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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

Research Medal Award Winner

Ruth D. Gates
Marine Biology

Ruth Gates is a researcher with the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Gates capitalizes on the combination of close proximity to living coral reefs and world-class research infrastructure to address questions on how corals and reefs function. Her work crosses spatial scales and molecules to ecosystems—it 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 to slow and stop declines in reef integrity, and to improve the prognosis for coral reefs in the face of intensifying impacts from climate change and human use.

She mentors postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates, and works with a diversity of national and international collaborators that encompass biologists, engineers, writers and artists.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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Previous Winners


Ruth Gates
Marine Biology

Andrew Howard

Nick Kaiser


Magdy Iskander
Electrical Engineering

Bin Wang


Roger Ames

Christopher Bae

Aaron Ohta
Electrical Engineering