michael, Arianoutsou, Margarita, Bacher, Sven, Blasius, Bernd, Brockerhoff, Eckehard G., Brundu, Giuseppe, Capinha, César, Causton, Charlotte E., Celesti-Grapow, Laura, Dawson, Wayne, Dullinger, Stefan, Economo, Evan P., Fuentes, Nicol, Guénard, Benoit, Jäger, Heinke, Kartesz, John, Kenis, Marc, Kühn, Ingolf, Lenzner, Bernd, Liebhold, Andrew M., Mosena, Alexander, Moser, Dietmar, Nentwig, Wolfgang, Nishino, Misako, Pearman, David, Pergl, Jan, Rabitsch, Wolfgang, Rojas-Sandoval, Julissa, Roques, Alain, Rorke, Stephanie, Rossinelli, Silvia, Roy, Helen E., Scalera, Riccardo, Schindler, Stefan, Štajerová, Kateřina, Tokarska-Guzik, Barbara, Walker, Kevin, Ward, Darren F., Yamanaka, Takehiko & Essl, Franz (2018). Global rise in emerging alien species results from increased accessibility of new source pools. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(10): E2264-E2273.
  • Moser, Dietmar, Lenzner, Bernd, Weigelt, Patrick, Dawson, Wayne, Kreft, Holger, Pergl, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, van Kleunen, Mark, Winter, Marten, Capinha, César, Cassey, Phillip, Dullinger, Stefan, Economo, Evan P., García-Díaz, Pablo, Guénard, Benoit, Hofhansl, Florian, Mang, Thomas, Seebens, Hanno & Essl, Franz (2018). Remoteness promotes biological invasions on islands worldwide. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115(37): 9270.
  • van Kleunen, M., Essl, F., Pergl, J., Brundu, G., Carboni, M., Dullinger, S., Early, R., Gonzalez-Moreno, P., Groom, Q.J., Hulme, P.E., Kueffer, C., Kuehn, I., Magua, C., Maurel, N., Novoa, A., Parepa, M., Pysek, P., Seebens, H., Tanner, R., Touza, J., Verbrugge, L., Weber, E., Dawson, W., Kreft, H., Weigelt, P., Winter, M., Klonner, G., Talluto, M.V. & Dehnen-Schmutz, K. (2018). The changing role of ornamental horticulture in alien plant invasions. Biological Reviews 93(3): 1421-1437.
  • van Kleunen, M., Bossdorf, O. & Dawson, W. (2018). The ecology and evolution of alien plants. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 49(1): 25-47.
  • Guo, W-Y., van Kleunen, M., Winter, M., Weigelt, P., Stein, A., Pierce, S., Pergl, J., Moser, D., Maurel, N., Lenzner, B., Kreft, H., Essl, F., Dawson, W. & Pyšek, P. (2018). The role of adaptive strategies in plant naturalization. Ecology Letters 21(9): 1380-1389.
  • Dawson, W., Hör, J., van Kleunen, M. & Pester, M. (2017). A small number of low-abundance bacteria dominate plant species-specific responses during rhizosphere colonisation. Frontiers in Microbiology 8: 975.
  • Dullinger, I., Wessely, J., Bossdorf, O., Dawson, W., Essl, F., Gattringer, A., Klonner, G., Kreft, H., Kuttner, M., Moser, D., Pergl, J., Pysek, P., Thuiller, W., van Kleunen, M., Weigelt, P., Winter, M. & Dullinger, S. (2017). Climate change will increase naturalization risk from garden plants in Europe. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26(1): 43-53.
  • Dawson, W, Moser, D, van Kleunen, M, Kreft, H, Pergl, J, Pysek, P, Weigelt, P, Winter, M, Lenzner, B, Blackburn, TM, Dyer, EE, Cassey, P, Scrivens, SL, Economo, EP, Guenard, B, Capinha, C, Seebens, H, Garcia-Diaz, P, Nentwig, W, Garcia-Berthou, E, Casal, C, Mandrak, NE, Fuller, P, Meyer, C & Essl, F (2017). Global hotspots and correlates of alien species richness across taxonomic groups. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1: 0186.
  • Kalusová, V, Chytrý, M, van Kleunen, M, Mucina, L, Dawson, W, Essl, F, Kreft, H, Pergl, J, Weigelt, P, Winter, M & Pyšek, P (2017). Naturalization of European plants on other continents: The role of donor habitats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(52): 13756-13761.
  • Mayer, K, Haeuser, E, Dawson, W, Essl, F, Kreft, H, Pergl, J, Pysek, P, Weigelt, P, Winter, M, Lenzner, B & van Kleunen, M (2017). Naturalization of ornamental plant species in public green spaces and private gardens. Biological Invasions 19(12): 3613-3627.
