Specialist, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology
Dr. Lemus is a science education specialist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi. She develops collaborative partnerships that promote community-science interactions, integrate science and culture, and provide professional development opportunities for both young and established scientists. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Southern California with a specialization in symbiotic systems, teaching and leading science education and outreach programs in different venues for over 20 years. She has served as the principle investigator and director of two National Science Foundation “Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence” in California (COSEE West) and Hawaii (COSEE Island Earth).
Dr. Lemus is a developer of multimedia technology products that connect scientific outreach, such as the Loko Iʻa iPhone app and the seaHarmony collaborative network, and has designed/authored marine science curricula, teacher workshops, parent-child cooperative learning programs, research experiences, and marine science summer programs for students of all ages. She was also a contributing author and science reviewer of the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. She is the creator and director of HIMB MakerLab and the NSF-funded MakerSTEM teacher-training program. Dr. Lemus is currently serving as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.