Dr. John Lewis
"We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." — Aldo Leopold
John Lewis grew up at the base of the Cumberland Plateau in Cookeville, TN. His love for ecology and wildlife stems from camping and hiking in the Tennessee woods with his family and friends. John is still partial to outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, hunting and fishing. He also enjoys helping landowners with deer management goals through harvest and habitat improvements.
John attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee from August 1998 to May 2000 before returning to Cookeville and enrolling at Tennessee Technological University in August 2000. John graduated from TTU in December 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. He began graduate school at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama in July 2003 and received his Master’s of Science in Wildlife Science in May 2005. His thesis is titled Nutritive Quality of Eastern Gamagrass, Big Bluestem, and Highbush Blackberry Exposed to Tropospheric Ozone. John married Caroline Smith in June and entered the Doctor of Philosophy program in Wildlife Science at Texas A&M – Kingsville in July 2005. His dissertation is titled Factors Influencing Antler Size in Free-ranging White-tailed Deer and Mark/Recapture Estimates of Demographic Traits. John graduated in December 2010 with a Doctorate in Wildlife Science.