Ryan Newton

Ryan Newton

  • Associate Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences

Website: http://www.newtonlabuwm.org/


  • PhD, Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
  • BSc, Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002

Research interests

  • Microbial ecology
  • Genome & sequence analysis
  • Aquatic system dynamics
  • Microbial systematics

Selected Publications

Burch, T., R.J. Newton, L.K. Kimbell, E.L. LaMartina, K. O'Malley, S.M. Thomson, C. Marshall, & P.J. McNamara. 2022. Targeting current and future threats: Recent methodological trends in environmental antimicrobial resistance research and their relationships to risk assessment. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 8: 1787-1802.

LaMartina, E.L., A.L. Schmoldt, & R.J. Newton. 2022. Full-length 16S rRNA gene sequences from raw sewage spanning geographic and seasonal gradients in conveyance systems across the USA. Microbiology Resource Announcements e00319-22. Link

Podowski, J.C., S.F. Paver, R.J. Newton, & M.L. Coleman. Genome streamlining, proteorhodopsin, and organic nitrogen metabolism in freshwater nitrifiers. mBio e02379-21. Link

Lu, X., D-F. Deng, F. Huang, F. Casu, E. Kraco, R.J. Newton, M. Zohn, S.J. Teh, A.M. Watson, B. Sheperd, Y. Ma, M.A.O. Dawood, L.M. Rios Mendoza. 2022. Chronic exposure to high-density polyethylene microplastic through feeding alters the nutrient metabolism of juvenile yellow perch (Perca flavescens). Animal Nutrition 9: 143-158. Link

LaMartina, E.L., A.A. Mohaimani, & R.J. Newton. 2021. Urban wastewater bacterial communities assemble into seasonal steady states. Microbiome 9(1):1-13. Link 

McClary-Gutierrez, Z. Driscoll, C. Nenn, & R.J. Newton. 2021. Human fecal contamination corresponds to changes in the freshwater bacterial communities of a large river basin. Microbiology Spectrum 9(2):e01200-21. Link

Kimbell, L.K., E.L. LaMartina, A.D. Kappell, J. Huo, Y. Wang, R.J. Newton, & P.J. McNamara. 2021. Cast iron drinking water pipe biofilm support diverse microbial communities containing antibiotic resistance genes, metal resistance genes, and class 1 integrons. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 7:584-598. Link

Paver, S.F., R.J. Newton, & M.L. Coleman. 2020. Microbial communities of the Laurentian Great Lakes reflect connectivity and local biogeochemistry. Environmental Microbiology 22:433-446.

Bartelme, R.P., M.C. Smith, O.J. Sepulveda-Villet, & R.J. Newton. 2019. Component microenvironments and system biogeography structure microorganism distributions in recirculating aquaculture and aquaponic systems. mSphere 4: e00143-19. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00143-19.

Newton, R.J. & J.S. McClary. 2019. The flux and impact of wastewater infrastructure microorganisms on human and ecosystem health. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 57:145-150. doi: 10.1016.j.copbio.2019.03.015.