Finding solutions for coral reefs in a changing world
Our group works on coral reefs, tropical marine ecosystems that protect coastlines, support tourism, and provide nutrition to many island nations.
Our focus is on defining biological traits that drive the differences in performance among corals and reefs.
Our goal is to contribute knowledge that expands our basic understanding of how coral reefs function, and informs the management and conservation of these beautiful, important, but threatened ecosystems.

Super Corals—For the Future
American Museum of Natural History Science Bulletins

Chasing Coral 

Exposure Labs 2017 - The award-winning film Chasing Coral featuring Ruth Gates was released on Netflix in July! We couldn't be more excited and look forward to your feedback. Learn more on NPR: and at the Chasing Coral website: .  

United States of Climate Change: Hawaii Assisted Evolution 

The Weather Channel: Written by Mathew Eagle, Honolulu Civil Beat 2017 - They’ve been around for 200 million years. Hundreds of millions of people depend on them for food. Tourist economies rely on them. And now scientists are racing to save corals from an ocean that’s getting hotter. Photo: Alana Eagle
Ocean: Saving Corals​​
The Economist February 22 2017 - With the world's corals at risk of extinction, scientists are using cutting-edge technology to try to save these planetary treasures.  
Watch the video here!

Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world's coral reefs

Associated Press March 14 2017 - There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What's left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe. The world has lost roughly half its coral reefs in the last 30 years. Scientists are now scrambling to ensure that at least a fraction of these unique ecosystems survives beyond the next three decades. The health of the planet depends on it: Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species, as well as half a billion people around the world. See this article at Associated Press and Times Science!
Photo: Associated Press