2017. Ph.D., Biology, Louisiana State University
2009. M.S., Biology, The University of Alabama
2005. B.S.Ed., Elementary Education, The University of Alabama
2022 - present
Assistant Teaching Professor
Biology Program, University of Southern Mississippi. Hattiesburg, MS.
2017 - 2022
Biology Program, University of Louisiana Monroe. Monroe, LA.
2009 - 2011
Junior Research Specialist
Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California - Davis. Davis, CA.
University of Louisiana Monroe. Instructor of record. Undergraduate and graduate courses; face-to-face, hybrid, and online. See Teaching (page) for details.
2011 - 2013
Louisiana State University. Graduate Teaching Assistant
Introductory Biology for Majors (lab), Genetics (problem solving discussion), Herpetology (lab)
2007 - 2009
The University of Alabama. Graduate Teaching Assistant
Human Anatomy & Physiology (lab)
Arcadia Elementary School. Teacher, Fifth Grade. Tuscaloosa, AL
Professional Development in Teaching
Courses & Conferences
2020-2021. Open Educational Resources Faculty Learning Community. ULM.
2019. Enabling the next generation of computational biologists. iEvoBio (Providence, RI).
2018. Gulf Coast Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching. Louisiana State University.
Workshops Internal to ULM
2020. Inclusive Conversations: Social Determinants of Health and the Intersection of Diversity
2020. Just in CAES workshops: Using Kaltura; Effective Communication; Alternative Assessment
2020. Diversity in Education: Incorporating Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Classroom
2020. FOCUS on Critical Thinking: Closing the Loop with Assessments
2019. Fostering Women’s Leadership Potential in the Classroom
2019. Working with Students on Nonacademic Problems
2018. Safe Zone Training
Pedagogy Scholarship & Service
Wright AM, Schwartz RS, Oaks JR, Newman CE, Flanagan SP. (2019). The why, when, and how of computing in biology classrooms. F1000Research, 8, DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.20873.1.
2019. Newman CE. Teaching computational biology at a regional university using local installs. iEvoBio Conference. Providence, RI.
2019. Panel Participant: Active Teaching. Academic Innovation Center, ULM.
ULM Mentorship Program
2021-present. Shantrice Dorsey
Undergraduate Honors Option, ULM (course-based independent research)
2021. Hannah Jones, Lauren Polson, Elisa Castillion, David Hernandez, Grace Gunder
2020. Reem Farhat, Caitlyn Sonnier, Arabella Jennings
2018. Dylan Bordelon, Sarah Cheathem, Sangya Sharma
Undergraduate Laboratory Research, ULM
2021. Arabella Jennings. Citizen science data & Coastal Plain salamander seasonality. Directed Study.
2020. Arabella Jennings. Morphology & species delimitation in Plethodon serratus. Honors Option.
2019. Nautica Jones. Morphology & species delimitation in Plethodon serratus. Emerging Scholars.
2018. Benjamin Kirkikis. Population genetics of Eurycea paludicola. Directed Study.
Graduate Student Committees, ULM
M.S. Thesis Committee Chair: Cameron Primeaux (Sp 2021 to present)
Ed.D. Dissertation Committees: Alicia Rollins (Sp 2021 to present)
M.S. Thesis Committees: Abraham Matlak (F 2020 to present), Ben Grizzle (graduated F 2021)
M.S. Non-Thesis Committees: Nathan Duong (chair; F 2020 to present), Benjamin Kirkikis (chair; graduated Sp 2020), Seth Franklin (Sp 2020), Zackary Doolittle (graduated F 2019)
Service to Institution
University of Louisiana Monroe
Faculty Advisor, academic advising for Biology majors. 2018-present
Member, Faculty Search Committee, Biology. 2021-present
Member, Council for Teacher Education. 2018-present
Coordinator of student volunteers, Museum of Natural History Committee. 2018-present
Member, School of Sciences Curriculum Committee. 2017-present
Senator, Faculty Senate. 2019-2021
Speaker, Northeast Louisiana College Fair. 2018-2019 (annually)
Judge, ULM Student Research Symposium. 2018, 2019
Speaker, Browse on the Bayou high school recruiting fair. 2018
Volunteer, ULM BioBlitz, Columbia, LA. 2018
Speaker, ULM Majors Fair. 2017
LSU Museum of Natural Science, Outreach Event Volunteer
Sixth Grade Day, LSU. 2017, 2016
Special Saturday, LSUMNS. 2017, 2016
Louisiana Master Naturalists Workshop, LSUMNS. 2016 , 2015
Family STEM Night, Westdale Middle School, Baton Rouge, LA. 2016
Conference, LATM and LSTA, Baton Rouge, LA. 2016, 2015
Fall Fest, LSU. 2016, 2015
LSU Lab School Tiger Challenge Camp, LSU. 2016
Step Outside Day, La. Dpt. of Wildlife & Fisheries, Krotz Springs, LA. 2016, 2015
Greenwings Conservation Event, Ducks Unlimited, Covington, LA. 2016
Geaux Science Welcome Event, LSU. 2015
Earth Day, Baton Rouge, LA. 2015
The University of Alabama, Outreach Event Volunteer
CAARE: Conservation of Alabama Amphibians & Reptiles through Education. 2007-2009
Service to Community
Judge, Region 3 Science Fair. ULM, Monroe, LA. 2019
Community Service Volunteer, Baton Rouge flood relief. Baton Rouge, LA. Aug.-Nov. 2016
Worked with Together Baton Rouge and NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster
Participant, NASA Social. Stennis Space Center, Hancock Co., MS. Feb 2015, Aug 2015, Feb 2016
Service to Profession
Journal Services - Peer Reviewer
