Beth Lenz
ealenz@hawaii.edu
 
 
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-236-7455
Fax: 808-236-7443
 
 
 
Research Interests

 I am interested in coral reef ecophysiology, sexual reproduction, impacts of climate change, parental effects, and phenotypic plasticity. My current research focuses on sexual reproduction of corals after the recent bleaching events and the use of breeding techniques as a tool for coral assisted evolution as well as restoration efforts.
 
Education
 
B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Marine Biology; University of California, Davis, 2009
M.S. in Marine Biology; California State University, Northridge, 2014
Ph.D. in Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, in progress
 
Publications
 
† undergraduate mentee

Guest, J.R., Edmunds, P.J., Gates, R.D., Kuffner, I.B., Andersson, A.J., Barnes, B.B., Chollett, I., Elahi, R., Gross, K., Lenz, E.A., Mitarai, S., Mumby, P.J., Nelson, H.R., Parker, B.A., Putnam, H.M., Rogers, C.S., Toth, L.T. Identifying and characterizing coral reef “oases”. In Review at Journal of Applied Ecology.
 
Lenz, E.A. and P.J. Edmunds. Branches and plates of the morphologically plastic coral Porites rus are insensitive to ocean acidification and warming. J. Exper. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 486: 188-194

†Privitera-Johnson, P.J., E.A. Lenz, and P.J. Edmunds. 2015. Density-associated recruitment in octocoral
communities in St. John, US Virgin Islands. J. Exper. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 473: 103-109

Lenz, E.A., L. Bramanti, H. Lasker, and P.J. Edmunds. 2015. Long-term variation of octocoral populations in St. John, US Virgin Islands. Coral Reefs. 34: 1099-1109
 
Lenz, E.A., D. Brown, C. Didden, †A. Arnold, and P.J. Edmunds. 2014. The distribution of hermit crabs and their gastropod shells on shallow reefs in St. John, USVI. Bull. Mar. Sci. 90: 1-13. dx.doi.org/10.5343 
 
Sanford, E, B. Gaylord, A. Hettinger, E.A. Lenz, K. Meyer, K. Sato, T.M. Hill, and A.D. Russell. 2014. Ocean acidification increases the vulnerability of native oysters to invasive drill predation. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. Biol. Sci. 281 (1778) doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.2681
 
LaVigne, M., T.M. Hill, E. Sanford, B. Gaylord, A.D. Russell, E.A. Lenz, M.K. Young, J.D. Hosfelt. 2013. The elemental composition of purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) of pCO2 during early life stages. Biogeosciences 10 (6): 3465-3477. 
 
Pespeni, M.H., E. Sanford, B. Gaylord, T.M. Hill, J.D. Hosfelt, H. Jaris, M. LaVigne, E.A. Lenz, A.D. Russell, M.K. Young, and S.R. Palumbi. 2013. Evolutionary change during experimental ocean acidification. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.110 (17): 6937-694
 
Hettinger, A., B. Gaylord, E. Sanford, T.M. Hill, E.A.Lenz, and A.D. Russell. 2013. Carry-over effects from ocean acidification persist in the natural environment. Glob. Change Biol. 19 (11): 3317-3326
 
Gaylord, B., T.M. Hill, E. Sanford, E.A. Lenz, L.A. Jacobs, K.N. Sato, A.D. Russell. 2011. Functional impacts of ocean acidification in an ecologically critical foundation species. J. Exper. Biol. 214 (15): 2586–2594
 
Presentations
 

*Oral Presentation §Poster Presentation †Mentee

*Lenz, E.A, Gates R.D. 2017. Successful sexual reproduction in a hermaphroditic broadcast spawning coral following bleaching. XI International Larval Biology Symposium. Honolulu, HI - Honorable Mention for Best Student Talk

*Lenz, E.A., †van der Steeg, E.J., Padilla-Gamiño, J.L., Davidson, J.D., Huffmyer, A., Matsuda, S.M., Putnam, H.M., Gates R.D. 2017. Successful sexual reproduction in a hermaphroditic broadcast spawning coral following bleaching. Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Aquatic Sciences Meeting (ASM). Honolulu, HI

