Lynne Lewis received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado in 1994 after finishing a two-year dissertation fellowship at the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her dissertation received the Universities Council on Water Resources Dissertation Award in 1995. Prior to coming to Bates she served on the faculty at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. There she was involved in interdisciplinary teaching and research with the Center for Coastal and Watershed systems.

Much of her research has addressed transboundary water resource management including efficiency analysis of allocation agreements, compliance with allocation rules, tradable permits for pollution control and the valuation of environmental amenities and disamenities with watersheds and coastal zones. Most recently, she is working on a research grant focused on valuing the potential benefits from dam removal. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Universities Council on Water Resources and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Lewis's teaching areas include microeconomics, environmental economics, natural resource economics and valuation.