RMRS Geneticist Named “Highly Cited” Researcher for 2017


Dr. Michael Schwartz collects eDNA samples from Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, Montana. Forest Service photo by Kellie Carim.

MONTANA - Developing new genetic tests, identifying new ways to track endangered species, managing over one hundred partnerships - these are just a few of the items that Dr. Michael Schwartz routinely works on. While doing all of this, he is consistently publishing some of the most influential science in his field. Collaborating across disciplines to solve natural resource problems is his specialty. He is a team leader who brings together the brightest minds and mentors young aspiring scientists in order to create unique and novel solutions to issues facing fish and wildlife.

Dr. Michael Schwartz, Director of the USDA Forest Service National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation, and the Program Manager for the Rocky Mountain Research Station Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Science Program has been awarded the title “highly cited researcher” by Clarivate Analytics for the second time in his career. This title means he ranks in the top 1 percent by citations for his field and publication year (2017) in Web of Science, and is seen as “leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.” His work includes research in the fields of conservation genetics/genomics, genetic monitoring, landscape genetics, and the ecology of threatened and endangered species.

“My goal is to provide practical answers to natural resource problems,” said Schwartz. “I believe that we can create the best solutions by combining laboratory work with field methods and by bringing diverse perspectives and disciplines together. This award is a reflection of the efforts of our entire team, and I share this honor with all of them.” Dr. Schwartz previously received this honor in 2015.