*Guest, J.R., Edmunds, P.J., Gates, R.D., Kuffner, I.B., Andersson, A.J., Barnes, B.B., Chollett, I., Elahi, R., Gross, K., Lenz, E.A., Mitarai, S., Mumby, P.J., Nelson, H.R., Parker, B.A., Putnam, H.M., Rogers, C.S., Toth, L.T. 2017. Coral reef oases in space and time. ASLO ASM – Honolulu, HI

*Barott, K., Gates Coral Lab, Lio, S., Glazer, B.T., Gates, R.D. 2017. Developing strategies to promote
coral reef survival in the face of climate change. ASLO ASM – Honolulu, HI

*Meier, O.W., Gates, R.D., Zaslovsky, I., Jacobs, G.A., Gates Coral Lab, Hawaiʻi Coral Bleaching Collaborative, EarthCube CRESCYNT Coral Reef RCN. 2017. Cyberinfrastructure workbench solutions for coral reef research: Challenges of scale, collaboration, interoperability, replication, integration, and open science. ASLO ASM – Honolulu, HI

§Lenz, E.A., †van der Steeg, E.J., Gates, R.D. 2016. Utilizing intraspecific variation in bleaching of a broadcast spawning coral to selectively breed higher tolerance. Western Society of Naturalists
(WSN) – Monterey, CA

§†Potter, A., Lenz, E.A., Mejia, J., Galloway, M., Gomez Mendez, V., Gates, R.D., Lopez, J., Mitchell, A., Padilla-Gamiño, J.L. 2016. Sexual reproduction continues after bleaching in Hawaiian corals. WSN – Monterey, CA

§Lenz, E.A., Padilla-Gamiño, J.L., and Gates, R.D. 2016. Revisiting the impacts of bleaching on the reproduction of the stony coral Montipora capitata. International Coral Reef Symposium – Honolulu, HI

§Lenz, E.A. and Gates, R.D. 2016. Harnessing Intraspecific Variation in Scleractinians to Selectively Breed Higher Tolerance Against Climate Change Stressors. 41st Annual Albert L. Tester Memorial
Symposium – Honolulu, HI

*Lenz, E.A., Padilla-Gamiño, J.L., and Gates, R.D. 2016. Revisiting the impacts of bleaching on the reproduction of the stony coral Montipora capitata. 41st Annual Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium – Honolulu, HIʻ

*Lenz, E.A., Padilla-Gamiño, J.L., and Gates, R.D. 2015. Reproduction in the stony coral, Montipora capitata, after a major bleaching event in Kāneʻohe Bay, Hawaiʻi. WSN – Sacramento, CA

*Lenz, E.A., Bramanti, L., Lasker, H.R., and Edmunds, P.J. 2015. Long-term persistence in octocoral communities in St. John, USVI. 40th Annual Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium – Honolulu, HI

§Lenz, E.A. and Edmunds P.J. 2014. Effect of flow and morphology on coral tolerance to elevated PCO2. WSN – Tacoma, WA

*Lenz, E.A., Bramanti, L., and Edmunds, P.J. 2014. Gorgonians of the Caribbean: success in a changing sea. CSUN’s 18th Annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium – Northridge, CA

*Lenz, E.A. 2014. A tale of two corals: ecological and physiological assessment of coral reefs to past and projected disturbances. UNAM Light and Photosynthesis on Coral Reefs Student Symposium –
Puerto Morelos, Mexico

*Lenz, E.A., Bramanti, L., and Edmunds, P.J. 2013. Gorgonians of the Caribbean: success in a changing sea. WSN – Oxnard, CA

§†Didden, C., Lenz, E.A., and Edmunds, P.J. 2013. Experiential ecological investigations as a vehicle coupling teaching and research in high schools and universities. WSN – Oxnard, CA

§†Privitera-Johnson, K., Lenz, E.A., and Edmunds, P.J. 2013. Density-dependent recruitment of gorgonians in St. John, US Virgin Islands. WSN – Oxnard, CA

