Dr. Hollie Putnam
hputnam@hawaii.edu
 
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-236-7455
Fax: 808-236-7443
 
 
 
Research Interests
 
My research interests focus on studies that will elucidate the mechanisms by which marine invertebrates transduce physical and environmental signals into physiological and molecular responses.  Specifically, I am investigating the acclimatization potential of reef-building corals to the global stressors of increased temperature and changes in seawater chemistry.
 
Education
 
B.Sc. Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin - Superior, 2004
M.Sc. Department of Biology, California State University Northridge, 2008
Ph.D. Department of Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012
 
Publications
 
Sogin E.M., Putnam H.M., Anderson P.E., Gates R.D. 2016 Metabolomic signatures of increases in temperature and ocean acidification from the reef-building coral, Pocillopora damicornis. Metabolomics 12(4): 1-12. 

Madin J.S., et al. 2016. A trait-based approach to advance coral reef science. TREE doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.02.012

Madin J.S., et al. 2016. The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait informaiton for coral species from the global oceans. Scientific Data 3: 160017. 

Cunning R., Yost D.M., Guarinello M.L., Putnam H.M., Gates R.D. 2015. Variability of Symbiodinium communities in waters, sediments, and corals of thermally distinct reef pools in American Samoa. PLoS ONE 10(12):e0145099. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145099
 
Putnam H.M. and Gates R.D. 2015. Preconditioning in the reef-building coral Pocillopora damicornis and the potential for trans-generational acclimatization in coral larvae under future climate change conditions. Journal of Experimental Biology 218(15): 2365-2372.
 
Claar DC, Fabina NS, Putnam HM, Cunning R, Sogin E, Baum JK, Gates RD. 2015. Embracing complexity in coral-algal symbioses. In: Grube M, Muggia L, Seckbach J (eds) Algal Symbioses.
 
van Oppen M.J., Oliver J., Putnam H.M., and Gates R.D. 2015. Building coral reef resilience through assisted evolution. Invited perspective. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(8): 2307-2313. OPEN ACCESS: www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1422301112 . Volume cover photograph.
 
Gibbin E.M., Putnam H.M., Gates R.D., Nitschke M.R., and Davy S.K. 2015. Species-specific differences in thermal tolerance 
may define susceptibility to intracellular acidosis in reef corals. Marine Biology 162: 717-723.
 
Edmunds P.J., Adjeroud M., Baskett M., Baum J., Baums I., Budd A., Carpenter R.C., Fabina N., Fan T-Y, Franklin E., 
Gross K., Han S., Jacobson L., McClanahan T., O’Leary J., van Oppen M.J.H., Pochon X., Putnam H.M., Smith T.B., Stat M., 
Sweatman H., van Woesik R., and Gates R.D. 2014. Persistence and Change in Community Composition of Reef Corals 
through Present, Past, and Future Climates. PLoS ONE 9(10): e107525.
 
Edmunds P.J., Burgess S., Putnam H.M., Baskett M.L., Bramanti L., Fabina N.S., Han X., Lesser M.P., Madin J.S., Wall C.B., Yost D.M., and Gates R.D. 2014. Evaluating the causal basis of ecological success within the Scleractinia: An integral projection model approach.  Marine Biology 10.1007/s00227-014-2547-y
 
Comeau S., Carpenter R.C., Nojiri Y., Putnam H.M., Sakai K., and Edmunds P.J. 2014. Pacific wide contrast highlights  
resistance of reef calcifiers to ocean acidification. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281(1790) 20141339  
doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.1339
 
Edmunds P.J., Pochon X., Levitan D.R., Yost D.M., Belcaid M., Putnam H.M., Gates R.D. 2014. Long-term changes in 
Symbiodinium communities in Orbicella annularis in St. John, US Virgin Islands. MEPS 506:129-144.
OPEN ACCESS: http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps_oa/m506p129.pdf
 
 Pochon X, Putnam HM, Gates RD. 2014. Multi-gene analysis of Symbiodinium dinoflagellates: a perspective on 
rarity, symbiosis, and evolution. PeerJ 2:e394 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.394
 
Gibbin EM, Putnam HM, Davy SK and Gates RD. 2014. Intracellular pH and its response to CO2-driven seawater
acidification in symbiotic versus non-symbiotic coral cells.. Journal of Experimental Biology doi:10.1242/jeb.099549
 
Fabina NS, Putnam HM, Franklin EC, Stat M, and Gates RD. 2013. Symbiotic specificity, association patterns, and function determine community responses to global changes:  Defining critical research areas for coral-Symbiodinium symbioses. Global Change Biology 19:3306-3316
 
