About the speaker:
Sophie is a researcher at the Tjärnö Marine Laboratory of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) dedicated to investigating the marine biodiversity of macrophytes and supporting a sustainable seaweed aquaculture in the Northern Hemisphere. She is closely collaborating with the European seaweed industry and developed techniques and protocols for the sustainable large-scale cultivation of sea lettuces (Ulva). During her PhD at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany), Sophie investigated the taxonomy of different genera of marine green algae and the impact of environmental factors on their distribution and potential to form blooms. In addition to her work, she has a passion for communicating phycology to a broader audience by showing the beauty and importance of seaweeds and raising awareness for a sustainable seaweed industry.
Tjärnö Marine Laboratory is a field station that is part of the University of Gothenburg and is located by Sweden's most species-rich marine area in the northern part of Bohuslän province, next to Kosterhavet National Park. The Tjärnö Marine Laboratory servers as a place for marine university education and research within marine sciences, mainly evolution, aquaculture as well as nature conservation and management.
Sea lettuce, Ulva, off-shore aquaculture, protein, industrial cultivation