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Edwin Lewis

Edwin Lewis

Professor, Co-Director of Institute for Health in the Human Ecosystem


Ag Sciences, Room 243



Mailing Address

Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2329
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2329

Ph.D., Auburn University, 1991
M.S., University of Missouri, 1987
B.S., Cornell University, 1980

  • Biological control of crop pests
  • Behavior and ecology of nematodes and insects
  • Impact of agricultural practices on pest and beneficial organisms
  • Behavioral ecology of parasites

  • Li, X., E.E. Lewis, Q.Z. Liu, H.Q. Li, C.Q. Bai and Y.Z. Wang. 2016. Effects of long-term continuous cropping on soil nematode community and soil condition associated with replant problem in strawberry habitat. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep30466.
  • Hodson, A.K. and E.E. Lewis. 2016. Managing for soil health can suppress pests. California Agriculture. DOI: 10.3733/ca.2016a0005.
  • Kepenekci, I., S. Hazir and E.E. Lewis. 2016. Evaluation of entomopathogenic nematodes and the supernatants of the in vitro culture medium of their mutualistic bacteria for the control of the root-knot nematodes Meloidogyne incognita and M. arenaria. Pest Management Science. DOI: 10.1002/ps.3998.
  • Dito, D.F., D. Shapiro-Ilan, C.A. Dunlap, R.W. Behle and E.E. Lewis. 2016. Enhanced biological control potential of the entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema carpocapsae, applied with a protective gel formulation. Biocontrol, Science and Technology. 26: 835-848.
  • Cator, L.J., J.E. Pietri, C.C. Murdock, J.R. Ohm, E.E. Lewis, A.F. Read, S. Luckhart, M.B. Thomas. 2015. Immune response and insulin signalling alter mosquito feeding behavior to enhance malaria transmission potential. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep11947. 
  • Dillman, A.R., M. Macchietto, C.F. Porter, A. Rogers, B. Williams, I. Antoshechkin, M.M. Lee, Z. Goodwin, X.J. Lu, E.E. Lewis, et. al. 2015. Comparative genomics of Steinernema reveals deeply conserved gene regulatory networks. Genome Biology. DOI: 10.1186/s13059-015-0746-6.
  • Ulug, D., S. Hazir, H.K. Kaya and E.E. Lewis. 2014. Natural enemies of natural enemies: the potential top-down impact of predators on entomopathogenic nematodes. Ecological Entomology. 39: 462-469.
  • Shapiro-Ilan, D.I., E.E. Lewis, P. Schliekelman. 2013. Aggregative group behavior in insect parasitic nematode dispersal. International Journal for Parasitology. 44: 49-54.
  • Hodson, A.K., J.P. Siegel and E.E. Lewis. 2012. Ecological influence of the entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema carpocapsae, on pistachio orchard soil arthropods. Pedobiologia. 55: 51-58.
  • Nielsen, A.L. and E.E. Lewis. 2012. Designing the ideal habitat for entomopathogen use in nursery production. Pest Management Science. 68: 1053-1061.

My research seeks to understand why and how organisms find, recognize, assess and exploit resources. We ask questions about how insects and nematodes make decisions about resource utilization and what the fitness outcomes of the decisions are. To answer these kinds of questions, we engage in studies of behavior, population ecology, community ecology and evolutionary biology with several groups of insects, nematodes and bacteria. There are also intentional links to more practical pursuits including biological control of crop pests, predicting the impact of crop management on pest and beneficial organisms and restoration ecology. I see no difference between what is traditionally called "basic" and "applied" research, thus the links of nearly all of the work in the laboratory to agricultural or environmental concerns is explicit.

  • Editor-in-chief, Biological Control (published by Elsevier)
  • PBESA Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management, 2016


University of Idaho

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2329
Moscow, ID 83844-2329

Phone: 208-885-3776