Ruth Gates

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Ruth Gates is a Research Professor at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. She received her PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England in 1990 and subsequently spent 13 years at UCLA as a postdoctoral and junior researcher before moving to her current position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She leverages the combination of close proximity to coral reefs and world-class research infrastructure to address questions on how corals and reefs function.  Her work crosses spatial scales from molecules to ecosystems and employs tools from the fields of molecular, cell and computational biology, biochemistry, physiology and ecology. Her goal is to build human, biological, and educational capacity that contributes to the mission of slowing declines in reef integrity and improving the prognosis for coral reefs in the face of intensifying impacts from climate change and human use.