Jodi Schwarz

Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Schwarz is an associate professor of Biology with participation in the Biochemistry and Environmental Studies multidisciplinary programs. She works with students to become integrative thinkers of biology both in the classroom and out of the classroom. Her research lab focuses on coral symbiosis and marine genomics. She serves as Program Director for Vassar’s Grand Challenges program, an initiative to foster an inclusive community of scholars and learners working together to tackle complex issues of global significance. This initiative is funded through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s program for Inclusive Excellence.

STUDENTS: Check out opportunities to do research in my lab using the Biology Intensives Expression of Interest Form and selecting the BIOL395 option. I seek diverse perspectives and backgrounds and am looking for students who are committed to fostering inclusivity and equity in a research environment.

BA, Oberlin College; BA, MS, University of California-Santa Cruz; PhD, Oregon State University
At Vassar since 2006


Olmsted Hall of Biological Sc
Box 78

Departments and Programs


BIOL 244 Genetics and Genomics

Selected Publications

In the Media

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Lauding the success of a five-year experiment known as the Engaged Pluralism Initiative, President Elizabeth H. Bradley has announced the program will continue as an integral part of the campus culture.


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Jodi Schwarz
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