Caroline Isaksson

Senior Lecturer, Docent

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Natural Sciences


  • urbanization, birds, oxidative stress, nutrition, pollution


My main interest lies at the interface of ecology and physiology. I am specifically interested in how human-induced environmental stress, such as pollution and nutrition, influences the oxidative stress response and its consequences for individual performance and population dynamics in wild vertebrates.

Some of the topics that I currently work on are (see project pages for more information):

  • Urban environmental stress and its impact on birds
  • Epigenetics in birds
  • Avian health and biomarkers
  • Nutrition and metabolism in birds

I use a combination of epidemiological, experimental and comparative analyses to understand the impacts of urbanization on birds.

My main study species is the great tit (Parus major), however, I also study other bird species common to both urban and rural habitats, along with aviary birds such as the zebra finch.

Recent research outputs

Giraudeau, M., Hannah Watson, Powell, D., Vincze, O., Thomas, F., Sepp, T., Ujvari, B., Le Loc'h, G. & Caroline Isaksson, 2020 Apr 20, In : Science of the Total Environment. 714, 135793.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eikenaar, C., Winslott, E., Hessler, S. & Caroline Isaksson, 2020 Jan 30, In : Functional Ecology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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