*Lenz, E.A. 2013. MCR LTER Graduate Student Activities. LTER All Investigators Meeting (AIM) – Santa Barbara, CA

§Lenz, E.A. and Edmunds, P.J. 2013. The role of corallum morphology in determining the calcification response of Porites rus to climate change. NSF MCR LTER Midterm Review. Moorea, French
Polynesia. NSF LTER MCR/SBC/ECC Graduate Symposium. SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography – San Diego, CA

§Lenz, E. A. and Edmunds, P.J. 2013. Evidence that octocorals are increasing in population density in the Caribbean. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) – San Francisco, CA

*Lenz, E.A.* and Edmunds, P.J. 2012. The role of corallum morphology in mediating the response of the coral Porites rus to ocean acidification. WSN – Seaside, CA

*LaVigne, M., Hill, T., Sanford, E., Gaylord, B., Russell, A., Lenz, E.A, Young, M., Hosfelt, J. 2012. Trace elemental composition and the effects of CO2 on juvenile Purple Sea Urchin calcite
(Strongylocentrotus purpuratus). Ocean Sciences Meeting – Salt Lake City, UT

*Gaylord, B., Hill, T.M., Sanford, E., Lenz, E.A., Jacobs, L.A., Sato, K.M., Russell, A.D., Hettinger, A. 2011. Functional impacts of ocean acidification in the intertidal foundation species, Mytilus
californianus. WSN – Vancouver, WA

*Sanford, E., Lenz, E.A., Gaylord, B.P., Hettinger, A., Hill, T.M., †Meyer, K., Russel, A.D. 2011. Ocean acidification increases the vulnerability of native oysters to invasive drill predation. WSN - Vancouver, WA

*Gaylord, B., Sanford, E., Hill, T.M., Russell, A., Hettinger, A., Lenz, E.A., Kuo, E., and LaVigne, M. 2011. Ecological impacts of ocean acidification: a prospective synopsis. Ocean Carbon and
Biogeochemistry Program, Ocean Acidification Principal Investigator’s Meeting. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution – Woods Hole, MA

*Kuo, E.S.L., Lenz, E.A., Sanford, E., Gaylord, B., Hill, T.M., Russell, A.D., Jacobs, L.A. 2010. No chance to refuel: effects of ocean acidification and elevated temperature on lecithotrophic limpet larvae. WSN – San Diego, CA

*Lenz, E.A. 2009. Coral abundance and species composition in reefs of protected and non-protected bays. Monteverde Institute Undergraduate Research Symposium – Monteverde, Costa Rica

*Lenz, E.A. 2008. The effects of mycosporine-like amino acids on apoptosis and development during UV exposures in Lytechinus anamesus embryos. 19th Annual UCD Undergraduate Research,
Scholarship and Creative Activities Conference – Davis, CA
 
 
Outreach

2017-present
Co-Organizer: Nerd Nite Honolulu, HI

2015, 17
Volunteer: UH Mānoa SOEST Open House - Exploring Coral Reef Ecosystems and Climate Change, Honolulu, HI

2017
Co-Organizer of ESA SciComm Workshop: Improv Your Science: Building Skills for Effective Communication. Ecological Science of America Annual Meeting - Sci Comm Section. Portland, OR

2017
Co-coordinator and Group Leader: Fall 2017 STEMplus Program – Crossing Boundaries and Building Communities: Session 2 Coral Conservation Field Trip to Coconut Island with K-12 Educators from Oʻahu

2017 HIMB Tour Guide: Women in Need Hawaiʻi (winhi.org)

2017
Invited Speaker: Waikiki Aquarium Screening of Chasing Coral. Honolulu, HI

2017
Guest Scientist: Ocean Matters (www.oceanmatters.org) High School Program where students from the Mainland join Hawaiian students for a cross-cultural marine science through service adventure.

2017
Coral Reef Biologist / Activity Leader: Guided a snorkel and laboratory tour for 20 students
from North Lake Community College in Irving, Texas. The tour focused on threats
and current research activities studying coral reef ecosystems.

