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Josh is leading a novel ecological monitoring project in New Orleans which tracks ecological changes associated with a major green infrastructure and stormwater management project currently being implemented by the City of New Orleans. This entails ecological surveys that enable planners to assess public health risks associated with mosquitos, birds, and rodents, but also the potential benefits of enhancing native vegetation. Additionally, Josh works with network partners in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program to deepen knowledge exchanges around urban ecology in partner cities.
Josh has a background in geography and urban forestry. He completed his doctoral studies at Stockholm University in 2015. Since 2008, he has held various research posts at Tulane University, where he is currently Research Assistant Professor at the ByWater Institute.
Lewis, J. A., W. C. Zipperer, H. Ernstson, B. Bernik, R. Hazen, T. Elmqvist, and M. J. Blum
2017 - Journal / article
Despite growing interest in urban resilience, remarkably little is known about vegetation dynamics in the aftermath of disasters. In this study, we examined the composition and structure of plant communities across New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) following catastrophic flooding triggered by levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Focusing on eight neighborhoods that span a range of demographic and topographical condition...
Gotham, K.F., J.A. Lewis
2015 - Journal / article
This paper uses a case study of the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans to examine the relationships between green tourism and sustainability discourse in shaping the post-Katrina rebuilding process. Specially, we draw on long-term ethnographic field observations to highlight the tensions between abstract and idealized conceptions of sustainability and the complicated realities of uneven rebuilding and neighborhood ...
Lewis, J., Meffert, D.
2012 - Book chapter
The importance of dealing with potentially severe climate impacts is becoming increasingly clear. In recent years, we have seen a number of extreme temperature and precipitation events, with climate records set in countries around the globe, but notably in the United States and Australia.The Lincoln Institute initially became involved in the issue of climate change through our work with planning directors in the 30 largest cit...