Lina Mtwana Nordlund
Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
I am interested in the coastal sea. In my research, I use a multi- and transdisciplinary approach, as linking different research fields provides a more holistic view of the environmental challenges coastal seas are facing. Of special interest are strong sustainable development and social-ecological systems, with focus on seagrass, fisheries, ecosystem services and management. It is especially the linkages between habitat - fish/invertebrates - fisheries - management that interests me.
Keywords: sustainability sustainable development hållbar utveckling seagrass fisheries social-ecological systems indo-pacific ecosystem services environment natural resource management baltic sea ecbiwa001 sjögräs fiske kustzon hav kust gopole004 esdeve007 mpa
During Blue Forests Week 2022, we will examine current efforts to manage these ecosystems: what has worked, what hasn’t worked, and how can we best scale up efforts to protect and restore blue forests?
Keynote presentation about seagrass ecosystem services
Keynote presentation by Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund, Associate Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University, for the Coastal Wetlands Twitter Conference #CWTC21
Podcast about seagrass
Is the Seagrass Always Greener? A Climate Guide to Seagrass A podcast by The Sweaty Penguin
Presentation of one of my research project
A presentation of our project in interdisciplinary research school in Sustainable development at Campus Gotland
Article in The Conversation
Loss of marine habitats is threatening the global fishing industry – new research
Blue Forests Week 2022
Webinar #1 of Blue Forests Week 2022. Unsung heroes: The hidden value of seagrass meadows. Tuesday, November 29th from 09:30 - 11:30am.
Supervision of degree projects
If you are interested in conducting a degree project (candidate or master level) with me as a supervisor, you are welcome to contact me via e-mail. In the e-mail please include a short personal letter describing who you are, what you are interested in doing, when you want to do it and what relevant experience you may have, as well as your CV.
Within the research collaboration, Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network, there are several possibilities to conduct a master's project focusing on seagrass and associated species.
If you are interested in research on strong sustainability, biodiversity and fisheries in the coastal zone in the Baltic Sea, there are also many opportunities.
Publications – a selection
Please visit my Google Scholar profile for a complete list of publications.
Charisiadou S, Halling C, Jiddawi N, von Schreeb K, Gullström M, Larsson T, Nordlund LM. 2022. Coastal aquaculture in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Aquaculture 546, 737331. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2021.737331
Jones B, Cullen-Unsworth L, de la Torre-Castro M, Nordlund LM, Unsworth R, Eklöf J (accepted). Unintended consequences of sustainable development initiatives: risks and opportunities in seagrass social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society.
Jones BL, Nordlund LM, Unsworth RKF, Jiddawi NS, Eklöf JS. 2021. Seagrass structural traits drive fish assemblages in small-scale fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science 8, 354. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.640528
McKenzie L, Nordlund LM, Jones BL, Cullen-Unsworth LC, Roelfsema CM, Unsworth RKF .2020. The global distribution of seagrass meadows Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab7d06
Alonso Aller E, Eklöf JS, Gullström, M, Kloiber U, Linderholm HW, Nordlund LM. 2019. Temporal variability of a protected multispecific tropical seagrass meadow in response to environmental change. Environ Monit Assess 191: 774. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-019-7977-z
Unsworth RKF, McKenzie L, Collier CJ, Cullen-Unsworth LC, Duarte CM, Eklöf JS, Jarvis JC, Jones BL, Nordlund LM. 2019. Global challenges for seagrass conservation. AMBIO A Journal of the Human Environment. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-018-1115-y.
Jahnke, M., Gullström, M., Larsson, J., Asplund, M. E., Mgeleka, S., Silas, M. O., Hoamby, A., Mahafina, J., Nordlund, LM. 2019. Population genetic structure and connectivity of the seagrass Thalassia hemprichii in the Western Indian Ocean is influenced by predominant ocean currents. Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5420
Unsworth RKF, Nordlund LM, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2019. Seagrass meadows support global fisheries production. Conservation Letters. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12566
Unsworth RKF, McKenzie L, Nordlund LM, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2018. A changing climate for seagrass conservation? Current Biology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.027
van Keulen M, Nordlund LM, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2018. Towards recognition of seagrasses, and their sustainable management. Editorial. Marine Pollution Bulletin 134: 1-4. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.08.046
Hedberg N, von Schreeb K, Charisiadou S, Jiddawi NS, Tedengren M, Nordlund LM. 2018. Habitat preference for seaweed farming – A case study from Zanzibar, Tanzania. Ocean and Coastal Management, 154:186-195. doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.01.016
Nordlund LM, Jackson E, Nakaoka M, Samper-Villareal J, Beca-Carretero P, Creed J. 2017. Seagrass ecosystem services – What’s next? Marine Pollution Bulletin. doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.09.014
Gullström M, Lyimo LD, ...., Nordlund LM, Björk M. 2017. Blue Carbon Storage in Tropical Seagrass Meadows Relates to Carbonate Stock Dynamics, Plant–Sediment Processes, and Landscape Context: Insights from the Western Indian Ocean. Ecosystems, 1-16. doi.org/10.1007/s10021-017-0170-8
Nordlund LM, Koch EW, Barbier EB, Creed JC. 2016. Seagrass Ecosystem Services and Their Variability across Genera and Geographical Regions. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0163091. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0163091
Nordlund, L.M. 2016. Teaching ecology at university—Inspiration for change. Global Ecology and Conservation. 7:174–182. doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2016.06.008
Science communication #Scicom
I am active on twitter. Follow @ResearchLina
I am the twitter moderator behind World Seagrass Association Follow @Seagrass_WSA
2012: PhD in Marine and Environmental Research, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
PhD dissertation (Dec 2009-Sep 2012): People and the intertidal - Human induced changes, biodiversity loss, livelihood implications and management in the Western Indian Ocean.
