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  • J.A. Palménin tie 260

    00014

    Finland

  • Finland

  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

20082021
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Description of research and teaching

Seagrasses and other aquatic plants are foundation species that maintain biodiversity and modify the abiotic and biotic environment including primary and secondary production. They form vast underwater meadows that can contain up to 8-9 co-occurring plant species. My aim is to to look at how this diversity of species and their traits, i.e. functional diversity, influence ecosystem processes. More specifically, I am interested in investigating the interplay between seagrass response and effect traits and their effects on the stability of seagrass meadows (i.e. ability to maintain primary production) during synergistic light reduction and elevated temperatures. In addition, the project addresses generalizability of the importance of seagrass effect traits for primary production at a global scale by comparing two temperate regions with high seagrass diversity (Baltic Sea, Finland, and Western Australia). The project outcome is to discern how diverse temperate meadows maintain ecosystem functioning locally in different habitats and in geographically contrasting regions. Unraveling which combinations of traits are crucial for ecosystem function and stability during extreme events can further support the adoption of an ecosystem approach in ecosystem management and facilitate the development of relevant conservation practices to ensure continuous coastal ecosystem functioning in a changing climate.

People: Camilla Gustafsson, Charlotte Angove, Alf Norkko (TZS), Gary Kendrick and research team (University of Western Australia), Johan Eklöf, Tiina Salo and research team (Stockholm University) 

Funding: Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation, Academy of Finland, Svenska Kulturfonden, UWA Research Collaboration Award

Education/Academic qualification

Marine Biology, Docent, University of Helsinki

Keywords

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Marine biodiversity
  • Ecosystem functioning
  • Seagrass
  • Aquatic plants
  • Functional traits
  • Plant ecology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2008 2019

Quantifying the importance of functional traits for primary production in aquatic plant communities

Gustafsson, C. M. & Norkko, A. M., Jan 2019, In : Journal of Ecology. 107, 1, p. 154-166 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Assessing the efficiencies and challenges for nutrient uptake by aquatic plants

Angove, C., Norkko, A. & Gustafsson, C., Oct 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 507, p. 23-30 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Not all plants are the same: Exploring metabolism and nitrogen fluxes in a benthic community composed of different aquatic plant species

Gustafsson, C. & Norkko, A., 2016, In : Limnology and Oceanography. 61, 5, p. 1787-1799 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

The Effect of Genetic Diversity on Ecosystem Functioning in Vegetated Coastal Ecosystems

Salo, T. & Gustafsson, C., Dec 2016, In : Ecosystems. 19, 8, p. 1429-1444 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Biodiversity mediates top-down control in eelgrass ecosystems: a global comparative-experimental approach

Duffy, J. E., Reynolds, P. L., Boström, C., Coyer, J. A., Cusson, M., Donadi, S., Douglass, J. G., Eklöf, J. S., Engelen, A. H., Eriksson, B. K., Fredriksen, S., Gamfeldt, L., Gustafsson, C., Hoarau, G., Hori, M., Hovel, K., Iken, K., Lefcheck, J. S., Moksnes, P-O., Nakaoka, M. & 8 othersO'Connor, M. I., Olsen, J. L., Richardson, J. P., Ruesink, J. L., Sotka, E. E., Thormar, J., Whalen, M. A. & Stachowicz, J. J., 2015, In : Ecology Letters. 18, 7, p. 696-705 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2015 2021

Activities 2015 2018

  • 2 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 2 Academic visit to other institution
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in aquatic plant communities

Camilla Gustafsson (Keynote speaker)
5 Feb 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

University of Western Australia

Camilla Gustafsson (Visiting researcher)
6 Sep 201711 Jan 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Euromarine Workshop: Linking biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services: a comparison between temperate and tropical seagrass meadows

Camilla Gustafsson (Attendee)
6 Jun 20169 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

University of Western Australia

Camilla Gustafsson (Visiting researcher)
30 Oct 201610 Feb 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Press / Media