Local Activities 
February 2019
SymbioSEAS: Connecting Science, Education, Art, and Society through Coral Reefs is a locally-based art exhibit that will be on display from March 1st to 30th, 2019 at the ARTS at Marks Garage in Chinatown.

SymbioSEAS represents the efforts of scientists and staff at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology working with community artists and organizers over the past year to bring global awareness to the health & rehabilitation of our oceans and coral reef through cultivation of a gallery that showcases coral ecosystems research through various 2-D and 3-D mediums. SymbioSEAS is being held in honor of Dr. Ruth Gates and is partially funded by the Western Society of Naturalists Rafe Sagarin Fund for Innovative Ecology and the HIMB MakerLab (with support from the National Science Foundation).

A variety of public programs will accompany the gallery, including science and art workshops, community dinners, film screenings, and more.

Join us for the SymbioSEAS gallery opening on March 1st from 6-9pm! 

First Friday festivities will include a docent tour of the gallery and live musical performances.

Come see work by Gates Coral Lab former post-doc/graduate student Dr. John Burns and graduate students Chris Wall, Beth Lenz, Shayle Matsuda, and Mariana Rocha de Souza!

For more information about events: http://bit.ly/symbioSEASmarch2019

Cost: Free and open to the public
Ticket Information: Exhibit is free and open to the public

Event Sponsors
HIMB, Mānoa Campus
Hawaii Feast | Nerd Nite Honolulu
The National Science Foundation
Eat Cake Gallery

September 2017
PhD student Mariana Rocha De Souza participated in the  Skype a Scientist program with the 3rd grade class at Emery Elementary CFISD in Harris County, Texas. She spoke with the students about coral reefs and her experience as a scientist. The students had a lot of fun, were very excited and asked many great questions! 

August 2017
We joined over 500 local community members at 3 exciting events!

This included screenings of 2 excellent films that bring awareness to the current threats corals face:

Chasing Coral ( Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Museum of Art / Honolulu Civil Beat
( https://www.facebook.com/civilbeat/videos/1664087623623959/ )

The End Game ( Hawaii Shorts International Film Festival at Waikiki Aquarium).

Watch the video of the Chasing Coral panel discussion, featuring Gates Lab PhD student Shayle Matsuda:  https://www.facebook.com/civilbeat/videos/1664087623623959/

Katie Allen, Katrina McPherson, Mariana Rocha de Souza, and Beth Lenz with drawings from visitors at the Chasing Coral screening at the Waikiki Aquarium. This communal artwork is titled: "Together We Can Save the Reef"!

PhD student Carlo Caruso attended the 2017 Sensor Workshop for Hui Mālama Loko I'a . In addition to helping participants assemble their tide gauges, he presented on instrument prototyping process and the use of sensors (color detection and temperature) for coral research. Photo credit: KUA

June 2017
Gates Lab PhD student, Mariana Rocha de Souza and interns Caroline Hobbs and Dennis Conetta visited the Sacred Hearts Academy in Kaimuki, Oahu to talk with students about coral reefs. Everyone had fun learning about corals and life on reefs in Hawaii!

Gates Lab Members Ariana Huffmyer and Kira Hughes led 22 middle school students from Assets School in a hands-on biodiversity activity. This fun lesson was developed by Raphael Ritson-Williams (PhD Candidate) and Cristina Veresan (Teacher).

Project Manager Kira Hughes partnered with the Waikiki Aquarium and John A. Burns School of Medicine to bring the "Science of the Sting" program to ~75 Native Hawaiian high school students from Kamehameha Schools.

April 2017
PhD Candidate Raphael Ritson-Williams had a great weekend hosting an overnight camp with 15 middle school science students at HIMB! He collaborated with LeJardin Academy teacher Cristina Veresan and the HIMB Community Education Program to teach these students about quantifying coral reef diversity and coral reproduction.

PhD Candidates Chris Wall and Ariana Huffmyer shared their research with students from the Pace Academy's Isdell Center for Global Leadership in Georgia. These students were selected to engage in an in-depth, year-long study about climate change and its impacts on ecosystems and societies!


Kaci Muromoto, a middle school student at Mid Pacific Institute, received three awards at the Hawaii State Science & Engineering Fair including the American Chemical Society Award, best in biochemistry, and first place overall in biochemistry! She also received a nomination to the USA Science & Engineering Festival. PhD Candidate Chris Wall mentored Kaci for her research on the effects of sunscreen on corals. Congratulations Kaci and Chris!

BACK AGAIN! Gates lab members Chris Wall, Mariana Rocha de Souza, and Kira Hughes hosted many of the same SEEQS middle school students who visited HIMB back in September 2016 to expand their knowledge on Cnidarians in a different learning setting. We partnered with the Waikiki Aquarium and the John A. Burns School of Medicine for the hands-on "Science of the Sting" workshop!  

