Iliana Baums

Iliana Baums
(814) 867-0491

Iliana Baums is an associate professor of biology. She is one of the leaders in the study of climate-change effects on corals and coral-algae interactions. Her lab studies the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape populations of reef-building corals.

B.S., Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet, 1996
M.S., Universitaet Bremen, 2000
Ph.D., University of Miami, 2004
Research Interests: 
Molecular ecology and evolution of reef invertebrates


Deepwater coral covered in oil and dispersant
Density of larval paths. Modelled larvae fall short of making the >5,000km journey from central Pacific sources of population replenishment to imperiled reefs in the eastern Pacific
Image of the Earth, with red spots showing locations of coral larvae populations.
Coral releasing egg/sperm bundles which will be fertilised in the water to form poppy-seed-sized larvae