Professor of Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering
Ph.D, Evolutionary Biology, The University of Chicago
- Animal flight, especially in bats
- Biomechanics and biomimetics
- Women's issues in science
- Interdisciplinary education
Professor Swartz's primary research interest is the function and evolution of the vertebrate skeletal system. She seeks to better understand and interpret the tremendous diversity and range of adaptation in design of vertebrate, particularly the mammalian, skeletons. Her approach uses principles and techniques of the physical sciences in combination with biology.