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Rie Henriksen

Associate Professor

My research is aimed at understanding the origin of individual differences in behaviour and brain composition in order to answer questions about individual variation in stress resilience.


I am a researcher within avian developmental and evolutionary biology with a strong background in avian mechanistic studies.

My research is mainly focused on explaining how differences in behaviour and brain composition between individuals of the same species can occur, and what underlying mechanisms enables this. I am especially interested in long-term effects of prenatal stress and the identification of stress sensitive genotypes.

My research can be used to answer fundamental questions about stress resilience and its link to behavioural complexity and brain composition and has direct implications for poultry welfare.



Maria Luisa Martin Cerezo, Saioa Lopez, Lucy van Dorp, Garrett Hellenthal, Martin Johnsson, Eben Gering, Rie Henriksen, Dominic Wright (2023) Population structure and hybridisation in a population of Hawaiian feral chickens Heredity, Vol. 130, p. 154-162 Continue to DOI


Felipe Barros Da Cunha, Diego Vittorio Stingo Hirmas, Rita France Cardoso, Dominic Wright, Rie Henriksen (2022) Neuronal and non-neuronal scaling across brain regions within an intercross of domestic and wild chickens Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, Vol. 16, Article 1048261 Continue to DOI
Vid Bakovic, Andrey Höglund, Maria Luisa Martin Cerezo, Rie Henriksen, Dominic Wright (2022) Genomic and gene expression associations to morphology of a sexual ornament in the chicken G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, Vol. 12, Article jkac174 Continue to DOI
Diego Vittorio Stingo Hirmas, Felipe Barros Da Cunha, Rita France Cardoso, Laura G. Carra, Lars Rönnegård, Dominic Wright, Rie Henriksen (2022) Proportional Cerebellum Size Predicts Fear Habituation in Chickens Frontiers in Physiology, Vol. 13, Article 826178 Continue to DOI


Kelsey J. Racicot, Christina Popic, Felipe Cunha, Dominic Wright, Rie Henriksen, Andrew N. Iwaniuk (2021) The cerebellar anatomy of red junglefowl and white leghorn chickens: insights into the effects of domestication on the cerebellum Royal Society Open Science, Vol. 8, Article 211002 Continue to DOI