Leave No Trace Scientists

Scientist Bios: Dr. Greg Newman

About Greg:

Dr. Greg Newman is a research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU) and serves as the Coordinator of Engagement Technology for the CSU Spur campus as part of the International Agriculture Program at the CSU System. He received his PhD from CSU in participatory science, community-based monitoring, and ecological informatics. His current research focuses on designing and evaluating the effectiveness of cyber-infrastructure support systems for participatory science programs. His research interests include studying the motivations of participants and managers, outcomes and impacts of projects, use of data for evidence based decision-making, and the social-ecological benefits of engaging the public in scientific research. His background is in restoration ecology, plant ecology, invasive species modeling, and scientific web application development. 

“As a systems thinker, I strive to co-create meaningful solutions by, for, and with people that lead towards thriving ecosystems, livelihoods, and communities.” 

  • Greg Newman


Xoco A. Shinbrot, Kelly W. Jones, Greg Newman & Miriam Ramos-Escobedo. 2021. Why citizen scientists volunteer: the influence of motivations, barriers, and perceived project relevancy on volunteer participation and retention from a novel experiment, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2021.1979944 


Lin Hunter, D. E., G. J. Newman, and M. M. Balgopal. 2020. Citizen Scientist or Citizen Technician: A Case Study of Communication on One Citizen Science Platform. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 5:17.