News and Events
February 2017

Members of the Gates Lab presented the results of their research at the 2017 American Society of Limnology and Oceanography conference in Honolulu HI. Dr. Ruth Gates discussed harnessing basic science to advance solutions for coral reef in her plenary talk at the ASLO meeting. 

Congratulations to Chris Wall, Shayle Matsuda, Ariana Huffmyer, Beth Lenz, Dr. Ouida Meier, Dr. Katie Barott, and Dr. James Guest on their successful presentations! 




January 2017

The Gates Lab would like to congratulate Dr. Ross Cunning on his new postdoctoral position at Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. Thank you, Ross, for your leadership, enthusiasm, and enormous contribution to our research group. We look forwad to our future collaborations with you!

Join us on congratulating Ross on his accomplishments and wish him luck on his future endeavors! 


   
Post-doc Dr. James Guest led a seminar at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center on January 11th titled "Long term benthic community dynamics on highly urbanised coral reefs".
   



PhD students Shayle Matsuda and Ariana Huffmyer attended the 2017 Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in New Orleans, LA to present the results of their research.

Additionally, Shayle led a Sketchnotes workshop. Great job, Shayle and Ariana!



December 2016
Congratulations to Gates Lab Post-Doc, James Guest, who was recently awarded the prestigious European Research Council Consolidator Grant to support his own research team! His overall aim is to establish the feasibility of implementing assisted gene flow (AGF) in coral reef
ecosystems using a combination of selective breeding, proteomics and innovative translocation techniques. James will be missed as he relocates to Newcastle University (England) in 2017, but we look forward to learning more about his advancements in this exciting field!




Congratulations to Gates Lab PhD candidate/students Chris Wall, Beth Lenz, Shayle Matsuda, and Ariana Huffmyer for receiveing research support from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Colonel Willys E. Lord, DVM & Sandina L. Lord Scholarship Fund! 

Chris and Ariana also received the UH Manoa Department of Biology Charles H. and Margaret B. Edmondson Research Fund. Well done! 



November 2016
Gates Lab PhD candidate/students Chris Wall (top left), Ariana Huffmyer (bottom left), and Beth Lenz (right) presented scientific talks and posters at the 100 year anniversary meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists in Monterey, CA.

They discussed results of their research on coral energetics under light and CO2 conditions, parental effects on juvenile development in warmer temperatures, and the consequences of differential bleaching responses on sexual reproduction.

This year's meeting emphasized the value of natural history, observation, effective communication, and community and was a great oppportunity for the Gates Lab students to learn about recent advances in the field.



September 2016
   
Chris Wall, a PhD candidate in the Gates Lab, was featured on the "Youth Voices: Eco-Stewards" feature on the collaborative IUCN-East West website in advance of the 2016 World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawaii in September. Congrats, Chris! Read more about Chris' work and other Youth Voices here: icunyouthvoices.org

July 2016
   
PhD candidate, Chris Wall, was awarded the prestigious Denise B. Evans Fellowship in Oceanographic Research through the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at UH Manoa. Congratulations and well done, Chris!  

   
The Gates Lab would like to recognize and thank Dr. Hollie Putnam for her enormous contributions to the Gates Lab during her time as a PhD Student and Post-Doc. She has greatly advanced the research program and continues to be an asset to the team.  

Dr. Putnam is briefly joining The Roberts Lab at the University of Washington as a Post-Doc ( https://faculty.washington.edu/sr320/ ) until she begins her position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Rhode Island ( http://web.uri.edu/bio/hollie-m-putnam/ ). 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Putnam on her new positions and wishing her all the best! We look forward to continuing our collaborations with you, Dr. Putnam!
   
   
 


Dr. Ruth Gates, Post-Doc James Guest, PhD Student Beth Lenz, and former Post-Doc Dr. Hollie Putnam participated in a dynamic working group focused on understanding tropical coral reef resilience at the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis in Fort Collins, CO.

Learn more about the Powell Center here:  https://powellcenter.usgs.gov/

Featured in the photo from left to right: 
(back) Andreas Andersson, Kevin Gross, Satoshi Mitarai, Peter Edmunds, Hannah Nelson, Lauren Toth, Britt Parker, Ilsa Kuffner, (middle) Peter Mumby, Ruth Gates, Beth Lenz, Hollie Putnam, (front) Robin Elahi, James Guest, and Iliana Chollett (not featured: Caroline Rogers).
   
   
June 2016
Dr. Ruth Gates (bottom right) along with students and post-docs of the Gates Lab (including Dr. Hollie Putnam, Dr. Katie Barrot, Dr. Ross Cunning (top left), Raphael Ritson-Williams, John Burns, Shayle Matsuda (top right), Beth Lenz (bottom left), Jessica Sevilla, Dr. Rom Dizon, Chris Wall, and Ariana Huffmyer) presented excellent talks and posters showcasing their research at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, HI. Congratulations to all members of the Gates Lab for a successful conference!

