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Jesse Lewis

Jesse Lewis

Assistant Professor, Science and Mathematics, College of Integrated Sciences and Arts

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts - Science and Mathematics
Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
Mesa, AZ 85212


  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, Science and Mathematics, College of Integrated Sciences and Arts


With a research emphasis in applied ecology, Jesse Lewis' research incorporates the principles of wildlife biology, landscape ecology, and conservation biology. His research focuses on understanding how human activities affect animal populations, ecological communities, and landscape connectivity. Ultimately, research results can help inform management actions and conservation strategies for the short and long-term persistence of species and populations. To accomplish these goals, Lewis investigates ecological questions focused on population and community ecology, animal movement, and habitat relationships. Much of his research involves field-based studies, and he also conducts broad-scale analyses using geographic information systems. He is excited to collaboratively work with diverse groups of people to accomplish research projects that inform the management and conservation of species and landscapes. In particular, he looks forward to opportunities to teach and collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students to use ecological theory and cutting-edge science to best conserve natural resources.


  • PhD, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, 2014
  • MS, University of Idaho-Moscow, 2007
  • BS, Wildlife Biology (Plant Biology), University of Montana-Missoula, 2003


Journal Articles


Lewis, J. S., M. L. Farnsworth, C. L. Burdett, D. M. Theobold, M. Gray and R. S. Miller. 2017. Biotic and abiotic factors predicting the global distribution and population density of an invasive large mammal. Scientific Reports 7:44152. DOI: 10.1038/srep44152. (link )

Lewis, J. S., K. A. Logan, M. W. Alldredge, S. Carver, S. N. Bevins, M. R. Lappin, S. VandeWoude and K. R. Crooks. 2017. The effects of demographic, social, and environmental characteristics on pathogen prevalence in wild felids across a gradient of urbanization. PLOS One 12(11):e0187035. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0187035. (link )

Lewis, J. S., K. A. Logan, M. W. Alldredge, D. M. Theobold, S. VandeWoude and K. R. Crooks. 2017. Contact networks reveal potential for interspecific interactions of sympatric wild felids driven by space use. Ecosphere 8(3):e01707. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1707. (link )


Carver, S., S. N. Bevins, M. R. Lappin, E. E. Boydston, L. M. Lyren, M. Alldredge, K. A. Logan, L. L. Sweanor, S. P. Riley, L. E. Serieys, R. N. Fisher, T. W. Vickers, W. Boyce, R. McBride, M. C. Cunningham, M. Jennings, J. Lewis, T. Lunn, K. R. Crooks and S. VandeWoude. 2016. Pathogen exposure varies widely among sympatric populations of wild and domestic felids across the United States. Ecological Applications 26(2):367-381. DOI: 10.1890/15-0445. (link )

Davis, A. J., M. B. Hooten, R. S. Miller, M. L. Farnsworth, J. Lewis, M. Moxcey and K. M. Pepin. 2016. Inferring invasive species abundance using removal data from management actions. Ecological Applications 26(7):2339-2346. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1383. (link )


Lewis, J. S., L. L. Bailey, S. VandeWoude and K. R. Crooks. 2015. Interspecific interactions between wild felids vary across scales and levels of urbanization. Ecology and Evolution 5(24):5946-5961. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1812. (link )

Lewis, J. S., K. A. Logan, M. W. Alldredge, L. L. Bailey, S. VandeWoude and K. R. Crooks. 2015. The effects of urbanization on population density, occupancy, and detection probability of wild felids. Ecological Applications 25(7):1880-1895. DOI: 10.1890/14-1664.1. (link )


Cushman, S. A., J. S. Lewis and E. L. Landguth. 2014. Why did the bear cross the road? Comparing the performance of multiple resistance surfaces and connectivity modeling methods. Diversity 6(4):844-854. DOI: 10.3390/d6040844. (link )

Shannon, G., J. S. Lewis and B. D. Gerber. 2014. Recommended survey designs for occupancy modelling using motion-activated cameras: insights from empirical wildlife data. PeerJ 2:e532. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.532. (link )

Troyer, R. M., J. A. Beatty, K. R. Stutzman-Rodriguez, S. Carver, C. C. Lozano, J. S. Lee, M. R. Lappin, S. P. Riley, L. E. Serieys, K. A. Logan, L. L. Sweanor, W. M. Boyce, T. W. Vickers, R. McBride, K. R. Crooks, J. S. Lewis, M. C. Cunningham, J. Rovnak, S. L. Quackenbush and S. VandeWoude. 2014. Novel gammaherpesviruses in North American domestic cats, bobcats, and pumas: Identification, prevalence, and risk factors. Journal of Virology 88(8):3914-3924. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.03405-13. (link )


Cushman, S. A., J. S. Lewis and E. L. Landguth. 2013. Evaluating the intersection of a regional wildlife connectivity network with highways. Movement Ecology 1(1):12. DOI: 10.1186/2051-3933-1-12. (link )

Lagana, D. M., J. S. Lee, J. S. Lewis, S. N. Bevins, S. Carver, L. L. Sweanor, R. McBride, C. McBride, K. R. Crooks and S. VandeWoude. 2013. Characteristics of regionally associated feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in bobcats (Lynx rufus). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49(3):718-722. DOI: 10.7589/2012-10-243. (link )


Lewis, J. S. and J. L. Rachlow. 2011. Activity patterns of black bears related to sex, season, and daily movement rates. Western North American Naturalist 71(3):388-395. DOI: 10.3398/064.071.0306. (link )

Lewis, J. S., J. L. Rachlow, J. S. Horne, E. O. Garton, W. L. Wakkinen, J. Hayden and P. Zager. 2011. Identifying habitat characteristics to predict highway crossing areas for black bears in a human-modified landscape. Landscape and Urban Planning 101(2):99-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2011.01.008. (link )


Cushman, S. A. and J. S. Lewis. 2010. Movement behavior explains genetic differentiation in American black bears. Landcape Ecology 25(10):1613-1625. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-010-9534-6. (link )


Horne, J. S., E. O. Garton, S. M. Krone and J. S. Lewis. 2007. Analyzing animal movements using Brownian bridges. Ecology 88(9):2354-2363. DOI: 10.1890/06-0957.1. (link )

Lewis, J. S., J. L. Rachlow, E. O. Garton and L. A. Vierling. 2007. Effects of habitat on GPS collar performance: Using data screening to reduce location error. Journal of Applied Ecology 44(3):663-671. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2007.01286.x. (link )



Lewis, J. S., H. L. Bateman, K. C. Weiss and S. J. Hall. 2018. Predicting habitat for mammal species across a gradient of urbanization to reduce human conflict and promote wildlife conservation in the Phoenix Valley. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scienitists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )

Conference Papers


Lewis, J., K. Crooks, L. Bailey, L. Sweanor, B. Dunne, S. VandeWoude and K. Logan. 2011. Conceptual framework for estimating mountain lion density with motion-activated cameras. Pp. 131 In: Williams, J., H. Robinson and L. Sweanor eds., Proceedings of the 10th Mountain Lion Workshop, May 2-5, 2011. Cougars: Conservation, Connectivity and Population Management. Bozeman, MT. (link )

Thesis (PhD)


Lewis, J. S. 2014. The effects of urbanization on felid populations, interactions, and pathogen dynamics. PhD dissertation. Colorado State University. (link )

Thesis (Masters)


Lewis, J. S. 2007. The effects of human influences on black bear habitat selection and movement patterns within a highway corridor. Master's thesis. University of Idaho.