Shayle Benjamin Matsuda
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
46-007 Lilipuna Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 808-236-7455
Fax: 808-236-7443
Research Interests
I use technology and biology in my research to understand what will happen to corals under future climate conditions and to develop solutions to help them survive into the future. My work centers around coral symbioses – the complex partnerships between corals the algae and bacteria that live within their tissues. I use 3D-imaging and DNA sequencing to map microenvironments within colonies with symbionts and stress responses, and am currently investigating the prospect of increasing thermal tolerance by forming new symbioses with more thermally tolerant symbionts.  
Ph.D. University of Hawaii Mānoa and the Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology, Marine Biology, in progress

M.S. San Francisco State University and the California Academy of Sciences: Biology - Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, 2015.

B.A. University of California Santa Cruz, double major: Environmental Studies (agroecology and water policy) and Feminist Studies (gender studies and transnational feminist theory), 2003
Matsuda, S. B., & Gosliner, T. M. (2017). Molecular phylogeny of Glossodoris (Ehrenberg, 1831) nudibranchs and related genera reveals cryptic and pseudocryptic species complexes. Cladistics, 1–16.

Matsuda, S. B., and Gosliner, T. M. Glossing over cryptic species: Descriptions of four new species of Glossodoris and three new species of Doriprismatica. (in review)
∗ Contributed talk
§ Poster

# Workshop
° Invited

* Matsuda, S.B. and Gates, R. D. 2018. How bacterial microbial communities influence the thermal tolerance of corals. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), San Francisco, CA
# Matsuda, S.B. 2017 & 2018. Sketch your conference notes! A hands-on visual note-taking workshop. SICB, San Francisco, CA
∗ Matsuda, S.B. and Gates, R.D. Mitigating climate change impacts: What drives thermal resiliency in Hawaiʻi’s coral reefs? Sea Grant Hawai`i Symposium
∗ Matsuda, S.B. and Gates, R.D. Switching partners: Can modification of algal symbionts help corals survive future climate stressors? HIMB Scholarship Symposium
* Matsuda, S.B. and Gates, R. D. 2017. Where you are matters: Landscape variation of Symbiodinium clades across individual coral colonies (Montipora capitata). 42nd Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium, Best Paper Award
# Matsuda, S.B. 2017. Sketch your conference notes! A hands-on visual note-taking workshop. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), New Orleans, LA
§ Matsuda, S.B. and Gates, R.D. 2017. Assessing landscape variability of Symbiodinium across individual coral colonies (Montipora capitata) in Kaneohe Bay. SICB, New Orleans, LA
§ Matsuda, S.B. and Gates, R.D. 2017. Symbiodinium variability across microhabitats of individual coral colonies. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). Honolulu, HI
* Matsuda, S.B. and Gosliner, T.M. 2016. Phylogenetic and morphological analyses reveal cryptic species complexes in Glossodoris nudibranchs. International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), Honolulu, HI
* Matsuda, S.B. and Gosliner, T.M. 2016. Hiding in plain sight: Molecular phylogenetics and morphological analyses reveal cryptic species. Annual Albert L. Tester Symposium, UH Manoa, Honolulu, HI
* Matsuda, S.B. and Gosliner, T.M. 2016. Glossing over cryptic species: molecular phylogenetic analyses reveal true identities of Glossodoris nudibranchs. SICB, Portland, OR
§ Matsuda, S.B. and Gosliner, T.M. 2015. Phylogenetic analysis of Glossodoris nudibranchs: cryptic species & chemical sequestration. American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Jose, CA
* Matsuda, S.B. and Gosliner, T.M. 2014. Sea slugs have their cake and eat it too: a phylogenetic analysis of sponge-eating nudibranchs and the defense chemicals they take and reuse. Evolution. Raleigh, NC 

2017: Guest speaker, San Francisco Environmental Protection Agency (Coral reefs and diversity in science)

2017: Panelist: Chasing Coral screening at the Honolulu Museum of Art's Doris Duke Theater

2016 & 2017: Hanauma Bay Education Talks

2016 & 2017: Program organizing committee (Organized the Communicating through Creative Outlets and Storytelling 2016, Diversity panel and breakout session 2017), panelist, workshop leader (Social Media).

