James P. Lewis

James is currently working at Rainforest Trust, a Global Wildlife Conservation partner organization focused on the creation of new protected areas. Before joining Rainforest Trust, James worked as the director of conservation with GWC and is also the former director of operations for the Amphibian Survival Alliance and a program officer for the ICUN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. These positions bring a range of expertise and project partnership experience to the GWC associates program helping to drive forward amphibian conservation priorities across the globe.

Hooked on wildlife conservation when growing up in Africa, James has spent his career focusing on strategic approaches to addressing conservation challenges.Born in the UK, but raised on three continents, James has firsthand experience in a range of conservation arenas. Although originally a field ecologist, James has spent time working on a number of domestic and international conservation topics, trade/policy issues, development of on-the-ground conservation projects and implementation of national conservation responses.

James has worked for several conservation NGOs, including the Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International and published on a range of conservation topics.


  • M.Sc., Conservation and Biodiversity, University of Exeter.
  • B.Sc., Conservation Management, University of Stirling.


Matthew J. Gray , James P. Lewis, Priya Nanjappa, Blake Klocke, Frank Pasmans, An Martel, Craig Stephen, Gabriela Parra Olea, Scott A. Smith, Allison Sacerdote-Velat, Michelle R. Christman, Jennifer M. Williams, Deanna H. Olson. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans: The North American Response and a Call for Action. December 10, 2015 DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005251

Laurence E Jarvis · Ariadne Angulo · Alessandro Catenazzi · Rudolf Von May · Jason L Brown · Edgar Lehr · James Lewis · A re-assessment of priority amphibian species of Peru. Tropical Conservation Science 09/2015; 8(3):623-645.

Andreone F. · N. Rabibisoa · C. Randrianantoandro · A. Crottini · D. Edmonds · F. Kraus · J.P. Lewis · M. Moore · F.C.E. Rabemananjara · J.C. Rabemanantsoa · M. Vences  Risk review is under way for invasive toad. Nature 08/2014; 512:253. DOI:10.1038/512253c

Bishop, P.J.; Angulo, A.; Lewis, J.P.; Moore, R.D.; Rabb, G.B.; Moreno, J.G. The amphibian extinction crisis—What will it take to put the action into the amphibian conservation action plan? SAPIENS 2012, 5, 97–111.

Scales, J. Jackson, J. Lewis, D. Castellanos; B. Godley, R.T. Graham. 2011. Insights into habitat utilisation of the hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766), using acoustic telemetry. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. & Ecol. 407: 122–129

Jackson, J., Lewis, J., Graham, R. & Godley, B. (2010). Tracking juvenile hawksbillturtles at Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize. Testudo 7(2): 31-42.