Greg Newman

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Greg Newman - Curriculum Vitae

Greg Newman

Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
(970) 267-0834 ~ (970) 988-6289


Ph.D. Ecological Informatics, Citizen Science, & Community-Based Monitoring
Forest, Rangeland, Watershed Stewardship
Colorado State University, August, 2010

M.S. Restoration Ecology / Rangeland Ecosystem Science
Colorado State University, May, 1999

B.S. Biological Sciences & Environmental Health
Colorado State University, May, 1995


Affiliate Faculty. Graduate degree Program in Ecology (GDPE), CSU – 2015-present

Research Scientist. Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL), Colorado State University (CSU), Ft. Collins, Colorado – 2010-present

Affiliate Faculty. Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, CSU – 2010-present

Affiliate Faculty. Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CSU  – 2010-present

Director. – Comprehensive Citizen Science Support Platform  – 2010-present

Research Associate. NREL, CSU – 2007-2010


Comp Hydro: Integrating data, computation, and visualization for model-based water literacy ($2,199,999) 2015-present
Principle Investigator (PI). Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Building a website for carbon time units ($161,849) 2015-present
Principle Investigator (PI). Sponsor: Michigan State University (NSF)

Developing a Pennsylvania volunteer watershed monitoring portal: prototype system development ($14,988) 2015-present
Principle Investigator (PI). Sponsor: Dickinson College

Bridging Communities and Scales Through A Global Trans-Disciplinary Mountain Sustainability Network ($469,981) 2014-present
PI on subcontract. Sponsor: NSF

Development of Citizen Science Programs and Materials ($9,996) 2014-present
Principle Investigator (PI). Sponsor: National Park Service (NPS)

Developing Sustainable Software Elements to Support the Growing Field of Public Participation in Scientific Research/Citizen Science ($493,076) 2013-present
PI. Sponsor: NSF

Sustaining Ecological Communities through Citizen Science and Online Collaboration ($1,217,074) 2013-present
PI on subcontract. Sponsor: Rutgers University (NSF)

Model System Continuation of Species Distribution Modeling Activities ($190,661) 2013-present
Collaborator. Sponsor: United State Geological Survey (USGS)

Terrestrial Ecosystem Characterization in the Northern Rockies: Vegetation Phenology, Soil Sampling and Data Analysis for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative and Other Partners ($50,000) 2013-present
PI on subcontract. Sponsor: USGS

Developing the Living Atlas of East African Flora ($168,061) 2012-present
PI. Sponsor: JRS Biodiversity Foundation

CCE: A Learning Progression-Based System for Promoting Understanding of Carbon-Transforming Processes ($357,131) 2010-present
PI on subcontract. Sponsor: Michigan State University (NSF)

Selected Publications

Newman, G., M. Chandler, M. Clyde, B. McGreavy, M. Haklay, H. Ballard, S. Gray, R. Scarpino, R. Hauptfeld, D. Mellor, and J. Gallo. 2016. Leveraging the power of place in citizen science for effective conservation decision making. Biological Conservation. Biological Conservation.

Gray, S., R. Jordan, A. Crall, G. Newman, Hmelo-Silver, H. C., J., , W. Novak, D. Mellor, T. Frensley, M. Prysby, and A. Singer. 2016. Combining participatory modelling and citizen science to support volunteer conservation action. Biological Conservation.

Ellwood, E.R., Dunckel, B., Flemons, P., Guralnick, R., Nelson, G. Newman, S. Newman, S., Paul, D., Riccardi, G., Rios, N., Seltmann, K.C., Mast, A. 2015. Accelerating Digitization of Biodiversity Research Specimens through Online Public Participation. BioScience 65: 383-396. doi:10.1093/biosci/biv005.

Jarnevich, C. S., Simpson, A., Graham, J., G. Newman, and Bargeron, C. 2015. Running a network on a shoestring: the Global Invasive Species Information network. Management of Biological Invasions. Volume 6, Issue 2: 137–146. doi:

Newman, G. 2014. Citizen CyberScience – New directions and opportunities for human computation. Human Computation 1:2: 103-109. DOI: 10.15346/hc.v1i2.2.

Newman, G., S. Newman, R. Scarpino, N. Kaplan, A. Crall, and S. Lynn. 2014. Get Organized- Citizen Science Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization In: Citizen Science in Ecology and Conservation: A Practitioner’s Guide. Editors: C. Lepczyk., T. Vargo, and O. Boyle. In Review.

