Steven K. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Biology

Science is continuously changing as we gain insight from new and improved observations of the natural world. This accumulation of information makes it vital that students understand larger scientific concepts, rather than just factual content. With this...

Dr. Steven K. Schwartz

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.S., Biology, Western Washington University

B.S., Biology, Pacific Lutheran University

Courses Taught

BIOL 100: Biological Concepts

BIOL 104L: Scientific Inquiry Laboratory

BIOL 105L: Information Flow in Biological Systems Laboratory

BIOL 170: Introduction to Microbiology

BIOL 399: Advanced Topics: Cannibalism | Cell Signaling | Sexual Selection & Conflict | Vision

BIOL 498: Undergraduate Research: Arachnids of the Inland Northwest


Science is continuously changing as we gain insight from new and improved observations of the natural world. This accumulation of information makes it vital that students understand larger scientific concepts, rather than just factual content. With this adapting knowledge base, we refine our relationship within the natural world and gain a better understanding of how our actions affect the organisms around us. I expect students to reflect on their time in my classroom and feel that they gained an appreciation for science as a way of thinking that will benefit them for the rest of their life.

Schwartz SK, Wagner Jr WE, Hebets EA. 2016. Males can benefit from sexual cannibalism facilitated by self-sacrifice. Current Biology 26: 2794-2799.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.08.010

Schwartz SK, Wagner Jr WE, Hebets EA. 2014. Obligate male death and sexual cannibalism in dark fishing spiders. Animal Behaviour 93: 151-156.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.04.037

Schwartz SK, Wagner Jr WE, Hebets EA. 2013. Spontaneous male death and monogyny in the dark fishing spider. Biology Letters 9: 20130113.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2013.0113

Schwartz SK, Peterson MA. 2006. Strong material benefits and no longevity costs of multiple mating in an extremely polyandrous leaf beetle, Chrysochus cobaltinus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Behavioral Ecology 17: 1004-1010.

https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arl033

Faculty and Student Researchers Tackle Big Questions with Little Arachnids | College of Arts & Sciences Blog | Gonzaga University
https://blogs.gonzaga.edu/cas/2017/01/30/faculty-student-researchers-tackle-big-questions-with-little-arachnids/

Gonzaga biology lecturer Dr. Steven Schwartz discovers unique spider mating behavior by Rachael Snodgrass | October 26, 2016 | The Gonzaga Bulletin
http://www.gonzagabulletin.com/online/article_e7421ac0-9bef-11e6-a26b-17f0f74cfc7e.html

Ultimate sacrifice: Spider's post-sex cannibalism aids offspring by Scott Schrage | October 6, 2016 | University Communication
http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/ultimate-sacrifice-spiders-post-sex-cannibalism-aids-offspring/