Putnam HM, Mayfield AB, Fan TY, Chen CS, and Gates RD. 2013. The physiological and molecular responses of larvae from the reef-building coral Pocillopora damicornis exposed to near-future increases in temperature and pCO2. Marine Biology 160:2157-2173
 
Mayfield AB, Chan PH, Putnam HM, Chen CS, and Fan TY. 2013. The effects of a variable temperature regime on the physiology of the reef-building coral Seriatopora hystrix: results from a laboratory-based reciprocal transplant. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:4183-4195 
 
Edmunds PJ, Putnam HM, and Gates RD. 2013. Photophysiological consequences of vertical stratification ofSymbiodinium in the tissue of the coral Porites lutea. Biological Bulletin 223:226-235
 
Putnam HM, Stat M, Pochon X, and Gates RD. 2012. Endosymbiotic flexibility associates with environmental sensitivity in scleractinian corals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:4352-4361 
 
Fabina NS, Putnam HM, Franklin EC, Stat M, and Gates RD. 2012. Transmission mode predicts specificity and interaction patterns in coral-Symbiodinium communities. Plos ONE 7(9):e44970 
 
Pochon X, Putnam HM, Burki F, and Gates RD. 2012. Identifying and characterizing alternative molecular markers for the symbiotic and free-living dinoflagellate genus Symbiodinium. PLoS ONE 7(1):e29816
 
 Franklin EC, Stat M, Pochon X, Putnam HM, and Gates RD.2012. GeoSymbio: A hybrid, cloud-based web application of global geospatial bioinformatics and ecoinformatics for Symbiodinium-host symbioses. Molecular Ecology Resources 12:369-373
 
 Franklin EC, Stat M, Pochon X, Putnam HM, and Gates RD. 2011. Rapid development of a hybrid web application for synthesis science of Symbiodinium with Google apps. in Jones, M. (ed.), Proceedings of the Environ. Info. Manage. Conf.
 
Edmunds PJ, Putnam HM, Nisbet RM, and Muller EB. 2011. Benchmarks in organism performance and their use in comparative analyses. Oecologia 167:379-390 
 
Putnam HM, and Edmunds PJ. 2011. The physiological response of reef corals to diel fluctuations in seawater temperature. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 396:216-223
 
Putnam HM, Edmunds PJ, and Fan TY. 2010. Effect of a fluctuating thermal regime on adult and larval  reef corals.  Invertebrate Biology 129:199-209
 
Putnam HM and Edmunds PJ. 2009. Responses of coral hosts and their algal symbionts to thermal heterogeneity. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, July 2008:393-397

Putnam HM, Edmunds PJ, and Fan TY. 2008. Effect of temperature on the settlement choice and photophysiology of larvae from the reef coral Stylophora pistillata. Biological Bulletin 215:135-142
 
Presentations
 
*= Presentation speaker,  † = Invited speaker, § = Poster presentation
 
Putnam HM*, Ritson-Williams R, Gates RD (2015) Corals in a changing climate: A trans-generational perspective. 44th    
annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Quebec 
  
Putnam HM* (2014) Coral traits: Scaling from micro to macro. Coral Traits Workshop. Sydney Institute of Marine 
Science, Australia
 
Putnam HM*, Fabina NS, Yost DM, Vik D, and Gates RD (2014) Differing assembly dynamics of Symbiodinium  
communities in generalist and specifist corals across a gradient of thermal variance. Ocean Sciences Meeting, 
Honolulu, HI
 
Putnam HM* (2013) Reef building corals and environmental stress. UH Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
 
Putnam HM* (2013) Partitioning of Coral-Symbiodinium interactions across taxa, location, and environments. GDRI meeting “Biodiversity of Coral Reefs” Paris, France
 
Putnam HM* (2013) Guest Speaker: Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, NJ
 
Putnam HM* (2013) Structure and function of reefs in the future. Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research All Investigators Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA. 
 
Putnam HM* (2013) Climate change and coral health. Hawaii EPSCoR Research Retreat, Volcano, HI
 
Putnam HM* (2013) Applying a pyrosequencing approach to assess Symbiodinium assemblages. Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Pauley Program Seminar Series.
 
