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James Lewis

James Lewis
Director of Conservation Programs


  • ​M.S. Conservation and Biodiversity, Exeter University
  • B.S., Conservation Management, Stirling University

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  • ​Conservation Management
  • Capacity Building
  • Amphibian Conservation

​James Lewis is GWC's Director of Conservation Programs, specializing in conservation project development and strategic planning. Working closely with the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Amphibian Specialist Group, James focuses much of his efforts on developing conservation programs that address the critical need to invest resources in some of the world’s most threatened yet under-appreciated species. Using amphibians as a foundation, much of our work benefits a wide range of stakeholders and species that otherwise may not have benefited from conservation actions. Building partnerships in new and innovative ways is essential for the conservation movement heading into the future. We aim not to simply create projects but to create relationships, and by promoting sound conservation strategies, while ensuring stakeholders benefit as much as the target species, we are able to create real lasting conservation programs.

Fundamental to the long-term survival of any species and conservation project is the in-country capacity to implement and maintain initiatives. GWC is committed to developing pioneering approaches to capacity building to ensure that the work we start with local partners continues well into the future. James works closely with a range of partners to take conservation capacity building to new levels, bridging the gaps between conservation, community, industry and the wider global community.

Prior to working with GWC James spent time working in East Africa, Europe and most recently spent time working for WCS on their Marine Giants Program and for Conservation International on their amphibian conservation program.

Bishop, P. J.,  A. Angulo, J. P. Lewis, R. D. Moore, G. B. Rabb, and J. Garcia Moreno. 2012. The Amphibian Extinction Crisis - what will it take to put the action into the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan? S.A.P.I.EN.S [Online], 5.2. Article

Scales, K. L., J. A. Lewis, J. P. Lewis, D. Castellanos, B.J. Godley, and  R. T. Graham. 2011. Insights into habitat utilisation of the hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766), using acoustic telemetry.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 407:122–129.

Scales, K. L., J. P. Lewis, R. T.  Graham , and B. J. Godley. 2011. The hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize. Testudo 7: 23-31.

Jackson, J., J. Lewis, R. Graham, and B. Godley. 2010. Tracking juvenile hawksbill turtles at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize. Testudo 7: 31-42.

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