Dr Jon Lewis

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


Prior to joining ANU as an Honorary Fellow, Dr 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.

Since retiring, Jon has worked with Dr Philip Barton on ant community ecology at Mulligan's Flat and Goorooyaroo nature reserves in the ACT, as well as other ant projects.


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 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.

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