Dr. Owen S. Wangensteen


University of Tromsø






Professional Preparation


Postdoctoral researcher at University of Tromsø (No). 2018-present


Postdoctoral research assistant at Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre, School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford (UK). 2016-2018


Postdoctoral research assistant, Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), Blanes, Spain. 2014-2015.


Associate professor and research assistant, Dpt. of Animal Biology, University of Barcelona,Spain. 2013-2014.


PhD student, Dpt. of Animal Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain. 2008-2013.



Specialist in clinical chemistry, Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. 2006-2011.



Resident in clinical chemistry, Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain. 2002-2006.



Resident in clinical analysis, Hospital La Fe, Valencia, Spain. 2001-2002.



Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Irvine. 2000-2001.



PhD student, Zaidín Experimental Station (EEZ-CSIC), Granada, Spain. 1996-2000. 




Selected Publications



Garcés-Pastor S, Wangensteen OS, Pérez-Haase A, Pèlachs A, Pérez-Obiol R, Cañellas-Boltà N, Mariani S, Vegas-Vilarrúbia T (2019) DNA metabarcoding reveals modern and past eukaryotic communities in a high mountain peat bog system. Journal of Paleolimnology, in review.


Kemp J, López-Baucells A, Rocha R, Wangensteen OS, Andriatafika Z, Nair A, Cabeza M (2019) Bats as potential suppressors of multiple agricultural pests: a case study from Madagascar. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 269, 88-96


Collins RA, Wangensteen OS, O'Gorman EJ, Mariani S, Sims DW, Genner MJ (2018) Persistence of environmental DNA in marine systems. Nature Communications Biology. doi:10.1038/s42003-018-0192-6 



Siegenthaler A, Wangensteen OS, Soto AZ, Benvenuto C, Corrigan L, Mariani S (2018) Metabarcoding of shrimp stomach content: harnessing a natural sampler for fish biodiversity monitoring. Molecular Ecology Resourcesdoi:10.1111/1755-0998.12956


Siegenthaler A, Wangensteen OS, Benvenuto C, Campos J, Mariani S (2018) DNA metabarcoding unveils multiscale trophic variation in a widespread coastal opportunist. Molecular Ecology. doi:10.1111/mec.14886


Macías-Hernández N, Athey K, Tonzo V, Wangensteen OS, Arnedo MA, Harwood JD (2018) Molecular gut content analysis of different spider body parts. PloS ONE 13, e0196589


Boussarie G, Bakker J, Wangensteen OS, Mariani S, Bonnin L, Juhel J-B, Kiszka JJ, Kulbicki M, Manel S, Robbins WD, Vigliola L, Mouillot D (2018) Environmental DNA illuminates the dark diversity of sharks. Science Advances 4(5), eaap9661


Wangensteen OS, Guardiola M, Palacín C, Turon X (2018) DNA metabarcoding of littoral hard-bottom communities: high diversity and database gaps revealed by two molecular markers. PeerJ 6, e4705


Wangensteen OS, Cebrian E, Palacín C, Turon X  (2018) Under the canopy: community-wide effects of invasive seaweeds in marine protected areas revealed by metabarcoding. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 127, 54–66


Bakker J, Wangensteen OS, Chapman DD, Boussarie G, Buddo D, Guttridge TL, Hertler H, Mouillot D, Vigliola L, Mariani S (2017) Environmental DNA reveals tropical shark diversity in contrasting levels of anthropogenic impact. Scientific Reports 7, 16886


Wangensteen OS, Turon X (2017) Metabarcoding techniques for assessing biodiversity of marine animal forests. In: Rossi S, Bramanti L, Gori A, Orejas C (eds.) Marine animal forests, the ecology of benthic biodiversity hotspots. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-17001-5, pp. 445-473


Wangensteen OS, Turon X, Palacin C (2017) Reproductive strategies in marine invertebrates and the structuring of marine animal forests. In: Rossi S, Bramanti L, Gori A, Orejas C (eds.) Marine animal forests, the ecology of benthic biodiversity hotspots. ISBN: 978-3-319-17001-5, pp. 571-594


González-Delgado S, Hernández JC, Wangensteen OS, Alfonso B, Soto A (2017) Changes in macroalgae communities due to natural CO2 gradients. Phycologia 56(4), 65-66.


Guardiola M, Wangensteen OS, Taberlet P, Coissac E, Uriz MJ, Turon X (2016) Spatio-temporal monitoring of deep-sea communities using metabarcoding of sediment DNA and RNA. PeerJ 4, e2807


Wangensteen OS, Guardiola M, Palacin C, Turon X (2015) DNA metabarcoding of marine hard-bottom communities using 18S and COI. Genome 58(5), 294


Guardiola M, Uriz MJ, Taberlet P, Coissac E, Wangensteen OS, Turon X (2015) Deep-sea, deep-sequencing: metabarcoding extracellular DNA from sediments of marine canyons. PLoS ONE 10, e0139633