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.
Education: Ph.D in Wildlife Science, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, 2010; M.S. in Wildlife Science, Auburn University, 2005; B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Tennessee Technological University, 2002
Professional Experience: Assistant Professor of Biology, Lipscomb University (2011 – present); Lecturer, Texas A&M - Kingsville (2006); Graduate Research Assistant, Texas A&M - Kingsville (2005 – 2010); Graduate Research Assistant, Auburn University (2003 – 2005)
Courses Taught: Principles of Biology: Diversity & Ecology, Introductory Anatomy and Physiology, Field Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, Limnology
Professional Areas of Interest: Wildlife ecology and management, especially white-tailed deer
Scholarly Activities and Publications: Research Publications (3) in Rangeland Ecology and Management and Journal of Wildlife Management; Popular Publications (4) in Journal of Texas Trophy Hunters, Inside Deer Research, and CKWRI Deer Associates eNews; Professional Presentations (9) at Wildlife Society National and State meetings, QDMA Shortcourse, Southeast Deer Study Group, and Emerging Issues Along Urban/Rural Interfaces: Linking Science and Society; Poster Presentation (1) at Wildlife Society National Meeting
Professional Organizations: The Wildlife Society, Quality Deer Management Association
Church: Church of Christ
Personal: Born in 1979 to Steve and Nancy Lewis, attended Cookeville High School, married to Caroline Smith (2005)