Monika Winder, Professor, Stockholm University
My research interest is in the consequences of environmental change for food webs and ecosystem functions. My research addresses questions in lakes, estuarine-coastal and ocean ecosystems with a special emphasis on planktonic organisms. I conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Washington, Seattle, and at the University of California Davis, and received my PhD in Natural Sciences from the ETH in Zürich.
Per Hedberg, Ph.D. student, Stockholm University
The goal of Per’s PhD project is to investigate how shifts in pelagic and benthic species composition can affect the flux of organic matter and nutritional quality of settling material, and feedback loops to plankton. The outcome of this research is expected to yield transformative insight on ecological interactions and the role of organic material and nutrient cycling between the open water and the sediment habitat. This project is supported by the FORMAS project: Responses of pelagic-benthic coupling to environmental change in the Baltic Sea.
Andreas Novotny, Ph.D. student, Stockholm University
In the world’s largest ecosystem, marine plankton form complex trophic interaction networks that are influenced by environmental conditions. The purpose of Andrea’s PhD study is to study zooplankton feeding preferences and hereby their function as intermediates between primary producers and fish communities, through in situ identification of dietary uptake using novel DNA barcoding. This project is connected to the VR project: Consequences of zooplankton feeding strategies on the function of marine ecosystems.
Baptiste Serandour, Ph.D. student, Stockholm University
I am a PhD student in marine biology at Stockholm University. I am interested in the food web interaction between primary producers and consumers. I use selective DNA barcoding and network modelling to investigate food web structure under changing environmental conditions. This project is connected to the VR project: Consequences of zooplankton feeding strategies on the function of marine ecosystems.
Noah Ngisiange, Ph.D. student, Stockholm University
My study aims to assess the impacts of environmental change on fish larvae productivity in seagrass habitats in Kenya and Tanzania. The studies will investigate drivers and changes in coastal habitats at decadal, annual and seasonal time scales, combined with biophysical dispersal models to demonstrate ecosystem responses against socio economic stressors. This knowledge will help to effectively manage potential seagrass habitat risks from climate change and development over the coming decades, and how they are related to fish larvae production to benefit food-provisioning services.
Tinanshuo Xu, PhD student Stockholm University
Symbiotic interactions in plankton food webs
Kinlan Jan, PhD student Stockholm University
Plankton-fish interactions: an understudied link in Baltic Sea food webs and fisheries management
I am a PhD student in Marine Biology. My project aims to give a better description of the plankton-fish link using novel molecular tools. Planktivorous fish are key components of the pelagic food web as they support upper trophic levels, such as commercially important fish, and indirectly control algal growth by feeding on zooplankton. Although understanding the interactions between plankton and fish is crucial for the development of ecosystem-based management strategies, the full spectrum of planktivorous fish prey is rarely considered, mostly due to limitations of the methods. In this project, DNA metabarcoding on low levels of dietary DNA (dDNA) and modeling will be used to investigate the full prey spectrum of planktivorous fish. The outcome of the project will provide a better understanding on the plankton-fish interactions and help predict the variation of energy flow from primary producer to fish under different scenarios, such as climate warming, eutrophicationand fisheries.
Rebecca Schröter, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: Uptake efficiency of cyanobacteria by zooplankton
Amalia McAllister, MS.c. student, Stockholm University
Leo Näsström, MS.c. student, Stockholm University
Emelie Bergmann, MS.c. student, Stockholm University
Josefine Schmidt, MS.c. student, Stockholm University
Konrad Karlsson, Ph.D. student, Stockholm University
Alfred Burian, Ph.D. student, Stockholm University
Jens Nielsen, Ph.D. student, Stockholm University
Rafael Bermudez, Ph.D. student, Kiel University
Current position: Lecturer at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
Postdocs and Researchers
Dr. Sara Zamora, Postdoc, Stockholm University
Dr. David Costalago, Postdoc, Stockholm University
Current position: Researcher, University of British Columbia
Dr. Jennifer R. Griffiths, Postdoc, Stockholm University
Current position: Technical Lead, Habitat Strategic Initiative at Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, USA
Dr. Pavel Kratina, Postdoc, UC Davis
Current position: ecturer at Queen Mary University of London
Dr. Andrea Downing, Postdoc, Stockholm University
Current position: postdoc at the Stockholm Resilience Center, SU
Dr. Olle Hjerne, Researcher, Stockholm University
Current position: Researcher at Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB
Kinlan Jan, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: Copepod feeding preferences along the Baltic Sea environmental gradients:An assessment of zooplankton interactions using DNA metabarcoding
Vivien Holub, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: Connectivity through larval dispersal in Kenya and Tanzania: A hydrodynamic connectivity model of marine protected areas
Calum Young, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: Examination of plankton communities, invaders and harmful algal species within mangrove areas of the Galápagos Islands using eDNA metabarcoding
Stefan Eiler, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: Planktonic crustacean communities in the Galapagos Archipelago: Spatio-temporal changes and consequences for ecosystem production
Elina Viinamäki, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: A genetic study of fish larvae in coastal East Africa
Per Hedberg, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: Linkages of fish recruitment to habitat production in coastal East Africa
Lia Simona Puiac, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: Adaptive potential of copepods to climate change: the role of phenotypic plasticity and genetic variation
Stéphane Karasiewicz, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: The effect of temperature on predator-prey interactions and growth fitness
Matteo Fusilli, MS.c. student, Stockholm University: Using DNA barcoding to detect feeding preference of copepods
Alexander Raschke, MS.c. student, Geomar, Kiel, Germany