Åsa Nilsson Austin

Åsa Nilsson Austin


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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 42 43
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Room N 320
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

About me


The overall aim of my PhD project is to assess role of functional traits of aquatic vegetation for the functioning and management of coastal bays in the Baltic Sea. Examples of functional plant traits are morphological and life-history characteristics such as shoot and root biomass, length, structural complexity and reproduction mode.

Ready to take vegetation samples in Stockholm archipelago.
Ready to take vegetation samples in Stockholm archipelago.

I use field inventories, field- and mesocosm experiments to study the relation between aquatic vegetation, invertebrates and fish and how these interactions affect, and is affected by, the environment.

I work in Johan Eklöf's group.


I teach at the courses Marine Biology, the Environment of the Baltic Sea (Östersjöns miljö) and previously also at Ecology I.


Austin ÅN, Hansen JP, Donadi, S, Eklöf JS (2017). Relationships between aquatic vegetation and water turbidity: A field survey across seasons and spatial scales, PLOS ONE.

Donadi S, Austin ÅN, Bergström U, Eriksson BK, Hansen JP, Jacobson P, Sundblad G, van Regteren M, Eklöf JS (2017). A cross-scale trophic cascade from large predatory fish to algae in coastal ecosystems, Proc. R. Soc. B.

Eklöf JS, Austin ÅN, Bergström U, Donadi S, Eriksson BDHK, Hansen J, Sundblad G (2017). Size matters: relationships between body size and body mass of common coastal, aquatic invertebrates in the Baltic Sea, PeerJ 5:e2906.

Fyhr, F, Nilsson, Å, Nyström Sandman, A (2013). A review of Ocean Zoning tools and Species distribution modelling methods for Marine Spatial Planning, MARMONI project report (

Last updated: February 20, 2018

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