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Charlotte Berkström

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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 43 97
Email charlotte.berkstrom@su.se
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Room N 328
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

Research

I work with ecological connectivity between shallow-water ecosystems. I am interested in how the matrix of shallow-water ecosystems are connected through the exchange of biomass, nutrients and energy, specifically functional groups of fishes acting as mobile links.

Shallow-water habitats including coral reefs, seagrass beds, algae beds and mangroves provide a number of ecological goods and services (e.g. fish) that are fundamental for the economic and societal development in coastal communities. Many people are dependent on fish as their primary source of protein, highlighting the need to manage this resource correctly. Much is known about separate coastal habitats, however, little is known about how they are interconnected by migrating fish and dependent on each other. Understanding these links (connectivity) and when and where links are broken is crucial.

I currently have 2 projects conducted in East Africa and Brazil funded by the Swedish Research Council:

2015-17 "Thresholds in seascape connectivity: implications for marine resources management in developing countries" - Project Research Grant in Development Research

2016-18 "Incorporating seascape connectivity and fishers’ local ecological knowledge in the management of tropical marine resources" - Swedish Research Links

Main collaborators within these projects are Dr. Salomão Bandiera at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, Dr. Narriman Jiddawi at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Assoc. Prof. Carlos Eduardo L. Ferreira at Fluminense Federal University, Brazil.

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles 

Eggertsen L, Ferreira CEL, Fontoura L, Kautsky N, Gullström M, Berkström C (2017) Seaweed beds support more juvenile reef fish than seagrass beds in a south-western Atlantic tropical seascape. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2017.06.041

Tano SA, Eggertsen M, Wikström SA, Berkström C, Buriyo AS, Halling C (2017) Tropical seaweed beds as important habitats for juvenile fishes. Marine and Freshwater Research http://www.publish.csiro.au/mf/MF16153

Tano SA, Eggertsen M, Wikström SA, Berkström C, Buriyo AS, Halling C (2016) Tropical seaweed beds are important habitats for mobile invertebrate epifauna. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 183, Part A:1-12 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272771416304425

Berkström C, Jones GP, McCormick MI. (2014) Trade-offs in the ecological versatility of juvenile wrasses: An experimental evaluation. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 453:91-97 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022098114000082

Berkström C, Gullström M, Lindborg R, Thyresson, M. (2013) Assessing connectivity in a tropical embayment: Fish migrations and seascape ecology. Biological Conservation 166:43-53 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000632071300195X

Berkström C, Jörgensen TL, Hellström M. (2013) Ecological connectivity and niche differentiation between two closely related fish species in the mangrove-seagrass-coral reef continuum. Marine Ecology Progress Series 477:201-215 http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v477/p201-215/

Berkström C, Jones GP, McCormick MI, Srinivasan M. (2012) Ecological versatility and its importance for the distribution and abundance of coral reef wrasses. Marine Ecology Progress Series 461:151-163 http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v461/p151-163/

Berkström C, Gullström M, Lindborg R, Mwandya AW, Yahya SAS, Kautsky N, Nyström M (2012) Exploring ‘knowns’ and ‘unknowns’ in tropical seascape connectivity with insights from East African coral reefs. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 107:1-21 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272771412000935

Gullström M, Berkström C, Öhman MC, Bodin M, Dahlberg M. (2011) Scale-dependent patterns of variability of a grazing parrotfish (Leptoscarus vaigiensis) in a tropical seagrass-dominated seascape. Marine Biology 158:1483-1495 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00227-011-1665-z?no-access=true

Book chapters

Gullström M, Dorenbosch M, Lugendo B, Mwandya A, Mgaya Y, Berkström C. (2012) Biological connectivity and nursery function of shallow-water habitats in Chwaka Bay. In: de la Torre-Castro M, Lyimo T (eds.) People, nature and research: past, present and future of Chwaka Bay, Zanzibar, pp 175-192. WIOMSA book series, ISBN: 978-9987-9559-1-6. Zanzibar Town: WIOMSA
http://www.wiomsa.org/people-nature-research-chwaka-bay

Popular science articles

Berkström C (2015) Länkar i tropiska havslandskap Havsutsikt 2: 11-13

http://www.havet.nu/havsutsikt/?d=3474

Berkström C (2007) Odling räddar koraller. Havsutsikt 1: 6-7 http://www.havet.nu/dokument/HU20071korallodling.pdf

Berkström C (1999) Studier och dykning i kristallklara vatten - studentrapport från Australien. Havsutsikt 3: 4-5

Last updated: September 5, 2017

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