February 2017
Gates lab members Mariana Rocha de Souza and Kira Hughes volunteered as judges for the Central and Windward District Science Fairs. Good luck to the young scientists who advanced to the Hawai'i State Science & Engineering Fair in April!
Gates Lab PhD candidate, Raphael Ritson-Williams presented a Marine Biodiversity in Limu activity to the environmental science club of 19 middle school students at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Hawaii. He also presented this activity to 30 middle school girls at the "Sacred Hearts Academy Symposium for Science for Girls".
The Gates Lab welcomed a motivated group of local educators in the University of Hawaii at Manoa EDCS 433 Interdisciplinary Science Curriculum course and their professor, Dr. Pauline Chinn, to HIMB to learn more about corals and coral reefs. Gates Lab PhD student Mariana Rocha de Souza spent a day with 15 educators talking about place-based marine science and engaging in hands-on and minds-on activities. We enjoyed a day of great conversations and learning with this group!   

January 2017
Students from Punahou School toured HIMB for the "Be a Scientist for a Day" event. Kira Hughes, Raphael Ritson-Williams, and Beth Lenz led the program. During their visit students counted coral recruiment on tiles collected from Kaneohe Bay as part of Beth's PhD research. 
Student drawing of what a Scientist looks like before and after their Gates Lab visit.
We've also been busy working with nearby Kailua High School! Three Gates Lab members volunteered as judges at their schoolwide Science Fair. We were impressed by the creativity that went into the projects!

We also donated lab supplies to Sara Anglin, Science Fair Coordinator and AP Biology teacher, to be used for future instruction and student projects.
November 2016
Gates Lab PhD student, Shayle Matsuda, visited the California Academy of Science to present a workshop to students in the Careers in Science internship program. He used virtual reality technology to guide the students through a coral survey activity and help them explore the reef in the classroom!

Chris Wall, a PhD candidate in the Gates Lab, worked with the Honolulu Museum of Art School and 1st grade students from Queen Ka'ahumanu Elementary School to making coral reefs out of clay. The students spent the day learning about the incredible, living coral reef! 

Chris also mentored a student for their science fair project at the Mid Pacific Institute on the role of exposure duration of sunscreen effects on corals. Congratulations on making it to the district science fair!
September 2016
Gates Lab PhD student, Ariana Huffmyer, visited Nanakuli High School as a guest speaker in five marine science classes. The students talked with Ariana about their backyard coral reefs and had the chance to look at juvenile and adult corals under the microscope! Thank you Nanakuli High School for hosting this visit.
Students from the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability on Oahu, Hawaii visited the Gates Lab to learn about coral reefs and conservation-based research. PhD candidate Chris Wall and PhD students Beth Lenz, Shayle Matsuda, and Ariana Huffmyer led the students on an interactive tour of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and the Gates Lab. Thanks for visiting the Gates Lab, SEEQers!
August 2016
In a collaboration with Scholastic Magazines, Dr. Ruth Gates and others have worked together to publish an article about coral bleaching in the Scholastic magazine, Science World. ScienceWorld is an educational magazine for students grades 6-10. Look for another coral bleaching article in a future issue of Super Science for elementary students! 
July 2016
PhD Candidate, Chris Wall, gave a lecture on climate change and coral reefs to a group of young students from North Lake College (Irving, TX) participating in the Hawaiian Field Studies Program.  This immersive biology and environmental science program visits three of the Hawaiian Islands to learn about the unique diversity found in Hawai'i; Chris was once a student of this program over a decade ago!

June 2016
Gates Lab collaborator, Dr. Ouida Meier, coordinated an EarthCube CRESCYNT (Coral Reef Science and Cyperinfrastructure Network) Cyber Tools and Resources workshop at the 2016 International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, HI. For more information about CRESCYNT and advances in cyberinfrastructure for coral reef science, visit earthcube.org/group/crescynt-coral-reef-science-cyberinfrastructure-network.

May 2016
Gates Lab PhD Candidate, Chris Wall, is mentoring Sami Thomas from Coppell High School in Coppell, TX, in her International Baccalaureate Diploma on the local and global stressors on corals. Sami will be graduating in 2017 and will start her undergraduate at the University of Hawai'i. 

He also served as a science advisor for Ann Pace, a Sloan Finalist for Production from the Univ. of California Los Angeles School for Theater, Film, and Television in her  ‘coral bleaching film’ script.  Ann worked to write an inspiring script about coral bleaching in Hawai'i a scientist's quest to secure the future of coral reefs.

April 2016
Gates Lab members Beth Lenz and Ariana Huffmyer held a workshop on coral reefs and reef management at the 2016 Expanding Your Horizons Girls in Science Conference. Middle school girls interested in science careers practiced monitoring their own coral reef! For more information on the Expanding Your Horizons Conference, visit  http://www.eyhn.org/.
February 2016
The Gates and Lemus Labs partnered to welcome a motivated group of local educators in the University of Hawaii at Manoa EDCS 433 Interdisciplinary Science Curriculum course and their professor, Dr. Pauline Chinn, to HIMB to learn more about "Hawaiian Corals: Challenges and Opportunities". Dr. Judy Lemus, an academic program specialist at HIMB, Gates/Lemus PhD student, Ariana Huffmyer, and members of the Gates Lab spent a day with the educators talking about place-based marine science and engaging in hands-on and minds-on activities. We enjoyed a day of great conversations and learning with this group!
October 2015
Gates Lab members teach the public about coral reproduction at the SOEST Open House at UH Mānoa. 
September 2015
Families learn about the life stages of corals at the
Waikīkī Aquarium Explorers night.