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


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 Conservation.

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

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.

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.

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

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, (18 January 2011).