Associate Dean, Agricultural Sciences
Ed Lewis is Associate Dean for Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis. He was appointed to this post in October 2014. He is also a professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Lewis is originally from Auburn, New York, which is located near Syracuse in central New York. He received an A.A.S. degree from Cayuga County Community College (1978) and from there went to Cornell University, where he finished a B.S. degree in natural resource conservation. After working for four years as a laboratory technician and a carpenter, Lewis entered the M.S. program in entomology at the University of Missouri, and graduated in 1987. He finished his Ph.D. at Auburn University in Entomology in 1991. Lewis continued professional development as a postdoctoral researcher and research assistant professor at Rutgers University and at the University of Maryland.
In 1998, his first faculty position was as an assistant professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in entomology at Virginia Tech. He joined UC Davis in 2004 as an associate professor with a joint appointment in the departments of Entomology and Nematology, before they joined to form what is now the Department of Entomology and Nematology. From 2011 to 2014, Lewis served as vice chair in the department.
Lewis’ research program is wide-ranging in the scope of the questions asked and in the taxa that are studied. There is, however, a common thread to the work that takes place; to understand why and how organisms find, recognize, assess and exploit resources. The fitness outcomes of decisions made by insects and nematodes are central to this research. There are also intentional links to more practical pursuits including biological control of crop pests, predicting the impact of crop management on pest and beneficial organisms and restoration ecology. The links of nearly all of the work in the laboratory to agricultural or environmental concerns is explicit. Lewis also teaches two classes, Behavioral Ecology of Insects, and Biological Control of Agricultural Pests.
He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the Society for Invertebrate Pathology and other professional organizations. He also currently serves as editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Biological Control.