Iliana Baums

Professor of Biology

Iliana Baums

Research Summary

Molecular ecology and evolution of reef invertebrates.

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Gene Flow Coral Corals Population Genetics Anthozoa Genotype Population Genomics Coral Reefs Symbionts Reefs Microsatellite Repeats Reef Sampling Gene Expression Symbiodinium Connectivity Symbiont Genes Dinoflagellate Population Structure Dinoflagellida Miozoa Islands Bermuda

Most Recent Publications

Andrea Chan, Luis González-Guerrero, R Iglesias-Prieto, Elizabeth Burmester, Randi Rotjan, John Finnerty, Iliana Baums, biorxiv

Coral restoration genetics.

Iliana Baums,

Kate L. Vasquez Kuntz, Sheila A. Kitchen, Trinity L. Conn, Samuel A. Vohsen, Andrea N. Chan, Mark J.A. Vermeij, Christopher Page, Kristen L. Marhaver, Iliana B. Baums, 2022, Science advances on p. eabn0707

Morphotype is not linked to mitochondrial haplogroups of Caribbean acroporid hybrids

Sheila A. Kitchen, C. Cornelia Osborne, Nicole D. Fogarty, Iliana B. Baums, 2022, Coral Reefs on p. 829-836

Jesús E. Arias-González, Iliana B. Baums, Anastazia T. Banaszak, Carlos Prada, Sergio Rossi, Edwin A. Hernández-Delgado, Baruch Rinkevich, 2022, Frontiers in Marine Science

Kathryn H. Stankiewicz, Kate L. Vasquez Kuntz, Iliana B. Baums, Jean Baptiste Ledoux, Didier Aurelle, Joaquim Garrabou, Yuichi Nakajima, Mikael Dahl, Yuna Zayasu, Sabri Jaziri, Federica Costantini, 2022, Molecular Ecology Notes on p. 1135-1148

Lydia Baker, Hannah Reich, Sheila Kitchen, J. Grace Klinges, Hanna Koch, Iliana Baums, Erinn Muller, Rebecca Thurber, 2022, ISME Journal on p. 400-411

Hanny Rivera, Anne Cohen, Janelle Thompson, Iliana Baums, Michael Fox, Kirstin Meyer, 2022, Nature Portfolio

Most-Cited Papers

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

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

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

Iliana B. Baums, Andrew C. Baker, Sarah W. Davies, Andréa G. Grottoli, Carly D. Kenkel, Sheila A. Kitchen, Ilsa B. Kuffner, Todd C. LaJeunesse, Mikhail V. Matz, Margaret W. Miller, John E. Parkinson, Andrew A. Shantz, 2019, Ecological Applications

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

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

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

Xaymara M. Serrano, Iliana B. Baums, Tyler B. Smith, Ross J. Jones, Tonya L. Shearer, Andrew C. Baker, 2016, Scientific Reports

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

News Articles Featuring Iliana Baums

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.