Assistant Professor



University of Louisiana



Biology Program

Rana selfie at BREC Frenchtown, BRLA
Rana selfie at BREC Frenchtown, BRLA

Ambystoma opacum in Baton Rouge
Ambystoma opacum in Baton Rouge

Collecting blood from Plethodon
Collecting blood from Plethodon

Rana selfie at BREC Frenchtown, BRLA
Rana selfie at BREC Frenchtown, BRLA

In brief...

In August 2017, I joined the Biology Program at the University of Louisiana Monroe as Assistant Professor. My research uses genetics and GIS to investigate processes driving amphibian distributions in the Southeast USA - in particular, highly disjunct distributions.


My general interests are in phylogeography and conservation of amphibians in the Southeast USA. I aim to incorporate genetics and spatially-explicit modeling into all of my work. I am currently learning new methods of next-generation sequencing data generation and analysis.


My undergraduate education is in elementary education, and as an evolutionary biologist, my goal is to combine my pedagogical knowledge with skills in the sciences to create meaningful, exciting learning experiences for children and adults.


Catherine E. Newman (Cathy)

Biology Program

University of Louisiana Monroe

700 University Ave.

Monroe, LA 71209


Ph: (318) 342-7921

Latest News

Successful Defense! (4/26/2017)


I was very excited to give my PhD exit seminar to a full house in the gallery of the LSU Museum of Natural Science, in front of LSU's original mascot, Mike I. After successfully defending my dissertation, I am ready to move on to the next phase of my career. Many thanks to my excellent advisor and committee for unending support.

New Paper! (2017)


Evolution of Genome Size

in Plethodon


We determined the genome size of Plethodon serratus (21 Gb!), and reconstructed the evolutionary history of genome size in Plethodon salamanders. See CV for citation and PDF.

New Paper! (2016)

UCEs for Phylogeography of

a Large-Genome Salamander

Molecular Ecology

Next-generation sequencing of UCEs for Plethodon serratus phylogeography. This is the first study to use sequence capture for a large-genome salamander. Dissertation Chapter 2. See CV for citation and PDF.