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Adam Martin-Schwarze

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382


Dr. Adam Martin-Schwarze is a post-doctoral statistician in the Coastal Sciences Division. He combines statistical consulting, Bayesian and hierarchical modeling, and a background in biology and natural resources. His research focuses on juvenile salmon diet and populations in the lower Columbia River estuary, largely in the context of wetland habitat restoration. He also advises the experimental design of a multi-year before-after control-impact (BACI) study to measure effects of dredged material placement on salmon and benthic populations.

Statistical methods he has employed at PNNL include: multi-model inference, latent variable models (LVM’s) for community ordination, and stable isotope mixing models, along with frequent recourse to linear and mixed regression models and generalized linear (mixed) models. His PhD research focused on hierarchical models for abundance estimation from wildlife surveys with imperfect detection.

Research Interests

  • Statistical consulting
  • Biological research with ecological and natural resource applications, such as abundance estimation adjusting for imperfect detection and multivariate community models
  • Experimental design
  • Bayesian and hierarchical modeling

Education and Credentials

  • 2017 PhD, Statistics, Iowa State University
  • 2015 MS, Statistics, Iowa State University
  • 2006 Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Iowa State University
  • 2004 MS, Natural Resource Policy, University of Michigan
  • 1994 BA, Biological Sciences, University of Chicago

Selected Publications


  • Vanous, A., C. Gardner, M. Blanco, A. Martin-Schwarze, A. E. Lipka, S. Flint-Garcia, M. Bohn, J. Edwards, and T. Lübberstedt. 2018. Association Mapping of Flowering and Height Traits in Germplasm Enhancement of Maize Doubled Haploid (GEM-DH) Lines. Plant Genome 11:170083. doi:10.3835/plantgenome2017.09.0083


  • Martin-Schwarze, A., Niemi, J., & Dixon, P. (2017). Assessing the Impacts of Time-to-Detection Distribution Assumptions on Detection Probability Estimation. Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics, 22(4), 465-480.
  • Yaw, T., Neumann, K., Bernard, L., Cancilla, J., Evans, T., Martin-Schwarze, A., & Zaffarano, B. (2017). Lead Poisoning in Bald Eagles Admitted to Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities in Iowa, 2004–2014. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 8(2), 465-473.

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