Zoology Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Dr. Chris Newman joined the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford in 1991 when he undertook his doctorate on mammalian population dynamics. He has authored, and tutors in, a diploma module with Oxford’s Centre for Professional Development: Techniques for Monitoring Mammals and Reptiles. He also serves as the wild mammals officer for the Zoology Department’s research ethical review panel. The effects of climate change on population dynamics remain one of his foremost academic interests, particularly with respect to paleoecological processes and global change over time (informed by a background in geology); rates of change are crucial to the capacity of organisms to evolve with changing selection pressures.

Dr. Newman also has a passion for public engagement and outreach in ecological science and environmental issues, with particular regard to finding the most effective means of volunteer management and deployment, while also ensuring that participating volunteers have an informative and satisfying educational experience in context. Outside of research, his interest in the mechanics of how things work extends from natural systems into car mechanics and carpentry—he likes seeing how components assemble to serve a function.

Experience

  • –present
    Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford

Education

  •  
    University of Oxford, DPhil

Publications

  • 2016
    Buesching, C. D., Newman, C., Service, K., Macdonald, D. W., & Riordan, P. (2016). Latrine marking patterns of badgers (Meles meles) with respect to population density and range size. , Ecosphere, 7(5).
  • 2016
    Zhou Z-M., Newman, C., Buesching, C.D., Macdonald D.W. Meng, X. & Zhou Y. (2016) Rescued wildlife in China remains at risk. , Science, 353 (Issue 6303), pp. 999
  • 2016
    Zhou Z-M., Newman, C., Buesching, C.D., Macdonald D.W. Meng, X. & Zhou Y. (2016) China: Outdated listing puts species at risk. , Nature, 525(7568), 187-187.
  • 2015
    Hisano, M., Raichev, E.G., Peeva, S., Tusunoda, H., Newman, C., Masuda, R., Georgiev, D.M. & Kaneko, Y. (2015). Comparing the summer diet of stone martens (Martes foina) in urban and natural habitats in Central Bulgaria. , Ethology Ecology & Evolution, 1-17.
  • 2015
    Noonan, M. J., Markham, A., Newman, C., Trigoni, N., Buesching, C. D., Ellwood, S. A., & Macdonald, D. W. (2015). A new Magneto‐Inductive tracking technique to uncover subterranean activity: what do animals do underground?. , Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6(5), 510-520
  • 2015
    Byrne, A. W., Fogarty, U., O'Keeffe, J., & Newman, C. (2015). In situ adaptive response to climate and habitat quality variation: spatial and temporal variation in European badger (Meles meles) body weight. , Global change biology, 21(9), 3336-3346.
  • 2015
    Noonan, M. J., Newman, C., Buesching, C. D., & Macdonald, D. W. (2015). Evolution and function of fossoriality in the Carnivora: implications for group-living. , Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3.
  • 2015
    Tinnesand, HV, Buesching, CD, Noonan, MJ, Newman, C, Zedrosser, A, Rossel, FN & Macdonald, DW (2015). Will trespassers be prosecuted or assessed according to their merits? A consilient interpretation of territoriality in a group-living Carnivore, the European badger (Meles meles). , PloS one, 10(7), e0132432.
  • 2015
    Sin, Y. W., Annavi, G., Newman, C., Buesching, C., Burke, T., Macdonald, D. W., & Dugdale, H. L. (2015). MHC class II‐assortative mate choice in European badgers (Meles meles). , Molecular ecology, 24(12), 3138-3150.
  • 2015
    Sun, Q., Stevens, C., Newman, C., Buesching, C. D., & Macdonald, D. W. (2015). Cumulative experience, age-class, sex and season affect the behavioural responses of European badgers (Meles meles) to handling and sedation. , Animal Welfare, 24(4), 373-385.
  • 2015
    Zhou Z-M., Johnson R., Newman, C., Buesching, C.D., Macdonald D.W. & Zhou Y. (2015). Tweak Chinese Law to end ivory demand. , Nature, 518:303.
  • 2015
    Chen, W., Newman, C., Liu, Z., Kaneko, Y., Omote, K., Masuda, R., ... & Zhou, Y. (2015). The illegal exploitation of hog badgers (Arctonyx collaris) in China: genetic evidence exposes regional population impacts. ., Conservation Genetics Resources, 7(3), 697-704
  • 2015
