Lina Mtwana Nordlund

Lina Mtwana Nordlund
Uppsala University | UU · Department of Earth Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
My research interest is within coastal zones, fisheries, human disturbance, local livelihood, management, Governance and future possibilities! I am using a multi-disciplinary approach in my research and use techniques such as ecological/biological field sampling, field experiments, observations, remote sensing, interviews, questionnaires and workshop discussions. Profile on Uppsala University: http://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N4-1133
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - September 2016
Stockholm University
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • GE1015 Hållbar samhällsutveckling GE1020 Ekosystemtjänstförvaltning
January 2015 - August 2018
Stockholm University
Position
  • Researcher
November 2012 - June 2013
University of Gothenburg
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • carbon sequestration * sediment and plant analysis * blue carbon
Education
December 2009 - September 2012
Åbo Akademi University
Field of study
  • Environmental and Marine Biology
July 2006 - June 2008
Stockholm University
Field of study
January 2000 - January 2007
Uppsala University
Field of study

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Publications (34)
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Seagrass meadows, like other tropical coastal ecosystems, are highly productive and sustain millions of people worldwide. However, the factors that govern the use of seagrass as a fishing habitat over other habitats are largely unknown, especially at the household scale. Using socioeconomic factors from 147 villages across four countries within the...
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This study provides an overview of the multi-sectoral coastal aquaculture development in Zanzibar (Tanzania) over the last thirty years based on empirical evidence from interviews, field observations, policy reports and literature reviews. Despite the immense potential of aquaculture for food and livelihoods, only seaweed farming has so far establi...
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Seagrasses – a group of foundation species in coastal ecosystems – provide key habitat for diverse and abundant faunal assemblages and support numerous ecosystem functions and services. However, whether the habitat role of seagrasses is influenced by seagrass diversity, by dominant species or both, remains unclear. To that end, we sought to investi...
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There is limited documentation on the status and dynamics of fished marine shelled mollusc species in many countries. Some of the challenges are due to obscure documentation of species, extensive unregulated and unrecorded fishing and unawareness of drivers behind declining stocks. The lack of understanding makes it difficult to formulate effective...
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Seagrass meadows globally are under pressure with worldwide loss and degradation, but there is a growing recognition of the global importance of seagrass ecosystem services, particularly as a major carbon sink and as fisheries habitat. Estimates of global seagrass spatial distribution differ greatly throughout the published literature, ranging from...
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In a changing environment, there is an increasing interest to monitor ecosystems to understand their responses to environmental change. Seagrass meadows are highly important ecosystems that are under constant pressure from human activities and climate impacts, with marked declines observed worldwide. Despite increasing efforts, monitoring of multis...
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In developing countries where data and resources are lacking, the practical relevance of local ecological knowledge (LEK) to expand our understanding of the environment, has been highlighted. The potential roles of the LEK varies from direct applications such as gathering environmental information to a more participative involvement of the communit...
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Seagrasses, flowering marine plants that form underwater meadows, play a significant global role in supporting food security, mitigating climate change and supporting biodiversity. Although progress is being made to conserve seagrass meadows in select areas, most meadows remain under significant pressure resulting in a decline in meadow condition a...
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Tropical coral reefs are threatened and in decline, and their future is highly uncertain. With increasing rates of climate change and rising global temperatures, people looking to coral reefs for food and income may increasingly have to rely on resources from other habitats. Efforts to protect and conserve the coral reefs we have left are critical...
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Globally, seagrass ecosystems are considered major blue carbon sinks and thus indirect contributors to climate change mitigation. Quantitative estimates and multi-scale appraisals of sources that underlie long-term storage of sedimentary carbon are vital for understanding coastal carbon dynamics. Across a tropical–subtropical coastal continuum in t...
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Global marine seaweed aquaculture is growing rapidly. In Zanzibar, Tanzania, seaweed farming, primarily conducted by women, is the main coastal aquaculture activity. Many types of aquaculture are linked to a specific ecosystem (e.g. shrimp-mangrove), and understanding if such a coupling exists for seaweed farming important for further development....
