Dr. Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis

Image Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewis
Research Scientist - Landscape ecologist: climate change impacts and adaptation strategies for terrestrial biodiversity conservation

Professional activities / interests

Society for Conservation Biology - Chapters Committee, Toronto Chapter Executive Committee Member

Education and awards

PhD, University of Toronto, Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Toronto, CAN)

MREM, Simon Fraser University, School of Resource and Environmental Management (Vancouver, CAN)

BSc Honours, Trent University (Peterborough, CAN)

Key publications

Camaclang, AE, JM Curtis, I Naujokaitis-Lewis, MS Poesch, MA Koops. 2016. Modelling the impact of poaching on metapopulation viability for data-limited species. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences DOI: doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2015-0508

NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS, I. and JM Curtis. 2016. Advances in global sensitivity analyses of demographic-based species distribution models to address uncertainties in dynamic landscapes. PeerJ 4 e2204. DOI: doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2204

Tulloch, AIT, P Sutcliffe, I NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS, R Tingley, L Brotons, KM PMB Ferraz, H Possingham, A Guisan, JR Rhodes. 2016. Conservation planners tend to ignore improved accuracy of modelled species distributions to focus on multiple threats and ecological processes. Biological Conservation 199:157-171. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.023

NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS, I and M-J Fortin. 2015. Spatio-temporal variation of biotic factors underpins contemporary range dynamics of congeners. Global Change Biology DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13145

Anstett, DN, I NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS, MTJ Johnson 2014. Latitudinal gradients in herbivory on Oenothera biennis vary according to herbivore guild and specialization. Ecology 95:2915–2923. DOI: 10.1890/13-0932.1

Guisan, A, R Tingley, JB Baumgartner, I NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS, PR Sutcliffe, AIT Tulloch, TJ Regan, L Brotons, E McDonald-Madden, C Mantyka-Pringle, TG Martin, JR Rhodes, R Maggini, SA Setterfield, J Elith, MW Schwartz, BA Wintle, O Broennimann, M Austin, S Ferrier, MR Kearney, HP Possingham, YM Buckley. Predicting species distributions for conservation decisions. Ecology Letters 16 (12): 1424–1435. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12189 [PDF]

Pe’er, G, Matsinos, YG, Johst, K, Franz, KW, Turlure, C, Radchuk, V, Malinowska, AH, Curtis, JMR, NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS,  I, Wintle, BA and K Henle. Population viability analyses: a protocol for better design, application and communication. Conservation Biology 27(4): 644-656. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12076

NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS,  I, JMR Curtis, L Tischendorf, D Badzinski, K Lindsay, M-J Fortin. Uncertainties in coupled species distribution–metapopulation dynamics models for risk assessments under climate change. Diversity and Distributions 19: 541–554. Special issue: Risks, Decisions, and Biological Conservation. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12063

Above paper highlighted in:
Franklin, J 2013. Species distribution models in conservation biogeography:
developments and challenges. 19 (10): 1217–1223. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12125

NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS,  I, Y Rico, J Lovell, M-J Fortin, MA Murphy. 2012. Implications of incomplete networks on estimation of landscape genetic connectivity. Conservation Genetics 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s10592-012-0385-3

NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS,  I, JMR Curtis, J Rosenfeld, and P Arcese. 2009. Sensitivity analyses of spatial population viability analysis models for species at risk and habitat conservation planning. Conservation Biology 23: 225-229. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.01066.x

Curtis, JMR and I NAUJOKAITIS-LEWIS. 2008. Sensitivity analysis of population viability to spatial and non-spatial parameters using GRIP. Ecological Applications 18(4): 1002–1013. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40062205

Research facility

Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3


  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • International Association of Landscape Ecology
  • Ecological Society of America