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David Swanson

David Swanson
Professor
Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
UCL Churchill-Haines Labs
Phone: 605-677-6175
Teaching Interests:
Courses Taught Regularly: BIOL 417 - Field Ecology, BIOL 433 - Environmental Physiology, BIOL 441 - Histology, BIOL 463 - Ornithology, BIOL 481 - Vertebrate Anatomy and Embryology
Research Interests:
My research interests are broadly based in the areas of ecological physiology, the evolution of physiological adaptation in animals (particularly vertebrates), and ornithology. Within these broad areas, my specific research foci include patterns and mechanisms of seasonal phenotypic flexibility and adaptation to cold in birds, freezing tolerance and overwintering strategies in amphibians, and woodland and wetland habitat use by migrating and breeding birds in the Northern Prairie region. Research in my laboratory is integrative in nature, and includes ecological (field-oriented), organismal, organ/tissue, biochemical and molecular approaches to gaining answers to questions within these research foci.
Education:
  • Ph D, Zoology, Oregon State University, 1990
  • BS, Biology, George Fox University, 1983
Grants:
  • Ecological Responses to the 2011 Flood along the Missouri River: Impacts on Cottonwood Forests, Songbirds, and Landscape Change, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (2012 - 2015)
  • MCA-IOS: Transcriptomics and Phenotypic Flexibility in Birds, National Science Foundation, (2013 - 2014)
  • Mechanisms of seasonal phenotypic flexibility in passerine birds, National Science Foundation, (2010 - 2014)
  • Physiological and Ecological Measures of Stopover Habitat Quality in Natural Riparian Corridor Woodlands and Anthropogenic Woodlots in Southeastern South Dakota, Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Region 6 Migratory Bird Program, (2010 - 2014)
  • Projecting Long-term Landscape Change along the Missouri River: Implications for Cottonwood Forests and Songbird Populations, Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (US Fish and Wildlife Service), (2011 - 2013)
  • Faunal Survey of the Delta Habitat of Upper Lewis and Clark Lake, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/State Wildlife Grants Program, (2010 - 2013)
  • Post-flood Faunal Survey of the Delta Habitat of Upper Lewis and Clark Lake., South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, (2012 - 2013)
  • Population estimates, habitat relationships, and movement patterns of turtles in southeastern South Dakota , State Wildlife Grants, (2006 - 2011)
  • Assessment of Forest Songbird, Marsh Bird and Frog Community Composition along the Missouri National Recreational River using Auditory and Visual Census Techniques, National Park Service, (2010 - 2010)
Publications:
  • Jehl, J. R., Henry, A. E., Swanson, D., (2015), Ratios, adaptations, and the differential metabolic capability of avian flight muscles, Journal of Avian Biology, vol. 46, p. In press. (DOI: 10.1111/jav.00506)
  • Swanson, D., Zhang, Y., King, M. O., (2014), Mechanistic drivers of flexibility in summit metabolic rates of small birds, PLoS ONE, vol. 9, iss. 7, pp. e101577; 1-9.
  • Liknes, E. T., Guglielmo, C. G., Swanson, D., (2014), Phenotypic flexibility in passerine birds: seasonal variation in fuel storage, mobilization and transport, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, vol. 174, pp. 1-10.
  • Swanson, D., Zhang, Y., Liu, J., Merkord, C., King, M., (2014), Relative roles of temperature and photoperiod as drivers of metabolic flexibility in dark-eyed juncos., Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 217, pp. 866-875.
  • Swanson, D., King, M. O., Harmon, E., (2014), Seasonal variation in pectoralis muscle and heart myostatin and tolloid-like proteinases in small birds: a regulatory role for seasonal phenotypic flexibility?, Journal of Comparative Physiology B, vol. 184, pp. 249-258.
  • Zheng, W., Liu, J., Swanson, D., (2014), Seasonal phenotypic flexibility of body mass, organ masses, and tissue oxidative capacity and their relationship to BMR in Chinese bulbuls, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, vol. 87, pp. 432-444.
  • Liu, M., Swanson, D., (2014), Physiological evidence that anthropogenic woodlots can substitute for native riparian woodlands as stopover habitat for migrant birds., Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, vol. 87, pp. 183-195.
  • Liu, M., Swanson, D., (2014), Stress physiology of migrant birds during stopover in natural and anthropogenic woodland habitats the Northern Prairie region, Conservation Physiology, vol. 2, iss. 1, pp. cou046, 1-14.
