Director and Research Professor, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Ruth Gates is the director of, and a researcher professor at, the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Working at the university since 2003, she has built a dynamic and globally recognized research group at HIMB that focuses on coral health. Leveraging advances in this basic research area, Gates and her colleague Madeleine van Oppen won the 2012 Paul G. Allen Ocean Challenge with their idea to assist the evolution of corals and develop capacity to stabilize reefs in the face of climate change. Gates is the elected president of the International Society for Reef Studies.