Stockholm university

Research group Baltic Sea Fellows

As a continuation of the governmental funding of strategic Baltic Sea research, this interdisciplinary network of young Baltic Sea, Baltic Sea Fellows, formed at Stockholm University 2018. Their research cover the whole range from basic marine research to applied legal aspects and decision support.

Baltic Sea Fellows overiew. Illustration: Azote
Baltic Sea Fellows overiew. Illustration: Azote

Environmental challenges studied from multiple perspectives

By bringing together young researchers in several disciplines, environmental research on Baltic Sea issues will be strengthened broadly at Stockholm University. The research group today consists of senior lecturers, assistant lecturers and postdoctoral fellows at six different departments. Their research range from the biogeochemical conditions and circulation processes of the Baltic Sea to long term ecosystem and food web changes and how human activities on land affect the sea. This also includes research on policy instruments and legislation that regulate management on marine protected areas, fisheries and pollution.

From 2023, the Baltic Sea Fellows will enter a new phase, establishing a graduate school for new doctoral students with an interdisciplinary interest in Baltic Sea issues. All students will be linked to one or several Baltic Sea Fellows supervisors.

Group description

Agnes Karlson, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences

I study how data (stable isotopes and elemental ratios) on individuals and populations from different trophic levels, from long-term time series can be used to validate large scale models.

Anna Christiernsson, Department of Law

My research mainly concerns the role of law in governing complex and dynamic ecosystems and achieving environmental targets and the interplay between law and ecology.

Camilla Lienart, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences & Tvärminne Zoological Station

I aim to understand how natural or human induced long-term changes in organic matter quality and availability affects food webs, from individuals to community level.

Christian Stranne, Department om Geological Sciences

My research involves numerical modeling of methane transport and utilization of wideband sonar systems for mapping of thermohaline stratification, turbulence and other features in the water column.

Elias Broman, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences & Tvärminne Zoological Station

I use modern molecular tools and bioinformatics to investigate cross community interactions between benthic prokaryotes and meiofauna and how it affects sediment metabolic functions.

Fernando Jaramillo, Department of Physical Geography

I study the historical and future effects of human activities and climate change on the water cycle and water resources such as tropical and temperate wetlands, hydrological basins and reservoirs.

Francisco Nascimento, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences

The overall focus of my research is to understand how benthic ecosystems respond to anthropogenic and environmental disturbances both structurally and functionally.

Inga Koszalka, Department of Meteorology

The focus of my current research is on mesoscale- and regional ocean circulation, its space-time variability as well as ocean interactions with cryosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

Marlene Ågerstrand, Department of Environmental Sciences

My research focuses on understanding the science-policy interactions in risk assessment and management of chemicals. Aspects of interest include the use of scientific data for decision-making, the efficiency of management options, and the role of experts in decision-making.

Matthew Salter, Institutionen för miljövetenskap

The crux of my role is bringing together a network of cutting-edge expertise in marine ecology, biogeochemistry, geophysics and atmospheric physics to quantify the full spectrum of habitat-specific greenhouse gas fluxes and aerosol production in the Baltic coastal zone.

Wei-Li Hong, Department of Geological Sciences

I especially interested in how methane, as a critical species for the global climate and carbon budget, interfere the cycling of other elements as well as the biosphere.

Xiaole Sun, Baltic Sea Centre

I study how biogeochemical processes respond to climate change in marine systems and how they drive sediment-water-air fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane, especially in coastal areas.

Group members

Group managers

Christoph Humborg


Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre


Anna Christiernsson

Associate senior lecturer

Department of Law

Agnes Karlsson

Associate professor

Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Agnes Karlsson

Christian Stranne

Associate professor of Marine geophysical mapping and modelling

Department of Geological Sciences
Profile Picture - Christian Stranne

Elias Broman


Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences

Fernando Jaramillo

Universitetslektor, Docent

Department of Physical Geography

Francisco Jardim de Almada Nascimento

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
FN profile pict

Inga Koszalka

Associate professor

Department of Meteorology

Marlene Ågerstrand

Assistant Professor

Department of Environmental Science
Picture of Marlene Ågerstrand

Matthew Salter

Facility manager

Department of Environmental Science
Matt Salter

Wei-Li Hong

Assistant professor of Geochemistry

Department of Geological Sciences
Wei-Li Hong

Xiaole Sun


Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre
Xiaole Sun

Research projects


Baltic Sea Fellows Strategic Research Area funding progress Report for the period 2017-2021