Egbert Schwartz is a soil microbiologist. He received his undergraduate degree in botany at Michigan State University, went on to complete a master's degree in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in soil ecology at the University of California Davis. He specializes in using molecular biological
techniques to characterize microorganisms in soil. Specifically, he investigates which microbial populations are growing and which microbial populations are dormant.
Dr. Schwartz has been active in science outreach to the local schools for about 10 years. He has done laboratory experiments with elementary school students in Flagstaff and in the Hopi nation, given presentations in high school classes and has trained both middle school and high school teachers by involving them in his laboratory research.