2016: Nerd Nite Honolulu: Gotta catch’em all: the challenges to describing life on planet earth

2015: Harvard’s ComSciCon (Communication Science Conference), Planning committee.
2015: Earth Update in the Morrison Planetarium at NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences, Invited speaker.
2013-2015: “ Science, Neat ”, Creator and host of the community science series paring lightning talks and interactive stations for a hands-on evening featuring diverse Bay Area scientists. 10 events, over 2,000 attendees.
2015: American Fisheries Society, science watercolor sketches featured
2014: Story Collider live podcast, invited speaker.
2014: WIRED magazine, interview on nudibranch research.
2013: IGNITE at the American Geophysical Union Conference, speaker
2013: Nerd Nite San Francisco, guest host, shark rap
2013: San Francisco Presidio restoration and education, led low-income students in stickleback fish collection and measurements with SFSU faculty.
2012-2015: California Academy of Sciences, invited speaker/tabler - Chat with a Scientist, NightLife, public floor.
2014: KWAL 91.7FM, Interview - Science, Neat, the Bay Area Science Festival, and diversity in science.
2014: TV interview, 10 Percent - Science, Neat, the Bay Area Science Festival, and diversity in science.
2014: NASA FameLab , judge for the San Francisco Regional Competition, 3-min science talks, no ppt.
2013-2014: NASA FameLab, Science Communication talks, SF Regional winner, National finalist.
2011: Chem Lab, Creator and presenter of the “Chem Lab” free public lecture series in 2011 teaching concepts in chemistry through demonstrations with libations.


2016-2017: Mentor for undergraduate student Mariah Opalek Fall (2016-present). This year, we are working on her UROP funded project on how Symbiodinium type effects coral growth. 
2013-2015: I mentored high school students in the Careers in Science program at the California Academy of Sciences, an internship for students typically underrepresented in STEM, through their first research projects and poster presentations.
§  Ascencio, G., Brunwin, N., Deng, V., Ingram, Z., Jerkins, M., Mcdevitt-Hickey, J., Mendez, M., Sandoval, K. 2015. Foraminifer biodiversity in the Bolinas Lagoon. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2015.
§ Densby, J., Lin, J., Hong, K., Chou, S., Perez, M., Schagane, K. 2015. The effects of frozen storage on lipid soluble vitamins in common aquarium feed fish Clupea harengus over time. Regional Aquatics Workshop.
§ Wong, J., Luu, E., Hua, J., Fitz Howard, S. 2013. Lunar Skylights and their Chemical Composition. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013.
§ Hua, J., Cheng, T. 2013. Acanthoceplalan parasite (Profilicollis spp.) loads in correlation to Pacific Mole Crab (Emerita analoga) size. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2013.
2012: Tatzoo Fellowship, Lead facilitator and mentor for a program targeting emerging young Bay Area conservation leaders. Developed program content; cultivate critical thinking and leadership skills; group dynamics; mentor fellows in community outreach initiatives; produce creative multimedia.

Teaching Experience

Science of the Sea (Fall 2015) Introduction to oceanography lab course, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawai`i Mānoa; Introduction to Feminism (2001) Discussion-based course, Department of Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Cruz; Arts in a Multicultural Society (2000) Discussion-based course, Department of Porter College, University of California Santa Cruz
Funding Sources

Hawai'i Sea Grant (2016-2018)
Point Foundation (2015-2020)
SICB Broadening Participation (2014, 2016)
The Colonel Willys E. Lord, DVM & Sandina L. Lord Endowed Scholarship (206, 2017), Phycological Society of America (2016), Google Scholarship, Grey Area Creative Coding Immersive (2015)