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Dr Christin Säwström

Christin is a Research Fellow within the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research in the School of Natural Sciences.


  • 2010-2012: Postdoctoral position at the UWA Oceans Institute, Western Australia. Project specifically looked at the western rock lobster larvae (phyllosoma) and how plankton and oceanographic variables affect phyllosoma abundance and distribution.
  • 2008-2009: Postdoctoral position at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. Project specifically looked at freshwater blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) and their viruses.
  • 2006-2008: Postdoctoral position in aquatic viral ecology at the Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC) Abisko, Umeå University, Sweden.

Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • 2008 - 1-year post-doctoral scholarship from FORMAS (the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning) for research at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University


  • 2007 - Research stipend from Lars Hiertas minne to fund research in subarctic Sweden
  • 2004 - 1-year Marie Curie Scholarship from the University of Nottingham to fund research in the Antarctic

Research Areas and Interests

  • Aquatic microbial ecology with a focus on energy and material cycling by microbes
  • Whole-ecosystem processes and energy flow in aquatic ecosystems, i.e. measurements of bacteria and phytoplankton productivity rates, zooplankton grazing rates, and analysis of microbial communities with the use of epifluorescence microscopy and transmission electron microscopy.
  • Quantification of carbon fluxes through the microbial loop in aquatic ecosystems
  • Viral aquatic ecology
  • Microbial influences on biogeochemical processes in coastal habitats
  • Carbon cycling and bacterial carbon sources in coastal habitats
  • Use of stable isotopes to determine important bacterial carbon sources in coastal habitats
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