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

Caroline Isaksson, 2020 Nov 18, In : The Journal of experimental biology. 223, jeb203794.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

et al. et al., Antica Culina, Carlos Camacho, Caroline Isaksson, Jan-Åke Nilsson, Johan Nilsson, Hannah Watson & Marcel E. Visser, 2020 Nov 17, In : Journal of Animal Ecology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hannah Watson, Daniel Powell, Pablo Salmón, Arne Jacobs & Caroline Isaksson, 2020 Oct 29, In : Evolutionary Applications.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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