    Macdonald, D.W., Newman, C. & Buesching, C.D. (2015) Badgers in the rural landscape – Conservation paragon or farming pariah: Lessons from the he Wytham Badger Project. . In: Wildlife Conservation on Farmland. Volume 2: Conflict in the Countryside (Eds DW Macdonald & RE Feber). , Wildlife Conservation on Farmland. Volume 2: Conflict in the Countryside (Eds DW Macdonald & RE Feber).
  • 2015
    Noonan, M. J., Rahman, M. A., Newman, C., Buesching, C. D., & Macdonald, D. W. (2015). Avoiding verisimilitude when modelling ecological responses to climate change: the influence of weather conditions on trapping efficiency in European badgers (Meles meles). , Global change biology, 21(10), 3575-3585.
  • 2015
    Zhou Z-M., Johnson R., Newman, C., Buesching, C.D., Macdonald D.W. & Zhou Y. (2015). Private possession drives illegal wildlife trade in China. , Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13: 353–354.
  • 2014
    Zhou, Y.B., Newman, C., Palomares, F. Xe, ZQ., Zhang, S. & Macdonald, D.W. (2014). Spatial organization and activity patterns of the masked palm civet Paguma larvata in subtropical forest in China. , J. Mammalogy ,89: 435-447.
  • 2014
    Zhou, Z.-M. Zhou, Y. Newman, C. & Macdonald, D.W. (2014). Scaling up pangolin protection in China. , Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12: 97-98.
  • 2014
    Annavi, G., Newman, C., Buesching, C.D., Burke, T Macdonald, & Dugdale, H.L. D.W (2014) Heterozygosity–fitness correlations in a wild mammal population: single locus, paternal and environmental effects. , Ecology and Evolution, 4: 2594–2609.
  • 2014
    Kaneko, Y., Kanda, E., Tashima, S., Masuda, R., Newman, C. & Macdonald, D.W. (2014) Japanese badger (Meles anakuma) socio-spatial dynamics , Journal of Mammalogy 95: 290-300.
  • 2014
    Zhou, Z.-M. Zhou, Y. Newman, C. & Macdonald, D.W. (2014). Synthetic ivory fails to stop illegal trade. , Nature, 507: 40.
  • 2014
    Buesching, C. D., Newman, C., & Macdonald, D. W. (2014). How dear are deer volunteers: the efficiency of monitoring deer using teams of volunteers to conduct pellet group counts, Oryx, 1-9.
  • 2014
    Annavi, G., Newman, C., Dugdale, H.L. Buesching, C.D., Sin, Y.W. Burke, T & Macdonald, D.W (2014) Neighbouring-group composition and relatedness drive extra-group paternity rate in the European badger (Meles meles). , J. Evol. Biol. 27: 2191–2203.
  • 2013
    Zhou, Y-B., Newman, C., Chen, J., Xie, Z-Q. & Macdonald, D.W. (2013). An anomalous and extreme weather event disrupts an obligate seed dispersal mutualism: Snow in a sub-tropical forest ecosystem. , Global Change Biology, 19(9), 2867-2877.
  • 2013
    Campbell, R. D., Newman, C., Macdonald, D. W. and Rosell, F. (2013). Proximate weather patterns and spring green-up phenology effect Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) body mass and reproductive success: the implications of climate change and topography. , Global Change Biology, 19: 1311–1324.
  • 2013
    Raichev, E. G., Tsunoda, H., Newman, C., Masuda, R., Georgiev, D. M., & Kaneko, Y. (2013). The reliance of the golden jackal (Canis aureus) on anthropogenic foods in winter in central Bulgaria. , Mammal Study, 38(1), 19-27.
  • 2013
    Zhou, Y., Buesching, C. D., Newman, C., Kaneko, Y., Xie, Z., & Macdonald, D. W. (2013). Balancing the benefits of ecotourism and development: The effects of visitor trail-use on mammals in a Protected Area in rapidly developing China. , Biological Conservation, 165, 18-24.
  • 2013
    Nouvellet, P., Newman, C., Buesching, C. D., & Macdonald, D. W. (2013). A Multi-Metric Approach to Investigate the Effects of Weather Conditions on the Demographic of a Terrestrial Mammal, the European Badger (Meles meles). , PloS one, 8(7), e68116.
  • 2013
    Noonan M.J., Markham, A., Newman, C. Buesching, C.D., Ellwood, S.A. & Macdonald, D.W. (2014) Climate and the Individual: Inter-Annual Variation in the Autumnal Activity of the European Badger (Meles meles). , PloS one, 9(1), e83156.
  • 2013
    Zhou, Y., Newman, C., Xie, Z., & Macdonald, D. W. (2013). Peduncles elicit large-mammal endozoochory in a dry-fruited plant. , Annals of botany, 112(1), 85-93.
  • 2013
    Bilham, K., Sin, Y. W., Newman, C., Buesching, C. D., & Macdonald, D. W. (2013). An example of life history antecedence in the European badger (Meles meles): rapid development of juvenile antioxidant capacity, from plasma vitamin E analogue., Ethology Ecology & Evolution, 25(4), 330-350.