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Lee Newman

Lee Newman
Associate Professor

246 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-4937

Email: lanewman@esf.edu

Education

  • PhD, Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1993.  Phytoremediation and molecular and cellular biology.

Research Interests

My research interests involve the use of plants to deal with environmental problems. The most common form of this is phytoremediation, which is the use of plants to clean up environmental contaminants. I am interested in the growth of plants for the production of energy; biomass, ethanol and biodiesel. I am interested in and have done research in environmental toxicity resulting from plant exposure to toxicants, constructed wetland remediation, using microbes to enhance remediation potential of plants, using native plants for remediation and restoration, the role of plants in monitored natural attenuation and carbon sequestration. We are looking at the genetic interaction between plants and nanoparticles and how the uptake of nanoparticles can impact other organism. We are also studying the use of hyperspectral imaging to track environmental pollution uptake by plants.  A major area of research is the interactions between plants and endophytic bacteria. In addition to increasing phytoremediation potential, these biological interactions are proving to enhance biomass production, increase drought resistance, and have a significant implant on floral development and fruit production, which can have major impacts on bioenergy production as well as crop productivity in marginal soils.


Current Graduate Advisees

Oluwafunmilayo AfelumoOluwafunmilayo Afelumo
oaafelum@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Plant Science & Biotechnology

Wenjun CaiWenjun Cai
wcai02@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Plant Science & Biotechnology

Daniel CollinsDaniel Collins
dbcollin@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Chemical Ecology

Gabrielle FanfanGabrielle Fanfan
glfanfan@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Plant Science & Biotechnology

Adam HoffmanAdam Hoffman
ashoffma@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Plant Science & Biotechnology
  • Undergraduate Institute: University of South Carolina Columbia* (Biology)
  • Previous Graduate Study: University of South Carolina Columbia* (Environmental Health)

Justin McMullenJustin McMullen
jcmcmull@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Plant Science & Biotechnology

Ashley PirovanoAshley Pirovano
ampirova@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: FCH Biochemistry

Camille WarnerCamille Warner
ciwarner@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Newman
  • Area of Study: Plant Science & Biotechnology

Scott WolcottScott Wolcott
scwolcot@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Endreny and Newman,l
  • Area of Study: Ecological Engineering
  • Undergraduate Institute: SUNY Center Buffalo (Civil Engineering)
  • Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Center Buffalo (Civil Engineering )

Graduate Research Topic
Treatment of High Strength Organic Wastewater using Green Walls

Favorite Quote
“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.” - Colin Powell



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