Mullen, K., G. Newman, and J. Thompson. 2013. Facilitating the development and evaluation of a citizen science website: A case study of repeat photography and climate change in southwest Alaska’s national parks. Applied Environmental Education and Communication. 12:261–271, DOI:10.1080/1533015X.2013.876302.

Newman, G., A. Wiggins, A. Crall, E. Graham, S. Newman, and K. Crowston. 2012. The Future of Citizen Science: Emerging technologies and shifting paradigms. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 10(6): 298–304, DOI: 10.1890/110294.

Crall, A., M. Renz, B. Panke, G. Newman, C. Chapin, J. Graham, and C. Bargeron. 2012. Developing Cost-Effective Early Detection Networks for Regional Invasions. Biological Invasions. 14(12), 2461-2469, DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0256-3

Crall, A. W., K. Holfelder, G. Newman, J. Graham, and D. M. Waller. 2012. The Impacts of an Invasive Species Citizen Science Training Program on Participant Attitudes, Behavior, and Science Literacy. Public Understanding of Science. 22(6) 745-764. DOI: 0963662511434894.

Newman, G., J. Graham, A. Crall, and M. Laituri. 2011. The art and science of multi-scale citizen science support. Ecological Informatics 6:217-227.

Graham, J., C. Jarnevich, N. Young, G. Newman, and T. J. Stohlgren. 2011. How will climate change affect the potential distribution of Eurasian tree sparrows Passer montanus in North America? Current Zoology 57(5):648-654.

Crall, A., G. Newman, D. M. Waller, T. J. Stohlgren, K. Holfelder, and J. Graham. 2011. Assessing Citizen Science Data Quality: An Invasive Species Case Study. Conservation Letters 4:433-442.

Wiggins, A., R. D. Stevenson, G. Newman, and K. Crowston. 2011. Mechanisms for Data Quality and Validation in Citizen Science. Paper presented at “Computing for Citizen Science” workshop. IEEE eScience Conference. Stockholm, SE, 5 December, 2011.

Newman, G., D. E. Zimmerman, A. Crall, M. Laituri, J. Graham, and L. Stapel. 2010. User friendly web mapping: Lessons from a citizen science website. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 24:1851-1869.

Newman, G. A. Crall, M. Laituri, J. Graham, T. J. Stohlgren, J. C. Moore, K. Kodrich, and K. Holfelder. 2010. Teaching citizen science skills online: Implications for invasive species training programs. Applied Environmental Education and Communication 9:4, 276-286.

Graham, J., G. Newman, S. Kumar, C. Jarnevich, N. Young, A. Crall, T. J. Stohlgren, and P. Evangelista. 2010. Bringing Modeling to the Masses: A Web Based System to Predict Potential Species Distributions. Future Internet 2:624-634.

Newman, G. 2010. Designing and evaluating participatory cyber-infrastructure systems for multi-scale citizen science. Ph.D. Dissertation. Colorado State University. 137 pgs.

Crall, A. W., G. Newman, C. Jarnevich, T. J. Stohlgren, D. M. Waller, and J. Graham. 2010. Improving and Integrating Data on Invasive Species Collected by Citizen Scientists. Biological Invasions 12:3419-3428.

Graham, J., A. Simpson, A. Crall, C. Jarnevich, G. Newman, and T. J. Stohlgren. 2008. Vision of a cyberinfrastructure for nonnative, invasive species management. Bioscience 58:263-268.

Graham, J., G. Newman, C. Jarnevich, R. Shory, and T. J. Stohlgren. 2007. A Global Organism Detection and Monitoring System for Non-native Species. Ecological Informatics 2:177-183.

Jarnevich, C., J. Graham, G. Newman, A. W. Crall, and T. J. Stohlgren. 2007. Balancing data sharing requirements for analyses with data sensitivity. Biological Invasions 9:597-599.

Crall, A.W., G. Newman, T.J. Stohlgren, C.S. Jarnevich, P.H. Evangelista, D. Guenther. 2006. Dominance as a Component of Non-Native Species Invasions. Diversity and Distributions 12:195-204.

Newman, G. and E. F. Redente. 2001. Long-term plant community development as influenced by revegetation techniques. Journal of Range Management 54: 717-724.

Stohlgren, T.J., D. Binkley, G. Chong, M. Kalkhan, L. Schell, K. Bull, Y. Otsuki, G. Newman, M. Bashkin, and Y. Son. 1999. Exotic plant species invade hot spots of native plant diversity. Ecological Monographs 69(1) 25-46.