2017
Science Mentor: Advising 6th Grade female students on their “Major Issues Project” focused on coral bleaching in Hawaiʻi; Iroquois Point Elementary School, Ewa Beach, HI

2017
Scientist Pen Pal: 4th Grade Pen Pal Program for Scientists and Students at Annaliese Schools Willowbrook Campus, Laguna Beach, CA

2016 Coordinator: Improv for Science Communication Workshop Series   

2015 Volunteer: UH Mānoa SOEST Open House - Exploring Coral Reefs, Climate Change, and Coral Reproduction, Honolulu, HI

2015-present  Account Manager: Gates Lab Twitter Account @GatesCoralLab

2015 Activity Leader: Aqua Explorers Family Night, Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu, HI

2015 Activity Leader: “Coral Reef Monitoring” 2nd Annual Expanding Your Horizons Annual Teen Girls Conference UH, Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

2015 Volunteer: “Marine Bioluminescence” Activity at the Bishop Museum – 3rd Annual Science Alive Event: “Water of Life”, Honolulu, HI

2014 Guest Judge: Mid-Pacific Institute - 8th Grade Science Fair, Honolulu, HI
     
2014: Invited Speaker to “Science Uncorked” Public Seminar Series at the Bodega Au Gourmet Bodega Bay, CA

2014: Ocean Institute’s 9th Annual Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference Workshop 1: Career Development: Preparing for Success Workshop 2: Long-Term Monitoring of Coral Reef Ecosystems in a Changing Ocean Dana Point, CA 

2013-2014: Writer for Biosphere (CSUN Biology Weekly Bulletin) “Historical Women in Marine Science: Isabella ‘Izzie’ Abbott” http://www.csun.edu/biosphere/Biosphere12_8.pdf “Expanding Education Through Ecological Goods and Services” http://www.csun.edu/biosphere/Biosphere11_8.pdf 

2012-2014: Guest speaker Lawrence Middle School: Gifted/Highly Gifted Magnet Los Angeles Unified School District Chatsworth, CA Viewpoint School: Independent Coeducation School K-12 Calabasas, CA

2010-2014: Mentor for NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory and CSUN

2013: Field instructor for the Viewpoint School: Independent Coeducation School K-12 Marine Ecology Field Course in St. John, US Virgin Islands

2013: Volunteer mentor at the CSUN Women in Science and Engineering Speed Mentoring Annual Event

2012: Guest Speaker and Activity Leader U.S. Virgin Islands National Park Eco-Camps (K-12) Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) St. John, USVI English Immersion for High School Biology Teachers Moorea, French Polynesia
 
Mentoring
 
16 Students Total: 12 women and 6 international students

Master Students:
Katherine Allen, Masters Student at University of York (2017)
Katrina McPherson, Masters Student at University of York (2017)
Eveline van der Steeg, Masters Student University of York (2016)
Ellie Vaughan, Masters Student at University of Plymouth (2016)

Undergraduate Students:
Shayne Fabian, Undergraduate Student at Cal Poly Tech Pomona (2017)
Andrew Tokuda, Undergraduate Student at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2016-17)
Tiana Rey, Undergraduate Student at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (2016)
George Davies, Undergraduate Student at University of Plymouth (2015-16)
Ashley Potter, Undergraduate Student at California State University, Dominguez Hills (2015-16)
Giulia Manso Marchioro, Undergraduate Student at Federal University of Sergipe (2015)
Kristin Privitera-Johnson, Undergraduate Student at California State University, Long Beach (2013-14)
Jennifer Smolenski, Undergraduate Student at California State University, Northridge (2012-13)
Amanda Arnold, Undergraduate Student at University of British Columbia (2011-12)
Kirstin Meyer, Undergraduate Student at Northern Michigan University (2010-11)

High School Students:
Megan Buras, Punahou School at Honolulu, HI (2017)
Dyson Chee, Homeschool High School Student (2016-17) 

 
Funding Sources
 
2017: Rafe Sagarin Fund for Innovative Ecology - Seeking Creative Insights from Natural History

2017: NSF Graduate Research Internship Program with USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

HIMB Colonel Willys E. Lord, DVM & Sandina L. Lord Endowed Scholarship

Western Society of Naturalists Travel Award