Dr. Ruth Gates
March 28, 1962 - October 25, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the enormous loss of our fearless leader - an incredible beacon of hope for coral reefs that was witnessed throughout the world. We are forever grateful that she brought us together and welcomed us into her research program, the Gates Coral Lab ʻOhana. We will continue to carry her torch, maintaining her unwavering exuberance and optimism to understand, harness, and protect our invaluable coral reef ecosystems.
Gates Coral Lab Research - Moving Forward
Although the loss of our PI has been absolutely devastating, our team will be continuing research to further Dr. Gates' research vision. More information on our team is available here .

​The Gates Lab conducts research on coral reefs, which are 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.
The 2019 Coral Bleaching Event
Coral bleaching research in the Gates Coral Lab

As you may have already heard, we are currently experiencing widespread coral bleaching in Hawaiʻi that is predicted to get worse in the coming months. This is the 3rd bleaching event in the past five years, which is not normal. Widespread coral bleaching is primarily caused by warm water events resulting from the ocean absorbing high levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Gates Coral Lab at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is actively testing techniques from the assisted evolution toolkit we developed over the past 4 years alongside high-resolution monitoring to provide broader context and to enhance reef resilience. 

To learn more about coral bleaching research projects in the Gates Coral Lab, go to our research page here
Top: Madin Lab, HIMB; Bottom left: E. Majerova; Bottom middle: J. Dilworth; Bottom right: A. Huffmyer

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

Gizmodo: How a Superheroic Breed of Coral Could Help Save the Reefs

Ravaged by the effects of climate change, the world’s corals are on the brink of catastrophic decline, and time is running out. At the Gates Coral Lab in Hawaii, however, scientists are searching for the magic recipe to breed a more resilient “super coral” with a better chance of surviving.

The Fate of Coral - A Series with Dr. Ruth Gates
The University of Hawaii Foundation 

Dr. Ruth Gates, Director of the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, takes us on a journey exploring one of the most complex organisms in the world - coral. We'll dive into everything from what motivates a marine biologist like Dr. Gates to what can be done, if anything, to save coral.​

Voice of the Sea: Human Assisted Corals​ 

In this episode, we’re investigating how assisted evolution is increasing the resilience of corals in the Ruth Gates Lab at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology, which is internationally famous for this cutting-edge research. We’ll talk to the Gates Lab project manager, Genetics and Microscopy expert, Graduate Student Researchers, Lab assistants, and a high school intern — all playing a part in understanding and ensuring a future for coral reefs on our planet earth.

PBS NOVA: Decoding the Weather Machine​ 

Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Withering heat. Extreme rainfall. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather, and many scientists agree. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—changing, becoming hotter and more erratic. In this 2-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the confusion around climate change.

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:  https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/chasing-coral-movie and at the Chasing Coral website:  https://www.chasingcoral.com/.