Mark W. Schwartz, JMIE Director
Mark W. Schwartz, professor, environmental science and policy, is a plant ecologist with diverse conservation interests. His main research projects include assessing patterns in the geographic and taxonomic distribution of rare plants in the US and Canada, predicting the effect of habitat fragmentation on distribution shift potentials of trees under global warming scenarios, and monitoring rare plants and population viability analysis. He has ongoing long-term monitoring projects on mapped forest plot community dynamics (1986-present) and the population dynamics of the endangered tree, Torreya taxifolia, (1989-present), both in northern Florida. His future research will focus on population persistence of rare plants in California urban areas; interactions among native herbivores, fire and livestock on forest stand structure in Tanzanian miombo; and dynamic modeling of mutualisms within the context of economic models.