Finding solutions for coral reefs in a changing world
 
 
 
 
 
Our group works on coral reefs, 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.
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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.
 

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

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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/.