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Dr Christin Säwström

Research Fellow - Research Scholar

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5766, Email: c.sawstrom@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.346
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5766  
Email: c.sawstrom@ecu.edu.au   
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.346  

 

Background

  • 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

Other

  • 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

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), Sweden, 2006 .
  • M (Master Degree), England, 2001 .
  • B (Bachelor Degree), England, 2000 .

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Benthic primary productivity and herbivory,  Western Australian Marine Science Institution,  Grant,  2013 - 2016,  $131,866.
  • Protection of coastal ecosystems and marine resource management,  The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education ,  CRN - Grant,  2011 - 2016,  $890,684.
  • Microbes: The Missing Link in Coastal Landscape Connectivity,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Marine Science Program,  2013 - 2016,  $34,000.
  • Bacterial carbon usage - loss, sink or link of carbon in coastal systems?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014,  $15,000.
  • Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,  Flagship Collaboration Research Fund,  2012 - 2016,  $772,000.
  • Organic Carbon Preservation in Estuarine Seagrass Meadows of Western Australia,  Ernest Hodgkin Trust,  Scholarship,  2013,  $5,031.
  • Characterising marine microbial diversity and function in key benthic habitats of Western Australia,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2013,  2013,  $24,823.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Laybourn-Parry, J., Anesio, A., Madan, N., Sawstrom, C., (2013), Virus dynamics in a large epishelf lake (Beaver Lake, Antarctica). Freshwater Biology, 58(7), 1484-1493, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom, DOI: doi:10.1111/fwb.12146.
  • Sawstrom, C., Pollard, P., (2012), Environmental influences on virus?host interactions in an Australian subtropical reservoir. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 4(1), 72-81, DOI: 10.1111/j.1758-2229.2011.00303.x.
  • Saunders, MI., Thompson, PA., Jeffs, AG., Sawstrom, C., Sachlikidis, N., Beckley, LE., Waite, AM., (2012), Fussy feeders: Phyllosoma larvae of the Western Rocklobster (Panulirus cygnus) demonstrate prey preference. PLoS ONE, 7(5), N/A, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036580.
  • Karlsson, J., Sawstrom, C., (2009), Benthic algae support zooplankton growth during winter in a clear-water lake. OIKOS, 118(4), 539-544, DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2008.17239.x.
  • Eiler, A., Beier, S., Sawstrom, C., Karlsson, J., Bertilsson, S., (2009), High ratio of bacteriochlorophyll biosynthesis genes to chlorophyll biosynthesis genes in bacteria of humic lakes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75(22), 7221-7228, DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00960-09.
  • Sawstrom, C., Karlsson, J., Laybourn-Parry, J., Graneli, W., (2009), Zooplankton feeding on algae and bacteria under ice in Lake Druzhby, East Antarctica. Polar Biology, 32(8), 1195-1202, DOI: 10.1007/s00300-009-0619-0.
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