   
 

May 2016

Jessica Sevilla, an undergraduate student in Marine Biology and a Student Sustainability Fellow at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, received First Place for her poster in the UHM Natural Sciences Undergraduate Showcase! Jessica is currently conducting research in collaboration with the Gates and Donahue Labs. Congratulations! 
   
 
   
PhD student Shayle Matsuda attended the  Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA)'s 2016 Algal Culturing Techniques Course at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Research and Education, in Boothbay, Maine in May 2016. At the week-long hands-on course, he gained a strong foundation on a broad range of topics including algal taxonomy and identification, culturing and preservation techniques, and collection and isolation methods, all skills he will use during his dissertation work at HIMB.  
April 2016
Congratulations to Gates Lab PhD candidate, Chris Wall, for receiving the prestigious EPA STAR Fellowship! 
   
 

Gates Lab member, John Burns, successfully defended his PhD dissertation, "New insights into the biology and ecology of Hawaiian corals enabled by 3D reconstruction technology". Congratulations Dr. Burns! 
   
 
Gates Lab PhD candidates and students participated in this years UH Manoa Albert L. Testers Symposium. Raphael Ritson-Williams, Chris Wall, Elizabeth Lenz, Shayle Matsuda, and Ariana Huffmyer gave excellent talk and poster presentations on their research. 

And congratulations to Gates/Lemus Lab PhD student, Ariana Huffmyer, for being awarded best graduate poster and rapid fire talk! 
 
March 2016
Congratulations to Gates Lab and Lemus Lab PhD student, Ariana Huffmyer, for being selected as a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow! 
 
Maui surfer, Torsten Durkan, partnered with the Gates Lab in his "Surfing Be Cause" campaign, a mission to fight coral bleaching by raising money for every foot of the tallest wave he caught during this El Nino winter season. To read more about Torsten and his campaign,  click here!  
 
January 2016
Gates Lab members Dr. Hollie Putnam, Raphael Ritson-Williams, and Shayle Matsuda attended the 2016 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Portland, OR to present the results of their research. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gates Lab alumni and recent PhD graduate, Maggie Sogin, will begin a post-doctoral position at the Max Plank Institute for Marine Microbiology in the Symbiosis group with Dr. Nicole Dubilier. Good luck Maggie!
December 2015
Ruth Gates and Ross Cunning attended the Moorea Coral Reef LTER annual All Investigators Meeting at UC Santa Barbara.
November 2015
PhD student, Beth Lenz, travelled to the Western Society of Naturalists meeting in Sacramento, CA to present her research on the impacts of coral bleaching on reproduction. 
 
 
 
August 2015
A new paper by Drs. Hollie Putnam and Ruth Gates on transgenerational acclimitization and epigenetic potential in corals was published and featured in the Journal of Experimental Biology. 
 
July 2015
Gates Lab coral spawning research and bleaching surveys are in full swing. 
 
Dr. Ross Cunning traveled to the USVI for collaborative work with the Edmunds Lab.
 
June 2015
Alum Dr. Jackie Padilla-Gamiño returned to the Gates lab for several weeks of research.
May 2015
Dr. Ruth Gates was awarded the Honolulu Chapter ARCS Foundation Scientists of the Year.
April 2015 
Maggie Sogin defended her disserataion. Congratulations Dr. Maggie Sogin!
March 2015
Hollie Putnam attends the 44th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting in Quebec and presents research entitled "Corals in a changing climate: A trans-generational perspective".
February 2015
Congratulations to Robert Mason on his productive year as a Fulbright scholar! Aloha and a hui hou Robert!
New open access research from Gates Lab
members and alumni:
 
van Oppen, M. J. H., Oliver, J. K., Putnam, H. M. and Gates, R. D. 2015.  Building coral reef resilience through assisted evolution. Invited perspective. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences OPEN ACCESS: www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1422301112  
 
Pochon, X., Spalding, H. L., Padilla-Gamino, J.  L., Forsman, Z., Smith, C. and Gates, R. D. 2015. Depth zonation and cryptic diversity in a Hawaiian deep water coral (Leptoseris spp.) and associated algal symbionts.Royal Society Open Science OPEN ACCESS:  DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140351 
January 2015
Raphael Ritson-Williams presents research at SICB titled "Coral recruitment in a high CO2 environment: A trans-generational perspective". 
 
Congratulations to John Burns and Raphael Ritson-Williams on being awarded prestigious EPA STAR grants to fund their dissertation research!
December 2014
Dr. Ruth Gates and Maggie Sogin travelled to UC Santa Barbara to present research at the MCR LTER All Investigator Meeting. 
 
Congratulations to Raphael Ritson-Williams on passing his oral exams and advancing to candidacy!
November 2014
Raphael Ritson-Williams, Chris Wall, and Beth Lenz presented their research at the 95th annual meeting of the Western Society of Naturalists in Tacoma, Washington.
 
Dr. Gates visited Tetiaroa Atoll and Moorea in French Polynesia for meetings. 
October 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Katie Barott for her award-winning presentation at the American Physiological Society Meeting. Katie won the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section Scholander Award for outstanding young investigator presenting their work at this meeting.
 
