Stephen E. Schwartz is a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory. His research examines the influences of energy related emissions on climate.
In his research Schwartz developed methods to describe the reactions in clouds that produce acid rain. His research exerted a major influence on the acid deposition section of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. That work was recently named by the Department of Energy as one of 40 Research Highlights in the first 40 years of the Department. His current research focuses on microscopic and submicroscopic aerosol particles, which influence a variety of atmospheric processes, from precipitation to climate change.
Schwartz served as chief scientist of the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Science Program from 2004 through 2009. He was principal author of the American Meteorological Society's 1989 statement on Acid Deposition and contributed to the American Geophysical Union's seminal 1998 Position Statement on Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases. He has been a contributing author of the Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Stephen Schwartz lives with his wife, a retired junior high school teacher, in Center Moriches, NY, on the south shore of Long Island, where he enjoys canoeing and nature photography on the Forge River. He and his wife have two grown children and four grandchildren. They have a solar photovoltaic system on their house, and Schwartz drives a hybrid gasoline-electric car.