Charlotte Berkström

Charlotte Berkström


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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 43 97
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Room N 318
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm


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:

2015-19 "Thresholds in seascape connectivity: implications for marine resources management in developing countries" - Project Research Grant in Development Research

2016-19 "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.


Peer-reviewed articles 

Fulton CJ, Abesamis RA, Berkström C, Depczynski M, Graham NAJ, Holmes TH, Kulbicki M, Noble MM, Radford BT, Tano S, Tinkler P, Wernberg T, Wilson SK (2019) Form and function of tropical macroalgal reefs in the Anthropocene. Functional Ecology. doi:doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13282

Martin TSH, Olds AD, Olalde ABH, Berkström C, Gilby BL, Schlacher TA, Butler IR, Yabsley NA, Zann M, Connolly RM (2018) Habitat proximity exerts opposing effects on key ecological functions. Landscape Ecology 33:1273-1286,

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Popular science articles

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

Berkström C (2007) Odling räddar koraller. Havsutsikt 1: 6-7

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

Last updated: January 11, 2019

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