Opportunities

 Interested in working with the Gates Lab?

Prospective Interns and Other Volunteers

Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Gates accepts M.S. and Ph.D. students through four graduate programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, including: Marine Biology, Zoology, Oceanography, and Molecular Bioscience and Bioengineering. The Gates Lab is currently full, so Dr. Gates is not accepting any new graduate applicants at this time.


Please fill out this application: http://tinyurl.com/gateslabintern and email your resume/CV to Kira at kirawa@hawaii.edu. Once we receive your application materials we will contact you if we have space available. We look forward to hearing from you!

Note: We no longer have internships available for Summer 2017. You are welcome to still apply in case something opens up, but we recommend considering other times of the year. We do still have opportunities to volunteer during Summer spawning events (~6-11 pm over 5 nights per month). 


Prospective Post Doctoral Researchers

We have a dynamic postdoctoral community with a history of US and international participants. Please contact Dr. Gates to discuss availability and funding potential.



 
 
 
 
 
                                      Mariah Opalek
 
                                              University of Hawaii at Manoa
                                              Hometown: Kalaheo, Kauai
                                              
 
 
    
 
How did you become interested in research in marine biology?
 
Growing up, the beach was practically my second home. I'd spend hours looking in tidepools, snorkeling coral reefs and being fascinated about organisms I had no idea about or what they even were for that matter. But as my education continued I realized how much scientists really didn't know about the ocean and its inhabitants. And especially now with the declining health of our ocean, there's a potential risk of losing creatures that I grew up loving and losing creatures we have yet discovered. I want to use my passion to positively impact our ocean so we can continue observing, learning, and discovering everything it has to offer.  
 
 
What projects are you working on in the Gates Lab?    
 
This will be the first time I have ever worked in a lab so I'm starting off by learning basic lab techniques and general lab protocol. I will also be assisting graduate Shayle Matsuda with projects where we'll be looking at the coral-algal symbiosis and the response of this system to climate stressors. 
   

Where do you plan to go next? What are your career goals?

I plan on eventually being able to design my own experiments to conduct in the lab and finding opportunities where I am able to work in labs around the world.
   
   
       
    



 
 
 
 
 
                                      Dyson Chee
                                             
                                               Hometown: Honolulu, HI
                                              
 
 
    
 
How did you become interested in research in marine biology?
 

I became interested in research in marine biology through my love of fish. I've loved fish and kept fish tanks for as long as I can remember. While studying about fish through aquariums, books, and nature, I learned about other marine animals, which also fascinated me. I wanted to know and learn more about them through research.
 
 
What projects are you working on in the Gates Lab?    
The project I am helping with is a reciprocal transplant experiment, with the goal of looking at how corals and their symbionts respond to a variable vs. a stable pH environment.
   

Where do you plan to go next? What are your career goals?

I plan to take college courses at Kapiolani Community College next fall [as a high school student]. My long term goal is to become an ichthyologist. 

   
   
       
    



 
 
 
 
 
                                      Ella Wilmot
                                             
                                               Hometown: Orange County, California
                                              
 
 
    
 
How did you become interested in research in marine biology?
  
I have always had a passion for ocean conservation since I was about nine years old. I loved the beach, exploring tide pools, snorkeling, playing in the waves, and finally SCUBA diving once I was certified at the age of 13. Seeing all the life within the ocean made me very interested in ocean conservation.
  
 
What projects are you working on in the Gates Lab?    
I am currently working with Katie Barott on a coral thermal tolerance experiment.
   

Where do you plan to go next? What are your career goals?

I am graduating in the fall from UH Manoa, in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Program, specializing in coastal ecology. I hope to continue to conduct research, work within the ocean conservation field, and pursue a master degree.