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Dr. Ruth Gates received a B.S. with Honors in 1984, and a Ph.D. in 1990, both in Marine Biology from the University of Newcastle-upon Tyne, U.K. She held postdoctoral positions from 1990–2002 in four different labs in the Department of Organismic Biology, Ecology and Evolution at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an Assistant Researcher position there from 2002-2003. Since 2003 she has held successive Researcher positions in the HIMB, SOEST, UH Manoa (Assistant, 2003–2007; tenured Associate 2007-2011, Full, 2011-present). She has UH graduate faculty appointments in the Departments of Zoology and Oceanography, since 2003, and Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, since 2008. In 2010 she was a Sabbatical Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Dr. Gates was a UH President’s Emerging Leader (2008), runner up in the 10th Annual International Science and Technology Visualization Challenge (2012), winner of the Paul Allen X-Prize Ocean Challenge to Mitigate Impacts of Ocean Acidification (2013), awarded the UH BOR Medal for Excellence in Research (2014), named Distinguished Woman Scholar by the University of Victoria, Canada (2015), elected President of the International Society for Reef Studies (2015-2019), won Scientist of the Year 2015 by the ARCS Foundation, and has more than 100 refereed scientific publications.