  • Swanson, D., Zhang, Y., King, M. O., (2013), Individual variation in thermogenic capacity is correlated with flight muscle size but not cellular metabolic capacity in American goldfinches, Spinus tristis., Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, vol. 86, pp. 421-431. (DOI: 10.1086/671447)
  • Thomas, N. E., Swanson, D., (2013), Plasma metabolites and creatine kinase levels of shorebirds during fall migration in the prairie pothole region, Auk, vol. 130, pp. 580-590.
  • Higgins, S. A., Swanson, D., (2013), Urea is not a universal cryoprotectant among hibernating anurans: Evidence from the freeze-tolerant boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)., Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, vol. 164, pp. 344-350. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpa.2012.11.002)
  • King, M. O., Swanson, D., (2013), Activation of the immune system incurs energetic costs but has no effect on the thermogenic performance of house sparrows during acute cold challenge. , Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 216, pp. 2097-2102.
  • Swanson, D., King, M. O., (2013), Short-term captivity influences maximal cold-induced metabolic rates and their repeatability in summer-acclimatized American goldfinches., Current Zoology, vol. 59, pp. 437-446.
  • Swanson, D., Merkord, C., (2013), Seasonal phenotypic flexibility of flight muscle size in small birds: a comparison of ultrasonography and tissue mass measurements., Journal of Ornithology, vol. 154, pp. 119-127. (DOI: 10.1007/s10336-012-0877-4)
  • Swanson, D., (2012), Species Account for Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa), Birds of North America Online.
  • Carlisle, J. D., Richart, C. H., Swanson, D., Olmstead, K. L., (2012), Food Availability, Foraging Behavior, and Diet of Autumn Landbird Migrants in the Boise Foothills of Southwestern Idaho. , Condor, vol. 114, pp. 449-461..
  • Swanson, D., Thomas, N. E., Liknes, E. T., Cooper, S. J., (2012), Intraspecific correlations of basal and maximal metabolic rates in birds and the aerobic capacity model for the evolution of endothermy. , PLoS ONE, vol. 7, iss. 3, pp. e34271; 1-9.
  • Swanson, D., Bozinovic, F., (2011), Metabolic capacity and the evolution of biogeographic patterns in oscine and suboscine passerine birds, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, vol. 84, pp. 185-194.
  • Liknes, E. T., Swanson, D., (2011), Phenotypic flexibility in passerine birds: seasonal variation of aerobic enzyme activities in skeletal muscle, Journal of Thermal Biology, vol. 36, pp. 430-436. (DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jtherbio.2011.07.011 )
  • Liknes, E. T., Swanson, D., (2011), Phenotypic flexibility of body composition associated with seasonal acclimatization of passerine birds, Journal of Thermal Biology, vol. 36, pp. 363-370.
  • Swanson, D., (2011), Book Review of Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Birds. J.E.P.W. Bicudo, W.A. Buttemer, M.A. Chappell, J.T. Pearson, and C. Bech, (2010). , Condor, vol. 113, pp. 701-703.
  • Swanson, D., Burdick, S. L., (2010), Overwintering physiology and hibernacula microclimates of Blanchard’s cricket frogs at their northwestern range boundary, Copeia, vol. 2010, pp. 248-254.
  • Swanson, D., (2010), Seasonal metabolic variation in birds: functional and mechanistic correlates, Current Ornithology, vol. 17, pp. 75-129.
  • McKechnie, A. E., Swanson, D., (2010), Sources and significance of variation in basal, summit and maximal metabolic rates in birds, Current Zoology , vol. 56, pp. 741-758.
  • Burdick, S. L., Swanson, D., (2010), Status, distribution and microhabitats of Blanchard’s cricket frog Acris blanchardi in South Dakota, Herpetological Conservation and Biology , vol. 5, pp. 9-16.
  • Olson, J. R., Cooper, S. J., Swanson, D., Braun, M. J., Williams, J. B., (2010), The relationship of metabolic performance and distribution in black-capped and Carolina chickadees, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, vol. 83, pp. 263-275.
  • Edwards, J. R., Koster, K., Swanson, D., (2000), Time course for cryoprotectant synthesis in the freeze-tolerant chorus frog,< i> Pseudacris triseriata</i>, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, vol. 125, iss. 3, p. 367–375.
Awards and Honors:
  • Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award, University of South Dakota, College of Arts & Sciences, 2014
  • Education Fellow in the Life Sciences, National Academy of Science, 2013
  • Richard and Sharon Cutler Award in Liberal Arts, University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences, 2012
Presentations:
  • Zhang, Y., Swanson, D. (2014, October). Cold and exercise training produce similar increases in maximal metabolic output in house sparrows. Presented at the American Physiological Society Intersociety Meeting: Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology, San Diego, CA.
