IPSN coordination is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

The coordinating team behind IPSN are: 

Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund, Founding director and Project coordinator Lina Mtwana Nordlund disputation 21 september

Lina works as Associate Senior Lecturer at Uppsala University in Sweden. She is interested in transdisciplinary coastal sustainable development, with a special focus on seagrass, fisheries and ecosystem services. She has been working in the Western Indian Ocean since 2005. Learn more about Lina here.

Dr Johan Eklöf, Founding director Johan

Associate Professor in marine biology with a general interest in community and ecosystem ecology, and a specific interest in the role of diversity in seagrass social-ecological systems. Read more about Johan here.

Dr Richard Unsworth

Richard works on ecological structuring processes within marine systemsr.k.f.unsworth and the implications of these systems for society. This focuses primarily on the interrelationships between seagrass habitat and associated productive fauna (mainly fish). He is particularly interested in environmental changes on seagrass meadow functioning and the implications of this for ecosystem services. Richard is based at Swansea University and is a founding director of the marine conservation charity Project Seagrass.

Dr Leanne Cullen-Unsworth

Leanne is a member of the Seagrass Ecosystems Research Group and Leanne profileco-director of the charity Project Seagrass. Based at Cardiff University, Leanne works on seagrass as a coupled social-ecological system with a focus on fisheries and sustainability. She has worked on seagrass systems in the Indo-Pacific since 2004. Learn more about her work here.

Dr Narriman S. Jiddawi

Dr Narriman works at the Institute of Fisheries Research in Zanzibar, Narriman_JiddawiTanzania. Her expertise is in fisheries management, women and gender roles in coastal ecosystems and mariculture. She has more than 20 years of experience in these fields. Learn more about Narriman here.

Dr Maricela de la Torre-Castro

Maricela de la Torre-Castro works at Stockholm University. She has a background in Maricelamarine sciences as Oceanologist (Univ. Autonoma de Baja California) and is docent (Associate professor) in Natural Resource Management. Her main interest is to investigate human-nature relations. She uses seagrass social-ecological systems to address questions dealing with coastal resource use. Some examples are fisheries and other goods and services, governance, management and gender. Learn more about Maricela here.

PhD candidate Benjamin Jones


Benjamin Jones research is primarily focused on seagrass ecosystems and small-scale fisheries. His PhD project at Stockholm University investigates the linkages between biodiversity and food security using seagrass meadows as a model social-ecological system. He is a founding director of the marine conservation charity Project Seagrass. Read more about Ben here.

PhD candidate Johann Stiepani

Johann Stiepani is a transdisciplinary researcher with a focus on global change, coastal johannresource management, ecosystem services, and numerical ecology. His PhD project based at Uppsala Universitet will examine how humans benefit from seagrass ecosystem services. Johann has worked on coastal resource management and governance in the various countries in the Indo-Pacific. Read more about Johann here.

A selection of IPSN collaborators:

Last updated 2019-11-05

IPSN Location team leader
Maldives Azim Musthag
Hong Kong Juan Diego Gaitan Espitia
Thailand Anchana Prathep
Philippines Kimberley Gervereau
Sri Lanka Chathurika Munasinghe
Dr. Muhammad Hendri, ST., MSi
Indonesia Dr. Muhammad Hendri
Philippines Richard N. Muallil
Philippines Julie B. Otadoy
Philippines Reynante V. Ramilo
India Al Badush A
Kenya Lillian Daudi
Kenya Lillian Daudi
Tanzania Mariam Hamisi
Moçambique Salomao Bandeira
Philippines Sitti Zayda Halun
Kenya Kihia, Charles Maina
Japan Masahiro Nakaoka
Sri Lanka Susantha Udagedara
Philippines Humberto R. Montes, Jr.
Moçambique Isabel Marques da Silva
United Arab Emirates Himansu S Das
Maldives Sarah Davies
Philippines Rose Lopez
Mozambique Cremildo Armando
Malaysia Jillian Ooi
Indian Ocean IPSN member
Philippines T E Angela
Philippines T E Angela
Malaysia IPSN member
Philippines Wilfredo H. Uy, Ph.D.
Malaysia IPSN member
Malaysia, Borneo A. Thorhaug/ MTK Yap
Solomon Islands Zelda Hilly
Mauritius Arvind Gopeechund

Master thesis project within IPSN: 

Joseph Upstone, Stockholm University, Sweden, supervisor Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund & Johan Eklöf

Felicity Pike, Stockholm University, Sweden, supervisor Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund & Johan Eklöf

Johanna Lauritsen, Uppsala University, supervisor Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund

Sofie Westerberg, Stockholm University, Sweden, supervisor Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund

Lucy Coals, Imperial University, UK, supervisor Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund & Morena Mills

Lucía Vales, Uppsala University, supervisor Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund

Lucy Ward, Uppsala University, supervisor Dr Lina Mtwana Nordlund