Dr. Lemus has taught and led science education and outreach programs in different venues for over 20 years. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology at UCLA, and then a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at University of Southern California, focusing on physiological and cellular interactions in tropical marine symbiotic organisms. A faculty specialist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Dr. Lemus builds collaborative research and outreach programs and develops academic and research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. She is the lead Princial Investigator and Director of the NSF COSEE Island Earth program in Hawaii. Dr. Lemus is also the developer of multimedia science education products such as the Loko I‘a iPhone app and the seaHarmony.net collaborative network for ocean scientists and educators. Dr. Lemus currently serves as the Education Chair on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. She is also the co-designer/author of marine science curricula, teacher workshops, parent-child cooperative learning programs, and marine science summer programs for middle and high school students, as well as a contributing author and science reviewer of the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.