Lina Mtwana Nordlund

Associate senior lecturer/Assistant Professor 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 coastal sea. In my research, I use a multi- and transdisciplinary approach, as linking different research fields provides a more holistic view of the environmental challenges coastal seas are facing. Of special interest are strong sustainable development and social-ecological systems, with focus on seagrass, fisheries, ecosystem services and management. It is especially the linkages between habitat - fish/invertebrates - fisheries - management that interests me.

Keywords: sustainability sustainable development seagrass fisheries social-ecological systems indo-pacific environment natural resource management

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

Please visit my Google Scholar profile for a complete list of publications.

Jones BL, Nordlund LM, Unsworth RKF, Jiddawi NS, Eklöf JS. 2021. Seagrass structural traits drive fish assemblages in small-scale fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science 8, 354.

McKenzie L, Nordlund LM, Jones BL, Cullen-Unsworth LC, Roelfsema CM, Unsworth RKF .2020. The global distribution of seagrass meadows Environmental Research Letters.

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.

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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

My research projects:

1) Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN)

2018-2021: I am the founder and the director of Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network, a 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'. Principal investigator. PhD student: Johann Stiepani

2018-2021: Co-PI 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 assesses 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. PI Johan Eklöf. PhD Student: Benjamin Jones

2) Sustainable coastal development PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund.

2a) Coastal and fisheries management in the Baltic Sea. PI: Lina Mtwana Nordlund. Researcher: Sieglind Wallner-Hahn (postdoc).

2b) Fisheries and coastal development in small island context - the past, present and future

2020-2024: This transdisciplinary project is to combine coastal and fisheries development in a small island context in the past with the present to help develop sustainable ways forward. The project has a specific focus on the island of Gotland. Two PhD students funded by Uppsala University grant.

2b i) Governance and management of fish, fisheries and associated coastal habitats. PI.

2b ii) Coastal development over time. Co-PI. PI: Helene Martinsson-Wallin.

3) Seagrass around Gotland

2019-2021: Collaborative project between the County administrative board Gotland (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 (postdoc), Seagrass energy flux (lead by Jon Lefcheck, MarineGeo), Seagrass (Eelgrass) connectivity (lead by Josefine Larsson). Funded by Uppsala University grant.

Previous projects:

Seagrass ecosystem functionality and conservation: A multi-disciplinary approach

2015-2019: I was 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. Funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas 2014-01288.

2012-2013: “Intertidal management in the Western Indian Ocean – current status and future possibilities”. WIOMSA. Projektledare

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