Biography of Matthew Schwartz

After receiving a B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, Matthew Schwartz worked as an environmental hydrogeologist in Tallahassee, FL, before attending the graduate College of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware.  Dr. Schwartz received a Ph.D. in Marine Studies (Oceanography) in January 2002 and was awarded the 2001 Frances Severance Academic Council Award for the best thesis or dissertation in Oceanography for his dissertation titled Submarine groundwater discharge in the Delaware Estuary: an assessment from excess radon-222.  


After completing his PhD, Matt Schwartz then held two very different postdoctoral positions at Colby College in Waterville, ME, and at the School of Geosciences at University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  As the NSF-AIRE Fellow in Geology at Colby, Matt developed and taught undergraduate courses in Oceanography and Natural Hazards and developed laboratory exercises for Environmental Geology and Paleoclimatology courses that used real environmental data ("AIRE" stands for the Award for the Integration of Research and Education). 


At the University of Edinburgh, Matt was part of an interdisciplinary research team that conducted extensive studies of benthic biogeochemical environments in the Arabian Sea.  Results from that research are currently being compiled for presentation in various peer-reviewed journals, including an upcoming special issue of Deep Sea Research Part II:  Topical Studies in Oceanography.  Matt Schwartz has transferred some methods and techniques from the Arabian Sea project for use at UWF.

                  more information can be found in Dr. Schwartz's CV here

e-mail Matthew Schwartz at mschwartz (at)