Photo of current OUR director, Dr. Allison Beauregard Schwartz, posing in front of a lab microscope.

Allison Beauregard Schwartz

Dr. Allison Schwartz serves as the Director of UWF's Office of Undergraduate Research. She holds a doctorate degree in Oceanography from the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies, with a specialty in Biogeochemical Oceanography. Dr. Schwartz is a national leader in the undergraduate research community for geosciences and has been invited to speak on this topic at national conferences, including the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting. She has been awarded multiple grants from the National Science Foundation focused on undergraduate research programs and professional development for faculty. She has lead several workshops for faculty engaged in undergraduate research at the national level, including co-convening an August 2014 National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on Undergraduate Research in Earth Science Classes: Engaging Students in the First Two Years at Montana State University. 

Allison's extensive estuarine and coastal research experience includes river, bay, and coastal water quality sampling and analysis; participation in numerous research cruises to monitor the health of Delaware Estuary and collect oceanographic data in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island; and a long term monitoring program of the microbial community in wester Choctawhatchee Bay in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Her published work has been presented at international conferences such as the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and the International Coral Reef Symposium in Okinawa, Japan. Allison has mentored nearly thirty undergraduate research students through projects focused on coastal biogeochemistry. 

Before joining UWF in January, 2015, Allison was a professor and the Mattie M. Kelly Distinguished Chair in Environmental Sciences at Northwest Florida State College, where she established the Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute and served as its Director for over seven years.