Beth Lenz
Knauss Fellow 2020
Beth Lenz

2525 Correa Road, HIG 238
Honolulu, HI 96822

Elizabeth (Beth) Lenz is the 2020 Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the Legislative Branch. As a Legislative Fellow, she will be working in the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, specifially in the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife (W.O.W.) Subcommittee. This subcomittee is responsible for developing policy and overseeing agencies that manage domestic and international marine resources.

Beth recently completed her PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa under the advisement of Drs. Ruth Gates and Megan Donahue. Her dissertation focused on opportunities for coral reef resilience through sexual reproduction in the Florida Keys Reef Tract and Hawaiʻi.  Her PhD research was primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Researship Fellowship Program, NSF Graduate Research Internship Program with U.S. Geological Survey, and Paul G. Allen Philanthropies that supported efforts understanding “Coral Assisted Evolution.” She received her Master's in Marine Biology from the California State University, Northridge and a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Marine Biology from the University of California, Davis.

Throughout her PhD, Beth mentored local, domestic, and international students at high school, undergraduate, and masters levels, strengthened the student community at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology by co-establishing the Moku o Loʻe Student Association, and engaged in various science communication activities. She taught improv workshops for scientists, organized Nerd Nite Honolulu monthly events, and directed a month-long sci-art gallery SymbioSEAS: Connecting Science, Education, Art, and Society at the ARTS at Mark’s Garage in Honolulu, HI. Beth is passionate about making science accessible to all ages, increasing scientific literacy, and advocating for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. As a Legislative Fellow, Beth is excited to expand upon her expertise and learn how to integrate science and policy in order to protect our invaluable marine ecosystems.