BiographyMichael C. Newman, A. Marshall Acuff, Jr. Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary’s School of Marine Science and Visiting Professor, College of Life Science, Huazhong Normal University (华中师范大学).
University of Connecticut (BA 1974, MS 1978); Rutgers University (PhD 1981)
Quantitative ecotoxicology, environmental statistics, risk assessment, population effects of contaminants, metal chemistry, and bioaccumulation, biomagnification modeling, and most recently, quantifying the social dynamics/diffusion of ecotoxicology concepts and innovations.
Recent Books and Chapters:
Most recent writing has had as an overarching goal the production of three integrated books: Fundamentals of Ecoxicology 3rd Ed (2010), Ecotoxicology: A Comprehensive Treatment (2008), and Quantitative Ecotoxicology 2nd Ed. (2012). The first is an introductory textbook suitable for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate student course. The second is a much more comprehensive textbook suitable for reference or an advanced ecotoxicology course. The final is focused on quantitative concepts, models and methods applicable to ecotoxicology research. All have scientific soundness as a central theme. Two recent CRC Press books contrast starkly. Mercury Pollution (2012), co-edited with S. Zuber, explores mercury pollution from the nonscientific vantage. The soon to be released, Fundamental QSARs for Metal Ions, explores and demonstrates how metal-ligand binding theory can be used to generate QSARs for metals. By contributing ecotoxicology chapters to general toxicology textbooks (Casarett and Doull’s Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons, and also The Principles of Toxicology. Environmental and Industrial Applications), Prof. Newman has also contributed to the integration of the new science of ecotoxicology into a broader context.
Selected Recent Articles:
Newman, M.C. 2012. On being dragged into the NOEC squabble. Integ. Environ. Assess. Manag. 8(4).
Wang, J., M.C. Newman, X. Xiaoyu, A. Condon, and L. Liang. 2012. Floodplain methylmercury biomagnification factor higher and more variable than that of the contiguous South River (Virginia USA). Ecotox. Env. Safety (In press)
Holloman, E.L. and M.C. Newman. 2012. Expanding perceptions of subsistence fish consumption: evidence of high commercial fish consumption and dietary mercury exposure in an urban coastal community. Sci. Total Environ. 416:111-120.
Carriger, J.F. and M.C. Newman. 2012. Influence diagrams as decision-making tools for pesticide management. Integ. Environ. Assess. Manag. (Online 19 Oct 2011).
Newman, M.C., X. Xu, A. Condon, and L. Liang. 2011. Floodplain methylmercury biomagnification factor higher than that of the contiguous river (South River, Virginia, USA). Environ. Pollut. 159: 2840-2844.
Bundschuh, M., J.P. Zubrod, F. Seitz, R. Schulz and M.C. Newman. 2011. Mercury contaminated sediments affect amphipod feeding. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol . 60: 437-443
Tom, K.R., M.C. Newman and J. Schmerfeld. 2010. Modeling mercury biomagnification (South River, Virginia USA) to inform river management decision making. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 29:1013-1020.
Holloman, E.L. and M.C. Newman. 2010. A Community-Based Assessment of Seafood Consumption along the Lower James River, Virginia, USA: Potential Sources of Dietary Mercury Exposure. Environ. Res. 110:213-219.
Newman, M.C., 2008. What exactly are you inferring?” A closer look at hypothesis testing. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 27: 1013-1019.
Using materials from his books, Prof. Newman has taught at universities throughout the world including the University of California – San Diego, University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, College of William and Mary, Jagiellonian University (Poland), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Joensuu (Finland), University of Technology – Sydney (Australia), University of Hong Kong, University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany), Huazhong Normal University (P.R. China), and Royal Holloway University of London (UK). His most recent teaching has focused on the P.R. China, a country experiencing many of the ecotoxicological issues confronted by North American and European countries during the several decades.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Quantitative ecotoxicology, environmental statistics, risk assessment, population effects of contaminants, metal chemistry, and bioaccumulation and biomagnification modeling.