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Current Position

 

2017 - present

Assistant Professor. University of Louisiana Monroe

Biology Program, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, Louisiana 71209

 

Research Positions

 

2009 - 2011

Junior Research Specialist. University of California - Davis.

Department of Evolution and Ecology. 2320 Storer Hall, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616.

 

Education

2011 - 2017

Ph.D. from Louisiana State University

Museum of Natural Science, Department of Biological Sciences; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803

Major professor: Dr. Christopher C. Austin

2007 - 2009

M.S. from University of Alabama

Department of Biological Sciences; Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487

Major professor: Dr. Leslie J. Rissler

 

2002 - 2005

B.S.Ed. from University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487

Major: Elementary Education. Summa Cum Laude

 

Publications

 

Newman CE, Gregory TR, Austin CC (2017) The dynamic evolutionary history of genome size in North American woodland salamanders. Genome, 60, 285-292. Download PDF

Krysko KL, Nuñez LP, Newman CE, Bowen BW (2017) Phylogenetics of kingsnakes, Lampropeltis getula complex (Serpentes: Colubridae), in Eastern North America. Journal of Heredity, 108, 226-238. Download PDF

 

Newman CE, Austin CC (2016) Sequence capture and next-generation sequencing of ultraconserved elements in a large-genome salamander. Molecular Ecology, 25, 6162-6174. Download PDF

Newman CE, Austin CC (2015) Thriving in the cold: glacial expansion and post-glacial contraction of a temperate terrestrial salamander (Plethodon serratus). PLOS ONE, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130131. Download PDF

 

Feinberg JA, Newman CE, Watkins-Colwell GJ, Schlesinger MD, Zarate B, Curry BR, Shaffer HB, Burger J (2014) Cryptic diversity in Metropolis: confirmation of a new leopard frog species (Anura: Ranidae) from New York City and surrounding Atlantic Coast regions. PLOS ONE, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108213. Download PDF

 

Carstens BC, Brennan RS, Chua V, Duffie CV, Harvey MG, Koch RA, McMahan CD, Nelson BJ, Newman CE, Satler JD, Seeholzer G, Posbic K, Tank DC, Sullivan J (2013) Model selection as a tool for phylogeographic inference: an example from the willow Salix melanopsis. Molecular Ecology, 22, 4014-4028.  Download PDF

 

Spinks PQ, Thomson RC, Pauly GB, Newman CE, Mount G, Shaffer HB (2013) Misleading phylogenetic inferences based on single-exemplar sampling in the turtle genus Pseudemys. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 68, 269-281.  Download PDF

 

Newman CE, Feinberg JA, Rissler LJ, Burger J, Shaffer HB (2012) A new species of leopard frog (Anura: Ranidae) from the urban northeastern US. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, 63, 445-455. Download PDF

 

Newman CE, and LJ Rissler (2011) Phylogeographic analyses of the southern leopard frog: the impact of geography and climate on the distribution of genetic lineages vs. subspecies. Molecular Ecology, 20 (24), 5295-5312.  Download PDF

 

Spinks PQ, Thomson RC, Barley AJ, Newman CE, Shaffer HB (2010) Testing avian, squamate, and mammalian nuclear markers for cross amplification in turtles. Conservation Genetics Resources, DOI: 10.1007/s12686-010-98184-7.  Download PDF

 

Grants Received

 

2014

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation  $19,240

Systematics and evolutionary history of the southern redback salamander: using next generation sequencing with organisms with large genomes

 

2008

Graduate Student Research and Travel Support Fund  $600

An integrative approach to resolving taxonomic controversy and reconstructing the evolutionary history of Rana sphenocephala

 

2007

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund, American Museum of Natural History  $1250

Phylogeography and systematics of the southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala)

 

2007

Graduate Student Research and Travel Support Fund  $200

Phylogeography and systematics of the southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala)

 

Invited Seminars

 

Newman, C. E.*, C. C. Austin. 2016. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. Phylogeography of the salamander Plethodon serratus across four isolated regions of the southeastern US.

 

Conference Presentations

Newman, C. E.*, C. C. Austin. 2017. Society of Systematic Biologists Standalone Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA. Dynamic evolutionary history of genome size in North American woodland salamanders.

 

Newman, C. E.*, C. C. Austin. 2016. Ernest A. Liner Louisiana Herpetology Conference, LUMCON, Chauvin, LA. Phylogeography of Plethodon serratus (Plus: survivor salamanders).

Newman, C. E.*, C. C. Austin. 2016. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, New Orleans, LA. Sequence capture of UCEs for intraspecific phylogenetics and species delimitation of a large-genome salamander, Plethodon serratus.

Newman, C. E.*, C. C. Austin. 2016. The Evolution Conference, Austin, TX. Sequence capture of UCEs for intraspecific phylogenetics and species delimitation of a large-genome salamander, Plethodon serratus.

Newman, C. E.*, C. C. Austin. 2014. Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society of Naturalists, and Society of Systematic Biologists meeting, Raleigh, NC. Phylogeography and conservation of the salamander Plethodon serratus across four isolated regions of the southeastern US.

 

Newman, C. E.*, C. C. Austin. 2013. Ernest A. Liner Louisiana Herpetology Conference, LUMCON, Chauvin, LA. Phylogeography and conservation of the salamander Plethodon serratus across four isolated regions of the southeastern US.

