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Lina Mtwana Nordlund


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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 12 51
Visiting address Lilla Frescativägen 5
Room N 226
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am interested in the marine environment, especially the coastal sea and how this area function and how people use it. In my research, I use a multi-disciplinary approach, linking different research fields provides a more holistic view of the environmaental challenges coastal seas are facing. Of special interest are social-ecological systems, with foucus on seagrass,  intertidal zones, fisheries, ecossytem services and management.

The ocean I know best is the tropical and subtropical Western Indian Ocean (WIO) where I have been working since 2005.


- Management of aquatic resources in the tropics (lecturer)

- Applied Marine Conservation Ecology (lecturer)

- Marine population and ecosystem dynamics (lecturer)

Supervision of degree projects

If you are interested in conducting a degree project (candidate or master level) with me as a supervisor, you are welcome to contact me via e-mail. In the e-mail please include a short personal letter describing who you are, what you are interested in doing, when you want to do it and what relevant experience you may have, as well as your CV.

Master thesis project "Seagrass management"

Within the newly launched research collaboration, Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network, there are several possibilities to conduct a master's project focusing on seagrass and associated species. Examples of potential projects are and more information can be found here:

-Seagrass and associated fish in the Indo-Pacific

-Seagrass and associated invertebrates in the Indo-Pacific

-Mapping coastal ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific

-Gleaning in seagrass in the Indo-Pacific



2018-2020: Establishing an Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN) to assess linkages among marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty. Swedish Research Council 2017-05411. Principal investigator.

Aims to initiate a collaborative Indo-Pacific Seagrass Research Network (IPSN), aimed to build capacity and perform standardized, coupled social-ecological surveys of seagrass and associated fisheries across the Indo-Pacific.

2018-2021: "Seagrass biodiversity, social-ecological systems and poverty alleviation: a collaborative, comparative study in the Indo-Pacific (SeaSTEP)". Swedish Research Council 2017-05535. Collaborator.

This project will assess the joint influences of marine biodiversity and characteristics of coastal people on the role of seagrass systems in supporting poverty alleviation.

2015-18: “Seagrass ecosystem functionality and conservation: A multi-disciplinary approach”. Formas. Lead researcher.

2014: Parental leave

2012-13: “Intertidal management in the Western Indian Ocean – current status and future possibilities”. WIOMSA. Lead researcher.


PhD dissertation (Dec 2009-Sep 2012): People and the intertidal - Human induced changes, biodiversity loss, livelihood implications and management in the Western Indian Ocean.



2012: PhD in Marine and Environmental Research, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

2008: M.Sc. in Marine Biology, Tropical Marine Environments, Stockholm University, Sweden

2007: M.Sc. in Biology & Ecology and B.Sc. in Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden


Publications – a selection


Unsworth RKF, Nordlund LM, Cullen-Unsworth LC. In Press. Seagrass meadows support global fisheries production. Conservation Letters.

Nordlund LM, Unsworth RKF, Gullström M, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2018. Global significance of seagrass fishery activity. Fish and Fisheries 19:399-412.

Hedberg N, von Schreeb K, Charisiadou S, Jiddawi NS, Tedengren M, Nordlund LM. 2018. Habitat preference for seaweed farming – A case study from Zanzibar, Tanzania. Ocean and Coastal Management, 154:186-195.

Nordlund LM, Jackson E, Nakaoka M, Samper-Villareal J, Beca-Carretero P, Creed J. 2017. Seagrass ecosystem services – What’s next? Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Gullström M, Lyimo LD, ...., Nordlund LM, Björk M. 2017. Blue Carbon Storage in Tropical Seagrass Meadows Relates to Carbonate Stock Dynamics, Plant–Sediment Processes, and Landscape Context: Insights from the Western Indian Ocean. Ecosystems, 1-16.

Nordlund LM, Koch EW, Barbier EB, Creed JC. 2016. Seagrass Ecosystem Services and Their Variability across Genera and Geographical Regions. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0163091. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0163091

Nordlund, L.M. 2016.  Teaching ecology at university—Inspiration for change. Global Ecology and Conservation. 7:174–182.

Nordlund LM, de la Torre-Castro M, Erlandsson J, Conand C. Muthiga N, Jiddawi N, Gullström M. 2014. Intertidal management in the Western Indian Ocean – current status and future possibilities. AMBIO 43:1006-1019.

Knudby A, Nordlund LM, Palmqvist G, Wikström K, Koliji A, Lindborg R, Gullström M. 2014. Using multiple Landsat scenes in an ensemble classifier reduces classification error in a stable nearshore environment. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 28:90-101.

Nordlund LM, Gullström M. 2013. Biodiversity loss in seagrass meadows due to local invertebrate fisheries and harbour activities. Estuaries Coastal and Shelf Science 135:231-240.

Cullen-Unsworth LC, Nordlund LM, Paddock J, Baker S, McKenzie LJ, Unsworth RKF. 2013. Seagrass meadows globally as a coupled social–ecological system: Implications for human wellbeing. Marine Pollution Bulletin 83:387–397.

Nordlund LM, Kloiber U, Carter E and Riedmiller S. 2013. Chumbe Island Coral Park - governance analysis. Marine Policy 41:110-117. Invited paper.

Knudby A, Nordlund L. 2011. Remote sensing of seagrasses in a patchy multi-species environment. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32:2227-2244.

Nordlund L, Erlandsson J, de la Torre-Castro M, Jiddawi N. 2010. Changes in an East African social-ecological seagrass system: invertebrate harvesting affecting species composition and local livelihood. Aquatic Living Resources 23:399-416.

Please visit my Google Scholar profile for a complete list of publications.


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I am active on twitter. 

I am a member of the communication group at DEEP, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

I am the twitter moderator behind World Seagrass Association, I am the WSA Treasurer.


Last updated: July 13, 2018

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