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Judy Lemus


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. Dr. Lemus is currently serving as Interim Director of HIMB and serves the academic and broader communities in several capacities; Board Of Directors, Paepae o He’eia fishpond stewardship organization; National Marine Educators Conference Planning Committee; Smithsonian MarineGeo PI for HIMB; Tetiaroa Society Science Advisory Board. Previous service includes: Kaneohe Bay Regional Council; Sanctuary Advisory Council (Education Chair), Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary; Co-Director of the UHM Marine Biology Graduate Program; UH Manoa General Education Foundations Board, the UH Hilo TCBES/CREST Program advisory board, as wells as boards of regional and national science education organizations.