Animal Conservation (2018), Axios (2016 ), Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2020, 2016), Climatic Change (2019), Conservation Genetics (2018 ), Ichthyology & Herpetology/Copeia (2022, 2019), Ecological Applications (2020 ), Ecology & Evolution (2020, 2019), Genetics & Molecular Biology (2015), Journal of Heredity (2021, 2020), Journal of Herpetology (2019, 2015), Molecular Ecology (2016 , 2015 , 2013, 2012), Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution (2020 ), PeerJ (2018), Scientific Reports (2018 ), Systematics & Biodiversity (2016), Wetlands (2016 )
Association of Southeastern Biologists (2021-present)
National Science Teaching Association (2020-present)
Society of Systematic Biologists (2009-present)
Grants, Awards, Honors
2020. Louisiana Board of Regents, One-Year Research Component (1 year; $20,000)
2019. Jan & Gary Luffey Endowed Professorship in Life Science, Univ. Louisiana Monroe (3 years)
2018. Research Hub Mini-Grant, Univ. Louisiana Monroe ($1,000)
2016. McDaniel Travel Award, Louisiana State University ($500)
2014. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation ($19,240)
2009. Ralph Chermock Prize: Outstanding Graduate Student in Systematics & Ecology, Univ. Alabama
2008. Graduate Student Research & Travel Support Fund, The University of Alabama (x2: $600, $200)
2007. Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund, American Museum of Natural History ($1,250)
Newman CE, Austin CC (2019) Quantifying amphibian range fragmentation in the southeastern United States. Frontiers of Biogeography, 11, 1-9. DOI: 10.21425/F5FBG37772.
Newman CE (2017) Survival of salamanders in a severe flood event in Louisiana. Southeastern Naturalist, 16, N19-N23. Download PDF
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
2022. Newman CE. Coastal Plain salamanders: ecology, population genetics, and the impact of citizen science. Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA.
2021. Hersey L, Foy B, Newman CE. From silos to sandboxes: how to enhance cross-disciplinary partnerships. For Our Future Conference. University of Louisiana System, online.
2016. Newman CE. Phylogeography of the salamander Plethodon serratus across four isolated regions of the southeastern US. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.
2019. Kirkikis BG, Newman CE. Population genetics of salamanders in a geographically isolated highland in northwest Louisiana. Louisiana Herpetology Conference. LUMCON, Chauvin, LA.
2019. Newman CE. Phylogenetics of Coastal Plain Plethodon Salamanders. Evolution. Providence, RI.
2017. Newman CE, Austin CC. Dynamic evolutionary history of genome size in North American woodland salamanders. Society of Systematic Biologists Meeting. Baton Rouge, LA.
2016. Newman CE. Phylogeography of Plethodon serratus (Plus: survivor salamanders). Louisiana Herpetology Conference. LUMCON, Chauvin, LA.
2016. Newman CE, Austin CC. Sequence capture of UCEs for intraspecific phylogenetics and species delimitation of a large-genome salamander, Plethodon serratus. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. New Orleans, LA.
2016. Newman CE, Austin CC. Sequence capture of UCEs for intraspecific phylogenetics and species delimitation of a large-genome salamander. Evolution. Austin, TX.
2014. Newman CE, Austin CC. Phylogeography & conservation of the salamander Plethodon serratus across four isolated regions of the southeastern US. Evolution. Raleigh, NC.
2013. Newman CE, Austin CC. Phylogeography of Plethodon serratus across four isolated regions of the southeastern US. Louisiana Herpetology Conference. LUMCON, Chauvin, LA.
2013. Newman CE, Austin CC. Phylogeography & conservation of the salamander Plethodon serratus across four isolated regions of the southeastern US. Evolution. Snowbird, UT.
2012. Newman CE. A new species of leopard frog (Anura: Ranidae) from the urban northeastern US. First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
2009. Newman CE, Rissler LJ. Uncovering cryptic diversity: an integrative approach to reconstructing the evolutionary history of Rana sphenocephala. Evolution. Moscow, ID.
2009. Newman CE, Rissler LJ. Integrating genetics, ecological niche modeling, and morphology to reconstruct the evolutionary history of Rana sphenocephala. Association of Southeastern Biologists. Birmingham, AL.
2008. Newman CE, Rissler LJ. An integrative approach to resolving taxonomic controversy and reconstructing the evolutionary history of Rana sphenocephala. The Systematics Association: Young Systematists’ Forum. London, England, UK.
2008. Newman CE, Rissler LJ. Phylogeography and systematics of the southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala). Ecological Society of America. Milwaukee, WI.
2008. Newman CE, Rissler LJ. Phylogeography and systematics of the southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala). The Herpetology Conference. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Additional Experience & Training
2014-2016. Curatorial Assistant. LSU Museum of Natural Science, Herpetology Collection.
2014. Workshop in Conservation Genomics. La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, UCLA.
2009. Applied Phylogenetics Workshop. Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory, University of California-Davis.