About Greg

Dr. Greg Newman is a research scientist 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 social-ecological benefits of engaging the public in scientific research, designing and evaluating data management systems for social-ecological research, assessing the value of local and traditional ecological knowledge for conservation and education outcomes, and developing spatial-temporal decision support systems. Greg strives to create innovative ecological data management and visualization solutions to help communities solve place-based environmental challenges. His research team at NREL manages the International Biological Information System (IBIS) cyber-infrastructure at NREL, a system that supports the CitSci.org web application and 20+ other ecological data management and web applications. He is currently serving as chair of the board for the citizen science association. Dr. Newman has studies restoration ecology, plant ecology, mine land revegetation, species distribution modeling, and invasive species. His many research projects at NREL have included conducting vegetation surveys for national parks, evaluating the health and integrity of national park ecological and cultural resources, developing web-based ecological tools for natural resource managers, and developing web mapping applications for use in invasive species science. He has also worked as a consultant as a restoration ecologist for an environmental firm.

Website CV


  • Citizen Science Public Participation in Scientific Research Community-Based Monitoring Socio-Ecological System Resiliance Ecological Informatics Conservation Biology Community Engagement Cyber-Learning Effectiveness Web Mapping Usability Analysis Participatory Action Research Ecological Database Development Spatial-Temporal Modeling Species Distribution Modeling Science Communication Technologies Restoration Ecology Invasive Plants Plant Ecology


Ph.D., Forest Rangeland Watershed Stewardship (Citizen Science and Ecological Informatics) - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2010

MS, Restoration Ecology - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 1999

BS, Biology and Environmental Health - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 1996

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Outstanding Research Scientist I / Post-Doc, NREL, 2012


  • North American Pika Consortium IT Subcommittee
  • DataONE Citizen Science Working Group
  • North American Invasive Species Network

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