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World's most impactful researchers list includes Dr. Michael Schwartz of USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station

Posted date: January 25, 2018

2017 Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate Analytics points to top 1% in the field

Dr. Michael Schwartz collects an eDNA sample from a stream.
Dr. Michael Schwartz collects an eDNA sample from a stream.
new genetic tests, uncovering the mystery of a wandering mountain lion, 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. And while doing all of this, he is 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 Program Manager for the Rocky Mountain Research Station Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Science Program, has been awarded the title of "highly cited researcher" by Clarivate Analytics. This title means he ranks in the top 1 percent by citations for his field and publication year 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."
View Dr. Schwartz's publications and more on his profile page. You can also learn about his work in this short video.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven units within the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development. RMRS maintains 14 field laboratories throughout a 12-state territory encompassing parts of the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. RMRS also administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges and watersheds and maintains long-term research databases for these areas. While anchored in the geography of the West our research is global in scale. To find out more about the RMRS go to You can also follow us on Twitter at




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Jennifer Hayes
Public Affairs Specialist