Tiffany LewisTiffSunRays

Environmental Life Sciences Ph.D. Program
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874601 Tempe, AZ 85287-4601
Office LSA 209C



Human introduced toxins are of increasing environmental concern, causing potential contamination of waterways and commonly consumed seafood.  I am interested in indentifying and describing toxicants of concern, and in providing clear and accurate information to the public so we can make more informed choices.

Curriculum Vitae

I am a native Arizonan with a life long love of the ocean.  While earning a bachelors degree in Conservation Biology from ASU, I studied the demography of California Sea Lions in the Gulf of California. For lab experience, I worked in the Biodesign Institute studying the use of plant vectors for vaccine delivery. I earned a masters degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where I researched Caribbean sponge ecology and physiology in the Florida Keys and throughout the Bahamas. I earned a second masters degree from The University of California Davis in Integrative Ecology with an emphasis in Ecotoxicology, where I focused on toxicants in fresh water and marine systems. My PhD program continues with a focus in Ecotoxicology.


Lewis TB and Finelli C (2014) Epiozoic zoanthids reduce pumping in two Caribbean vase sponges.  Coral Reefs, Published online 08 November 2014.

McMurray, SE, Vicente J, Jabanoski K, Lewis TB (2012) Spawning of the basket star Astrophyton muricatum in the Bahamas Coral Reefs. Coral Reefs 31(3) 703.

Wielgus J, Balmford A, Lewis TB, Mora C, Gerber LR (2010) Coral reef quality and recreation fees in marine protected areas.  Conservation Letters 3(1): 38-44.


University of North Carolina Wilmington
Cell and Molecular Biology
Plant and Animal Biodiversity

San Diego State University

Arizona State University
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology