Egbert Schwartz

Egbert Schwartz Affiliated Faculty
Northern Arizona University


Professor, Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University


B.S. in Botany from Michigan State University (1988)

M.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan (1991)

Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis (1999)

Research Focus

Schwartz’s research focuses on the interaction between microbial populations and their environment.  He is particularly interested in the relationships between microbial growth or activity and soil processes.  

Other Achievements, Honors, Awards

He received a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

Big-picture Career Goal

To get students excited about all aspects of biology, ranging from molecular biology to ecosystem ecology and, through research, to bridge an array of environmental sub-disciplines including molecular biology, ecosystem ecology and soil science.

Personal Note

Schwartz is a trail runner, guitar player and general fan of all live music performances.

Selected Publications

Blazewicz S.J., E. Schwartz and M. K. Firestone.2013. Growth and mortality of bacteria and fungi underlie rainfall-induced carbon dioxide pulses from seasonally dried soil. Ecology, in press.

Adair, K., Blazewicz, S.J., Hungate, B.A., Hart, S.C., Dijkstra, P. & E. Schwartz (2013). A positive relationship between the abundance of ammonia oxidizing archaea and natural abundance δ15N of ecosystems. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 65, 313-315.

Woods, A., M Watwood, E, Schwartz. 2011. Identification Of a Toluene-degrading Bacterium From a Soil Sample Through H218O DNA-Stable Isotope Probing.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77:5995-5999.

Blazewicz, S. and E. Schwartz 2011. Dynamics of 18O incorporation from H218O into soil microbial DNA.  Microbial Ecology, 61:911-916.

Schwartz, E. Characterization of growing microorganisms in soil through stable isotope probing with H218O. 2007. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73: 2541-2546.

Current Projects

Biological and mineralogical controls over soil carbon cycling across multiple ecosystems: a focus on the priming effect

Soil Microbiology of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

The use of Stable Isotope Probing to link Microbial growth to Ecosystem Processes.

Full Curriculum Vitae