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
Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis (1999)
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.
Schwartz is a trail runner, guitar player and general fan of all live
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
Blazewicz, S. and E. Schwartz 2011. Dynamics of 18O incorporation from
H218O into soil microbial DNA. Microbial
Schwartz, E. Characterization of growing microorganisms in soil through
stable isotope probing with H218O. 2007. Applied and Environmental
Microbiology, 73: 2541-2546.
Biological and mineralogical controls over soil carbon cycling across
multiple ecosystems: a focus on the priming effect
Soil Microbiology of the McMurdo Dry Valleys,
The use of Stable Isotope Probing to link
Microbial growth to Ecosystem Processes.