Greg Newman

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Dr. Newman is a research scientist, ecologist, and informatics specialist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU). He received his PhD from CSU in citizen science, community-based monitoring, and ecological informatics. His current research focuses on designing and evaluating the effectiveness of cyber-infrastructure support systems for citizen science programs. His research interests include evaluating various citizen science program models, understanding the socio-ecological benefits of engaging the public in scientific research, designing and evaluating data management systems for socio-ecological research, assessing the value of local and traditional ecological knowledge for conservation and education outcomes, and developing spatial-temporal decision support systems. The Newman Lab studies facets of co-created citizen science such as the characteristics of projects that influence use of citizen science data in conservation decision making processes, factors affecting success in co-created citizen science projects, how the design and implementation of co-created projects affects outcomes (including participant learning gains, attitudes, and behaviors; advancing research; providing near real-time early detection and decision support; and informing policy), and how place based projects can be tied to place based needs for improved outcomes. Dr. Newman and his team strive to create innovative ecological data management and visualization solutions to help communities solve place-based environmental challenges. His research team manages the CitSci.org web/mobile application – a citizen science support platform that now supports well over 500 projects globally and that collectively have contributed over 765,000 scientific measurements. Greg is a board member for the Citizen Science Association (CSA) and serves as co-chair of the CSA data and metadata working group.

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