Dr Jon Lewis

BSc, PhD
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Fenner School of Environment and Society
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Conservation And Biodiversity 050202
  • Community Ecology (Excl. Invasive Species Ecology) 060202
  • Animal Systematics And Taxonomy 060301

Research interests

  • Ant community ecology
  • Ant/butterfly interactions
  • Ant taxonomy
  • Plant community ecology


Prior to joining ANU as an Honorary Fellow, Jon Lewis worked as an industrial microbiologist in the wine, food and pharmaceutical industries. In the pharmaceutical industry he built, validated and managed TGA and FDA licenced microbiology facilities, as well as TGA approved clean rooms.

After moving to the Southern Tablelands, Jon worked for the Commonwealth Government in international science cooperation, and funding of scientific research infrastructure through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

Jon's PhD from the University of New England was in the area of microbial physiology and stress response, examining industrial baking strains of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Currently Jon is working on;

- ant community ecology at Mulligan's Flat and Goorooyaroo nature reserves in the ACT with Dr Philip Barton

- plant community ecology in Southern Tablelands woodland, forest and grassland with Dr Sue McIntyre

- taxonomy of Anonychomyrma and Papyrius ants

Researcher's projects

  • Ant community ecology in Mulligan's Flat and Goorooyaroo nature reserves, ACT.
  • The role of Papyrius nitidus in the distribution and abundance of Acrodipsas myrmecophila in the ACT.
  • Taxonomy of the ant genus Papyrius.
  • Taxonomy and distribution of an undescribed species of the ant genus Anonychomyrma, which is an obligate attendant of the critically endangered Bulloak Jewel butterfly (Hypochrysops piceatus) in northern NSW and southern Queensland. [Completed]
  • Ecology of wallaby grasses (Rytidosperma spp.) and their response to a transition from pastoral to conservation land use.

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