Beth Lenz
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-236-7455
Fax: 808-236-7443
Research Interests
My current interest is to understand the role of phenotypic plasticity in scleractinian corals - how it is driven and what are the costs? Numerous corals exhibit strong morphological plasticity in response to environmental conditions such as light and water flow. Morphological plasticity allows corals to optimize their physiological performance within changing environments. While there is a high demand for studies to test the capacity for acclimatization to projected global climate change and ocean acidification, studies have yet to explore if stony corals with strong phenotypic plasticity will have a greater capacity to promote reef resiliency.
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
† undergraduate mentee
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. 
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
*= Presentation speaker,  † = Invited speaker, § = Poster presentation
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. Western Society of Naturalists (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., 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. Western Society of Naturalists (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 – 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
§ Lenz, E.A.and Edmunds, P.J. 2013. The role of corallum morphology in mediating the response of the coral Porites rus to ocean acidification. NSF LTER MCR/SBC/ECC Graduate Symposium. SCRIPPS Institute of Oceanography – San Diego, CA 
Lenz, E.A. and Edmunds, P.J. 2013. The role of corallum morphology in mediating the response of the coral Porites rus to ocean acidification. CSUN’s 17th Annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium. Northridge, 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. LTER MCR All Investigators Meeting (AIM). Santa Barbara, 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 
§ Miller, S. Sanford, E., Gaylord, B., LaVigne, M., Hill, T.M., Hosfelt, J., Russell, A., Lenz, E.A., Young, M., and Laughlin, K. 2012 Variation in response to ocean acidification across a latitudinal gradient. 3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World. Monterey, 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. Long Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting. Estes Park, Colorado. 
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. (Oral)
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.
Meyer, K., Sanford, E., Hettinger, A., Lenz, E.A., and Sato, K. 2010. Acidic accomplice: effects of ocean acidification on predation of the Olympia oyster. BML NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium – Bodega Bay, CA 
Lenz, E.A. 2009. Coral abundance and species composition between a protected and non-protected bay. 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. 

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” “Expanding Education Through Ecological Goods and Services” 

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
2016: Eveline van der Steeg, MS student at University of York
2016: Ellie Vaughan, University of Plymouth
2015-2016: George Davies, University of Plymouth    
2015: Giulia Manso Marchioro, Federal University of Sergipe
2013: Kristin Privitera-Johnson, California State University, Long Beach 
2012: Jennifer Smolenski, California State University, Northridge 
2012: Amanda Arnold, University of British Columbia 
2010: Kirstin Meyer, Northern Michigan University 
Funding Sources
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
HIMB Colonel Willys E. Lord, DVM & Sandina L. Lord Endowed Scholarship
Western Society of Naturalists Travel Award