Engaging with the public to share both our passion for our research and the fascinating discoveries that we make is an important part of what we do. As meaningful as our work is to us and our scientific colleagues, we believe that it will have a far greater impact on the world if we can make it more accessible to everyone.
We are fortunate to have had many opportunities to reach out and inspire the next generation of scientists and to present our work to a broader audience. Here you can browse a collection of interviews, presentations, and other media that involve members of our lab.
Iliana gave a webinar during the "New Techniques for Coral Restoration Seminar". In it, she discusses genetics informed techniques for coral restoration aimed at the restoration community. This webinar was hosted by SECORE International during a workshop at the Carmabi Marine Research Station Curaçao from May 18th – 27th. The opening day of the workshop started with a seminar to provide a global picture of coral restoration, discussing current obstacles and potential solutions. Follow the the link to view recordings of the full seminar.
Ever wondered what a genetic locus is or what alleles are? And what is the difference between microsatellite markers and SNPs? What are SNPs anyway? Iliana gives a basic introduction into genetic tools useful for coral restoration aimed at the restoration community. No genetic background required.
Our lab will be working with a group of visiting masters students from University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) during the summers of 2017 and 2018. Penn State is partnering with UVI to offer students in the SEAS Your Tomorrow program the opportunity to prepare for doctoral study in marine science. The purpose of SEAS Your Tomorrow is to create new opportunities for otherwise underserved students to pursue education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For several weeks we will mentor the visiting students as they refine the skills they need to apply to graduate school and become well-rounded scientists. This collaboration between the Medina, Iglesias-Prieto, and Baums labs at PSU is funded by an NSF-Includes grant.
Dr. Iliana Baums presents our research about determining the age of corals to a group of Discovery-U students at Penn State.
Dr. Baums teaches an undergraduate course about coastal biology ecosystems (BIOL 482) each spring semester with a field component in Curaçao during spring break. This WPSU program takes a look at field projects designed and performed by some students in this course.
Dr. Baums explains the importance and value of coral reef ecosystems and the man-made environmental pressures that are causing them to decline.
Dr. Baums and former graduate student John Parkinson discuss a method of determining the age of corals in order to understand the range of environmental conditions that they have survived in the past and how they may be able to adapt to a changing environemnt in the future.
Dr. Baums discusses her inspirations and motivations on her journey to becoming a marine biologist.