Charlotte Berkström

Charlotte Berkström

Affiliated researcher

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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


My main research focus involves ecological connectivity in both temperate and tropical seascapes where 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. I am also interested in the ecological effects of no-take marine reserves and how ecologically coherent marine protected area (MPA) networks are regarding connectivity and representativity of important habitats. I am also involved in Stock Assessment and Integrated Ecosystem Assessment at the Dept. of Aquatic Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Science



Peer-reviewed articles 

Fulton CJ, Berkström C, Wilson SK, Abesamis RA, Bradley M, Åkerlund C, Barrett LT, Bucol AA, Chacin DH, Chong-Seng KM, Coker DJ, Depczynski M, Eggersten L, Eggertsen M, Ellis D, Evans RD, Graham NAJ, Hoey AS, Holmes T, Kulbicki M, Leung PTY, Lam PKS, van Lier J, Matis PA, Noble MM, Pérez-Matus A, Piggot C, Radford BT, Tano S, Tinkler P (2020) Macroalgal meadow habitats support fish and fisheries in diverse tropical seascapes. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.04868

Berkström C, Eggertsen L, Goodell W, Cordeiro CAMM, Lucena, MB, Gustafsson R, Bandeira S, Jiddawi N and Ferreira CEL (2020) Thresholds in seascape connectivity: the spatial arrangement of nursery habitats structure fish communities on nearby reefs. Ecography. 43: 1-15. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12455

Bostedt G, Berkström C, Brännlund R, Carlén O, Florin A-B, Persson L, Bergström U. Benefits and costs of two temporary  no-take zones (2020) Marine Policy.

Eggertsen M, Chacin DH, Åkerlund C, Halling C, Berkström C (2019) Contrasting distribution and foraging patterns of herbivorous and detritivorous fishes across multiple habitats in a tropical seascape. Marine Biology 166:51

Berkström C, Papadopoulos M, Jiddawi NS, Nordlund, LM (2019) Fishers’ local ecological knowledge (LEK) on connectivity and seascape management. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00130

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 196:97-108

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 68:1921-1934

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


Berkström C, Wennerström L, Bergström U. (2019). Ekologisk konnektivitet i svenska kust- och havsområden - en kunskapssammanställning. Aqua reports 2019:15. Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för akvatiska resurser, Öregrund Drottningholm Lysekil. 65.

Popular science articles

Berkström C & Bergström U (2019) Nätverk gynnar spridning. Havsutsikt 2: 14-16

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: May 15, 2020

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