Mark D. Schwartz

Mark D. Schwartz

Distinguished Professor

Office: Bolton Hall, Room 490
Phone: 414-229-3740
Fax: 414-229-3981
Web Site:
Curriculum Vitae: pdf

Mailing Address:

Professor Mark D. Schwartz
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Ph.D., Geography (Climatology), University of Kansas, 1985
M.S., Geography (Climatology), Michigan State University, 1982
B.S., Earth Sciences, Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, 1980

Courses Taught:

Geog 310: General Climatology - Syllabus (43kb)
Geog 403: Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis- Syllabus (62kb)
Geog 411: Physical Climatology - Syllabus (50kb)
Geog 455: Applied Climatology- Syllabus (49kb)
Geog 703: Advanced Remote Sensing - Syllabus (42kb)

Office Hours:

By appointment only

Research and Teaching Interests:

Plant-Climate Interactions During the Onset of Spring and Autumn in Midlatitudes, especially relating to Phenology
Synoptic Climatology of North America, especially Applications of Air Mass Analysis
Detecting Climatic Change
Assessing Vegetation Condition with Remote Sensing Imagery

Awards, Honors:

Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors, 2005

Research in the News:

UWM Spotlight on Excellence

To learn more about these research interests, visit Dr. Mark Schwartz's Home Page.

Representative Publications:

Comparing Carbon Flux and High-resolution Spring Phenological Measurements in a Northern Mixed Forest (with J. M. Hanes and L. Liang), Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 169, 2013, pp. 136-147.

From Caprio’s Lilacs to the USA National Phenology Network (with J. L. Betancourt and J. F. Weltzin), Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 10(6), 2012, pp. 324-327.

Intercomparing Multiple Measures of the Onset of Spring in Eastern North America (with J. M. Hanes), International Journal of Climatology, 30(11), 2010, pp. 1595-1598.

Onset of Spring Starting Earlier Across the Northern Hemisphere (with R. Ahas and A. Aasa), Global Change Biology, 12(2), 2006, pp. 343-351.

Phenology: An Integrative Environmental Science (editor), Kluwer, The Netherlands, 2003.

Assessing Satellite-derived Start-of-Season (SOS) Measures in the Conterminous USA (with B. C. Reed and M. A. White), International Journal of Climatology, 22(14), 2002, pp. 1793-1805.

Changes in North American Spring (with B. E. Reiter), International Journal of Climatology, 20(8), 2000, pp. 929-932.

Green-wave phenology, Nature 394(6696), 1998, pp. 839-840.