John Burns
johnhr@hawaii.edu
 
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-854-4057
Fax: 808-236-7443
 
 
 
 
 
Research Interests 
 
My primary research focus is coral health and disease. I am particularly interested in the physiological impacts of diseases on affected corals and their associated algal endosymbionts. I also study the epizootiology of affected coral populations in order to determine environmental drivers of reduced coral health and disease. I believe it is critical to determine localized drivers of coral diseases in order to promote healthy coral ecosystems in the face of global stressors such as climate change. I have recently been working to develop novel techniques for accurately quantifying the three-dimensional characteristics of coral reefs. I believe this research will improve our capability to assess the impacts of stressors on coral reef structure and overall ecosystem functionality. 
 
Education
 
B.Sc. in Biology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2007
M.Sc. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, 2010
Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, 2016
 
 
Publications
 
Burns JHR, Alexandrov T, Ovchinnikova E, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2016) Investigating the spatial distribution of Growth Anomalies affecting Montipora capitata corals in a 3-dimensional framework. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 140:51-56.

Caldwell, J.M., Burns, J.H.R., Couch, C., Ross, M., Runyon, C., Takabayashi, M., Vargas-Ángel, B., Walsh, W., Walton, M., White, D. and Williams, G. (2016) Hawaiʻi Coral Disease database (HICORDIS): species-specific coral health data from across the Hawaiian archipelago. Data in Brief, 8, pp.1054-1058.

Burns JHR, Delparte D, Kapono L, Belt M, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2016) Assessing the impact of acute disturbances on the structure and composition of a coral community using innovative 3D reconstruction techniques. Methods in Oceanography 15-16: 49-59 

Gregg TM, Mead L, Burns JHR, Takabayashi M (2015) Puka Mai He Ko ‘a: The Significance of Coral in Hawaiian Culture. In Ethnobiology of Corals and Coral Reefs (pp. 103-115). Springer International Publishing.
 
Burns JHR, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M. (2015) Integrating structure-from-motion photogrammetry with geospatial software as a novel technique for quantifying 3D ecological characteristics of coral reefs. PeerJ 3:e1077
 
Burns JHR, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2015) Utilizing underwater three-dimensional modeling to enhance ecological and biological studies of coral reefs. ISPRS/CIPA Archives, Underwater 3D Recording and Modeling, Commission V, XL-5/W5
   
Burns JHR, Delparte D, Kapono L, Belt M, Gates RD, Takabyashi M (in review) Assessing the impact of natural disturbance on the structure and composition of a coral community using innovative 3D reconstruction techniques. Methods in Oceanography 
   
Burns JHR, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2013) Does coral disease affect Symbiodinium? Investigating the impacts of growth anomaly on symbiont photophysiology. PLoS ONE 8(8): e72466 
 
Burns JHR, Takabayashi M (2011) Histopathology of Growth Anomaly Affecting the Coral, Montipora capitata: Implications on Biological Functions and Population Viability. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28854
 
Burns JHR, Rozet NK, Takabayashi M (2011) Morphology, severity, and distribution of growth anomalies in the coral, Montipora capitata, at Wai‘ōpae, Hawai‘i. Coral Reefs 30: 819-826
 
Takabayashi M, Gregg TM, Farah E, Burns JHR, Teves K, Cody NH (2010) The prevalence of skeletal growth anomaly and other afflictions in scleractinian coral at Wai‘ōpae, Hawai‘i. Proc 11th Int Coral Reef Symp 18: 820-824
 
 
Presentations
 
*= Presentation speaker,  † = Invited speaker, § = Poster presentation
 
      
Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi (2015) Assessing the impact of natural disturbance on coral reefs using innovative 3D reconstruction techniques. 2015 ESRI Oceans Conference
   
Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi (2015) Integrating structure-from-motion photogrammetry with geospatial software as a novel technique for quantifying 3D ecological characteristics of coral reefs. 2015 Hawaiian Conservation Conference 

Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2015) Utilizing underwater three-dimensional modeling to enhance ecological and biological studies of coral reefs. 2015 ISPRS/CIPA Conference, Underwater 3D Recording and Modeling

Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2014) Coral Health Atlas: a web application for disseminating geospatial ecoinformatics. 2014 ESRI International User Conference

Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2014) Investigating the structural complexity of a coral reef at French Frigate Shoals with Structure- from-Motion Photogrammetry. 2010 Annual TCBES Symposium
 
Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2014) Structure-From-Motion Photogrammetry: An Innovative Technique for Quantifying 3-Dimensional Characteristics of Coral Reefs. 39th Annual Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium (best paper award)
 
§ Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2014) Utilizing structure from motion photogrammetry as an innovative technique for quantifying 3-dimensional characteristics of coral reefs. 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting 
 
Burns JHR* (2013) Coral Health Atlas: a web application for dissemination geospatial ecoinformatics pertaining to coral health dynamics. 2013 Hawaii EPSCoR Statewide Conference 
 
Burns JHR*, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2012) Impacts of coral growth anomaly on organismal and population viability. 12th International Coral Reef Symposioum, Cairns Australia.
 
