Curriculum Vitae


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Kamber R. Schwarz

Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, 1629 E University Blvd, University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721; kschwarz at


Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Arizona, September 2018 – Present


PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Michigan, September 2012 – August 2018

BS in Astronomy & Physics, Cum Laude & Honors, University of Arizona, August 2008 – May 2012


First author publications

  • Schwarz, K. R., Bergin E. A., Cleeves, L. I., Zhang, K., Öberg, K. I., Blake, G. A., Anderson, D. “Unlocking CO Depletion in Protoplanetary Disks II. Primordial C/H Predictions Inside the CO Snowline” 2019, ApJ, 877, 131
  • Schwarz, K. R., Teague, R., Bergin E. A. “Line Ratios Reveal N2H+ Emission Originates Above the Midplane in TW Hydrae” 2019, ApJ, 876, L13
  • Schwarz, K. R., Bergin E. A., Cleeves, L. I., Zhang, K., Öberg, K. I., Blake, G. A., Anderson, D. “Unlocking CO Depletion in Protoplanetary Disks I. The Warm Molecular Layer” 2018, ApJ, 823, 91
  • Schwarz, K. R., Bergin E. A., Cleeves, L. I., Blake, G. A., Zhang, K., Öberg, K. I., van Dishoeck, E. F., Qi, C. “The Radial Distribution of H2 and CO in TW Hya as Revealed by Resolved ALMA Observations of CO Isotopolgues” 2016, ApJ, 823, 91
  • Schwarz, K. R., & Bergin, E. A. “The Effects of Initial Abundances on Nitrogen in Protoplanetary Disks” 2014, ApJ, 797, 113
  • Schwarz, K. R., Shirley, Y. L., & Dunham, M. M. “A Systematic Search for Molecular Outflows Toward Candidate Low-Luminosity Protostars” 2012, AJ, 144, 115

Co-authored publications

  • Zhang, K., Schwarz, K. R., Bergin, E. A. “Rapid Evolution of Volatile CO from the Protostellar Disk Stage to the Protoplanetary Disk Stage”, 2020, ApJ, 891L, 17
  • Pegues, J., Öberg, K. I., Bergner, J. B., Loomis, R. A., Qi, C., Le Gal, R., Cleeves, L. I., Guzmán, V. V., Huang, J., Jørgensen, J. K., Andrews, S. M., Blake, G. A., Carpenter J. M., Schwarz, K. R., Williams, J. P., Wilner, D. J. “An ALMA Survey of H2CO in Protoplanetary Disks”, 2020, ApJ, 890, 142
  • Zhang, K., Bergin, E. A, Schwarz, K. R., Krijt, S., Ciesla, F. “Systematic Variations of CO Gas Abundance with Radius in Gas-rich Protoplanetary Disks” 2019, ApJ, 883, 98
  • Anderson, D. E., Blake, G. A., Bergin E. A., Zhang, K., Carpenter, J. M., Schwarz, K. R., Huang, J., Öberg, K. I. “Probing the Gas Content of Late-stage Protoplanetary Disks with N2H+”, 2019, ApJ, 881, 127
  • Macías, E., Espailat, C., Ribas, Á., Schwarz, K. R., Anglada, G., Osorio, M., Carrasco-Gonzálex, C., Gómez, J., Robinson, C. “Multiple Rings in the Transitional Disk of GM Aurigae Revealed by VLA and ALMA” 2018, ApJ, 865, 37
  • Krijt, S., Schwarz, K. R., Bergin, E. A., Ciesla, F. J. “Transport of CO in Protoplanetary Disks: Consequences of Pebble Formation, Settling, and Radial Drift” 2018, ApJ, 864, 78
  • Favre, C., Fedele, D., Semenov, D., Parfenov, S., Codella, C., Ceccarelli, C., Bergin, E. A., Chapillon, E., Testi, L., Hersant, F., Lefloch, B., Fontani, F., Blake, G. A., Cleeves, L. I., Qi, C., Schwarz, K. R., Taquet, V. “First Detection of the Simplest Organic Acid in a Protoplanetary Disk” 2018, ApJ, 862L, 2
  • Zhang, K., Bergin, E. A., Blake, G. A., Cleeves, L. I., Schwarz, K. R. “Mass inventory of the giant-planet formation zone in a solar nebula analogue” 2017, Nature Astronomy, 1, 0130
  • Bergin, E. A., Du, F., Cleeves, L. I., Blake, G. A., Schwarz, K. R., Visser, R., Zhang, K. “Hydrocarbon Emission Rings in Protoplanetary Disks Induced by Dust Evolution” 2016, ApJ, 831, 101
  • Zhang, K., Bergin, E. A., Blake, G. A., Cleeves, L. I., Hogerheijde, M., Salinas, V., Schwarz, K. R. “On the Commonality of 10-30 AU Sized Axisymmetric Dust Structures in Protoplanetary Disks” 2016, ApJ, 818, L16


