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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, where I aim to link different research fields. Of special interest are seagrass,  intertidal zones, fisheries, management and social-ecological systems.

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"



2018-2020: Establishing an Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN) to assess linkages among marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty

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)"

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

2014: Parental leave

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


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

Nordlund LM, Unsworth RKF, Gullström M, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2017. Global significance of seagrass fishery activity. Fish and Fisheries.

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: December 12, 2017

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