Putnam HM* (2013) Combatting environmental stress: The role of trans-generational acclimatization and symbiosis. Sesoko Station Tropical Biosphere Research Center, Okinawa Japan
 
† Putnam HM* (2013) Response of coral larvae to environmental stress. Hawaii Pacific University
 
† Putnam HM* (2013) Assessing stress in reef building corals: Scaling from cells to organisms. UH Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
 
Putnam HM* (2013) A multi-scale analysis of function in Hawaiian corals contextualized by climate change Hawaii EPSCoR Research Retreat UH Hilo, Hawaii
 
§ Gates RD, Putnam HM, Yost DM (2012) Shifting symbiotic states and diversity patterns as an indicator of climate change. Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research All Investigators Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA
 
Putnam HM* and Gates RD (2012) Climate change and parental effects in spawning corals. Western Society of Naturalists 93rd Meeting, Monterey, CA. # Best Student Presentation Honorable Mention
 
§ Gates RD, Putnam HM, Yost DM (2012) Assessing shifts in diversity patterns and symbiotic states as indicators of climate change. Climate change and species interactions: ways forward   workshop. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook NY
 
§ Putnam HM, Gates RD (2012) Parental effects are modulated by climate change stressors in spawning corals. 3rd International  Symposium on The Ocean in a High CO2 World. Monterey CA 
 
§ Gates RD, Putnam HM, Yost DM (2012) Shifting symbiotic states and diversity patterns as an indicator of climate change. NSF LTER All Scientists Meeting Estes Park Colorado
 
Putnam HM* and RD Gates (2012) Parental effects may provide acclimatization potential to corals exposed to climate change stressors. 12th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia  
 
Putnam HM* (2012) How will corals respond to future climate change? Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Honolulu Chapter Symposium - Oral and Poster presentations
 
Putnam HM, AB Mayfield, TY Fan, CS Chen, and RD Gates (2012) Response of Pocillopora damicornis larvae to increased in temperature and pCO2. 37th Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium. UH Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
 
§ Rodriguez KD, Kosma MM, Putnam HM, and RD Gates (2012) Latent effects in juvenile Pocillopora damicornisspawned under predicted climate change conditions. 37th Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium. UH Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
 
Putnam HM* and RD Gates. (2011) Parental effects may influence response of brooding corals to climate change stressors. Western Society of Naturalists 92th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, WA. 
 
Putnam HM* and RD Gates. (2011) Interactive effects of climate change on a brooding reef coral. Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research All Investigators Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA.
 
§ Putnam HM* (2011) Coral resilience and acclimatization to global stress.  EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship Conference. Georgetown University, Washington DC.
 
Putnam HM* (2011) Coral reefs under a changing climate.  Invited seminar National Park Service Coral Reef curriculum workshop. Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. Kaneohe, Hawaii
 
Putnam HM*, Stat M, Pochon X, and Gates RD (2011) Diversity in Symbiodinium communities and environmental susceptibility of reef-building corals. 36th Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium. UH Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
 
§ Richer C, Putnam HM, and RD Gates (2011) Diurnal patterns of Symbiodinium growth in Pocillopora damicornis under global climate change conditions. 36th Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium. UH Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii 
 
Putnam HM* and Gates RD (2011) Resilience and acclimatization potential of reef corals under predicted global climate change stressors. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Puerto Morelos, Mexico
 
Putnam HM*, Stat M, Pochon X, and Gates RD (2010) Diversity in Symbiodinium communities and environmental susceptibility of reef-building corals. European International Society for Reef Studies Symposium, Wageningen, The Netherlands
 
Edmunds PJ*, Putnam HM and Gates RD (2010) The photophysiological consequences of vertical stratificationSymbiodinium spp. in the tissues of the coral Porites lutea. European International Society for Reef Studies Symposium, Wageningen, The Netherlands
 
§ Putnam HM*, Edmunds PJ, Fan T-Y, and Gates RD (2010) Physiological response of Pocillopora damicornis to interactive climate change stressors. European International Society for Reef Studies Symposium, Wageningen, The Netherlands 
 
Putnam HM*, Edmunds PJ, Fan T-Y, and Gates RD (2010) Physiological response of Pocillopora damicornis to interactive climate change stressors. Western Society of Naturalists 91st Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
 
§ Putnam HM* and and Gates RD (2010) Studying the effects of global climate change stressors on Hawaiian reef corals. Hawaii EPSCoR Statewide conference. Honolulu, HI 
 
Putnam HM* (2010) How will corals respond to climate change? National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Kenting, Taiwan
 
Putnam HM*, Stat M, Pochon X, and Gates RD (2010) Symbiodinium diversity, host specificity, and the resilience of reef corals. Academia Sinica, Taiwan
 
Putnam HM* (2010) Coral reefs at the crossroad: How will corals respond to climate change? Hanauma Bay Educational Lecture Series, Oahu, HI
 
Duncan-Seraphin K*, Lemus J*, Veary KC*, Wong K*,  Smith D*, and Putnam HM* (2010) Communicating Ocean Sciences: Linking Educators and Research Scientists in a Cultural Context. Hawaii Educational Research Association Conference, Honolulu, HI
 
Putnam HM*, Stat M, Pochon X, and Gates RD (2009) Characterizing Symbiodinium diversity and host specificity in the corals of Moorea, French Polynesia. Western Society of Naturalists 90th Annual Meeting, Seaside, CA.
 
