Center for Water and the Environment

Mark Newton

Assistant Professor of Science Education

Research Areas

Science education, contentious environmental issues

Research Interests

Dr. Newton’s research focuses on using contentious environmental issues the role that science, ethics, and other forms of knowledge play in the resolution of these issues. Additionally, Mark’s research considers the role place-based education plays in who students conceptualize these issues. Currently, Mark’s work focuses on wolf management in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the return of wolves in Northern California, and water management issues in Northern California.


Herman, B. C., Owens, D. C., Oertli, R. T., Zangori, L. A. & Newton, M.

  1.  (Conditional accept). Exploring the complexity of students’ scientific explanations and associated NOS views within a place-based socioscientific issue context. Science and Education.

Herman, B. C., Zeider, D. & Newton, M. H. (in press). Students’ emotive reasoning through place-based environmental socioscientific issues. Research in Science Education.

 Herman, B. C., Sadler, T. D., Zeidler, D. L., & Newton, M. (2018). A socioscientific issues approach to environmental education. In G. Reis, & J. Scott (Eds.), International Perspectives on the Theory and Practice of Environmental Education: A Reader.

Zeidler, D.L., Newton, M.H. (2017). Using a socioscientific issues framework for climate change education: An ecojustice approach. In D. Shepardson, A. Roychoudhury, & A. Hirsch (Eds.), Teaching and Learning About Climate Change: A Framework for Educators, 56-65.

Zeidler, D.L., Herman, B.C., Clough, M.P., Olson, J.K., Kahn, S., Newton, M. (2016). Humanitas Emptor: Reconsidering Recent Trends and Policy in Science Teacher

Education. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 465-476.

Mark Newton

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