Emma Wahlberg


The Swedish diversity of the thrips family Phlaeothripidae (Thysanoptera), and mitochondrial delimitation and identification of thrips species.
Description: The order Thysanoptera Haliday, 1836 are more commonly known as thrips, with the larger species reach up to 5 mm in size. The least studied group in Sweden is the family Phlaeothripidae Uzel, 1895. The small size and secluded lifestyle in soil, leaf litter and deadwood might be reasons for the relatively few taxonomic studies of the order. Using trap methodology previously not used extensively in Sweden will increase the knowledge of geographic distribution and species richness. Furthermore, DNA extraction of a large number of species will increase the number of available genetic barcodes, providing material for molecular based taxonomy research. Sequencing of mitochondrial genomes will facilitate identification of molecular markers suitable to highly specific identification in metabarcoding applications. National checklists of species will finally be updated and freshly collected material will be used to produce morphology based and accessible identification keys. This project is carried out as a 2-year postdoctoral project. Tools for both morphological and molecular identification and analysis of species and species groups are necessary to increase this knowledge and will also be valuable for future environmental research and more local inventories.
Funding: The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative.


• 2020. PhD: Disputation date: 24.04.2020. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Thesis title: Systematic and taxonomic revision of Scandinavian Empidoidea (Insecta, Diptera), with emphasis on the Swedish diversity of Empididae and Hybotidae.
Subject: Systematic Zoology.
• 2014. MSc: Examination date: 12.03.2014. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Thesis title: Tracing the ancestral distribution of Chimarra (Trichoptera: Philopotamidae) with descriptions of 7 new species from Malawi.
Subject: Biology.
• 2012 BSc: Examination date: 21.08.2012. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Thesis title: Profiling airborne insects: altitudinal dispersal and seasonal variation in the Hymenoptera.
Subject: Biology.

• 2020–current. Postdoctoral researcher. Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden.
• 2019–current. Editor-in-chief of Entomologisk Tidskrift (Swedish Journal of Entomology). Swedish Entomological Society, Sweden.
• 2015–2020. PhD candidate. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
• 2018–2018. Senior curator, substitute. Department of Zoology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden.
• 2017–2017. Biologist on duty, substitute. Department of Teaching and Communication, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden.
• 2012–2013. Laboratory assistant. Eurofins Environment Testing Sweden AB, Microbiology, water, Sweden.

• Rhodén, C. & Wahlberg, E. (2020). The phylogeny of Empis and Rhamphomyia (Diptera, Empididae) investigated using UCEs including an over 150 years old museum specimen. Evolutionary Systematics 4: 21–33.
• Ivković, M., Wahlberg, E. & Previšić, A. (2019). Molecular phylogenetics and biogeography provide insights into the subgeneric classification of Wiedemannia Zetterstedt (Diptera: Empididae: Clinocerinae). Systematic Entomology 44: 559–570.
Wahlberg, E. (2019). Revision and morphological analysis of the Ragadidae (Insecta, Diptera). European Journal of Taxonomy 521: 1–19.
Wahlberg, E. (2019). Kartläggning av tvåvingar med miljö-DNA – mer än bara en fluga. Fauna och flora 114: 20–26.
Wahlberg, E. (2019). FACEPAI: a script for fast and consistent environmental DNA processing and identification. BMC Ecology 19: 51.
Wahlberg, E., Rhodén, C. & Johanson, K.A. (2019). New records of dance flies (Hybotidae) and dagger flies (Empididae) in Sweden and a significant addition of genetic barcodes of the Swedish empidoid fauna. Entomologisk Tidskrift 140: 133–144.
Wahlberg, E. & Johanson, K.A. (2018). Molecular phylogenetics reveals novel relationships within Empidoidea (Diptera). Systematic Entomology 43: 619–636.
• Shamshev, I., Wahlberg, E. & Soltész, Z. (2017). New data on the genera Allanthalia Melander, Chvalaea Papp & Földvári and Leptodromiella Tuomikoski (Diptera: Hybotidae) from the Palaearctic. Russian Entomological Journal 26: 161–168.
Wahlberg, E., Espeland, M. & Johanson, K. A. (2014). Seven new species of Chimarra (Trichoptera: Philopotamidae) from Malawi. Zootaxa 3796: 579–593.
Wahlberg, E. & Johanson, K. A. (2014). The age, ancestral distribution and radiation of Chimarra (Trichoptera: Philopotamidae) using molecular methods. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 79: 433–442.
Wahlberg, E., Baiao, G.C., Häggqvist, S., Martinsson, S., Pistone, D. & Pape, T. (2014). Ancistrocerus waldenii waldenii (Viereck 1906)(Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Eumeninae), a new addition to the fauna of Greenland. Zootaxa 3838: 143–150.
Wahlberg, E. & Solbreck, C. (2013). Hymenoptera flying over a boreal forest landscape. Entomologisk Tidskrift 134: 163–171.

Svenska insekter

A digital identification key to Swedish insects, in Swedish only. Aimed towards amateurs and students.
Link: http://arthropoda.se/svenskainsekter.