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Dr. habil. Kathrin Stenchly

Postdoctoral Researcher

Stenchly, Kathrin
+49 5542 98-1248
+49 5542 98-1230
University of Kassel
Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences
Section of Grassland Science and Renewable Plant Resources
Steinstr. 19
37213 Witzenhausen
Lecture hall building Steinstrasse

Brief introduction  (Dr. habil. Kathrin Stenchly)

Kathrin Stenchly is a researcher at the section of Grassland Science and Renewable Plant Resources at the University of Kassel and Managing Director of CliMA, the Competence Centre for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation at Universität Kassel. She studied biology at the University of Leipzig and received her doctorate on the topic of spider communities in cocoa agroforestry systems in Indonesia from the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Department of Agroecology. After her PhD, her research focused on increasing resource use efficiency and safeguarding the biodiversity of important species communities in urban farming systems in order to contribute to improving food security in West African cities. She habilitated at Universität Kassel in February 2020 and obtained the venia legendi for the subject of "Functional Ecology of Agricultural Landscapes".

Research interests  (Dr. habil. Kathrin Stenchly)

Her scientific profile includes research topics on the functional ecology of plant and insect communities, landscape ecology, urban agriculture and sustainable resource management in a national and international context. Among them:

  • Spatio-temporal change in the structural and functional diversity of plant, insect and spider communities in agricultural production systems under different land use, management and urbanisation intensities;
  • Mapping temporal and spatial change in the structural heterogeneity of productive landscapes and its implications for landscape function and expected ecosystem services;
  • Strengthening biodiversity services in organic agriculture;
  • Economic importance of insect pollination as an essential ecosystem service at household level;
  • Wastewater use in West African urban farming systems - impacts on human health and the soil environment;
  • Conceptualisation and implementation of innovative experimental designs, method development, as well as evaluation approaches and monitoring for different - also trans- and interdisciplinary - research questions;
  • Identification of ecologically, economically and socially relevant indicators for the development of sustainable land and resource management strategies;
  • Investigation of various possible applications of plant and activated carbons in the agricultural sector and for the regeneration of agroforestry systems;
  • Knowledge preparation and provision of sustainable land use strategies, management practices and environmental technologies through graphical non-verbal documentation;
  • Influence of irrigation water quality on microbiological quality of irrigated crops and soils, as well as agronomic parameters and nutrient availability;
  • Sustainable resource management - regional development and integration of unused biomass as a resource for circular products and economic transformation.

Current research projects  (Dr. habil. Kathrin Stenchly)

DBU Lupine - Conservation and Restoration of Species Diversity in the Mountain Meadows of the Rhön Biosphere Reserve - Management of the Invasive Perennial Lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus Lindl.) in a Complex System of Protected Areas

CAREFUL - Residual biomasses to (activated) carbon: prevention of footpad lesions in poultry husbandry

RE-DIRECT II - EU Interreg NWE "REgional Development and Integration of unused biomass wastes as REsources for Circular products and economic Transformation"

Completed research projects  (Dr. habil. Kathrin Stenchly)

RE-DIRECT I - EU Interreg NWE "REgional Development and Integration of unused biomass wastes as REsources for Circular products and economic Transformation"

UrbanFoodPlus - African-German partnership to enhance resource use efficiency and improve food security in urban and peri-urban agriculture of West African cities

Publications  (Dr. habil. Kathrin Stenchly)


Zongo, N., Dao, J., Lompo, D.J.-P., Stenchly, K., Steiner, C., Manka’abusi, D., Sedogo, M.P., Bürkert, A., Jörgensen, R.G., 2023. Microbial biomass activity of a sodic Lixisol reclaimed with gypsum and clean water irrigation in urban vegetable systems of Burkina Faso. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 186, 188–195.
Hu, J., Stenchly, K., Gwenzi, W., Wachendorf, M., Kaetzl, K., 2023. Critical evaluation of biochar effects on methane production and process stability in anaerobic digestion. Frontiers in Energy Research 11, 1205818.


Steinfeld, K., Stein, K., Coulibaly, D., Balima, L.H., Goetze, D., Linsenmair, K.E., Porembski, S., Stenchly, K., Theodorou, P., 2021. Plant-Pollinator Networks in Savannas of Burkina Faso, West Africa. Diversity 13, 1.


Amprako, L.K., Stenchly, K., Wiehle, M., Nyarko, G., Bürkert, A., 2020. Arthropod Communities in Urban Agricultural Production Systems under Different Irrigation Sources in the Northern Region of Ghana. Insects 11, 488.


Kaetzl, K., Lübken, M., Uzun, G., Gehring, T., Nettmann, E., Stenchly, K., Wichern, M., 2019. On-farm wastewater treatment using biochar from local agroresidues reduces pathogens from irrigation water for safer food production in developing countries. Science of the Total Environment 601–610.
Stenchly, K., Waongo, A., Schaeper, W., Nyarko, G., Bürkert, A., 2019. Structural landscape changes in urban and peri-urban agricultural systems of two West African cities and their relations to ecosystem services provided by woody plant communities. Urban Ecosystems 22, 397–408.
Stenchly, K., Feldt, T., Weiss, D., Andriamparany, J.N., Bürkert, A., 2019. The explanatory power of silent comics: An assessment in the context of knowledge transfer and agricultural extension to rural communities in southwestern Madagascar. PLoS ONE 14, e0217843.
Dao, J., Lompo, D.-P., Stenchly, K., Haering, V., Marschner, B., Bürkert, A., 2019. Gypsum Amendment to Soil and Plants Affected by Sodic Alkaline Industrial Wastewater Irrigation in Urban Agriculture of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 230, 282.


Stenchly, K., 2018. Impact of human disturbance on bee pollinator communities in savanna and agricultural sites in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Ecology and evolution 8, 6827–6838.
Dao, J., Stenchly, K., Bürkert, A., Traore, O., Amoah, P., 2018. Effects of Water Quality and Post-Harvest Handling on Microbiological Contamination of Lettuce at Urban and Peri-Urban Locations of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Foods 7, 206.
Stenchly, K., Hansen, M., Steinfeld, K., Bürkert, A., Loewenstein, W., 2018. Income Vulnerability of West African Farming Households to Losses in Pollination Services: A Case Study from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Sustainability 10, 4253.


Stenchly, K., Dao, J., Lompo, D.J.P., Bürkert, A., 2017. Effects of waste water irrigation on soil properties and soil fauna of spinach fields in a West African urban vegetable production system. Environmental Pollution 222, 58–63.
Stein, K., Stenchly, K., 2017. Bee pollination increases yield quantity and quality of cash crops in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Scientific reports 7, 17691.
Stenchly, K., Lippmann, R.S., Waongo, A., Nyarko, G., Bürkert, A., 2017. Weed species structural and functional composition of okra fields and field periphery under different management intensities along the rural-urban gradient of two West African cities. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 237, 213–223.


Stenchly, K., 2012. Spider species richness in cocoa agroforestry systems, comparing vertical strata, local management and distance to forest. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 149, 189–194.
Stenchly, K., 2012. On linyphiid spiders from Sulawesi, Indonesia (Arachnida, Araneae). REVUE SUISSE DE ZOOLOGIE 119, 169–180.


Stenchly, K., 2011. Spider web guilds in cacao agroforestry - comparing tree, plot and landscape-scale management. Diversity and Distributions 17, 748–756.

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