Swane Jung, M.Sc.

Zoological Institute and Museum
Cytology and Evolutionary Biology

Soldmannstr. 23
House 6.1
17489 Greifswald


Palaeo-Evo-Devo Network


Universitätsmedizin Rostock

Medizinische Biologie und Elektronenmikroskopisches Zentrum (EMZ)
Strempelstraße 14
18057 Rostock

EMZ Universitätsmedizin Rostock

Research interest / Curriculum Vitae

I am studying the reproductive strategies of extinct and extant Polyneoptera, a group of winged insects that show great diversity in morphology, reproductive strategies and social behaviour. Polyneoptera are distributed worldwide and include economically and medically relevant groups such as the grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and cockroach relatives (Blattodea). In my PhD project, I focus on specific structures relevant to reproduction, such as the reproductive apparatus, egg and oviposition structures, as well as aspects of brood care and associated morphological specialisations.

My aim is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the morphology and biomechanical characteristics of the reproductive structures as well as specific reproductive behaviours of the studied groups and to evaluate the results in regard to questions of evolutionary development as well as the adaptability and handling of insects to climatic changes. Another objective of my PhD project is to make the results usable for other areas such as medical technology or pest control.

Situated at the University of Greifswald and the University Medical Centre Rostock, I can now combine my experience in the medical field and my entomological background with my passion for museum work, imaging techniques and palaeontology.


I am passionate about science communication and scientific journalism. Therefore, I am completing a journalism training, write articles and produce podcasts on scientific topics.



Master thesis (Universität Rostock) on a Hymenoptera collection from the 18th century

Bachelor thesis (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heildelberg) on the diversity of Chironomidae in the northern Upper Rhine Valley

Landesgraduiertenförderung (Ph. D. scholarship of national (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) funding)
Travel Grant for the Entomologentagung der DGaaE 2023, Bozen
Deutsche Gesellschaft für allgemeine und angewandte Entomologie (DGAAE)
International Society of Hymenopterists
Paläontologische Gesellschaft (PalGes) (Palaeontological Society, Germany)
WUMAN Netzwerk für Wissenschaftler*innen
PhDSciCom - WissKomm Initiative für Promovierende


Best Poster Award, 93. Jahrestagung der Paläontologische Gesellschaft (2022), Stuttgart
First place for poster presentation. Entomologentagung der DGaaE 2023, Bozen
Second place for the Young Entomolgists’ Challenge. Entomologentagung der DGaaE 2023, Bozen
Finalist of the science communication competition Rostocks 11 (2024)
Conference Contributions
  • Swane V. Jung, Marie K. Hörnig: Cockroach Ootheca over time – a proven maternal investment for over 100 million years. 93. Jahrestagung der Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Stuttgart
  • Swane V. Jung: Lost but found – in quest of hymenopteran type material from the 18th century. Entomologentagung der DGaaE 2023, Bozen
  • Swane V. Jung, Marie K. Hörnig: Standing the test of deep time - Cockroach ootheca from the Early Cretaceous to the present day. Entomologentagung der DGaaE 2023, Bozen
  • Swane V. Jung, Marie K. Hörnig: Egg-Case-Report – Almost 125 Million Years of cockroach Oothecae. 94. Jahrestagung der Paläontologische Gesellschaft, Jena