Roy R. (Robin) Lewis is the founder and president of Lewis Environmental Services, Inc., an environmental consulting firm located in Tampa, Florida, founded in 1989. Prior to that time, Mr. Lewis was vice president of an engineering company for two years, and president of Mangrove Systems, Inc., an environmental consulting company he founded in 1975.
He is also president of Coastal Resource Group, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational and scientific organization.
Mr. Lewis received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Florida in 1966 and master's degree from the University of South Florida in 1968. He did postgraduate work at the same university and it's Marine Science Institute until 1973. Mr. Lewis was a professor of biology at Hillsborough Community College, and chairman of the department from 1974 to 1977.
Mr. Lewis' expertise includes the ecology, management, restoration and creation of fresh and saltwater marshes, mangrove forests, forested freshwater forests, and seagrass meadows. He has studied the effects of oil spills on coastal ecosystems, plant and animal colonization of dredged material islands, marine and estuarine fish use of restored tidal wetlands, and experimental revegetation of wetlands using both marine and freshwater species. He has published more than 100 papers on these subjects, and is the editor of Creation and Restoration of Coastal Plant Communities, published by CRC Press in 1982. Free downloads of most of these papers are available at this web site, at www.mangroverestoration.com, and at www.seagrassrestorationnow.com, or will be provided upon request. All the papers are listed in the updated curriculum vitae available on this web site.
Mr. Lewis is a member of more than a dozen professional societies, including the Society of Wetland Scientists where he served on the Editorial Board of the journal of the Society, Wetlands, from 1982 to 1985. He currently serves as a Board member of both the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Professional Certification Program Board of the Society. He was the 1985-86 President of the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, was the founder, in 1972, of the annual Conference on Creation and Restoration of Wetlands, now in its 37th year. Mr. Lewis was a member of the National Research Council's Committee on The Role of Technology in Restoring and Protecting Marine Habitat, and helped write the committee report by the same name.
Mr. Lewis is the designer of the Bayport Plaza Environmental Restoration Project, location of the Hyatt Regency Westshore in Tampa and recipient of the 1985 Corporate Award from the Florida Audubon Society, awarded to the Wilson Company, developers of the project. His Land Stewardship Program developed for TECO Energy, Inc. (Tampa) earned a second Florida Audubon Society Corporate Award in 1991 and the Ecological Society of America's Corporate Award in 1993. Mr. Lewis received Honorable Mention in the 1994 National Wetlands Awards, cosponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mr. Lewis has designed more than 200 completed wetland restoration or creation projects in Florida, California, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nigeria and Thailand. Several of these have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Orlando Sentinel. These includea 613acre freshwater wetland, in Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) and a 1,250 acre mangrove restoration project at Anne Kolb Park in Hollywood, Florida. Along with fellow wetland scientist Dr. Michael Josselyn, Mr. Lewis studied and proposed a restoration plan for nearly 10,000 acres (16 square miles) of diked former salt marsh in San Pablo Bay near San Francisco, California, for Cargill Salt. As a result the land was deemed acceptable for purchase and eventual restoration by the Shell Oil Spill Litigation Trust Committee. Sale and transfer of the land were completed in 1994. Restoration has been completed by Ducks Unlimited.. The project received the State of California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 1998.
Mr. Lewis was the Lead Consultant for the restoration of the nation's first National Wildlife Refuge at Pelican Island, Sebastian, Florida, established in 1903, which resulted in the eroding island being saved from destruction. This work took place in three phases during the period 1999-2007 at a cost of USD$1 million.
Mr. Lewis is currently working on overseas projects in Thailand, Vietnam, Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong, Cuba, and Jamaica
Mr. Lewis is a Florida native, and regularly teaches wetland restoration courses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin and Louisiana State University. He teaches an annual course in mangrove forest ecology, management and restoration details of which are available at www.mangroverestoration.com. He also serves as a Board member of the Mangrove Action Project, WildLaw, Inc., and the Putnam County Environmental Council.