  • Astrochemical Frontiers Quarantine Edition, June, 2020; contributed talk; video (01:54:00)
  • Steward Observatory Early Career Talk Series, University of Arizona, June, 2020; video
  • Center for Space and Habitability Seminar, University of Bern, November, 2019
  • Extreme Solar Systems IV, Reykjavik, Iceland, August, 2019; Poster
  • Gordon Research Symposium “Origins of Solar Systems: The Composition and Assembly of Planets”, South Hadley, MA, June, 2019; Contributed Talk
  • “New Horizons in Planetary Systems”, Victoria, BC, May, 2018; Contributed Talk
  • TAC Seminar, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, March, 2019
  • LPL Colloquium, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, November, 2018; video
  • “Astrochemistry: Past, Present, Future”, Pasadena, CA, July, 2018; Contributed Talk
  • Department of Geophysical Sciences Seminar, University of Chicago, January, 2018
  • AAS Meeting 231, National Harbor, MD, January, 2018; Contributed Talk
  • Leiden Observatory Astrochemistry Seminar, Leiden, Netherlands, December, 2017
  • “The origin of galaxies, stars, and planets in the era of ALMA”, Pasadena, CA, November, 2017; Contributed Talk
  • Habitable Worlds 2017, Laramie, WY, November, 2017; Invited Review
  • Gordon Research Conference “Origins of Solar Systems: Making a Habitable Planet”, South Hadley, MA, June, 2017; Poster
  • IAU Symposium 332 “Astrochemistry VII: Through the Cosmos from Galaxies to Planets”, Puerto Varas, Chile, March, 2017; Poster
  • “Half a Decade of ALMA: Cosmic Dawns Transformed”, Indian Wells, CA, September, 2016; Contributed Talk
  • “Exoplanets I”, Davos, Switzerland, July, 2016; Poster
  • “Resolving Planet Formation in the Era of ALMA and Extreme AO”, Santiago, Chile, May, 2016; Contributed Talk
  • “From clouds to protoplanetary disks: the astrochemical link”, Berlin, Germany, October, 2015; Contributed Talk
  • Gordon Research Conference “Origins of Solar Systems: The Physics and Chemistry of Building Planets”, South Hadley, MA, June, 2015; Poster
  • The Olympian Symposium on Star Formation, Mount Olympus, Greece, May, 2014, Poster


  • StemAZing Teacher Workshop “Imagine Alien Worlds: The Hunt for Earth Twins” facilitator, October 2019
  • Arizona Science Teachers Association Structure and Function Symposium invited talk “How Planet Composition Influences Habitability”, July 2019
  • Space Drafts public talk “What we know about planetary nurseries”, March 2019
  • Science Olympiad “Reach for the Stars” Event Coach, Slauson Middle School, 2015- 2017; Description: Ran weekly practices including homework, quizzes, lectures, and hands-on activities
  • Led astronomy activities at University of Michigan “Females Excelling More in Math and Science” Capstone Events, 2013-2015

Professional Service

  • LPL Postdoc Faculty Representative, 2019-Present
  • Pascucci Disks and Exoplanets Group Meeting Organizer, 2019-Present
  • Hubble Space Telescope TAC, 2019
  • FINESST External Reviewer, 2019
  • University of Arizona Origins Seminar Organizer, 2018-Present
  • Referee for ApJ, 2018-Present
  • Lead Equi-tea discussion on graduate student mental health, February 2018
  • Referee for A&A, 2017-Present
  • Chair of Gordon Research Symposium “Origins of Solar Systems: The Foundations of Planets”, South Hadley, MA, June 2017
  • Internal NOEMA/IRAM TAC, 2015-2017
  • Graduate Prospective Weekend Activities Coordinator, 2014, 2017
  • Stars, Planets, and Formation Group Meeting Organizer, 2015-2016
  • Internal Magellan/MDM Observatory TAC, 2015
  • Department Office Space Committee, 2015

Teaching & Mentoring

  • Guest Lecturer, Planetary Science 450/550 “Origin of the Solar System and Other Planetary Systems”, Fall 2019
  • Arizona/NASA Space Grant Program mentor, 2019-Present
  • Guest Lecturer, Planetary Science 501B “Chemistry of the Solar System”, Spring 2019
  • Guest Lecturer, Planetary Science 214 “Astrobiology: A Planetary Perspective”, Fall 2018
  • Supervised undergraduate student Lauren Weinburg, Summer 2015
  • Graduate Student Instructor, Astronomy 102 “Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe”, Fall 2013
  • Graduate Student Instructor, Astronomy 105 “The Cosmos Through the Constellations”, Winter 2013

Accepted Observing Proposals (as PI)

  • NOEMA, Winter 2017; “Constraining the Nitrogen Abundance Towards Class 0 Protostars: A Limited Survey”, B Priority
  • NOEMA, Summer 2017; “Constraining the Nitrogen Abundance Towards Class 0 Protostars: A Limited Survey”, A Priority
  • ALMA Cycle 4, April 2016; “Characterizing the Gas Surface Density and CO Abundance Structure in Disks with Known Gas Masses”, A Priority
  • ALMA Cycle 4, April 2016; “The First Constraints on the Volatile Nitrogen Abundance in TW Hya”, A Priority
  • NOEMA, Summer 2016; “Constraining the Nitrogen Abundance Towards a Class 0 Protostar”, A Priority
  • IRAM 30m, Winter 2013; “Probing the chemistry of disks in enhanced radiation fields”, B Priority

Career Development

  • Visualizing the Kinematics of Planet Formation Workshop, Flatiron CCA, New York, NY, October 2019
  • Diversity in the Classroom workshop series, University of Arizona, Fall 2019
  • Preparing for Faculty Job Applications workshop series, University of Arizona, Fall 2019
  • Preparing Future Faculty Seminar, University of Michigan, May 2018; link

Awards & Grants

  • Ralph B. Baldwin Prize in Astronomy, 2020
  • Rackham Graduate Student Travel Grant (4) 2015, 2017, 2018
  • NRAO Student Observing Support Award, ALMA Cycle 4
  • American Astronomical Society International Travel Grant, 2015
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award, Astronomy Department, University of Arizona, 2012