Tim Lewis: “The Canine View of the World” Virtual Talk
February 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dogs, domestic and wild, are readily distinguished from people. They do not just look different, they evolved quite independently from humans. Like humans, they functioned as pursuit predators living in social groups. Each species, however, evolved along very different paths. Dogs are optimized for a sense of smell, good vision in dim light, and hearing in ranges that best detect prey. Dogs, therefore, do not experience the world the way we do. Learning how their senses differ from ours will help you understand your dog better, and will give you a different perspective on the natural world around us with more than just a canine view of the world.
Tim Lewis approaches canine research through the lens of an evolutionary ecologist. With a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tim taught for two decades at Wittenberg University in Ohio where he was an award-winning Professor of Biology. He is now a Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where his classes include ecology, evolution, mammalian ecology, and forest biology. Dogs have shared the Lewis household for years, and Tim taught a semester class completely built around dog biology for university students and friends of dogs. His research ranges across many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and, of course, dogs. He has presented findings of his research in journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for more than 30 years. For fun, Tim works with his dogs to herd sheep where a three-species view of the world complicates his life. He recently published a book entitled Dog Biology: From Gonads Through Guts to Ganglia available from Dogwise Publishing or Amazon.