Seagrass management in East Africa

Supervisor: Dr. Lina Mtwana Nordlund

Researcher at Dept. Ecology, Environment & Plants

Contact: Lina.Mtwana.Nordlund@su.se

 

Background

This proposed project is suitable for two to three students, and you will work together in the field but with individual projects. The project will be part of a larger project led by Dr. Lina Mtwana Nordlund. The coastal zone is the most dynamic part of the global ecosystem and therefore most prone to natural and human-induced global change. These human-dominated ecosystems, such as seagrass ecosystems, are experiencing an accelerating loss of biodiversity and dramatic ecosystem alterations and the potential consequences for ecosystem services and human well-being are still largely unknown. Understanding how marine ecosystems respond to, and possibly adapt to, a changing environment when several factors are acting simultaneously is challenging. This project will focus on investigating existing and possible management actions for seagrass to find ways to improve the situation and prepare for the uncertainty of the future.

This project will investigate seagrass and its management especially around Zanzibar in Tanzania. Seagrass meadows are extensive around Zanzibar and of very high value to the population. These areas host a wide variety of species and are heavily fished.

This project will be an opportunity to conduct a Minor Field Study (MFS), where you gain experience from working in a developing country. You will have to apply for this scholarship (that is available for Swedish citizens or individuals with PUT only) that totals 27000SEK and enables you to stay abroad for a minimum of 8 weeks. You can read more about MFS at www.studera.nu.

Approach

• In the field investigate seagrass and its fauna

• Conduct observations and interviews

• Review the literature for threats to seagrass and potential solutions

• Review management documents

 

Requirements

• BSc in related subject and a few courses on master level

• Be comfortable in sea water

• Ability to work in a hot and challenging environment