Ph. D. University of Minnesota
B.S. Slippery Rock University
Areas of Interest
Aquatic ecology, invasive species, and fisheries management.
- FW 5604 Fisheries Ecology & Management
- FW 4107 Principles of Fisheries Science and Management
- FW 5459 Stream and River Ecology
- CFAN 3502 Sustainable Akumal
- ESPM 3015/5015 Invasive Plants and Animals: Ecology and Management
- WRS 8581 Research and Ethics in WRS
My research interests are in applied and basic aquatic ecology with an emphasis on trophic relations, littoral zones, and invasive species. I have a wide range of research interests in fisheries ecology and believe a mix of descriptive and manipulative research is essential. Much of my work is interdisciplinary and has involved collaboration with other researchers.
I am interested in basic and applied aspects of herbivory on freshwater macrophytes by invertebrates. This work includes applied research on potential biological control agents of nuisance weeds such as Eurasian watermilfoil and more basic research on the role of deterrents and attractants in the use of macrophytes by aquatic invertebrates. More recently we have been examining the ecology of invasive aquatic plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed. This includes work on effects of large scale treatments to control invasive plants, models to predict invasion and the ecology of propagules such as seeds and turions.
We are particularly interested in approaches to enhance native macrophytes after carp and invasive plant control. Our most recent work is investigating the distribution of hybrid watermilfoil in Minnesota, factors that favor hybrids and identifying hybrid genotypes that may be more invasive or resistant to management.
I still maintain an interest in stream ecology, but currently have no active projects.
- Dunne, M.A. and R. M. Newman. 2019. The response of aquatic macrophyte propagules to light quantity and comparison of lake seed banks to existing macrophyte community. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 57:000-000.
- Knopik, J. M and R. M. Newman. 2018. Transplanting aquatic macrophytes to restore the littoral community of a eutrophic lake after the removal of common carp. Lake and Reservoir Management 34(4): 365–375. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10402381.2018.1477885
- Marko*, M. D. and R. M. Newman. 2017. Fecundity of a native herbivore on its native and exotic host plants and relationship to plant chemistry. Aquatic Invasions 12 (3): 355-369. http://www.aquaticinvasions.net/2017/AI_2017_Marko_Newman.pdf
- Moody, M.L. N. Palomino, P. Weyl, J. Coetzee, R.M. Newman, X. Liu, X. Xu, R.A. Thum.. 2016. Unraveling the biogeographic history of the Eurasian watermilfoil invasion in North America. American Journal of Botany 103(4):1-10. . doi: 10.3732/ajb.1500476
- Weyl, P. S. R., R. A. Thum, M. L. Moody, R. M. Newman, and J. A. Coetzee. 2016. Was Myriophyllum spicatum L. (Haloragaceae) recently introduced to South Africa from Eurasia? Aquatic Botany 128:7-12.
- Baker, L.A. and R.M. Newman. 2014. Managing the biological, economic, and social aspects of sustainability of lake ecosystems. Pages 76-86 in S. Ahuja, Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification, Volume 4, Elsevier.
- Newman, R. M. and R.D. Rotjan. 2013. Re-examining the fundamentals of grazing: freshwater, marine and terrestrial similarities and contrasts (commentary on Burkepile 2013). Oikos 122: 317-320. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.21045.x
- Johnson*, J.A., A. R. Jones* and R.M. Newman. 2012. Evaluation of lakewide, early season herbicide treatments for controlling invasive curlyleaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus) in Minnesota lakes. Lake and Reservoir Management 28(4): 346-363. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07438141.2012.744782
- Jones*, A.R., J.A. Johnson* and R.M. Newman. 2012. Effects of repeated, early season, herbicide treatments of curlyleaf pondweed on native macrophyte assemblages in Minnesota lakes. Lake and Reservoir Management 28(4): 364-374.
- Newman, R.M. 2004. Invited Review – Biological control of Eurasian watermilfoil by aquatic insects: basic insights from an applied problem. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 159 (2): 145-184.