 
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Katie Barott to the lab. Katie is part of the Tresguerres Lab at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and will now be based in Hawaii conducting collaborative research in the Gates Lab. 
 
 
A new semester is here, and new coral recruits have joined the Gates Lab! Welcome and aloha to our new Marine Biology Ph.D. students: Elaine Luo, Beth Lenz, and Ariana Huffmyer.
August 2014
Drs. Ross Cunning and Laura Nunez Pons participated in the "Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Microbial Population Structures" course at MBL. 
 
Jolly Ann Cruz, visiting undergraduate from Saipan, completed her Undergraduate Research and Mentoring project in the Gates Lab. Congratulations Jolly Ann!
July 2014
Dr. Diane Adams of Rutgers University visited for work on Montipora capitata spawning.
 
Dr. Ruth Gates participated in the Brown Dog Early User Workshop sponsored by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the National Science Foundation.
Brown Dog  is one of the latest projects in the NSF ACI data program, following efforts like  DataONE , DataConservancy SEAD , the  Data Federation Consortium , and  Terra Populus .  Brown Dog will address problems involving the utilization of uncurated and unstructured data collections through the development of two services: the Data Access Proxy (DAP) to aid in the conversion of file formats and the Data Tilling Services (DTS) for the automatic extraction of metadata from file contents.  While these two services will be developed to support three use cases involving Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Social Science it is a driving goal of the project to support as broad a number of communities as possible.” 
 
A group of researchers led by Dr. Virginia Weis and Dr. Simon Davy visited the Gates Lab for Fungia sp. spawning work.
 
June 2014
Lab Alum Dean Vik started his Ph.D. in Dr. Matt Sullivan's lab at UA studying viral interactions with bacteria and archaea in OMZ's. Congratuations Dean!
 
Dr. Ruth Gates traveled to Moorea, French Polynesia as part of the MCR LTER to participate in the filming of Hawaii Sea Grant's " Voice of the Sea " and to work with Cliff Kapono on his short documentary film that looks to highlight the importance of native culture in modern research entitled "'Ike".
May 2014
Dr. Ruth Gates traveled to Monterey for the "Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation/Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Workshops on genomics and climate change Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey, California. May 26-28.
 
Gates lab alum, Dr. Xavier Pochon, published a paper in PeerJ titled " Multi-gene analysis of Symbiodinium dinoflagellates: a perspective on rarity, symbiosis, and evolution ".
 
Gates Lab research on Assisted Evolution in Corals was featured on KITV News
 
Dr. Ruth Gates was awarded the 2014 Board of Regents Medal for Research Excellence
April 2014
Gates Lab Research on Climate Change Adaptation and Corals was featured in Nature .
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Ruth Gates traveled to SESYNC for the third meeting in a series of four targeted at " Solving the mystery of marine protected area (MPA) performance: linking governance, conservation, ecosystem services, and human well being"
 
Dr. Ruth Gates traveled to Oxford to participate in the fourth Genomic Observatories Network Meeting , at Pembroke College, Oxford and the Second meeting in the Moorea Island Digital Ecosystem Avatar (IDEA) Workshop Series
March 2014
Congratulations to John Burns on being selected as one of the finalists for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to John Burns on his Tester Symposium win. John won one of the three Best Paper awards for his talk titled "Structure-From-Motion Photogrammetry: An Innovative Technique for Quantifying 3-Dimensional Characteristics of Coral Reefs". 
 
The Gates Lab was represented by Maggie Sogin, John Burns, Chris Wall, and Raphael Ritson-Williams at the 2014 Tester Symposium . They each presented talks on their current research. 
 
See Ruth discuss the " State of Hawaii's Ocean Waters " on PBS Hawaii Insights.
February 2014
The Gates Lab and visiting researchers presented at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu. 
 
Ruth Gates: winning concept of the Ocean Challenge: Mitigating Acidification Impacts 
Date: Tuesday, February 25th,  Time: 6:30:00 PM, Location: 313 C
Hollie Putnam: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=17360
Ross Cunning: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=15092
Maggie Sogin: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=15299
John Burns: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=15563
Chris Wall: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=15360
Raphael Ritson-Williams: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=15714
Nick Fabina: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=13640
Robert Mason: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=15365
Danielle Claar: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=17982
Steeve Comeau: http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2014/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=14548
 
We are delighted to welcome Raphael Ritson-Williams to the Gates Lab. Raphael joins us to complete his PhD at UH Manoa.
 
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ross Cunning to the Gates Lab. Ross joins us after finishing his PhD at the University of Miami RSMAS. He will be working with the EPSCoR Hawaii ECOGEM team.
 
Drs. Ruth Gates and Hollie Putnam traveled to Rutgers University to participate in a workshop titled “ Comparative genomic approaches to understanding the architecture of metazoans ”.
January 2014
Dr. Laura Núnez Pons and Maggie Sogin participated in the “Light and Photosynthesis on Coral Reefs” course at  UNAM .