  • Stager, M., Swanson, D., Cheviron, Z. A. (2014, October). Regulatory mechanisms of metabolic flexibility in a temperate songbird. Presented at the Ecological Genomics Symposium, Manhattan, KS.
  • Swanson, D. (2014, September). Patterns and mechanisms of metabolic flexibility during the annual cycle of small birds. Presented at the North Dakota State University Graduate Seminar Series, Fargo, ND.
  • Liu, M., Swanson, D. (2014, August). Comparison of stopover habitat quality of native and anthropogenic woodlands in the Northern Prairie, USA, by radio-telemetry.. Presented at the 26th International Ornithological Congress, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Swanson, D., Vezina, F. (2014, August). Environmental, ecological and mechanistic drivers of seasonal metabolic flexibility in birds. Presented at the 26th International Ornithological Congress, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Swanson, D., Liu, M. (2014, April). Assessing Habitat Quality of Missouri River Riparian Woodlands for Migrating Birds Using Physiological Methods. Presented at the Missouri River Institute Research Symposium, Vermillion, SD.
  • Liu, M., Swanson, D. (2014, April). Using radio-telemetry to assess relative stopover habitat quality of Missouri River riparian corridor woodlands and farmstead woodlots for migrant birds. Presented at the Missouri River Institute Research Symposium, Vermillion, SD.
  • Swanson, D., Liu, M. (2014, March). Assessment of Habitat Quality of Missouri River Riparian Woodlands for Migrating Birds Using Physiological Methods. Presented at the Missouri River Natural Resources Conference, Nebraska City, NE.
  • Merkord, C., Dixon, M., Swanson, D., Johnson, W. C. (2014, March). Projected Changes in Forest Bird Populations as a Result of Land-use/ Land-cover Change.. Presented at the Missouri River Natural Resources Conference, Nebraska City, NE.
  • Swanson, D., Zhang, Y., King, M. O. (2014, March). Mechanistic Drivers of Variation in Thermogenic Capacity in Small Birds. Presented at the South Dakota Academy of Science, 99th Annual Meeting, Rapid City, SD.
  • Zhang, Y., Swanson, D. (2014, January). Cold and exercise training produce similar increases in maximal metabolic output in house sparrows. Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Stager, M., Swanson, D., Cheviron, Z. (2014, January). Molecular mechanisms of metabolic flexibility induced by synthetic environmental cues in the dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Swanson, D., King, M. O., Harmon, E. (2014, January). Seasonal variation in pectoralis muscle and heart myostatin and TLL in small birds: a regulatory role for seasonal phenotypes?. Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Munes, E. C., Merkord, C. L., Dixon, M., Swanson, D. (2013, October). Response of floodplain bird communities to the 2011 Missouri River flood. Presented at the Society for Ecological Restoration World Conference, Madison, WI.
  • Swanson, D., Liu, M. (2013, August). Corticosterone and stopover habitat quality for migrating woodland birds. Presented at the American Ornithologists' Union/Cooper Ornithological Society Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Zhang, Y., Swanson, D. (2013, August). Effects of cold and exercise training on metabolism of birds. Presented at the American Ornithologists' Union/Cooper Ornithological Society Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Stager, M., Swanson, D., Cheviron, Z. (2013, August). Molecular mechanisms of metabolic flexibility in juncos. Presented at the American Ornithologists' Union/Cooper Ornithological Society Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Swanson, D., Zhang, Y., King, M. (2013, August). Temperature, photoperiod and metabolic flexibility in juncos. Presented at the American Ornithologists' Union/Cooper Ornithological Society Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Merkord, C. L., Dixon, M., Swanson, D., Johnson, W. C. (2013, August). Projected changes in land cover, age class, and species composition of forests on non-channelized segments of the Missouri River. Presented at the Ecological Society of America annual conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Balla, E. C., Merkord, C. L., Dixon, M., Swanson, D. (2013, August). Response of floodplain bird communities to the 2011 Missouri River flood. Presented at the Ecological Society of America annual conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Swanson, D. (2013, May). Do hibernaculum microclimates limit the range of Blanchard’s cricket frog in South Dakota?. Presented at the Dakota Amphibian and Reptile Network Annual Meeting. , Vermillion, SD.
  • Balla, E. C., Merkord, C. L., Dixon, M., Swanson, D. (2013, March). Response of floodplain bird communities to the 2011 Missouri River flood. Presented at the Missouri River Natural Resources Conference, Jefferson City, Missouri.