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The significant role seagrass meadows play in supporting fisheries productivity and food security across the globe is not adequately reflected in the decisions made by authorities with statutory responsibility for their management. We provide a unique global analysis of three data sources to present the case for why seagrass meadows need targeted p...
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Seagrass meadows support fisheries through provision of nursery areas and trophic subsidies to adjacent habitats. As shallow coastal habitats, they also provide key fishing grounds; however, the nature and extent of such exploitation are poorly understood. These productive meadows are being degraded globally at rapid rates. For degradation to cease...
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Seagrasses, marine flowering plants, provide a wide range of ecosystem services, defined here as natural processes and components that directly or indirectly benefit human needs. Recent research has shown that there are still many gaps in our comprehension of seagrass ecosystem service provision. Furthermore, there seems to be little public knowled...
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Threats to and loss of seagrass ecosystems globally, impact not only natural resources but also the lives of people who directly or indirectly depend on these systems. Seagrass ecosystems play a multi-functional role in human well-being, e.g. food through fisheries, control of erosion and protection against floods. Quantifying these services reveal...
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How do you, as a university lecturer, change from teacher-centered teaching to a more student-centered, active teaching? This paper aims to inspire you to make a change, big or small, to increase your students’ engagement and learning, by presenting suggestions on what you can do. The ideas and suggestions synthesized here are based on several diff...
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This expert opinion study examined the current status of the intertidal zone in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) and ranked and discussed future management approaches. Information was gathered from scientists, practitioners, and managers active in the WIO region through a questionnaire and a workshop. The experts stated that the productive intertidal...
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Seagrass beds are highly important for tropi- cal ecosystems by supporting abundant and diverse fish assemblages that form the basis for artisanal fisheries. although a number of local- and regional-scale variables are known to influence the abundance, diversity and assemblage structure of seagrass-associated fish assemblages, few studies have eval...
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Medium-scale land cover maps are traditionally created on the basis of a single cloud-free satellite scene, leaving information present in other scenes unused. Using 1309 field observations and 20 cloud- and error-affected Landsat scenes covering Zanzibar Island, this study demonstrates that the use of multiple scenes can both allow complete covera...
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The intertidal zone in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) provides several important ecosystem services, but the intertidal is experiencing an accelerating loss of habitats and biodiversity, due to among other factors, an increasing human population, overexploitation of resources, poverty and the pressures of economic development. The major aim of this...
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We tested the utility of IKONOS satellite imagery to map seagrass distribution and biomass in a 4.1 km2 area around Chumbe Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Considered to be a challenging environment to map, this area is characterized by a diverse mix of inter- and subtidal habitat types. Our mapped distribution of seagrasses corresponded well to field d...
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Seagrass meadows support high biodiversity and are important for invertebrate harvesting activities in developing countries. The aim of this study was to estimate the social and ecological effects of invertebrate harvesting, i.e. how this exploitation may affect/has affected seagrass variables (biomass, shoot density and canopy height), macrofaunal...

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Projects (3)
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www.indopacificseagrass.network The Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network (IPSN) aims to build capacity, foster learning exchange and conduct collaborative research on seagrass and their associated fisheries across the Indo-Pacific. The benefit of a research network is that relatively small amounts of work carried out collaboratively by many people have the potential to answer questions relating to patterns and processes that occur on large spatial-temporal scales.
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The project uses a multi-disciplinary approach to assess the health of mangrove ecosystems in NW Madagascar. The investigation includes natural mangrove stands of varying levels of disturbance and restored mangrove forest of varying ages. We will include upstream and downstream analyses of inputs and throughputs (water, sediment etc) and of ecosystem services and their quality across stands.
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A four-year project to gain a better understanding of seagrass ecosystems. Funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas.