Seagrass Ecology Lab - Kristineberg Station

Eelgrass bed in front of Kristineberg Station
Eelgrass bed in front of Kristineberg Station

The Seagrass Ecology Lab at Kristineberg Station offers modern marine research laboratories with unique facilities to perform field and laboratory research activities.

  • Hydraulic flume. The flume can generate currents and waves present in shallow coastal environments. The tank has of 8 m long, 0.5 m wide and 0.4 m high with a test section box of 2 m. Flow can be measured with an acoustic Doppler velocimeter (Nortek, Vectrino) and wave gauges.
  • Wave mesocosms. Long-term experiments on marine organisms using wave exposition can be performed using wave mesocosms with tanks available between 1-4 m long.
  • Indoor and outdoor mesocosm facilities. Indoor mesocosms can be accommodated in climate control rooms with lights and seawater flow-through. Water temperature can be controlled and filtered with UV light.
  • Lab equipment. Seawater flow-through is available together with compress air, de-ionised water taps. Fish respirometer (O2 sensors and peristaltic pumps), video-cameras, microscopes, water filtration columns, oven, weight scales, dynamometer, fridge and freezer between others.
  • Field equipment. Instruments to measure physical parameters such as flow meters, temperature, salinity, light and turbidity loggers. Underwater photography and video equipment. Other equipment such as sampling nets, cages, sediment corers and box corers.
  • Boat and diving equipment. Snorkeling and SCUBA equipment such as dry suits, tanks, fins, masks, BCDs, regulators. Kristineberg has its own air compressor and diving facilities.
  • Drone to carry aerial surveys and monitoring of coastal areas (DJI Phantom 3-Pro).
  • Seagrass beds. Perennial meadows of Zostera marina are available in front of the lab, but also along the Gullmars Fjord. Seagrass beds range from 1-4 m depth at most sites with sheltered and semi-exposed bays. Samples of sediment, seagrass, fish and bivalves can be easily collected in the bays and easily transported into the lab.

The Seagrass Ecology Lab is located in Kristineberg station, in the West coast of Sweden. Kristineberg is part of the Sven Lovén Centre (SLC) for Marine Sciences, a marine infrastructure organization of the University of Gothenburg. The SLC comprises two stations for research and education in Sweden: Kristineberg and Tjärnö. The SLC is the largest field station for marine research in Sweden. Established in 1877, Kristineberg is also one of the oldest marine research stations in the world, with a well-established contact network and a long tradition of hosting visiting scientists. Kristineberg offers an excellent profile to a young researcher with access to all the benefits of both University and Academy institutions.

Kristineberg has its own dorm to accommodate students and visiting scientists. The station restaurant provide daily meals with vegetarian and special diet options.

Sven Loven Center, Kristineberg

Contact: eduardo.infantes [at]    Kristineberg Station, Kristineberg 566, SE-45178, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

Travel Grants

ASSEMBLE PLUSTraveling funds are provided by Assemble+, EMBRC for research projects. Funds cover the costs of a maximum of two persons per project of access to labs, research services and  disposables, for a maximum of 30 working days per project. Projects using local ecosystems, species or models will have higher priority. See guidelines.

Call open now from 5-Jan to 2-Feb of 2018. Apply here


Traveling funds are provided every year by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (KVA). Funds usually cover traveling expenses, accommodation, food at the station restaurant and use of laboratory and boats. If you are interested in doing research at the Seagrass Ecology Lab you can find more info here.

Next call will be open from in Sep 2018 and travel funds will be available for 2019.