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Dr. Matthew Schwartz

  • Position: Professor, Assistant VP of Research Administration
  • Department: Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Office Location: Building 11, Room 110
  • Campus: 850.474.3455


Matthew Schwartz, who has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Geology, Hydrology and related topics, is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as the Assistant Vice President of Research Administration. Schwartz’s research covers many aspects of estuarine biogeochemistry: red tide harmful algal blooms, submarine groundwater discharges into estuarine and coastal waters, and methods used to evaluate biogeochemical processes, to name three examples. Due to his current administrative assignment with UWF, Dr. Schwartz is not currently accepting new graduate research students.

Schwartz earned a Ph.D. in Marine Studies – Oceanography at the University of Delaware and held two postdoctoral fellowships before he joined UWF in 2005. Much of his research has involved local waters – Choctawhatchee Bay, Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound, among others -- and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. His findings have been published in books and in journals such as Biogeosciences, Estuaries and Coasts, and Limnology and Oceanography. Among the courses that Schwartz has taught: Earth Science, Geochemistry, and Natural Disasters. He received a B.S. in Geology from the College of William and Mary

Degrees & Institutions

Ph.D. University of Delaware
B.S. College of William and Mary


  • Biogeochemical and hydrological impacts of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in northwest Florida
  • SGD and seagrasses in the Gulf Islands National Seashore

Classes Taught

  • Basic Hydrology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Natural Disasters

Special Interests

STEM education, engaging students in research


Larkin, K.E., A.J. Gooday, C. Woulds, R. Jeffreys, M. Schwartz, G. Cowie, C. Whitcraft, L. Levin, J.R. Dick, D.W. Pond (2014).  Uptake of algal carbon and the synthesis of an ‘essential’ fatty acid by Uvigerina ex. gr. semiornata (Foraminifera) within the Pakistan margin Oxygen Minimum Zone: evidence from fatty acid biomarker and 13C tracer experiments.  Biogeosciences, 11, 3729-3738.

Sharp, J.H.,  K. Yoshiyama, A.E. Parker, M.C. Schwartz, S.E. Curless, A.Y. Beauregard, J.E. Ossolinski, A.R. Davis (2009).  The Chemistry of the Delaware Estuary: Seasonal and Spatial Trends and Correlations. Estuaries and Coasts 32(6):  1023-1043.

Schwartz, M.C., C. Woulds, and G. L. Cowie (2009).  Sedimentary denitrification rates across the Arabian Sea oxygen minimum zone.  Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 56 (6-7):  324-332.

Schwartz, M.C.  2004.  Coastal Nutrient Inputs from Groundwater:  Case Studies from the East Coast of the United States in P. Wassman and K. Olli [eds.], Drainage Basin Inputs and Eutrophication: an Integrated Approach.  pp. 50-60.

Keywords: red tide harmful algal blooms, submarine groundwater discharges, estuarine biogeochemistry, Karenia brevis populations associated with regional red tides, groundwater-surface water interactions in Pensacola, Delaware Estuary