Lina Mtwana Nordlund

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

+4618-471 8440
Mobile phone:
+46 70 1679981
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 environmental challenges coastal seas are facing. Of special interest are social-ecological systems, with focus on seagrass, intertidal zones, fisheries, ecosystem 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

Alonso Aller E, Eklöf JS, Gullström, M, Kloiber U, Linderholm HW, Nordlund LM. 2019. Temporal variability of a protected multispecific tropical seagrass meadow in response to environmental change. Environ Monit Assess 191: 774.

Unsworth RKF, McKenzie L, Collier CJ, Cullen-Unsworth LC, Duarte CM, Eklöf JS, Jarvis JC, Jones BL, Nordlund LM. 2019. Global challenges for seagrass conservation. AMBIO A Journal of the Human Environment.

Jahnke, M., Gullström, M., Larsson, J., Asplund, M. E., Mgeleka, S., Silas, M. O., Hoamby, A., Mahafina, J., Nordlund, LM. 2019. Population genetic structure and connectivity of the seagrass Thalassia hemprichii in the Western Indian Ocean is influenced by predominant ocean currents. Ecology and Evolution.

Unsworth RKF, Nordlund LM, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2019. 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.

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

van Keulen M, Nordlund LM, Cullen-Unsworth LC. 2018. Towards recognition of seagrasses, and their sustainable management. Editorial. 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 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


I am the lead researcher in three major research projects:

1) Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN)

I am the founder and the coordinator for the this research network The research network aims to build capacity and perform standardized, coupled social-ecological surveys of seagrass and associated fisheries across the Indo-Pacific. Funded by the Swedish Research Council 2017-05411. The projcet is called: 'Establishing an Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN) to assess linkages among marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty'. Project time: 2018-2020: Principal investigator. PhD student: Johann Stiepani

I am also a collaborator in the project 'Seagrass biodiversity, social-ecological systems and poverty alleviation: a collaborative, comparative study in the Indo-Pacific (SeaSTEP)', which is associated to IPSN. 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. Funded by Swedish Research Council 2017-05535. Project time: 2018-2021. PI Johan Eklöf. PhD Student: Benjamin Jones

2) Seagrass ecosystem functionality and conservation: A multi-disciplinary approach

I am the Principal investigator for this multidisciplinary project focusing on different aspects of seagrass. There are four sub-tasks within this project: 1) Seagrass population genetics in the Western Indian Ocean and management implications; 2) Seagrass management; 3) Seagrass ecosystem functionality; 4) Innovative mapping of coastal environments. Funderd by the Swedish Research Council Formas. Project time: 2015-19.

3) Seagrass around Gotland

This is collborative project between the County adminstrative board (Rozemarijn Keuning) and Uppsala University (Dr. Lina Mtwana Nordlund).

3a) Establishing seagrass protection around Gotland. PI: Rozemarijn Keuning. Seagrass distribution, seagrass health, seagrass associated fish communities.

3b) Understanding seagrass meadows around Gotland. PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund. Step zero analysis, Fish connectivity, Seagrass energy flux (lead by Jon Lefcheck, MarineGeo), Seagrass (Eelgrass) connectivity (lead by Josefine Larsson).

Past projects:

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


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