Edmunds PJ*, Putnam HM and Gates RD (2009) The photophysiological consequences of vertical stratification of the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium in tissues of the coral Porites lutea. Western Society of Naturalists 90thAnnual Meeting, Seaside, CA
 
§ Putnam HM and Gates RD (2009) Resilience and acclimatization potential of reef corals under predicted global climate change stressors.  Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research All Investigators Meeting. Santa Barbara, CA
 
§ Putnam HM, Stat M, Pochon X, and Gates RD (2009) Characterizing Symbiodinium diversity and host specificity in the corals of Moorea, French Polynesia. 6th International Symbiosis Society Congress. Madison, WI
 
Putnam HM* and Edmunds PJ (2008) Responses of coral hosts and their algal symbionts to thermal heterogeneity.  11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Fort Lauderdale, FL
 
Putnam HM*, Edmunds PJ, and Fan TY (2008) The effects of fluctuating thermal regimes on various life stages of brooding reef corals. CSUN Chapter Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium
 
Edmunds PJ*, Putnam HM, and Fan TY (2008) The effect of temperature on the settlement choice and photophysiology of larvae from the reef coral Stylophora pistillata. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. 
 
Putnam HM* and Edmunds PJ (2008) Flexibility of coral response to diel thermal fluctuations. The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.
 
Putnam HM* and Edmunds PJ (2007) Thermal heterogeneity produces different responses in coral hosts and their algal symbionts. Western Society of Naturalists 88th Annual Meeting, Ventura, CA.
 
Putnam HM* and Edmunds PJ (2007) Physiological response of scleractinian corals to a highly variable thermal environment. National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Kenting, Taiwan.
 
Putnam HM* and Edmunds PJ (2006) Does frequent variation matter? Physiological response of scleractinian corals to a highly variable thermal environment.  Western Society of Naturalists 87th Annual Meeting, Redmond, WA. 
 
§ Putnam HM and Edmunds PJ (2006) Physiological response of scleractinian corals to high frequency temperature fluctuations.  National Science Foundation, Long Term Ecological Research All Scientists Meeting.  Estes Park, CO.
 
Outreach
 
2011: Invited seminar Coral Reef and Climate Change Teacher Training Workshop. HIMB Kaneohe, HI
2010: Hanauma Bay Educational Lecture Series, Oahu, HI. 
2010: Communicating Ocean Sciences, HIMB, Coconut Island, HI     
2009: Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu HI. “Counting Coral Reef Critters” (Lesson Plan)
2005- 2010: Caribbean Coral Reef Studies Scientific Advisor - University of Wisconsin-Superior
 
Mentoring
 
2013: Grace Foulds - Graduate of Cardiff University
2013: Melissa Sales - Undergraduate at Alaska Pacific University
2013: Stephanie Ng - Graduate of Hawaii Pacific University
2013: Amanda Appelson - Undergraduate at University of Miami
2013: Mckenzie Hoover - Undergraduate at Chaminade University
2013: Ben Denvir - Undergraduate UH Manoa
2013: Justin Stuart - Undergraduate UH Manoa
2011: Madison Kosma - Undergraduate UH Manoa (1.5 years)
2011: Keisha Rodriguez - Undergraduate UH Manoa (1.5 years)
2011: Kirsten Fujitani - Undergraduate UH Manoa (1.5 years)
2010: Steve Doo - MS certificate program Northeastern University
2010: Carly Richer - Undergraduate UH Manoa (1 year)
2010: Pei-Hsun (Okay) Chan - National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Taiwan (6 months)
 
 
Funding Sources
 
NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
UH SOEST Young Investigator Program
EPA STAR
Lerner-Gray Memorial Fund
Achievement Rewards for College Sciences (ARCS)
UH Dai Ho Chun
UH College of Arts and Sciences
UH Manoa Edmondson Grant
American Fisheries Society 
ISRS/Ocean Conservancy