Christoffer Boström

Associate Professor Christoffer Boström is a marine biologist currently working as Head of Subject at the department for Environmental and Marine Biology at Åbo Akademi University.

He received his PhD in 2001. His main research interests include structure and function of coastal marine ecosystems, especially seagrass communities.

He is currently involved in both national, Nordic, European and global research networks and projects focusing on coastal ecosystems in relation to eutrophication and climate change.

He has since 2005 been responsible for science and marine outreach in the Archipelago Centre Korpoström, Finland – a centre for archipelago related science and art ( He is a member in various scientific working groups and a member of the Archipelago Sea Biosphere Reserve steering group.

Through activities in Korpoström, AARK ( and the Contemporary Art Archipelago ( project he has a experience of marine science outreach work through art and various school projects. In 2016 he had a photo exhibition called Meadows of the Sea in the Archipelago Centre. Examples of other seagrass-art collaborations include projects with Elin Wikström, Sandra Nyberg, Heini Nieminen and Katja Syrjä. In 2019 he was curator for the exhibition Out To Sea – The Plastic Garbage Project in collaboration with Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich and the Archipelago Centre Korpoström.

Christoffer Boström has published over 60 scientific papers ( and is continuosly teaching marine ecology courses and supervising students at both MSc and PhD level. Since 1999 he lives on the island of Korpo in the middle of the Archipelago Sea, SW Finland.

Examples of publications

Gagnon K, Carugati L, Christianen M, Danovaro R, Eronat E, Gambi C, Govers L, Kipson S, Meysick L, Paajusalu L, Rinde E, Tuney Kızılkaya I, Van Der Heide T, Van De Koppel J, Van Katwijk M, Boström C (2020) Facilitating foundation species – the potential for plant-bivalve interactions to improve habitat restoration success. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press.

Meysick L, Infantes E, Boström C (2019) The influence of hydrodynamics and ecosystem engineers on eelgrass seed trapping, PLoS ONE 14 (9): e0222020

Röhr ME, Holmer M, Baum JK, Björk M, Chin D, Chalifour L, Cimon S, Cusson M, Dahl M, Deyanova D, Duffy JE, Eklöf JS, Geyer JK, Griffin JN, Gullström M, Hereu CM, Hori M, Hovel KA, Hughes AR, Jorgensen P, Kiriakopolos S, Moksnes P-O, Nakaoka M, O´Connor MI, Peterson B, Reiss K, Reynolds PL, Rossi F, Ruesink J, Santos R, Stachowicz JJ, Tomas F, Lee K-S, Unsworth RKF, Boström C (2018) Blue carbon storage capacity of temperate eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 32:1-21.

Boström C, Pittman SJ, Simenstad C (2017) Ecological consequences of seagrass and salt marsh seascape patterning on marine fauna. Pp. 121-151 In Pittman SJ (ed.) Seascape Ecology, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Olsen JL, Rouzé P, Verhelst B, Lin Y-C, Bayer T, Collen J, Dattolo E, De Paoli E, Dittami S, Maumus F, Michel G, Kersting A, Lauritano C, Lohaus R, Töpel M, Tonon T, Venneste T, Amirebrahimi M, Brakel J, Boström C, Chovatia M, Grimwood J, Jenkins JW, Jüterbock A, Mraz A, Stam WT, Tice H, Bornberg-Bauer E, Green P, Pearson GA, Proccacini G, Duarte CM, Schmutz J, Reusch TBH & Van De Peer, Y (2016). The genome of the seagrass Zostera marina reveals angiosperm adaptation to the sea. Nature Vol. 531, No. 7589. doi:10.1038/nature16548

Boström C, Pittman S, Kneib R, Simenstad C (2011) Seascape ecology of coastal biogenic habitats: advances, gaps and challenges. Marine Ecology Progress Series 427:191-217.

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