At DEEP, we are happy to contribute to summing up the knowledge gained from 10 years in Baltic Sea research. Apart from the 15 researchers presenting, we have 10 researchers showing off their latest findings in posters. They are covering everything from the stickle back increase to how ocean warming modifies the effects of predators. Catchments and coastal zones will also be in focus. Look below to discover the topics of each DEEP researcher!     

At DEEP we’re optimistic about having so many researchers working towards improving the Baltic Sea, and as such have so many researchers working towards this aim. We need to improve our understanding of the Baltics flora and fauna, and how they are changing. Knowing the status quo is important to prevent environmental impacts.

Photo: Sara Leijon.

New directions and need for interdisciplinary approaches

It has come to light over the past 10 years that there is an increased need for disciplines to come together and for more collaboration between scientists to overcome the challenges of agenda 2030; More specifically, the Sustainable Development Goal: Life Below Water.

We’re proud to have worked in collaboration with scientists from across the Baltic, from numerous disciplines, to understand the Baltic Sea’s health and we want more to come! In the end, the policies and action taken to conserve the Baltic Sea is what counts – precisely what will be achieved this congress.

For a long time, the focus within the Baltic has been on tackling eutrophication and, for the most part, this has now got much better. But now it’s time to put attention to other pressing areas. For example, temperature is rising in certain areas of the Baltic Sea, as much as up to 2 degrees, according to a Baltic Bridge study. In the long run, it may be that research presented at BSSC can help solve challenges that we as humans face, like overfishing and how climate change that will affect our beloved neighbour - the Baltic Sea.

Talks

Tuesday 20th

Plenary Talks

Johan Eklöf: The stickleback wave: a spatially propagating regime shift in the Baltic Sea

Session 1: Change and Impacts of External Forcing

Camilla Liénart: Can isotope composition of primary producers and consumers reflect basin-specific environmental changes in the Baltic Sea?

Session 2: Coastal Seascapes and Dynamics

Agnes ML Karlsson: Nitrogen fixed by cyanobacteria is incorporated in filamentous algae and associated fauna in seagrass beds

Wednesday 21st

Morning Sessions

Session 1: Change and Impacts of External Forcing

Jonas Gunnarsson: Sediment remediation in situ with reactive sorbents, a cost-effective and sustainable technique to counteract polluted sediments in the Baltic Sea

Caroline Raymond: Do benthic community composition and ecological indices respond to contaminant concentrations in sediment?

Session 2: Coastal Seascapes and Dynamics

Charlotte Berkström: Knowledge gaps in connectivity and ecological coherence of MPA networks in the Baltic Sea

Afternoon Sessions

Session 1: Change and Impacts of External Forcing

Clare Bradshaw: Effects of bottom trawling on benthic sedimentary processes and seafloor integrity

Session 2: Coastal Seascapes and Dynamics

Elina Kari: Measurements of light transfer through sea ice in the northern Baltic Sea

Lena Kautsky: Monitoring and restoring fucoids in the Baltic Sea – a synthesis and knowledge gaps

Session 3A: Fluxes and transport

Claudia Morys: Trait-based insights in typical bioturbation patter

Thursday 22nd

Afternoon sessions

Session 3B: Baltic Sea Ecosystem Structure and Functioning

Tiina Salo: Warming modifies predator effects on traits further down in the benthic food web

Andreas Novotny: Key trophic links of micro- and mesozooplankton evaluated with selective DNA metabarcoding

Session 4: Monitoring, Observations and Assessment systems

Susanne Kratzer: Inorganic suspended matter over the Baltic Sea derived from satellite data indicates coastal influence

Friday 23rd

Morning Sessions

Session 3B: Baltic Sea Ecosystem Structure and Functioning

Francisco Nascimento: Soft-sediment biodiversity along environmental gradients of the Baltic Sea

 

Poster Sessions

Tuesday 20th

Session 1: Change and Impacts of External Forcing

Johan Wikström: Comparison of in situ sediment remediation techniques with Polonite, activated carbon and aluminium: effects on benthic fluxes of nutrients, methane and contaminants

Session 3A: Fluxes and transport

Clare Bradshaw: Does bottom trawling release contaminants from sediments to the water column?

Session 3B: Baltic Sea Ecosystem structure and functioning

Serena Albert Structural and functional response of microbenthic communities under different organic matter settling scenarios

Elias Broman & Stefano Bonaglia: Combining meta-omics and geochemical tools to study microbial diversity and function in Baltic Sea hypoxic sediments

Julie Garrison: Effect of organic sediment content on gut microbiome of gravid Monoporeia affinis an experimental approach

Sven Iburg: Effects of PAH contamination on Benthic microbial and meiofauna communities in the Baltic Sea

Tiina Salo: Diversity strikes back: Does functional diversity enhance resilience in vegetated benthic habitats?

Monika Winder: The annual cycle of zooplankton in the Baltic Sea

Thursday 22nd
 

Session 1: Change and Impacts of External Forcing

Jakob Walve: Contribution of sewage, sediments and fresh- and seawater inflow to surface water phosphorus concentrations and cycling in the inner Stockholm archipelago, a stratified Baltic Sea estuary

Session 2: Coastal Seascapes and Dynamics

Åsa Austin: The role of aquatic vegetation for ecosystem multifunctionality

Friday 23rd
 

Session 3B: Baltic Sea Ecosystem Structure and Functioning

Per Hedberg: Effect of increased cyanobacteria blooms on benthic macrofauna in the Baltic Sea.