Robert E. Lewis

Professor and Curator of the Iowa State University Insect Collection; Ph.D., University of Illinois (1959)

Department Position: 51% research, 49% teaching

Dr. Lewis' research centers on the systematics and host/parasite relationships of the Siphonaptera fauna of the world. He has studied the fauna of the Middle Eastern countries and Nepal, and is now concentrating on fauna of North and South America. His immediate goal is to complete a monograph on the Siphonaptera of North America, north of Mexico. In addition, he is actively involved in cooperative studies with colleagues in Russia and China, as well as the British Museum (Natural History) and the United States National Museum of Natural History. He also is involved with mammal studies in Brazil and Argentina conducted by investigators at Oklahoma State University and Johns Hopkins University.

Selected publications:

Lewis, R. E. 1993. Siphonaptera. In R. P. Lane & R. W. Crosskey [eds.]. Medical Insects and Arachnids. pp. 529-575. Chapman & Hall Ltd., London & New York.

Lewis, R. E. 1993. Notes on the geographical distribution and host preferences in the order Siphonaptera. Part 8. New taxa described between 1984 and 1990, with a current classification of the order. J. Med. Entomol. 30: 239-256.

Lewis, R. E. 1993. A checklist of the valid genus-group names in the Siphonaptera, 1758-1991. J. Med. Entomol. 30: 64-79.

Lewis, R. E. 1990. The Ceratophyllidae: currently accepted valid taxa (Insecta: Siphonaptera). Thesis Zoologicae. Volume 13. 267 pp.

Lewis, R. E., J. H. Lewis & C. O. Maser. 1988. The fleas of the Pacific Northwest. Oregon State University Press. 296 pp.