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Margaret E. Lewis

Professor, Natural Sciences, Stockton University

My research involves reconstructing the behavior and ecology of sabertooth cats, bear otters, running hyenas, and other long-extinct carnivores of Africa and North America. I have always found it fascinating that the bones of extinct animals reflect their behavior and ecology; we can use the shape of these bones to reconstruct the lifeways of these long-dead animals and their ecological relationships with other species. How our hominin ancestors survived and evolved along the incredible diversity of carnivorous mammals in the past never ceases to amaze me. Ultimately, I want to learn more about how life on earth has changed through time and what implications that has for the future of the earth.

I am currently the Vice President and Ethics Officer for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. In my many years with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology I have focused on issues impacting our field and our membership such as increasing access and participation from underrepresented groups, growing membership from those groups and from underrepresented nations, and championing interpersonal ethics and ethical specimen study and housing.


  • 2014–present
    Professor of Biology, Stockton University
  • 2001–2014
    Associate Professor of Biology, Stockton University
  • 1996–2001
    Assistant Professor of Biology, Stockton University
  • 1994–1996
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1995–1996
    Course Director, Human Diversity & Minority Health Issues, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine


  • 1995 
    Stony Brook University, Ph.D.
  • 1992 
    Stony Brook University, M.A.
  • 1988 
    Rice University, B.A. Anthropology

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Biological Anthropologists
  • Linnean Society of London
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Mammalogists
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Paleontological Society


Fellow of the Linnean Society of London