Newman, G. 1999. Long-term revegetation practices in the Piceance Basin, Colorado. M.S. Thesis. Colorado State University. 72 pages.

Selected Presentations

2015 – Citizen Science 2015, San Jose, California, AAAS pre-conference. A Citizen Science Support Platform.
2014 – 3rd Annual Citizen CyberScience Summit 2014, London Comprehensive Citizen Science Support.
2013 – Ecological Society of America – Annual Meeting 2013, Minneapolis, MN
Participatory Conservation: Developing the Living atlas of East African Flora (LEAF)
2012 – iDigBio – Public Participation in Digitization of Biodiversity Specimens Workshop
Invited Speaker: The power of many: many people, many programs, and a common goal
2012 – Ecological Society of America – PPSR 2012 (Aug 4-5, 2012)
Invited Speaker: Redefining Participation: An enterprise approach to facilitating new PPSR projects while supporting existing efforts
2012 – Society for Conservation Biology – NACCB (July 15-18, 2012)
Invited Speaker: Cyber-infrastructure support for grassroots conservation, citizen science, and community-based monitoring
2011 – Webinar delivered to the Society for Conservation GIS (March 14, 2011)
Invited Speaker: Geodatabase design for invasive species monitoring
2010 – CI Days: Cyberinfrastructure in the Rockies (NSF Workshop), Fort Collins, CO
Invited Panelist: The art and science of multi-scale citizen science support
2010 – USGS Volunteered Geographic Information Workshop, Reston, VA Citizen science, participatory GIS, and community-based monitoring
2009 – Center for Collaborative Conservation: Bridging the Gap, Fort Collins, CO
Online data management and training for collaborative conservation
2008 – NREL Seminar, Fort Collins, CO
Scaling Ecology Across Audiences: From citizens to scientists
2008 – Ecological Society of America, Milwaukee, WI
Can citizen scientists think spatially: Evaluating the public’s ability to understand and use an online GIS map application for invasive species
2007 – Ecological Society of America, San Jose, CA
Bringing modeling to the masses: Online tools for invasive species management


2016 $1,000,000– NSF (3 years) – PI
SI2-SSI: Advancing and mobilizing citizen science data through an integrated sustainable cyber-infrastructure
2014 $14,999 – Dickinson College (1 year) –PI
Developing a Pennsylvania volunteer watershed monitoring portal
2014 $274,999 – NSF (5 years) – PI on subcontract
Technical support for “Sustaining responsive and rigorous teaching based on carbon time”
2013 – $499,471 – NSF (3 years) – Principle Investigator (PI)
SI2-SSE: Developing Sustainable Software Elements to Support the Growing Field of Public Participation in Scientific Research.
2013 – $119,999 – Michigan State University/NSF (1 year) – Principle Investigator (PI)
Technical Support for the Discovery Research K-12 Learning Progressions Project.
2013 – $50,000 – USGS (1 year) – Principle Investigator (PI)
Terrestrial Ecosystem Characterization in the Northern Rockies: Vegetation, Phenology, Soil Sampling and Data Analysis for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
2012 – $187,005 – JRS Biodiversity Foundation (2 years) – Principle Investigator (PI)
Developing the Living Atlas of East African Flora.
2012 – $1,217,074 – Rutgers University/NSF (3 years) – PI on subcontract
NSF Cyber-learning: DIP: Sustaining ecological community through citizen science and online collaboration.

2016 $1,224,029 – NSF (4 years) – Pending – Co-PI
RIDIR: Synthesis of environmental evidence database (SEED): Scaling up knowledge on conservation, environment, and human well-being linkages through big data
2016 $1,013,771– NSF (5 years) – Pending – Co-PI
DIP: Guiding Onboarding: Guided Onboarding of Cyber Innovation Technologies for SCientific Improvement (GO CITSCI)
2016 $398,195– NSF (4 years) – Pending – Co-PI
Unifying Life: Using urban street trees to develop scientific observation practice in an evolutionary context
2015 $2,933,551– NSF (3 years) – Pending –PI on subcontract
Co-Designing a Comprehensive Learning System for Citizen Science Professionals
2014 $194,273 – The City College of New York (NSF) (4 years) – PI on subcontract
Unifying Life: Placing Urban Street Trees into an Evolutionary Context
2014 $768,608 – NSF Collaborative with Cornell and Schoodic Institute (4 years) – CO-PI
Developing an Innovative Network for Continuous Professional Learning for the Field of Citizen Science
2014 $143,189 – NSF Collaborative with SFSU (4 years) – CO-PI
Citizen Science Tools – Do they advance informal science learning?

