Katrine Borgå

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Phone +47 22859156
Mobile phone +47 91588892
Room 4505
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 None 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Research Interests

As an ecotoxicologist my research focuses on understanding mechanisms and processes for contaminant distribution, accumulation and effects in the environment. This includes the influence of food web ecology, migration, life history traits, and biogeochemistry on (re)distribution of contaminants in the context of a changing climate. It also includes how climate change and other stressors affect the organism's response to contaminant exposure.

Research in the Borgå research group is oriented towards understanding processes of bioaccumulation in Arctic, temperate and tropical marine food webs, and effects of multiple stressors on life history traits, both in field and in lab. Chemicals of interest include both legacy and emerging contaminants, including neonicotinoids and substances from electronic waste.  See links to current projects for further info.




Current PhD projects

  • Sabrina Schultze: Sabrina studies the effect of terrestrial dissolved organic matter in combination with toxicants on coastal marine zooplankton.

  • Julia Giebichenstein: Julie studies the effects of seasonality and species distribution on contaminant levels in the northern Barents Sea food web, as a part of the Nansen Legacy project

  • Julie Sørlie Paus-Knudsen: Julie studies the effects of neonicotinoids on bumlebees in the project NEOPOLL

  • Ane Haarr: Ane studies how electronic waste functions as source of flameretardants and other contaminants in the Tanzanian coastal environment, in the project AnthroTox.

  • Silje Marie Kristansen: Silje studies how life history traits in springtails are shaped by climatic variables, while also exposed to increased stress by an anthropogenic pollutant (neonicotinoids) as a part of the project MULTICLIM.

Other group members

News and Blog

Available master projects in Toxicology


BIO4500 General Toxicology
BIO4530 Regulatory Toxicology
BIO4550 Ecotoxicology
BIO4331 Marine Environmental Issues

KJM3700 Environmental Chemistry

AT830 Arctic Environmental Toxicology

Tags: Ecotoxicology, Toxicology, Arctic, Polar, Aquatic ecology, trophic tracers, environmental contaminants, mechanistic modelling, multivariate statistics


  • Ruus, Anders; Allan, Ian; Bæk, Kine & Borgå, Katrine (2021). Partitioning of persistent hydrophobic contaminants to different storage lipid classes. Chemosphere.  ISSN 0045-6535.  263 . doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127890 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Andvik, Clare; Jourdain, Eve; Ruus, Anders; Lyche, Jan Ludvig; Karoliussen, Richard & Borgå, Katrine (2020). Preying on seals pushes killer whales from Norway above pollution effects thresholds. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  10 . doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-68659-y Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Jourdain, Eve; Andvik, Clare Margaret; Karoliussen, Richard; Ruus, Anders; Vongraven, Dag & Borgå, Katrine (2020). Isotopic niche differs between seal and fish-eating killer whales (Orcinus orca) in northern Norway. Ecology and Evolution.  ISSN 2045-7758.  10(9), s 4115- 4127 . doi: 10.1002/ece3.6182 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Heuschele, Jan David; Lode, Torben; Andersen, Tom; Borgå, Katrine & Titelman, Josefin (2019). An affordable and automated imaging approach to acquire highly resolved individual data—an example of copepod growth in response to multiple stressors. PeerJ.  ISSN 2167-8359.  7, s 1- 22 . doi: 10.7717/peerj.6776 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Sahlmann, Andrea Silke; Lode, Torben; Heuschele, Jan David; Borgå, Katrine; Titelman, Josefin & Hylland, Ketil (2019). Genotoxic Response and Mortality in 3 Marine Copepods Exposed to Waterborne Copper. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  ISSN 0730-7268.  38(10), s 2224- 2232 . doi: 10.1002/etc.4541
  • Borgå, Katrine & Ruus, Anders (2019). Quantifying Bioaccumulation in the Aquatic Environment. Methods in pharmacology and toxicology.  ISSN 1557-2153.  s 1- 18 . doi: 10.1007/7653_2019_36 Show summary

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  • Thorstensen, H. S.; Ruus, Anders; Helberg, Morten; Bæk, Kine; Enge, Ellen Katrin & Borgå, Katrine (2020). Herring gull and common eider as indicators of contaminants in an urban fjord.
  • Aarønes, Malin Røyset; Nielsen, Anders; Paus-Knudsen, Julie Sørlie; van Bavel, Bert & Borgå, Katrine (2019). Accumulation of Clothianidin, a neonicotinoid pesticide, in bumblebees (Bombus terrestris).
  • Borgå, Katrine (2019). The Arctic ecosystem: A canary in the coal mine for global multiple stressors. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  ISSN 0730-7268.  38(3), s 487- 488 . doi: 10.1002/etc.4360
  • Borgå, Katrine; Eckbo, Norith; Warner, Nicholas Alexander; Le Bohec, Celine; Herzke, Dorte; Planas-Bielsa, Victor; Gabrielsen, Geir W.; Descamps, Sebastien & Bustnes, Jan Ove (2019). Avian wildlife: contaminant temporal trends and the bipolar perspective.

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Published Apr. 9, 2015 7:47 AM - Last modified Sep. 14, 2020 1:37 PM