Egbert Schwartz

Egbert SchwartzAffiliated Faculty/Professor, Biological Sciences

June 10, 2015
Portrait of Egbert Schwartz
Microbial ecology, Bioremediation, Ecosystem ecology

    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.

    His educational aim is 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.

    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
    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.