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Susanna Strömberg

Principal research engineer

Susanna Strömberg
Principal research engineer
susanna.stromberg@marine.gu.se

Postal Address: Box 461, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Carl skottsbergs gata 22 b , 41319 Göteborg


Department of Marine Sciences (More Information)
Box 461
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Carl Skottsbergs gata 22 B , 413 19 Göteborg

About Susanna Strömberg

I am working with the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa, and I am specifically interested in the early life history traits such as reproduction, embryo and larval development, including intrinsic properties and behavior. These early stages in the life of scleractinian corals (or any sessile marine organisms) are important for their potential for dispersal. Hydrodynamic dispersal models have previously treated larvae as passive particles, only affected by hydrodynamic forces. Now, the intrinsic properties and behaviors of marine larvae are increasingly recognized as being significant factors affecting the dispersal outcome. While dispersal models are developed to include biological traits, the actual biological data to accommodate these models are scarce, and for deep-sea organisms almost completely lacking. Therefore we wanted to try and map the early life of Lophelia pertusa to provide this kind of information to those working with biophysical dispersal models.

Cold-water corals can form complex three-dimensional habitats, stretching continuously over hundreds of square kilometers and harbor a rich diversity of associated fauna. They provide important ecosystem services that help sustain human life, through their role as habitat for other organisms. For instance they are important feeding grounds for some commercially important fish, such as cod, rockfish, and Pollock.

But cold-water corals are facing several threats that we impose upon them. Bottom trawling, offshore oil and gas exploitation, and ocean acidification and warming are the major threats. To be able to assess the resilience of these ecosystems to these threats we need to know more about the prerequisites for a successful reproduction and dispersal. This knowledge is also important so that we know when we need to take action and restore reefs. During my PhD project I have also initiated a restoration experiment – forty-five concrete blocks of different designs have been deployed in the Koster Sea.

 

Skills

During my PhD I have been working with a wide range of methods, from casting concrete to build artificial reefs, to laboratory methods such as histology, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and general microscopy and photo documentation. I have also designed an experimental set-up for settling, with 18 rotating beakers, driven by a motor and conveyor belts. Although I have ideas and can make designs for such constructions, I need to collaborate with good technicians to actually put them together – I am, after all, a marine biologist.
 

Thesis:

Early Life History of the Cold-Water Coral Lophelia pertusa – with implications for dispersal.

Supplemental tables and images for Paper II in my thesis

Paper II supplemental tables and graphs

Paper II supplemental images

 

Latest publications

Cold-water corals in aquaria: advances and challenges. A focus on the Mediterranean
C Orejas, M Taviani, S Ambroso, V Andreou, M Bilan et al.
Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals: Past, Present and Future, Springer, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Suitability of mineral accretion as a rehabilitation method for cold-water coral reefs
Susanna Strömberg, Tomas Lundälv, T. J. Goreau
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Journal article 2010
Journal article

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2019

Cold-water corals in aquaria: advances and challenges. A focus on the Mediterranean
C Orejas, M Taviani, S Ambroso, V Andreou, M Bilan et al.
Mediterranean Cold-Water Corals: Past, Present and Future, Springer, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

2017

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2010

Suitability of mineral accretion as a rehabilitation method for cold-water coral reefs
Susanna Strömberg, Tomas Lundälv, T. J. Goreau
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Journal article 2010
Journal article

Showing 1 - 8 of 8

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