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Michael R. Lovell

Professor Mark Schwartz in the Spotlight on Excellence

May 3, 2012

This spring’s extraordinary weather (remember those 80-degree temperatures in March?) prompted early blooms and many phone calls to UWM Distinguished Professor of Geography Mark D. Schwartz, including interview requests from the New York Times and National Public Radio affliate WUWM.

Professor Schwartz is one of the country’s most-respected phenologists. If that word isn’t familiar, don’t worry. He says most people—including himself, years ago—don’t know a phenologist studies recurring plant and animal life cycle stages. In our latest UWM Spotlight on Excellence video, Professor Schwartz explains his work from his local lab – his backyard.

And if you’re interested in learning more about Professor Schwartz’s perspective on how climate change is being studied, check out the recent submission to Nature that he co-authored: “Warming experiments underpredict plant phenological responses to climate” (the full text can be accessed from any UWM-domain computer).

Professor Schwartz, who many of you also know for his commitment to campus governance and service as chair of the University Committee, is another excellent example of the individuals who make significant contributions to UWM. I greatly appreciate the many suggestions I’ve received for future Spotlight on Excellence subjects, and encourage you to submit your ideas using the feedback form on my website.


Michael R. Lovell