William M. Lewis, Jr.
Ph.D. Indiana University at Bloomington, 1973
Director, Center for Limnology
Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Aquatic ecosystems, tropical fresh waters, biogeochemistry of inland waters, nutrient cycling, aquatic food chains.
Current Research Projects
Current research projects include:
- estimation of nitrogen yield from watersheds;
- fate and transport of organic nitrogen in streams and rivers;
- denitrification in inland waters;
- studies of trophic dynamics by use of stable isotopes;
- comparison of tropical and temperate inland waters;
- nutrient dynamics in inland waters.
More about Dr. Lewis' current research projects can be seen at the Center for Limnology's Current Research Projects.
Lewis, W. M. Jr, and W. W. Wurtsbaugh. 2008. Control of Lacustrine Phytoplankton by Nutrients: Erosion of the Phosphorus Paradigm. Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 93: 446-465.
Lewis, W. M. Jr. 2002. Causes for the high frequency of nitrogen limitation in tropical lakes. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 28: 210-213.
Lewis, W. M. Jr. 2001. Wetlands Explained. Wetland Science, Policy, and Politics in America. Oxford University Press, New York, NY.
Lewis, W.M., Jr. 2002. Yield of nitrogen from minimally disturbed watersheds of the United States. Biogeochemistry 57/58: 375-385.
Lewis, W.M., Jr., S.K. Hamilton, M.A. Lasi, M. Rodriguez, and J.F. Saunders, III. 2001. Foodweb analysis of the Orinoco floodplain based on production estimates and stable isotope data. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 20: 241-254.
Lewis, W.M. Jr., S.K. Hamilton, M.A. Lasi, M. Rodriguez, and J.F. Saunders, III. 2000. Ecological determinism on the Orinoco floodplain. BioScience 50: 681-692.
Honors and Awards
- Past President, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
- Member of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board, 1993-1999
- Recipient of the Naumann-Thienemann Medal of the International Society of Pure and Applied Limnology, 1999
- Sustained Achievement Award of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation, 1996
- Chair, National Research Council Committee on Endangered and Threatened Fishes in the Klamath River Basin (2001-2003).
Professor Lewis is a CIRES Fellow.