  • Pyšek, Petr, Pergl, Jan, Essl, Franz, Lenzner, Bernd, Dawson, Wayne, Kreft, Holger, Weigelt, Patrick, Winter, Marten, Kartesz, John, Nishino, Misako, Antonova, Liubov A., Barcelona, Julie F., Cabesaz, Francisco J., Cárdenas, Dairon, Cárdenas-Toro, Juliana, Castaño, Nicolás, Chacón, Eduardo, Chatelain, Cyrille, Dullinger, Stefan, Ebel, Aleksandr L., Figueiredo, Estrela, Fuentes, Nicol, Genovesi, Piero, Groom, Quentin J., Henderson, Lesley, Inderjit, Kupriyanov, Andrey, Masciadri, Silvana, Maurel, Noëlie, Meerman, Jan, Morozova, Olga, Moser, Dietmar, Nickrent, Daniel, Nowak, Pauline M., Pagad, Shyama, Patzelt, Annette, Pelser, Pieter B., Seebens, Hanno, Shu, Wen-sheng, Thomas, Jacob, Velayos, Mauricio, Weber, Ewald, Wieringa, Jan J., Baptiste, María P. & Kleunen, Mark van (2017). Naturalized alien flora of the world. Preslia 89(3): 203-274.
  • Seebens, H., Blackburn, T.M., Dyer, E.E., Genovesi, P., Hulme, P.E., Jeschke, J.M., Pagad, S. Pysek, P., Winter, M., Arianoutsou, M., Bacher, S., Blasius, B., Brundu, G., Capinha, C., Celesti-Grapow, L., Dawson, W., Dullinger, S., Fuentes, N., Jaeger, H., Kartesz, J., Kenis, M., Kreft, H., Kuehn, I., Lenzner, B., Liebhold, A., Mosena, A., Moser, D., Nishino, M., Pearman, D., Pergl, J., Rabitsch, W., Rojas-Sandoval, J., Roques, A., Rorke, S., Rossinelli, S., Roy, H.E., Scalera, R., Schindler, S., Stajerova, K., Tokarska-Guzik, B., van Kleunen, M., Walker, K., Weigelt, P., Yamanaka, T. & Essl, F. (2017). No saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide. Nature Communications 8: 14435.
  • Haeuser, E., Dawson, W. & van Kleunen, M. (2017). The effects of climate warming and disturbance on the colonization potential of ornamental alien plant species. Journal of Ecology 105(6): 1698-1708.
  • Klonner, G., Dullinger, I., Wessely, J., Bossdorf, O., Carboni, M., Dawson, W., Essl, F., Gattringer, A., Haeuser, E., van Kleunen, M., Kreft, H., Moser, D., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P., Thuiller, W., Weigelt, P., Winter, M. & Dullinger, S. (2017). Will climate change increase hybridization risk between potential plant invaders and their congeners in Europe? Diversity and Distributions 23(8): 934-943.
  • Müller, G., Horstmeyer, L., Rönneburg, T., van Kleunen, M. & Dawson, W. (2016). Alien and native plant establishment in grassland communities is more strongly affected by disturbance than above- and below-ground enemies. Journal of Ecology 104(5): 1233-1242.
  • Mueller, G., van Kleunen, M. & Dawson, W. (2016). Commonness and rarity of alien and native plant species - the relative roles of intraspecific competition and plant - soil feedback. Oikos 125(10): 1458-1466.
  • Liu, Y., Dawson, W., Prati, D., Haeuser, E., Feng, Y. & van Kleunen, M. (2016). Does greater specific leaf area plasticity help plants to maintain a high performance when shaded? Annals of Botany 118(7): 1329-1336.
  • Dawson, W. & Schrama, M. (2016). Identifying the role of soil microbes in plant invasions. Journal of Ecology 104(5): 1211-1218.
  • Dellinger, A., Essl, F., Hojsgaard, D., Kirchheimer, B., Klatt, S., Dawson, W., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P., van Kleunen, M., Weber, E., Winter, M., Hörandl, E. & Dullinger, S. (2016). Niche dynamics of alien species do not differ among sexual and apomictic flowering plants. New Phytologist 209(3): 1313-1323.
  • Razanajatovo, M., Maurel, N., Dawson, W., Essl, F., Kreft, H., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P., Weigelt, P., Winter, M. & van Kleunen, M. (2016). Plants capable of selfing are more likely to become naturalized. Nature Communications 7: 13313.
  • Dawson, W., Maurel, N. & van Kleunen, M. (2015). A new perspective on trait differences between native and invasive exotic plants: comment. Ecology 96(4): 1150-1152.