 

Newman, C. E.*, C. C. Austin. 2013. Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society of Naturalists, and Society of Systematic Biologists meeting, Snowbird, UT. Phylogeography and conservation of the salamander Plethodon serratus across four isolated regions of the southeastern US.

 

Newman, C. E.*, J. A. Feinberg, L. J. Rissler, J. Burger, and H. B. Shaffer. 2012. First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A new species of leopard frog (Anura: Ranidae) from the urban northeastern US.

 

Newman, C. E.*, and L. J. Rissler. 2009. Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society of Naturalists, and Society of Systematic Biologists meeting, Moscow, ID. Uncovering cryptic diversity: an integrative approach to reconstructing the evolutionary history of Rana sphenocephala.

 

Newman, C. E.*, and L. J. Rissler. 2009. Association of Southeastern Biologists, Birmingham, AL. Integrating genetics, ecological niche modeling, and morphology to reconstruct the evolutionary history of Rana sphenocephala.

 

Newman, C. E.*, and L. J. Rissler. 2008. The Systematics Association: Young Systematists’ Forum, London, UK. An integrative approach to resolving taxonomic controversy and reconstructing the evolutionary history of Rana sphenocephala.

 

Newman, C. E.*, and L. J. Rissler. 2008. Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee, WI. Phylogeography and Systematics of the Southern Leopard Frog (Rana sphenocephala).

 

Newman, C. E.*, and L. J. Rissler. 2008. The Herpetology Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Phylogeography and Systematics of the Southern Leopard Frog (Rana sphenocephala).

 

Teaching

2017

University of Louisiana Monroe, Biology Program

Intro​duction to Evolutionary Biology (lecture)

Principles of Ecology (lecture/lab)

2016

Louisiana State University, Department of Biological Sciences

Guest Lecturer

Evolution: Biogeography

Evolution: Classification & Taxonomy

Evolution: Evolution & Medicine

 

2013

Louisiana State University, Department of Biological Sciences

Guest Lecturer

Herpetology

2011 - 2013

Louisiana State University, Department of Biological Sciences

Introductory Biology for Majors (lab)

Genetics (problem solving discussion)

Herpetology (lab)

Teaching Assistant

 

2007 - 2009

University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences

BSC 215 and 216 Labs (Human Anatomy & Physiology)

Teaching Assistant

 

2008

University of Alabama, Department of Biological Sciences

BSC 216 Lecture (Human Anatomy & Physiology)

Guest lecturer for two lectures on genetics and heredity

 

2006

Arcadia Elementary School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

5th grade teacher

Full-time, contracted elementary teacher

Taught all subjects in a self-contained classroom

 

Academic Awards

 

2009

The Ralph Chermock Prize for the most outstanding graduate student in systematics and ecology, University of Alabama

 

2008

Best Poster award at the Young Systematists’ Forum of the Systematics Association, London, UK

 

Additional Training

 

March 2014

La Kretz Workshop in Conservation Genomics

La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, UCLA

 

March 2009

Applied Phylogenetics Workshop

Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory, University of California-Davis

 

Professional Affiliations

 

Society for the Study of Evolution

Society of Systematic Biologists

Mentorship

2013 - 2014 Laboratory Mentor to undergraduate students:

Jeff Weinell, Kalli Trahan, Zack Weilenman, Will Thompson, Oliver Sinquefield

Service

2016 (August - December)

Community service volunteer, Baton Rouge flood relief.

Worked with friends, Together Baton Rouge, NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster.

2015 - present

Community outreach for Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science.

     

     17 Jan. 2017: Sixth Grade Day, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

     14 Jan. 2017: Special Saturday, LSU Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, LA.

     3 Dec. 2016: Louisiana Master Naturalists Workshop, LSU Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, LA.

     17 Nov. 2016: Family STEM Night, Westdale Middle School, Baton Rouge, LA.

     25 Oct. 2016: Conference, Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics and Louisiana Science Teachers

     Association, Baton Rouge, LA.

     24 Sept. 2016: Special Saturday, LSU Museum of Natural Science, Baton Rouge, LA.

     16 Sept. 2016: Fall Fest, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

     21 July 2016: LSU Lab School Tiger Challenge Camp, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

     14 May 2016: Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge Workshop, Baton Rouge, LA.

     7 May 2016: Step Outside Day, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Krotz Springs, LA.

     30 Apr. 2016: Greenwings Conservation Event, Duck Unlimited, Covington, LA.

     14 Jan. 2016:  Sixth Grade Day, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

     10 Nov. 2015: Conference, Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics and Louisiana Science Teachers

     Association, Baton Rouge, LA.

     2 Oct. 2015: Fall Fest, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

     26 Sept. 2015: Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge Workshop, Baton Rouge, LA.

     23 Aug. 2015: Geaux Science Welcome Event, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.

     9 May 2015: Step Outside Day, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, Krotz Springs, LA.

     19 March 2015: Earth Day, Baton Rouge, LA.

    

2012 - present

Reviewer for submitted manuscripts to Axios, Molecular Ecology, Journal of Herpetology, Wetlands.

 

2007 - 2009

CAARE: Conservation of Alabama Amphibians and Reptiles through Education - community outreach program, Leslie J. Rissler, University of Alabama.

Curriculum Vitae