Iliana Baums

Professor of Biology

Iliana Baums

Research Summary

Molecular ecology and evolution of reef invertebrates.

Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

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

Most Recent Papers

Acropra DNA extraction with Qiagen DNAease tissue kit v1

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Coral restoration genetics.

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An algal symbiont (Breviolum psygmophilum) responds more strongly to chronic high temperatures than its facultatively symbiotic coral host (Astrangia poculata)

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

The impact of estimator choice: Disagreement in clustering solutions across K estimators for Bayesian analysis of population genetic structure across a wide range of empirical data sets

Kathryn Stankiewicz, Kate Vasquez Kuntz, Iliana Baums, Molecular Ecology Resources

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

The coral symbiont Candidatus Aquarickettsia is variably abundant in threatened Caribbean acroporids and transmitted horizontally

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

Palau’s warmest reefs harbor a thermally tolerant coral lineage that thrives across different habitats

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

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

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

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

Considerations for maximizing the adaptive potential of restored coral populations in the western Atlantic

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

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

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

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

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

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.