  • Zhang, Y., King, M., Swanson, D. (2013, January). Thermogenic capacity is correlated with flight muscle size but not cellular aerobic capacity in American goldfinches, Spinus tristis. Presented at the SICB Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Kelley, B., Flores, J., Svien, L., Swanson, D. (2012, October). Becoming a Fulbright Scholar. Presented at the The strategies and Success:, USD.
  • King, M. O., Swanson, D. (2012, August). Activation of the immune system incurs energetic costs but produces no thermogenic tradeoffs in House Sparrows under cold stress. Presented at the Fifth North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Swanson, D. (2012, August). Mechanisms and fitness correlates of seasonally flexible metabolic phenotypes in small birds. Presented at the Fifth North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Zhang, Y., Swanson, D. (2012, August). Metabolic rates in swallows: do energetically expensive lifestyles affect metabolic capacities in birds?. Presented at the Fifth North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Thomas, N. E., Swanson, D. (2012, August). Metabolic rates of Least and Pectoral sandpipers at a stopover site during spring migration. Presented at the Fifth North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Liu, M., Swanson, D. (2012, August). Plasma metabolites suggest similar stopover habitat quality for riparian corridor woodlands and anthropogenic woodlots in the northern prairie region. Presented at the Fifth North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Merkord, C., Swanson, D., Dixon, M., Johnson, C. (2012, August). Projecting long-term landscape change along the Missouri River: implications for cottonwood forest and bird populations. Presented at the Fifth North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • King, M. O., Swanson, D. (2012, April). Activation of the immune system incurs energetic costs but no thermogenic tradeoffs in house sparrows undergoing cold stress. Presented at the South Dakota Academy of Science 97th Annual Meeting, Vermillion, SD.
  • Zhang, Y., Swanson, D. (2012, April). Metabolic rates in swallows: do energetically expensive lifestyles affect metabolic capacities in birds?. Presented at the South Dakota Academy of Science 97th Annual Meeting, Vermillion, SD.
  • Liu, M., Swanson, D. (2012, April). Plasma metabolites suggest similar stopover habitat quality for riparian corridor woodlands and anthropogenic woodlots in the Northern Prairie region. Presented at the South Dakota Academy of Science 97th Annual Meeting, Vermillion, SD.
  • Merkord, C., Dixon, M., Swanson, D., Johnson, W. C., Benson, A. (2012, April). Projecting long-term landscape change along the Missouri River: implications of cottonwood forests and bird populations. Presented at the South Dakota Academy of Science 97th Annual Meeting, Vermillion, SD.
  • Swanson, D., King, M. O. (2012, April). Short-term captivity effects on maximal cold-induced metabolic rates and their repeatability in American goldfinches. Presented at the South Dakota Academy of Science 97th Annual Meeting, Vermillion, SD.
  • Merkord, C., Dixon, M., Swanson, D., Johnson, W. C., Benson, A. R. (2012, April). Projecting long-term landscape change along the Missouri River: implications for cottonwood forests and bird populations. Presented at the US Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology Annual Symposium, Providence, RI.
  • Dixon, M., Scott, M. L., Johnson, W. C., Bowen, D. E., Rabbe, L. A., Merkord, C., Swanson, D. (2012, April). Missouri River cottonwood forests: Past, present, and future. Presented at the Missouri River Institute Symposium, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.
  • Merkord, C. L., Dixon, M., Swanson, D., Johnson, W. C., Benson, A. R. (2012, March). Projecting long-term landscape change along the Missouri River: implications for cottonwood forests and bird populations. Presented at the Missouri River Natural Resources Conference and BiOP Forum, “The Big Muddy: What Have We Learned?” , Pierre, SD.
  • Merkord, C., Dixon, M., Swanson, D., Johnson, W. C., Benson, A. R. (2012, February). Projecting long-term landscape change along the Missouri River: implications for cottonwood forests and bird populations. Presented at the Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative meeting, Bismarck, ND.
  • Swanson, D., Thomas, N. E. (2012, January). Are intraspecific correlations between minimum and maximum metabolic output in birds consistent with the aerobic capacity model for the evolution of endothermy? . Presented at the SICB Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.
  • Zhang, Y., Swanson, D. (2012, January). Does the energetically expensive lifestyle of swallows affect thermogenic capacity? . Presented at the SICB Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.
