Our Next Meeting:

Tuesday May 17th 2016

JJ’s Bistro

3447 Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Social/dinner hour from 6 pm: talk starts 7 pm

Everybody welcome: no admission charge

Note that JJs is BYOB, but Tamura’s liquor store is right across the street.


Dr Ruth Gates

Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology

The Wonderful World of Corals

Harnessing Basic Science to Address an Ecological Crisis



Coral reefs in Hawaii and across the globe continue to decline in health due to intensifying climate change, resource extraction and pollution. Although the future looks bleak, certain corals and reefs are not only surviving, but also thriving in conditions that kill others. Dr. Gates will unveil the complex biology that underpins this natural variation in the response of corals to stress. She will then discuss how this knowledge can be harnessed to develop tools that could help build resilience on reefs, arresting and improving the prognosis for coral reefs.

Dr. Ruth D. Gates is the Director of, and a Researcher at, the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is globally recognized for her cutting-edge work on corals and currently serves at the elected President of the International Society for Reef Studies. Gates is a passionate advocate for corals and coral reefs.