Lina Mtwana Nordlund

associate senior lecturer at Department of Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

Visiting address:
Campus Gotland, Cramérgatan 3
SE-621 57 VISBY
Postal address:
Uppsala universitet, Campus Gotland
SE-621 67 VISBY

Short presentation

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.

Keywords: sustainability sustainable development seagrass fisheries social-ecological systems indo-pacific marine invertebrates coastal ecosystem services natural resource management and conservation

My courses


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.

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.

  • 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

Publications – a selection

Unsworth RKF, McKenzie L, Collier CJ, Cullen-Unsworth LC, Duarte CM, Eklöf JS, Jarvis JC, Jones BL, Nordlund LM. 2018. Global challenges for seagrass conservation. AMBIO A Journal of the Human Environment.

Unsworth RKF, McKenzie L, Nordlund LM, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2018. A changing climate for seagrass conservation? Current Biology.

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.

van Keulen M, Nordlund LM, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2018. Towards recognition of seagrasses, and their sustainable management. Marine Pollution Bulletin 134: 1-4. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.08.046

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.

Science communication #Scicom

I am active on twitter. Follow @ResearchLina

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


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

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

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




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. Principal investigator.

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


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