Daniel Schwartz in the 2011 National Junior Olympics with the 18 & Under Stanford Club
David Schwartz is currently the only full time Geology and Oceanography Instructor at Cabrillo College in Aptos California. He is also the Department Chair of Geology, Oceanography and Environmental Science. He obtained a B.S. degree in Geology and Mineralogy from The Ohio State University in the spring of 1979. For the next 10 months he worked as a Water Quality Technician for the Environmental Protection Agency in Columbus Ohio. David earned a M.S. degree in Marine Geology from San Jose State University and Moss Landing Marine Labs in 1983. His emphasis is in marine geology, estuarine evolution and coastal systems. His master’s thesis on the Geologic History of Elkhorn Slough was published in "Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science" in 1986 and again in "Changes In A California Estuary" in 2002.
David began teaching Physical Geology, California Geology and Oceanography part time at Hartnell College in Salinas, Ca in 1984. He also taught several introductory geology courses at San Jose State University in 1984 and 1985. In the Fall of 1986 David became a full time member of the Cabrillo College faculty, and in 1998 he was the recipient of the Floyd Younger Award for Teaching Excellence.
David has worked with faculty and students from San Lorenzo Valley High School (SLVHS) for over 20 years. He mentored SLVHS students in Beach Profiling research projects, and gave lectures and led field trips to the Environmental Science A.P. students. He is a member of the Science Panel for the Elkhorn Slough Tidal Wetland Watch whose mission is to resolve erosion problems and preserve wetlands in Elkhorn Slough. He also works with the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
His ongoing passion is to clean up the coastal environment and raise awareness of global marine debris. He has hosted 40 coastal cleanups over the last 20 years and is proud to be an active member of Clean Oceans International (COI) since 2010. He also works with USGS, UCSC, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and The Coastal Watershed Council. Students enrolled in David's classes do hands on work in the lab and in the field. Geology field trips explore and study at Big Sur, North Coast, the Santa Cruz Mountains, local beaches, The Pinnacles National Park and Yosemite National Park. Hands on field monitoring projects include beach profiling, plankton monitoring, watershed monitoring in Aptos Creek and quantitative beach debris surveys with COI.