Peter K. Swart

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Lewis G. Weeks, Professor of Marine Geosciences

Head of the RSMAS Stable Isotope Laboratory



B.Sc. University of Sheffield, Natural Environmental Sciences, 1976

Ph.D. Geochemistry, Kings College, University of London, 1980.

Post Doctoral Fellowship, University of Cambridge, 1980-1983.


Research Interests


Stable Isotope Geochemistry Stable Isotope Laboratory; Carbonate Diagenesis; Sedimentology and Petrology Comparative Sedimentology Laboratory ; Cosmochemistry.



Courses Taught

  • Geochemistry, MGG 513
  • Diagenesis of Carbonate Sediments, MGG 671
  • Stable Isotopes in Biological and Geological Sciences, MGG 650
  • Techniques in Ecosystem and Policy ECS 301
  • Introductory Oceanography MSC 101



Research Projects


  • The Climate Dynamics of the Atlantic
  • Sclerosponges/Corals
  • Carbonate Diagenesis
  • Nitrogen Dynamics in the Marine Environment
  • Clumped Isotopes
  • Glocal Carbon Cycle through Time




Top Cited Publications


Thorrold, S., LatKoczy, C., Swart, P.K., and Jones, C. 2002. Natal homing in marine fish population, Science, 291:297-299.

Swart, P.K., 1982. The carbon and oxygen isotope composition of scleractinian corals: a review. Earth Sci. Rev., 19:  51-80.

Swart, P.K., Burns, S.J., and Leder, J.J., 1992. Fractionation of stable isotopes of O and C in CO2 during the reaction of calcite with phosphoric acid as a function of temperature and technique, Chemical Geology (Isotope Geoscience Section), 86:89-96.

Swart, P.K., M.M. Grady and C.T. Pillinger, R.S. Lewis and E. Anders, 1983. Interstellar carbon in meteorites. Science, 220:  406-410.

Selected Recent Publications


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Murray, S., M. Arienzo, and P. K. Swart, Determining the Δ47 acid fractionation for dolomites: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. In Press.


Arienzo, M., Swart, P.K., Pourmand, A. Broad, K., Clement, A.C.,  Murphy, LN., Vonhof, H.B., Kakuk B., Bahamian speleothem reveals temperature decrease associated with Heinrich stadials, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 430, 377-386.

Ellis, G.S., Katz, B.J., Scholz, C. and Swart, P.K, Organic sedimentation in modern lacustrine systems: A case study from Lake Malawi, East Africa, Geological Society of America Special Papers, 515, p. SPE515-02

Galfond, B., Riemer, D., Swart, P.K., Analysis of signal to noise ratio of δ13C CO2 measurements at carbon capture utilization and storage injection sites. International Journal of Greenhouse Gases, 42, 307-318.

Alvaro, Lapen, TJ, Rosenheim and Swart, P. K. Ventilation timescales of the N. Atlantic Subtropical Cell revealed by coral radiocarbon from the Cape Verde Islands, Paleoceanography, 30, 938-948.

Pederson, C., McNeill, D., Klaus, J., and Swart, P.K. Deposition and diagenesis of microbial oncolites: Implications for the preservation of microbial signatures, Journal of Sedimentary Research

Sharifi, A,., Pourmand, A., Canuel, E.A., Fere-Tyler, E., Peterson, L.C., Aichner, B., Feakins, S.J., Daryaee, T., Djamali, M., Beni, N., Lahijani, A.K., Swart, P.K. Abrupt climate change over the interior of West Asia since the last deglaciation period: The hand that rocked the Cradle of Civilization? Quaternary Science Reviews, 123, 215-230.

Diaz, M. Swart, P.K., Eberli, G.P. and Altabet, M. Geochemical Evidence of Microbial Activity within Ooids, Sedimentology

Swart, P.K. The geochemistry of carbonate diagenesis: The past, present and future, Sedimentology, 62:1233-1304

Stewart, J.A., Gutjahr, M., Pearce, F., Swart, P.K. and Foster, G.L.  Boron and meteoric diagenesis: Questioning the fidelity of Snowball Earth δ11B excursions, Geology, 43: 627-634.

Waite, A. and Swart, P.K. Inversion of aragonite to calcite during the sampling of skeletal archives: Implications for proxy interpretation, Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry, 29:955-964.

Harris, P.M., Purkis, S.J., Ellis, J., Swart, P.K. and Reijmer, J.J.G., Mapping water-depth and depositional facies on Great Bahama Bank, Sedimentology, 62: 555-589.

Mackenzie, G.J., Schaffner, F., Swart, P.K. The stable isotopic composition of carbonate (C & O) and the organic Matrix (C & N) in water bird eggshells from South Florida: Insights into feeding ecology, timing of egg formation, and geographic range, Hydrobiologia, 743: 89-108.



Swart, P.K., Oehlert, A., Mackenzie, GJ, Eberli, GP, and  Reijmer, JJG, The fertilization of the Bahamas by Saharan dust: A trigger for carbonate precipitation? Geology

Swart, P.K., Evans, S., Capo. T., and Altabet, M.A, The fractionation of nitrogen and oxygen isotopes in macroalgae during the assimilation of nitrate, Biogeosciences


Oehlert, A.M. and Swart, P.K., Interpreting carbonate and organic carbon isotope covariance in the sedimentary record, Nature Communications



Arienzo, M. M., P. K. Swart, and H. B. Vonhof. Measurement of δ18O and δ2H values of fluid inclusion water in speleothems using cavity ring-down spectroscopy compared with isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry 27:1-9.


Swart, P. K., W. T. Anderson, M. A. Altabet, C. Drayer, and S. Bellmund. Sources of dissolved inorganic nitrogen in a coastal lagoon adjacent to a major metropolitan area, Miami Florida (USA). Applied Geochemistry 38:134-146.


Klaus, J.S., Murray, S., Swart, P.K. and McNeill, D.F. Resource partitioning and paleoecology of Neogene free-living corals as determined from skeletal stable isotope composition. Bulletin of Marine Science, 89, 937-954.


Okazaki, R.R., Swart, P.K. and Langdon, C. (2013) Stress-tolerant corals of Florida Bay are vulnerable to ocean acidification. Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-013-1015-3


Swart, P.K. Coral Canaries of the sea, Trees of the Ocean Nature Education Knowledge 4(3):5




Mateo, I, Durbin, E. G., Bengtson, D.A., Kingsley, R., Swart, P.K. and Durant, D. 2012. Spatial and Temporal Variation in Otolith Chemistry for Tautog (Tautoga onitis) along the US Northeast Coast, Northeastern Naturalist, 19:201-216.2012


Oehlert, A. Devlin, Q., Mackenzie, G.J., Lamb-Wozniak, K., Swart, P.K., The Stable Carbon Isotopic Composition of Organic Material in Platform Derived Sediments: Implications for Reconstructing the Global Carbon Cycle, Sedimentology, 59, 319-335.


Swart, P.K. Coral Canaries of the sea, Trees of the Ocean (Nature Education)


Swart, P.K. and Kennedy, M.J. Does the Global Stratigraphic Reproducibility of d13C in Neoproterozoic Carbonates Require a Marine Origin?  A Plio-Pleistocene Comparison, Geology, 40: 87-90.


Lamb-Wozniak, K., Swart, P.K. and Altabet, M.  2012. Nitrogen  and Carbon Isotopic Systematics of the Florida Reef Tract, Bull Mar Sci , 1: 119-146.


Prof. Peter Swart

Lewis G. Weeks Professor
RSMAS/MGS University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Telephone: 305 421-4103

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Last Revised: Januarey 13th, 2105