  • Hulme, P.E., Pauchard, A.B., Pysek, P., Vila, M., Alba, C., Blackburn, T.M., Bullock, J.M., Chytry, M., Dawson, W., Dunn, A.M., Essl, F., Genovesi, P., Maskell, L.C., Meyerson, L.A., Nunez, M.A., Pergl, J., Pescott, O.L., Pocock, M.J.O., Richardson, D.M., Roy, H.E., Smart, S.M., Štajerová, K., Stohlgren, T.J., van Kleunen, M. & Winter, M. (2015). Challenging the view that invasive non-native plants are not a significant threat to the floristic diversity of Great Britain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(23): E2988 - E2989.
  • van Kleunen, M, Dawson, W & Maurel, N (2015). Characteristics of successful alien plants. Molecular Ecology 24(9): 1954-1968.
  • Dawson, W., Burslem, D.F.R.P. & Hulme, P.E. (2015). Consistent effects of disturbance and forest edges on the invasion of a continental rainforest by alien plants. Biotropica 47(1): 27-37.
  • van Kleunen, M., Dawson, W., Essl, F., Pergl, J., Winter, M., Weber, E., Kreft, H., Weigelt, P., Kartesz, J., Nishino, M., Antonova, L.A., Barcelona, J.F., Cabezas, F.J., Cárdenas, D., Cárdenas-Toro, J., Castaño, N., Chacón, E., Chatelain, C., Ebel, A.L., Figueiredo, E., Fuentes, N., Groom, Q.J., Henderson, L., Inderjit, Kupriyanov, A., Masciadri, S., Meerman, J., Morozova, O., Moser, D., Nickrent, D.L., Patzelt, A., Pelser, P.B., Baptiste, M.P., Poopath, M., Schulze, M., Seebens, H., Shu, W., Thomas, J., Velayos, M., Wieringa, J.J. & Pyšek, P. (2015). Global exchange and accumulation of non - native plants. Nature 525(7567): 100-103.
  • Seebens, H., Essl, F., Dawson, W., Fuentes, N., Moser, D., Pergl, J., Pyšek, P., van Kleunen, M., Weber, E., Winter, M. & Blasius, B. (2015). Global trade will accelerate plant invasions in emerging economies under climate change. Global Change Biology 21(11): 4128-4140.
  • Keser, L.H., Visser, E.J.W., Dawson, W., Song, Y.-B., Yu, F.-H., Fischer, M., Dong, M. & van Kleunen, M. (2015). Herbaceous plant species invading natural areas tend to have stronger adaptive root foraging than other naturalized species. Frontiers in Plant Science 6: 273.
  • König, J, van Kleunen, M & Dawson, W (2015). No consistent legacy effects of invasion by Giant Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea) via soil biota on native plant growth. Journal of Plant Ecology rtv054.
  • Dawson, W. (2015). Release from belowground enemies and shifts in root traits as interrelated drivers of alien plant invasion success: a hypothesis. Ecology and Evolution 5(20): 4505-4516.
  • Lemmermeyer, S., Lörcher, L., van Kleunen, M. & Dawson, W. (2015). Testing the Plant Growth-Defense Hypothesis Belowground: Do Faster-Growing Herbaceous Plant Species Suffer More Negative Effects from Soil Biota than Slower-Growing Ones? The American Naturalist 186(2): 264-271.
  • Kundel, D.M., van Kleunen, M. & Dawson, W. (2014). Invasion by Solidago species has limited impacts on soil seed bank communities. Basic and Applied Ecology 15(7): 573-580.
  • Keser, L.H., Dawson, W., Song, Y.B., Yu, F.H., Fischer, M., Dong, M. & van Kleunen, M. (2014). Invasive clonal plant species have a greater root - foraging plasticity than non - invasive ones. Oecologia 174: 1055-1064.
  • Dawson, W., Bottini, A., Fischer, M., van Kleunen, M. & Knop, E. (2014). Little evidence for release from herbivores as a driver of plant invasiveness from a multi-species herbivore-removal experiment. Oikos 123(12): 1509-1518.
  • van Kleunen, M., Dawson, W., Bossdorf, O. & Fischer, M. (2014). The more the merrier: Multi-species experiments in ecology. Basic and Applied Ecology 15(1): 1-9.
  • Dostál, P., Dawson, W., van Kleunen, M., Keser, L.H. & Fischer, M. (2013). Central European plant species from more productive habitats are more invasive at a global scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22(1): 64-72.
