Professor of Biology
Molecular ecology and evolution of reef invertebrates.
Publication TagsAnthozoa Corals Coral Gene Flow Genomics Genotype Coral Reefs Population Symbionts Symbiodinium Population Genetics Dinoflagellida Reefs Gene Expression Dinoflagellate Miozoa Symbiosis Genetic Variation Reef Coral Reef Symbiont Connectivity Ecosystems Genes Ecosystem
Most Recent Papers
Coral restoration genetics.
Evolution via somatic genetic variation in modular species
Thorsten B.H. Reusch, Iliana B. Baums, Benjamin Werner, 2021, Trends in Ecology and Evolution on p. 1083-1092
Six priorities to advance the science and practice of coral reef restoration worldwide
Tali Vardi, Whitney C. Hoot, Jessica Levy, Elizabeth Shaver, R. Scott Winters, Anastazia T. Banaszak, Iliana B. Baums, Valérie F. Chamberland, Nathan Cook, David Gulko, Margaux Y. Hein, Les Kaufman, Michelle Loewe, Petra Lundgren, Caitlin Lustic, Petra MacGowan, Mikhail V. Matz, Miles McGonigle, Ian McLeod, Jennifer Moore, Tom Moore, Sandrine Pivard, F. Joseph Pollock, Baruch Rinkevich, David J. Suggett, Samuel Suleiman, T. Shay Viehman, Tatiana Villalobos, Virginia M. Weis, Chelsea Wolke, Phanor H. Montoya-Maya, 2021, Restoration Ecology
Assisted gene flow using cryopreserved sperm in critically endangered coral
Mary Hagedorn, Christopher A. Page, Keri L. O'Neil, Daisy M. Flores, Lucas Tichy, Trinity Conn, Valérie F. Chamberland, Claire Lager, Nikolas Zuchowicz, Kathryn Lohr, Harvey Blackburn, Tali Vardi, Jennifer Moore, Tom Moore, Iliana B. Baums, Mark J.A. Vermeij, Kristen L. Marhaver, 2021, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Genomic variation of an endosymbiotic dinoflagellate (Symbiodinium ‘fitti’) among closely related coral hosts
Hannah G. Reich, Sheila A. Kitchen, Kathryn H. Stankiewicz, Meghann Devlin-Durante, Nicole D. Fogarty, Iliana B. Baums, 2021, Molecular Ecology on p. 3500-3514
Increasing comparability among coral bleaching experiments
A. G. Grottoli, R. J. Toonen, R. van Woesik, R. Vega Thurber, M. E. Warner, R. H. McLachlan, J. T. Price, K. D. Bahr, I. B. Baums, K. D. Castillo, M. A. Coffroth, R. Cunning, K. L. Dobson, M. J. Donahue, J. L. Hench, R. Iglesias-Prieto, D. W. Kemp, C. D. Kenkel, D. I. Kline, I. B. Kuffner, J. L. Matthews, A. B. Mayfield, J. L. Padilla-Gamiño, S. Palumbi, C. R. Voolstra, V. M. Weis, H. C. Wu, 2021, Ecological Applications
Investing in Blue Natural Capital to Secure a Future for the Red Sea Ecosystems
Maha J. Cziesielski, Carlos M. Duarte, Nojood Aalismail, Yousef Al-Hafedh, Andrea Anton, Faiyah Baalkhuyur, Andrew C. Baker, Thorsten Balke, Iliana B. Baums, Michael Berumen, Vasiliki I. Chalastani, Brendan Cornwell, Daniele Daffonchio, Karen Diele, Ehtesaam Farooq, Jean Pierre Gattuso, Song He, Catherine E. Lovelock, Elizabeth Mcleod, Peter I. Macreadie, Nuria Marba, Cecilia Martin, Marcelle Muniz-Barreto, Kirshnakumar P. Kadinijappali, Perdana Prihartato, Lotfi Rabaoui, Vincent Saderne, Sebastian Schmidt-Roach, David J. Suggett, Michael Sweet, John Statton, Sam Teicher, Stacey M. Trevathan-Tackett, Thadickal V. Joydas, Razan Yahya, Manuel Aranda, 2021, Frontiers in Marine Science
Morphotype is not linked to mitochondrial haplogroups of Caribbean acroporid hybrids
Sheila A. Kitchen, C. Cornelia Osborne, Nicole D. Fogarty, Iliana B. Baums, 2021, Coral Reefs
The coral symbiont Candidatus Aquarickettsia is variably abundant in threatened Caribbean acroporids and transmitted horizontally
Lydia J. Baker, Hannah G. Reich, Sheila A. Kitchen, J. Grace Klinges, Hanna R. Koch, Iliana B. Baums, Erinn M. Muller, Rebecca Vega Thurber, 2021, ISME Journal
The impact of estimator choice
Kathryn H. Stankiewicz, Kate L. Vasquez Kuntz, Iliana B. Baums, 2021, Molecular Ecology Notes
Connectivity of Caribbean coral populations
Nicola L. Foster, Claire B. Paris, Johnathan T. Kool, Iliana B. Baums, Jamie R. Stevens, Juan A. Sanchez, Carolina Bastidas, Claudia Agudelo, Phillippe Bush, Owen Day, Renata Ferrari, Patricia Gonzalez, Shannon Gore, Reia Guppy, Michael A. McCartney, Croy McCoy, Judith Mendes, Ashwanth Srinivasan, Sascha Steiner, Mark J.A. Vermeij, Ernesto Weil, Peter J. Mumby, 2012, Molecular Ecology on p. 1143-1157
Conservation genomics of natural and managed populations: building a conceptual and practical framework
Laura Benestan, Anne-Laure Ferchaud, Paul Hohenlohe, Brittany Garner, Gavin Naylor, Iliana Baums, Michael Schwartz, Joanna Kelley, Gordon Luikart, 2016, Molecular Ecology on p. 2967-2977
Geographic differences in vertical connectivity in the Caribbean coral Montastraea cavernosa despite high levels of horizontal connectivity at shallow depths
Xaymara M. Serrano, I. B. Baums, K. O'Reilly, T. B. Smith, R. J. Jones, T. L. Shearer, F. L.D. Nunes, A. C. Baker, 2014, Molecular Ecology on p. 4226-4240
New insights into the dynamics between reef corals and their associated dinoflagellate endosymbionts from population genetic studies
Iliana B. Baums, Meghann K. Devlin-Durante, Todd C. Lajeunesse, 2014, Molecular Ecology on p. 4203-4215
No gene flow across the Eastern Pacific Barrier in the reef-building coral Porites lobata
Iliana B. Baums, Jennifer N. Boulay, Nicholas R. Polato, Michael E. Hellberg, 2012, Molecular Ecology on p. 5418-5433
Response of deep-water corals to oil and chemical dispersant exposure
Danielle M. DeLeo, Dannise V. Ruiz-Ramos, Iliana B. Baums, Erik E. Cordes, 2016, Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography on p. 137-147
Growth dynamics of the threatened caribbean staghorn coral acropora cervicornis
Diego Lirman, Stephanie Schopmeyer, Victor Galvan, Crawford Drury, Andrew C. Baker, Iliana B. Baums, 2014, PLoS One on p. e107253
Intraspecific diversity among partners drives functional variation in coral symbioses
John Everett Parkinson, Anastazia T. Banaszak, Naomi S. Altman, Todd C. LaJeunesse, Iliana B. Baums, 2015, Scientific Reports
Gene expression variation resolves species and individual strains among coral-associated dinoflagellates within the genus symbiodinium
John E. Parkinson, Sebastian Baumgarten, Craig T. Michell, Iliana B. Baums, Todd C. LaJeunesse, Christian R. Voolstra, 2016, Genome Biology and Evolution on p. 665-680
Long distance dispersal and vertical gene flow in the Caribbean brooding coral Porites astreoides
Xaymara M. Serrano, Iliana B. Baums, Tyler B. Smith, Ross J. Jones, Tonya L. Shearer, Andrew C. Baker, 2016, Scientific Reports
News Articles Featuring Iliana Baums
Sep 08, 2021
Long-distance relationships for endangered corals
Flash-frozen sperm collected from corals in Florida and Puerto Rico was used to fertilize coral eggs from hundreds of miles away in Curaçao. The technique could be used as a conservation tool by introducing genetic variation into endangered corals and potentially accelerating their adaptation to climate change.
Jun 03, 2021
Penn State biologist and colleagues receive $4M to identify heat-tolerant corals
An international team that includes Penn State biologist Iliana Baums has been awarded a $4 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to identify corals that are naturally resilient to climate change. This is one of four newly funded projects supported by the foundation that are focused on the conservation and restoration of coral reefs in the context of the climate crisis.
May 27, 2021
Reef-building corals and microscopic algae within their cells evolve together
The microscopic algae that live inside and provide nutrients to their reef-building coral hosts may be evolving in tandem with the corals they inhabit, so each partner is fine-tuned to meet one another’s needs. A new study by Penn State biologists reveals that genetic differences within a species of these microalgal symbionts correspond to the coral species they inhabit, a discovery that could have implications for the conservation of these endangered corals.
Nov 02, 2020
Corals are first animals seen to pass on mutations acquired as adults
Corals have an evolutionary superpower. Adult corals can pass on mutations they have acquired during their lives to their offspring, overturning a long-standing belief that no animals can hand down such mutations – although most can’t.
Aug 24, 2020
New tool for identifying endangered corals could aid conservation efforts
Coral conservation efforts could get a boost from a newly developed genotyping “chip” — the first of its kind for corals. The chip allows researchers to genetically identify corals and the symbiotic algae that live within the coral’s cells, a vital step for establishing and maintaining genetic diversity in reef restoration efforts.
Jul 15, 2020
Ecology Institute announces grant recipients
The Ecology Institute has awarded 11 proposals from across the University as part of its Flower Grant program, including five projects submitted by faculty at Commonwealth Campuses.
Jun 29, 2020
Coral Researchers Recognized for Significant Contributions to Field
Iliana Baums and her research team were recognized by members of the coral reef community as making significant contributions to coral reef research.
Jul 23, 2019
How to restore a coral reef
New guidelines drafted by a consortium of concerned experts could enable corals to adapt to changing environments and help restore declining coral populations in the Caribbean.