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Water movement affects marine organisms in various ways. Currents and waves set mechanical limits for growth and survival for fauna and flora. Flow may also facilitate biological processes, e.g. nutrient and food uptake, disposal of waste products, and dispersal of propagules. Recent research offers many examples of how studies of hydrodynamics are necessary for a correct understanding of a wide range of biological mechanisms, from the molecular to the ecosystem level. The term biohydrodynamics emphasizes the interdisciplinary approach necessary to understand how biological processes are affected, controlled or limited by hydrodynamics.

Contact person:
Per Jonsson

Areas of interest:

  • flow effects on larval and spore settlement
  • dispersal and connectivity of marine organisms
  • hydrodynamic effects on chemical defence and communication
  • hydrodynamic signals in the communication between marine organisms
  • biological effects of wave exposure
  • marine biofouling
  • biological effects of coastal marine structures

Projects including Biohydrodynamics at TMBL

  • BIOFLOW (Flume Facility Co-operation Network for Biological Benthic Boundary Layer Research). Funded by EU 5FP. Contact person Per Jonsson
  • Hydrodynamic effects on settlement of marine invertebrates and algal spores, with implications for biofouling control. Funded by EU 5FP & ERDF. Contact person Per Jonsson
  • Chemical ecology of marine sponges. Funded by FORMAS. Contact person Per Jonsson
  • Larval dispersal and population connectivity. Funded by Göteborg University. Contact person Per Jonsson
  • Developing new assays for environmentally benign antifoulants. Funded by FORMAS. Contact person: Jon Havenhand.
  • MARINE PAINT. Funded by MISTRA. Contact person: Kent Berntsson
  • DELOS (Environmental design of low crested coastal defence structures). Finished March 2004. Funded by EU 5FP. Contact person Per Jonsson

Running PhD programs within Biohydrodynamics at TMBL

Honours projects related to Biohydrodynamics at TMBL
(in Swedish)

Industrial interest and regional effects
Västra Götalandsregionen is the most marine region in Sweden. Advanced knowledge is required for a better and sustainable utilisation of the marine resources. Local communities, regional authorities and industry are all potential stakeholders for knowledge that are developed within biohydro-dynamics. Examples are a better understanding for speed restrictions for big ships and high-speed vessels, and development of new low-toxic methods for protection against marine fouling on ships and other marine constructions.

BIOFLOW (Flume Facility Co-operation Network for Biological Benthic Boundary Layer Research). Funded by
EU 5FP. Contact person Per Jonsson

MARICE - Interdiciplinary research program (platform) in Marine Chemical Ecology at the Faculty of Science, GU.

Special equipment
7.4 m flume thank (flow speed: 0.001-0.5 m/s)
1.5 m flume tank (for small-scale flows; 0.001-0.15 m/s)
Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter (Nortek)
Particle Image Velocimetry (DVC)
Hot-film anemometry (Dantec)
Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (Nortek)

Persons active within Biohydrodynamics at TMBL

  1. Prof. Per Jonsson, PI. Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  2. Prof. Jon Havenhand, Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  3. Associate Prof. Mats Lindegarth, Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  4. Dr. Kent Berntsson, Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  5. Dr. Ann Larsson, Dept Marine Ecology, Göteborg University
  6. Proj Ass Fredrik Lindgren, TMBL, Göteborg University

Other web sites of interest:

Contact person:

This project is part-financed by the European Union, The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Internal pages for the Biohydrodynamic working group
(in Swedish)


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