2013 – $30,000 – Earthwatch (1 year) – Principle Investigator (PI)
Earthwatch Urban Forest Program – Web/Mobile Platform.
2013 – $14,681 – University of Wisconsin, Madison (1 year) – (PI)
Developing the Wisconsin First Detector Program.
2013 – $34,000 – USDA APHIS CPHST PPQ (1 year) – Principle Investigator (PI)
Advancing and Maintaining ID Source.
2012 –$72,609 – NPS (1.5 years) – PI
Place-Based Climate Change Communication using Repeat Photography in Southwest Alaska National Parks
2012 –$14,000 – WCNR CFRI (1 year) – PI
CFRI website development: Developing participatory community-based monitoring tools for forest health monitoring
2012 –$34,000 – NPS – University of WI – GLRI (1 year) – PI
Developing the Great Lakes Early Detection Network
2012 –$64,000 – USDA APHIS PPQ (6 months) – PI
Developing ID Source: A comprehensive database for pest identification aids
2010 – $400,661 – DOI/USGS (5 years) – 6/12/07 – 5/31/2012 – Senior personnel
Developing and testing predictive maps and custom models for invasive species
2010 – ~$25,000 – USDA APHIS PPQ (4 months) – Senior personnel
Developing ID Source: A comprehensive database for pest identification aids
2010 – $94,660 – DOI/USGS (2 years) – 9/1/2008 – 8/31/2010 – Senior personnel
Potential effects of climate change on harmful invasive species distributions in the US
2010 – $94,618 – DOI/USGS (3 years) – 6/1/2009 – 4/31/2011 – Collaborator
Africanized honey bees: Initial web-site development
2010 – $241,737 – DOI/NBII (4 years) – 2/1/2007 – 7/31/2011 – Senior personnel
National Biological Information Infrastructure Invasive Species Information Node
2009-2010 – $8,000 – WCNR, CSU (1 year) – Senior personnel
K-12 Project-Based Ecological Research: Phenology Observations & Invasive Species Monitoring to Understand Changes in our Local Environment
2007-2010 – $900,000 – NSF (3 years) – Senior personnel
CI-TEAM Implementation Project – Using the GODM cyberinfrastructure to involve citizens in invasive species data collection
2003-2006 – $150,000 – NPCA (3 years) – Senior personnel
Developing a State of the Parks program to assess the integrity of natural and cultural resources for National Parks nationwide
2001-2002 – $5,000 – NPS (1 year) – CO-PI
Conducting a floristic inventory: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, MT



Chair, Citizen Science Association
Member, Ecological Society of America
Member, Global Invasive Species Information Network
Member, North American Invasive Species Information Network
Restoration Ecologist, Web Developer, Blue Mountain Environmental Consulting


Web Communication Committee – Citizen Science Association
Board Member – Citizen Science Association
Board Member, North American Invasive Species Information Network
Web and IT Subcommittee, North American Pika Consortium
Expert Review Committee, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) 2012 Leading Edge and New Initiatives Funds (LEF/NIF) competition

Journal Referee/Peer Review

Human Computation (Guest Editor of special Issue on Citizen Science; December 2014), Applied Environmental Education and Communication, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Journal of Environmental Management and Assessment, Ecological Informatics, Biological Conservation, Environmental Management, Environmental Systems Research

Graduate Advisory Committees

Rina Hauptfeld (2015-present), PhD, HDNR, GDPE, CSU
Katie Boyd (2015-present), PhD, GDPE, CSU
Brian Fauver (2013-present), MS, Human Dimensions in Natural Resources (HDNR), CSU
Jenael Falcao (2011-2012), MS, Conservation Leadership Through Learning, HDNR, CSU
Terra Smith (2011-2012), MS, Conservation Leadership Through Learning, HDNR, CSU
Karina Mullen (2011-2012), MS, HDNR, CSU
Jia Ling (2010-2012), MS, Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR), CSU


Research Associate. NREL/CSU. Fort Collins, CO 1999-2010
Restoration Ecologist Camp, Dresser, & McKee Federal Programs, Inc. 1999
Graduate Research Assistant Colorado State University 1997-1999
Biological Technician Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO 1994-1997