  • Dawson, W., Keser, L.H., Winter, M., Pyšek, P., Kartesz, J., Nishino, M., Fuentes, N., Chytrý, M., Celesti-Grapow, L. & van Kleunen, M. (2013). Correlations between global and regional measures of invasiveness vary with region size. NeoBiota 16: 59-80.
  • Dostál, P., Allan, E., Dawson, W., van Kleunen, M., Bartish, I. & Fischer, M. (2013). Enemy damage of exotic plant species is similar to that of natives and increases with productivity. Journal of Ecology 101(2): 388-399.
  • Song, Y.-B., Yu, F.-H. Keser, L.H., Dawson, W., Fischer, M., Dong, M. & van Kleunen, M. (2013). United we stand, divided we fall: a meta-analysis of experiments on clonal integration and its relationship to invasiveness. Oecologia 171(2): 317-327.
  • Kumschick, S., Bacher, S., Dawson, W., Heikkilä, J., Sendek, A., Pluess, T., Robinson, T. & Kuehn, I. (2012). A conceptual framework for prioritization of invasive alien species for management according to their impact. NeoBiota 15: 69-100.
  • Dawson, W., Rohr, R.P., van Kleunen, M. & Fischer, M. (2012). Alien plant species with a wider global distribution are better able to capitalize on increased resource availability. New Phytologist 194(3): 859-867.
  • Dawson, W., Fischer, M. & van Kleunen, M. (2012). Common and rare plant species respond differently to fertilisation and competition, whether they are alien or native. Ecology Letters 15(8): 873-880.
  • Dawson, W., Fischer, M. & van Kleunen, M. (2011). Maximum relative growth rate of common UK plant species is positively associated with their global invasiveness. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20(2): 299-306.
  • van Kleunen, M., Dawson, W. & Dostal, P. (2011). Research on invasive-plant traits tells us a lot. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 26(7): 317.
  • Dawson, W., Burslem, D.F.R.P. & Hulme, P.E. (2011). The comparative importance of species traits and introduction characteristics in tropical plant invasions. Diversity and Distributions 17(6): 1111-1121.
  • van Kleunen, M., Dawson, W., Schlaepfer, D.R., Jeschke, J.M. & Fischer, M. (2010). Are invaders different? A conceptual framework of comparative approaches for assessing determinants of invasiveness. Ecology Letters 13(8): 947-958.
  • Gordon, D.R., Mitterdorfer, B., Pheloung, P.C., Ansari, S., Buddenhagen, C., Chimera, C., Daehler, C.C., Dawson, W., Denslow, J.S., LaRosa, A.-M., Nishida, T., Onderdonk, D.A., Panetta, F.P., Pysek, P., Randall, R.P., Richardson, D.M., Tshidada, N.J., Virtue, J.G. & Williams, P. (2010). Guidance for addressing the Australian Weed Risk Assessment questions. Plant Protection Quarterly 25(2): 56-74.
  • Chun, Y.J., van Kleunen, M. & Dawson, W. (2010). The role of enemy release, tolerance and resistance in plant invasions: linking damage to performance. Ecology Letters 13(8): 937-946.
  • Dawson, W, Burslem, DFRP & Hulme, PE (2009). Factors explaining alien plant invasion success in a tropical ecosystem differ at each stage of invasion. Journal of Ecology 97(4): 657-665.
  • Dawson, W., Burslem, D.F.R.P. & Hulme, P.E. (2009). Herbivory is related to taxonomic isolation, but not to invasiveness of tropical alien plants. Diversity and Distributions 15(1): 141-147.
  • Dawson, W., Burslem, D.F.R.P. & Hulme, P.E. (2009). The suitability of weed risk assessment as a conservation tool to identify invasive plant threats in East African rain-forests. Biological Conservation 142(5): 1018-1024.
  • Dawson, W., Mndolwa, A.S., Burslem, D.F.R.P. & Hulme, P.E. (2008). Assessing the risks of plant invasions arising from collections in tropical botanical gardens. Biodiversity and Conservation 17(8): 1979-1995.

Supervises

International Collaboration

  • Global Naturalized Alien Flora (GloNAF) core team member (with Mark van Kleunen, Konstanz; Petr Pysek and Jan Pergl, Czech Academy of Sciences; Holger Kreft and Patrick Weigelt, Goettingen; Franz Essl, Vienna; Marten Winter, iDiv Leipzig)
  • WhoIsNext: Climate change and escaping ornamentals. Predicting the next generation of European plant invaders (with Mark van Kleunen, Konstanz; Oliver Bossdorf, Tuebingen; Wilfried Thuiller, Grenoble; and Franz Essl and Stefan Dullinger , Vienna)

Teaching Areas

  • Module Leader- Ecology in the Anthropocene