Staff Profile: Delano S. Lewis

Assistant Research Scientist

Delano Lewis is the director of faculty research in the office of Research and Grants at Northern Caribbean University (NCU). He is tasked with directing the research agenda of a predominantly teaching institution, as well as fostering the development of a strong research culture accompanied by the requisite infrastructure. He currently conducts independent research, partnering with local as well as international collaborators, and works on publishing his findings in peer-reviewed journals. He is also an assistant professor in the Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences department at NCU.

Delano Lewis received a Bachelor's and a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus; his master's thesis on the conservation of Jamaican herpetofauna looked at radio-tracking the critically endangered Jamaican Iguana, and analyzing the diet of the invasive Small Indian Mongoose. After being accepted to the University of Florida, he revised the taxonomy of a day-flying colorful geometrid moth genus for a second Master's; he then worked on the phylogeny and revision of citrus butterflies in the subgenus Heraclides for his PhD.

His collaboration with researchers at the University of Florida has led to the discovery that an essential amino acid can be used as a control for the invasive lime swallowtail butterfly. He also recently co-authored a paper describing a new genus and species of skipper butterflies from the Cockpit Country, Jamaica. Working with a scientist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, he hopes to explore the role of various roadside vegetation management practices for enhancing habitat and floral resources for native insect pollinators. Additionally, efforts with an electrical engineer aim to investigate the possibility of using uniquely identifiable RF tags to track butterflies and moths.