  • King, M. O., Zhang, Y., Tordsen, T., Swanson, D. (2012, January). Seasonal phenotypic flexibility of muscle aerobic enzyme activities in small birds. . Presented at the SICB Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC.
  • Bozinovic, F., Swanson, D. (2011, November). Metabolic capacity and altitudinal distribution in passerine birds: A macrophysiological approach. . Presented at the IX Neotropical Ornithological Congress, Cusco, Peru.
  • Swanson, D. (2011, November). A Bird’s-eye View of Habitat Quality of Natural and Anthropogenic Habitats in the Northern Prairie Region.. Presented at the South Dakota State University Biology Seminar Series, Brookings, SD.
  • Swanson, D. (2011, October). A Bird’s-eye View of Habitat Quality of Natural and Anthropogenic Habitats in the Northern Prairie Region.. Presented at the University of South Dakota Biology Department Seminar Series, Vermillion, SD.
  • Swanson, D. (2011, April). Wildlife Responses to Changing Climates in South Dakota: Case Studies of Birds and Frogs.. Presented at the Dakota State University, Earth Day Keynote Speaker, Madison, SD.
  • Swanson, D. (2011, April). Changing climates and changing landscapes in the northern Great Plains symposium: Closing remarks.. Presented at the SD Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Chamberlain, SD.
  • Palmer, J. S., Swanson, D. (2011, April). Christmas Bird Count Trends and Climate Change in North Dakota and South Dakota.. Presented at the SD Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Chamberlain, SD.
  • Swanson, D., Palmer, J. s. (2011, April). Spring migration timing of birds in the Northern Prairie region is correlated with local climate change.. Presented at the SD Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Chamberlain, SD.
  • Thomas, N. E., Swanson, D. (2011, March). Intraspecific correlation between minimum and maximum metabolic output in birds: Do intraspecific data support the aerobic capacity model for the evolution of endothermy?. Presented at the Joint Ornithological Meeting, Kearney, NE.
  • Zhang, Y., Swanson, D. (2011, March). Metabolic rates in swallows: Do energetically expensive lifestyles affect metabolic capacities in birds?. Presented at the Joint Ornithological Meeting, Kearney, NE.
  • Swanson, D. (2011, March). Ultrasonographic detection of seasonal changes in flight muscle size in small birds.. Presented at the Joint Ornithological Meeting, Kearney, Nebraska.
  • Swanson, D. (2010, November). Mechanisms of seasonal phenotypic flexibility in small birds. Presented at the Ohio State University, EEO Biology Department Seminar Series, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Dixon, M., Benson, A., Swanson, D. (2010, October). Historical changes and future projections for cottonwood forests of the Missouri River floodplain and their impacts on bird populations. Presented at the South Dakota Ornithologists Union Fall Meeting , Vermillion, SD.
  • Liu, M., Swanson, D. (2010, October). Assessment of Stopover Habitat Quality of Native Riparian Corridor Woodlands and Farmstead Woodlots for Landbird Migrants. Presented at the South Dakota Ornithologists’ Union, Vermillion, SD.
  • Swanson, D., Zhang, Y. (2010, October). Does an Aerial Lifestyle Impact Metabolic Rates in Swallows. Presented at the South Dakota Ornithologists’ Union, Vermillion, SD.
  • Higgins, S., Swanson, D. (2010, October). Preliminary findings on cryoprotection by urea and glycerol in the boreal chorus frog. Presented at the Northern Integrative Biology Society, Decorah, IA.
  • Gregor, A. J., Swanson, D. (2010, April). Ecology of smooth softshell, Apalone mutica, and false map, Graptemys pseudogeographica, turtles within the 59-mile segment of the Misssouri River National Recreational River. Presented at the Missouri River Institute Research Symposium, Vermillion, SD.
  • Benson, A., Swanson, D., Swanson, D. L. (2010, April). Effects of forest type and age class on songbird populations across a cottonwood successional gradient within the Misssouri River National Recreational River. Presented at the Missouri River Institute Research Symposium, Vermillion, SD.
  • Swanson, D. (2010, February). Mechanisms of Phenotypic Flexibility of Metabolism: How do Small Birds Respond to Changing Climates?. Presented at the University of Quebec at Rimouski, Department of Biology, Quebec, Canada.
  • Swanson, D. (2010, February). Does metabolic capacity influence biogeography of oscine and suboscine passerine birds?. Presented at the Joint Meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists, San Diego, CA.
  • Burdick, S. L., Swanson, D. (2010, January). Overwintering physiology and hibernacula microclimates of Blanchard’s cricket frogs at their northwestern range boundary.. Presented at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.