2008 New Investigator Award

  • Dr. Jonathan C. Lewis

    Department of Geoscience

    Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


    Jonathan Lewis accepting award

    Pictured above, from left, are Mr. Mark Berezansky, Dr. John Eck, Dr. Jonathan Lewis, President Tony Atwater, and Dr. David Werner.

    Dr. Jonathan C. Lewis is an assistant professor in the Department of Geoscience at IUP. He has been with IUP since 2004. Before coming to IUP, he worked at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as an adjunct assistant professor and senior postdoctoral researcher; the University of California, Davis, as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer; and the University of Connecticut as a research and teaching assistant. He has also held positions as an environmental consultant, a project geologist, and a hydro geologist. Dr. Lewis acted as the structural geologist on the 2007 Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 315. He has secured nearly $500,000 in grants to further research in the geosciences field. Dr. Lewis recently received a National Science Foundation grant to study reactivation of continental margin fraction zones employing numerical modeling of modern and ancient orogens.

    Dr. Lewis has authored or coauthored thirteen professional publications and research reports and given twenty-one invited talks and lectures at various universities and other venues. In addition, he has helped create nine focus meetings and workshops. He further shows his dedication to the geosciences field through his memberships in the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America.

    He shows his commitment to IUP through his academic service, including serving on the IUP Judicial Review Board and IUP Safe Zone, and serving as cochair on the IUP Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Technology Committee. He also serves as the outside speaker coordinator and the faculty coadvisor for the student Geosciences Club, the Sigma Gamma Epsilon liaison, and the Experiential Education coordinator for the Geoscience Department.