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Marine Biologist

Director, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology,

University of Hawaii at Manoa



Ruth Gates, PhD, is Director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and Principal Investigator for the Gates Coral Lab.  Her work focuses on coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean and their biology.  


In 2013, she won the Paul G. Allen Ocean Challenge and is in the middle of a four-year research project that uses assisted evolution to grow “super corals” that can survive the effects of climate change.  


Dr. Gates earned her PhD in 1990 from the Department of Biology of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  She completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1990 – 2003.


She was most recently featured in Netflix’s Chasing Coral.

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