Research Associate, Goffinet Lab 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

University of Connecticut



University of Connecticut, Storrs: Ph.D, Goffinet Lab, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Graduated Spring 2015

University of South Florida, Tampa: Bachelors of Science, Environmental Science & Policy, Graduated Spring 2007


Peer Reviewed Publications

Lewis LR, Rozzi R, Goffinet B. 2014. Direct long-distance dispersal shapes a New World amphitropical disjunction in the dispersal-limited dung moss Tetraplodon (Bryopsida: Splachnaceae). Journal of Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12385. 

Lewis LR, Behling E, Gousse H, Qian E, Elphick CS, Lamarre JF, Bety J, Liebezeit J, Rozzi R. 2014. First evidence of bryophyte diaspores in the plumage of transequatorial migrant birds. PeerJ 2:e424. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.424. 
     *Check out the international press coverage for this research here!

Rozzi, R., F. Massardo, Y. Medina, K. Moses, P. Caballero, E. Camelio, V. Morales, L. Lewis, B. Goffinet, M. Mendez, L. Cavieres, J. Chávez & S. Russell. 2010. Ecoturismo con lupa: integración de las ciencias ecológicas y la ética ambiental. Ambiente y Desarrollo XXIV (2): 30–37.



Goffinet B, Rozzi R, Lewis L, Buck W, Massardo F. 2012. Miniature Forests of Cape Horn: Ecotourism with a Hand Lens. University of North Texas & Universidad de Magellanes, ISBN-13: 9781574414486.

Rozzi R, Lewis L, Massardo F, Medina Y, Moses Y, Méndez M, Sancho L, Vezzani P, Russell S, Goffinet B. 2012. Ecotourism with a Hand Lens at Omora Park. Ediciones Universidad de Magallanes, ISBN 978-956-9160-00-4. 



  • UConn Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship 2014 - Research Funding

  • UConn College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellowship Fall 2014 - Tuition
  • Switzer Environmental Fellowship 2013-2014 - Professional Development & Grant Award
         *UConn Today Story!
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow: 5/2010 – 5/2015 - Tuition & Stipend
  • NSF Funded Bryophyte Bonanza Challenge Fellowship: 6/2012 - Conference & Associated expenses
  • NSF International Research Experience for Students, Southern Chile, Univ. of N.Texas: 11/2009 – 1/2010: Field work & travel funding


Research Grants

  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, "Resolving bipolar phylogeographic histories in dispersal limited mosses: a RAD-Seq approach": 2013 - 2015
  • UCONN Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Ronald Bamford Fund: 4/2012: Fieldwork funding
  • UCONN Center for Conservation and Biodiversity, Silander Award: 2/2011: Research funding



  • Sharp Best Student Talk - Honorable Mention, American Bryological & Lichenological Society Botany 2015: 7/2015, Presentation of RADseq work
  • PeerJ Picks 2015 - Lewis et al. 2014, PeerJ 424 one of top 20 PeerJ papers
  • Best Student Presentation 3rd Intl. Mtg for Systematics of Bryophytes 2012: 6/2012, Presentation on PhD thesis work
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Leader – UConn Rainbow Center, 2013: 4/21/2013, Co-facilitator LGBTQIA Graduate & Non-Traditional Student Group 

    Miniature Forests of Cape Horn, Chile. 2009


    • Omora Sub-Antarctic Research Alliance, Puerto Williams, Chile & UCONN, Storrs 12/2008 – Current,      12/2008 – 2/16/2009 full time; Ongoing collaboration  
      Check out BBC's coverage of our work!
    • University of Alaska, Museum of the North Herbarium, Fairbanks, AK 3/2008 – 4/2009 



    • Biological Technician - Botany, United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, AK, 5/2009 – 8/2009, full time: I conducted floristic inventories on Kodiak Island and along the Nushagak and Mulchatna Watersheds of Western Alaska for the creation of soils and vegetation maps.
    • Staff Scientist & Assistant Botanist, Three Parameters Plus, Inc, Fairbanks, AK. 5/2007 – 5/2009, full time: I conducted waters of the U.S. and wetland field determinations according to USACE guidelines, prepared botanical references and teaching materials, and delineated and coded aerial imagery using Arc GIS. 

    Download my full CV here.