Lynne Lewis received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado in 1994 after finishing a two-year dissertation fellowship at the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her dissertation received the Universities Council on Water Resources Dissertation Award in 1995. Prior to coming to Bates she served on the faculty at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Currently, she is working on a research grant focused on valuing the potential benefits from dam removals and river restoration. Part of this new research involves the combination of revealed preference and stated preference data for hedonic modeling. She has also worked extensively on the economics of transboundary water resources, tradable permits for pollution control and the valuation of environmental amenities and disamenities within watersheds and coastal zones. She currently serves on the Board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Penobscot River Science Steering Committee and the Advisory Board of Mitchell Center for Environment and Watershed Research. She received the friend of UCOWR award in 2005.
Lewis’s teaching areas include microeconomics, environmental economics, natural resource economics and valuation. She is currently the Chair of the Economics Department.