2008: M.Sc. in Marine Biology, Tropical Marine Environments, Stockholm University, Sweden
2007: M.Sc. in Biology & Ecology and B.Sc. in Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden
My research projects:
1) Rethinking MPAs - Protecting seagrass for biodiversity, food and climate
2022-2024: In the project, we will assess how MPAs could be better designed to help safeguard the future of Indo-Pacific seagrasses and, indirectly, the crucial benefits they provide to coastal communities. Main collaborators: Nikos Alexandridis, Johan Eklöf, Narriman Jiddawi, Richard Unsworth, Leanne Cullen-Unsworth, Jeff Dambacher.PhD Student to be hired spring 2022. Funded by the Swedish Research Council 2021-03773. PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund.
2) Establishing an Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN) to assess linkages among marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty
2018-2022: I am the founder and the director of Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network, a research network https://indopacificseagrass.network/ .The research network aims to build capacity and perform standardized, coupled social-ecological surveys of seagrass and associated fisheries across the Indo-Pacific. Funded by the Swedish Research Council 2017-05411. PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund. PhD student: Johann Stiepani
3) Seagrass biodiversity, social-ecological systems and poverty alleviation: a collaborative, comparative study in the Indo-Pacific (SeaSTEP)
2018-2022: This project assesses the joint influences of marine biodiversity and characteristics of coastal people on the role of seagrass systems in supporting poverty alleviation. Funded by Swedish Research Council 2017-05535. PI Johan Eklöf. Co-applicant and co-supervisor: Lina Mtwana Nordlund. PhD Student: Benjamin Jones
4) Sustainable coastal development and use in the Baltic Sea
2020-2023: PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund. Postdoc: Sieglind Wallner-Hahn (postdoc).
5) Fisheries and coastal development in small island context - the past, present and future
2020-2024: This transdisciplinary project is to combine coastal and fisheries development in a small island context in the past with the present to help develop sustainable ways forward. The project has a specific focus on the island of Gotland. PhD Students: Chiara D'Agata and Beatrice Krooks Co-PI: Helene Martinsson-Wallin.
6) Linking habitat to resource ‐an holistic approach as part of Blue Food - Centre for future seafood
2021-2024: Funded by Swedish Research Council for sustainable development 2020-02834. PI: Fredrik Gröndahl, KTH. PIs at Uppsala University: Gunilla Rosenqvist & Lina Mtwana Nordlund. Postdoc: Adrianus Both
7) Seagrass around the island Gotland
2019-: PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund. Step zero analysis, Seagrass energy flux (lead by Jon Lefcheck, MarineGeo), Seagrass (Eelgrass) connectivity (lead by Josefine Larsson). Funded by Uppsala University grant. 2019-2021: A collaborative project between the County administrative board Gotland (Rozemarijn Keuning) and Uppsala University (Dr. Lina Mtwana Nordlund) about seagrass distribution and seagrass health and establishing seagrass protection.
8) Blue-green transformations of small-scale fisheries - Fishers’ perspectives
2021-2024: We will investigate if and how SSFs in the Global North can transition, and by doing so fulfil their potential to contribute to a larger transition towards sustainable development of fisheries. Funded by Forte 2021-01747. PI: Sieglind Wallner-Hahn. Co-applicant: Lina Mtwana Nordlund (participation 5%).
Seagrass ecosystem functionality and conservation: A multi-disciplinary approach
2015-2019: A multidisciplinary project focusing on different aspects of seagrass. There are four sub-tasks within this project: 1) Seagrass population genetics in the Western Indian Ocean and management implications; 2) Seagrass management; 3) Seagrass ecosystem functionality; 4) Innovative mapping of coastal environments. Funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas 2014-01288. PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund
Intertidal management in the Western Indian Ocean – current status and future possibilities
2012-2013: Funded by WIOMSA. PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund
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