Johan Eklöf

Johan Eklöf

Associate professor

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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 13 58
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Room N350
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My research focuses broadly on understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity ecosystem structure, from genes to seascapes. Most of my projects bridge fundamental and applied questions in community and ecosystem ecology, and uses coastal benthic ecosystems (seagrass beds, coral reefs, mussel beds, etc.) as a model.

I am particularly interested in three themes:

i) the relative importance of biodiversity and biotic interactions for ecosystem resilience to disturbance and environmental change,

ii) the role of organisms, particularly marine foundation species and mobile consumers, for ecosystem services and human well-being,

iii) how to optimize natural resource management to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services in a rapidly changing world.

I lead a research group currently consisting of three PhD students (Angelica Chirico, Benjamin Jones, Åsa Nilsson Austin), a postdoc (Dr Tiina Salo), an four MSc students (Andrea de Cervo, Pontus Gunnarsson, Charles Westerberg, Daria Kolodyazhnaya). I also co-supervise three PhD students (Sven Iburg, Linda Eggertsen, Maria Eggertsen).

I have previously supervised one PhD student (Dr Elisa Alonso Aller), two postdocs (Dr Serena Donadi, Dr Candace Newman),  co-supervised 3 PhD students (Dr Filip Svensson, Dr Sieglind Wallner-Hahn, Dr Hanna Oscarsson), and supervised >25 MSc students.


Teaching is both fun and stimulating, and I teach on several courses:

- Management of Aquatic Resources in the Tropics 15hp (course leader)

- Marine Biology 15hp (lecturer)

- Ecology II 15hp (lecturer)


Student/postdoc supervision

I regularly supervise BSc (kandidat), MSc (master) and PhD (doktorand) projects, and mentor postdocs, in subjects relating to my research interests. If you are interested in doing your thesis or postdoc with me, please read my supervisor philosophy, email me and we'll book a first meeting!


Ongloing projects

2018-2020: “Seagrass biodiversity, social-ecological systems and poverty alleviation: a collaborative, comparative study in the Indo-Pacific”. Funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). Principal investigator.

2018-2020: “Establishing an Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN) to assess linkages among marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty”. Funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). Co-applicant (headed by Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund).

2018: “From benthic production to fish community structure: towards spatially differentiated strategies for coastal water management”. Oscar and Lilli Lamm’s Foundation. Co-applicant (headed by Docent Magnus Huss, SLU).

2014-16 (extended until 2018): "Plant-Fish: Consequences of feedback mechanisms between foundation species and large predatory fish for the health of Baltic Sea coastal ecosystems". Funded by the research council Formas. Principal investigator.

2017-18: “ReFisk: revision of fishing rules”. Funded by the Swedish Water Management Authority. Collaborator (headed by Henrik C Andersson, Stockholm Municipality board)


Here's a link to my Google Scholar profile, including a list of my publications.

Last updated: August 16, 2018

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