Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Metabarcoding of plants and insects
  • Plant insect interactions
  • Biodiversity monitoring

Scientific career

  • 1999-2003  Bachelor of Art, Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota
  • 2004-2007  Master of Science, Systematic Entomology, University of Kansas
  • 2007-2009  Laboratory Technician, Smithsonian Institution, Laboratory of Analytical Biology
  • 2009-2010  Museum Specialist, Entomology, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • 2011-2013  Research Associate, Entomology, North Dakota State University
  • 2016-2021  Scientific Employee, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen


Kilian IC, Swenson SJ, Mengual X, Gemeinholzer B, Hamm A, Wägele JW, Peters RS (2023): More complex than you think: Taxonomic and temporal patterns of plant-pollinator networks of caraway (Carum carvi L.). Molecular Ecology.

Köthe S, Bakanov N,  Brühl CA, Gemeinholzer B Hörren T Mühlethaler R Sorg M, Sumser H, Swenson SJ, Lehmann GUC, (2023): Negative spill-over effects of agricultural practices on plant species conservation in nature reserves. Ecological Indicators 149: 110170.

Köthe S, Schneider FD, Bakanov N,  Brühl CA, Eichler L, Fickel T, Gemeinholzer B, Hörren T,  Lux A, Meinel G, Schäfer L, Scherber C, Sorg M, Swenson SJ, Terlau W,  Turck A, Zizka VMA,  Lehmann GUC, Mühlethaler R (2023): Improving insect conservation management through insect monitoring and stakeholder involvement. Biodiversity and Conservation 32:691-713.

Stephanie SJ, Eichler L,Hörren T, Kolter A, Köthe S, Lehmann GUC, Meinel G, Mühlethaler R, Sorg M, Gemeinholzer B (2022): The potential of metabarcoding plant components of Malaise trap samples to enhance knowledge of plant-insect interactions. Metabarcoding and Metagenomics 6:227-238.

Swenson SJ, Bell-Clement J, Schroeder S. Prischmann-Voldseth DA (2022): Predatory and parasitic insects associated with Urophora cardui L. (Diptera: Tephritidae) galls on Canada thistle, Cirsium arvense L. (Asterales, Asteraceae) in North Dakota. Insects 13(7): 646.

Prischmann-Voldseth DA, Swenson SJ, Brenner R (2021): Pollen feeding reduces predation of northern corn rootworm eggs (Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae, Diabrotica barberi) by a soil-dwelling mite (Acari: Laelapidae: Stratiolaelaps scimitus). Insects12(11): 979.

Lehmann GUC, Bakanov N, Behnisch M, Bourlat SJ, Brühl CA, Eichler L, Fickel T, Geiger MF, Gemeinholzer B, Hörren T,  Köthe S , Lux A, Meinel G, Mühlethaler R, Poglitsch H, Schäffler L, Schlechtriemen U, Schneider FD, Schulte R, Sorg M, Sprenger M, Swenson SJ, Terlau W, Turck A, Zizka VMA (2021): Diversity of Insects in Nature protected Areas (DINA) – and Interdisciplinary German research project. Biodiversity and Conservation30: 2605-2614.

Swenson SJ, Gemeinholzer B (2021): Testing the effect of pollen exine rupture on metabarcoding with Illumina sequencing. PloS ONE 16(2): e0245611.

Brunner SM, Goos RJ, Swenson SJ, Foster SP, Schatz BG, Lawley YE, Prischmann-Voldseth DA (2015): Impact of nitrogen fixing and plant growth promoting bacteria on a phloem-feeding soybean aphid herbivore. Applied Soil Ecology 85: 71-81.

Swenson SJ, Andres R, Prischmann-Voldseth DA (2014): Reproduction of Soybean Aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae, Aphis glycines Matsumura) on Clover (Trifolium spp.). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 87(2): 253-257.

Swenson SJ, Prischmann-Voldseth DA, Musser FR (2013): Corn Earworms (Leptidoptera: Noctuidae) on Soybean: Biology and Management. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 4(2):D1-D8.

Pilgrim ES, Jackson SA, Swenson SJ, Turcsanyi I, Friedman E, Weigt L, Bagley M (2011): Incorporation of DNA barcoding into a large-scale biomonitoring program: opportunities and pitfalls. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30(1), 217-231.