Burns JHR*, Rozet NK, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2011) Comprehensive examination of growth anomaly impacts on organismal and population viability of the coral, Montipora capitata, in Hawai‘i. 37th Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium. UH Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.
 
§ Burns JHR, Rozet NK, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2011) Impacts of skeletal growth anomaly on organismal and population viability of the coral Montipora capitata. 2011 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting.
 
Burns JHR* (2010) Skeletal growth anomalies afflicting Montipora capitata corals. 2010 Annual TCBES Symposium (honorable mention award).
 
Burns JHR*, Rozet NK, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2009) Skeletal growth anomalies afflicting Montipora capitata corals: An analysis of skeletal morphology and disease prevalence. 2009 Annual Meeting for the Western Society of Naturalists 
 
Burns, JHR* (2007). Coral Bleaching Survey Methods. 2007 Cal Poly College of science and Mathematics Student Research Conference.
 
§ Burns JHR, Adams N (2007). Possible effects of ocean acidification on fertilization and development of the purple sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. 2007 Annual Meeting for the Western Society of Naturalists.
 

Outreach
     
2016: Training and development of community-based nearshore marine monitoring program in Miloli'i
2015-2016: Development of tablet-based water quality monitoring for Keaukaha Loko I'a to enhance fishpond restoration
2015: Outreach Education with Christian Liberty Academy
2015: Outreach Education with Santa Catalina School
2013-14: Outreach Education with Kamehameha Schools
2013-14: Outreach Education with Na Pua Nōʻeau
2013, 2012, 2011: Organizer for Manowai o Hanakahi Summer Workshops, Hawai‘i, HI
2013: Outreach Education with Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i, HI
2012: Outreach Education with Na Pua Nōʻeau, Hawai‘i, HI
2012: Ocean Day Presenter, Hawai‘i, HI
2012: Outreach Education with Hilo High School, Hawai‘i, HI
2012, 2011: Guest lecturer for Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI
2011: Outreach education with Connections Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI
2011: Outreach education with Basic Image youth group, Hawai‘i, HI
2011: Volunteer for Community Education Program, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Oahu, HI
2011: Guest speaker, Hawai'i Island Meaningful Outdoor Experiences for Students (HI-MOES).
2011: Guest lecturer for Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI
2011: Guest lecturer for Connections Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI
2011: Outreach education with Basic Image youth group, Hawai‘i, HI
2011, 2009: Volunteer Coordinator for Ocean Day Outreach Event, Hawai‘i, HI
2011: Assessing the threat of growth anomalies on Hawaiian corals. Ka Pili Kai magazine. Spring: 10
2010: Guest lecturer for Kua O Ka La Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI
2011, 2010, 2009: Community lecture, Hanauma Bay Education Program Series, Oahu, HI
2010: Volunteer for Earth Day Outreach Event, Hawai‘i
2010: It’s not a tumor? Impacts of skeletal growth anomalies on Hawaiian corals. Ka Pili Kai. Spring: 6-7
2010, 2009: Guest lecturer, Senior Seminar Class, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, HI
2011, 2009: Outreach education at SOEST Open House, Oahu, HI
 

Mentoring
 
2016: Emily Wallingford, UH Hilo Undergraduate
2015-2016: Ada Kettner and Zachary Tman, UH Hilo undergraduates
2014-2015: Kanoe Steward and Lauren Kapono  
2012-2013: Hokuokahalelani Pihana, UH Hilo Undergraduate
2011-2013: Tiara Stark, UH Manoa Undergraduate
2009-2010: Niegel Rozet, UH Hilo Undergraduate
 
Funding Sources
 
   
PADI Foundation Scholarship
Beneath the Sea - Jordan Viders “Spirit of the Sea” Scholarship    
EPA STAR
University of Hawaii Edmonson Award
University of Hawaii GSO Grant
University of Hawaii EPSCoR Seed Grant