Dr. Gregory Lewis' decision to pursue a career in ecology was influenced strongly by his early work as an undergraduate research assistant at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL). At SREL, he assisted in research by Dr. Barbara Taylor on zooplankton in artificial reservoirs and in Carolina bay wetland ponds, as well as in studies by Dr. J. Vaun McArthur of stream bivalves and leaf decomposition. Lewis also conducted research with Dr. Wade Worthen on the influence of ant predation on the survival of Drosophila larvae developing in mushrooms. After earning his bachelor of science in biology from Furman, he began his doctoral studies in ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, where he was supported in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Gene Likens (of the Cary Instit ute of Ecosystem Studies) and Dr. Bob Howarth, examined the influences of forest insect defoliation, forest species composition, and soil types on stream chemistry in the Allegheny National Forest of northwestern Pennsylvania. After completing his Ph.D., Lewis worked as a postdoctoral research associate with Dr. Barbara Taylor at SREL, examining the long-term fate of radiocesium in artificial reservoirs that had received heated effluents from nuclear reactors. Dr. Lewis joined the Furman Biology faculty in 2000.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Lewis has led or participated in several study away programs in the Biology Department, including travel to Costa Rica (Tropical Ecology), Ecuador (Biology of the Andes and Galápagos Islands), and Belize (Marine Biology). He also is an Affiliate Faculty member with the David Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman.