Professor of Biology
Molecular ecology and evolution of reef invertebrates.
Publication TagsAnthozoa Genotype Coral Gene Flow Corals Genomics Coral Reefs Population Dinoflagellida Symbionts Genes Population Genetics Gene Expression Reefs Symbiosis Ecology Connectivity Reef Symbiont Ecosystems Dna Methylation Dinoflagellate Miozoa Acropora Cervicornis Natural Capital
Most Recent Papers
Coral restoration genetics.
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
The coral symbiont Candidatus Aquarickettsia is variably abundant in threatened Caribbean acroporids and transmitted horizontally
Lydia Baker, Hannah Reich, Sheila Kitchen, J. Klinges, Hanna Koch, Iliana Baums, Erinn Muller, Rebecca Thurber, 2021, bioRxiv
STAGdb: a 30K SNP genotyping array and Science Gateway for Acropora corals and their dinoflagellate symbionts
S. A. Kitchen, G. Von Kuster, K. L.Vasquez Kuntz, H. G. Reich, W. Miller, S. Griffin, Nicole D. Fogarty, I. B. Baums, 2020, Scientific Reports
Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Analysis Reveals a Conserved Epigenetic Response to Seasonal Environmental Variation in the Staghorn Coral Acropora cervicornis
Javier A. Rodríguez-Casariego, Alex E. Mercado-Molina, Daniel Garcia-Souto, Ivanna M. Ortiz-Rivera, Christian Lopes, Iliana B. Baums, Alberto M. Sabat, Jose M. Eirin-Lopez, 2020, Frontiers in Marine Science
Deep-sea corals provide new insight into the ecology, evolution, and the role of plastids in widespread apicomplexan symbionts of anthozoans
Samuel A. Vohsen, Kaitlin E. Anderson, Andrea M. Gade, Harald R. Gruber-Vodicka, Richard P. Dannenberg, Eslam O. Osman, Nicole Dubilier, Charles R. Fisher, Iliana B. Baums, 2020, Microbiome
Deep-sea corals near cold seeps associate with chemoautotrophic bacteria that are related to the symbionts of cold seep and hydrothermal vent mussels
Samuel Vohsen, Harald Gruber-Vodicka, Eslam Osman, Matthew Saxton, Samantha Joye, Nicole Dubilier, C Fisher, Iliana Baums, 2020, bioRxiv on p. 2020.02.27.968453
Increasing comparability among coral bleaching experiments
A. Grottoli, R. Toonen, R. van Woesik, R. Vega Thurber, M. Warner, R. McLachlan, J. Price, K. Bahr, Iliana Baums, K. Castillo, M. Coffroth, R. Cunning, K. Dobson, M. Donahue, J. Hench, R Iglesias-Prieto, D. Kemp, C. Kenkel, D. Kline, I. Kuffner, J. Matthews, A. Mayfield, J. Padilla-Gamino, S. Palumbi, C. Voolstra, V. Weis, H Wu, 2020, Ecol Appl on p. e2262
Molecular tools for coral reef restoration: Beyond biomarker discovery
John Parkinson, Andrew Baker, Iliana Baums, Sarah Davies, Andrea Grottoli, Sheila Kitchen, Mikhail Matz, Margaret Miller, Andrew Shantz, Carly Kenkel, 2020, CONSERVATION LETTERS
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
Laura Marilyn Benestan, Anne Laure Ferchaud, Paul A. Hohenlohe, Brittany A. Garner, Gavin J.P. Naylor, Iliana Brigitta Baums, Michael K. Schwartz, Joanna L. Kelley, Gordon Luikart, 2016, Molecular Ecology on p. 2967-2977
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The extended phenotypes of marine symbioses: Ecological and evolutionary consequences of intraspecific genetic diversity in coral-algal associations
John E. Parkinson, Iliana B. Baums, 2014, Frontiers in Microbiology
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.