Economic Implications and Science-Based Solutions
A discussion on the impact of climate change and human use on coral reef systems. How will our Hawaii coral reef systems fare?
Ruth Gates is the director, as well as research professor and principal investigator, at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. She received her Bachelor of Science and PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and subsequently spent 13 years at UCLA as a postdoctoral and junior researcher before moving to her current position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She leverages the combination of close proximity to coral reefs and world-class research infrastructure to address questions on how corals and reefs function. Her work crosses spatial scales from molecules to ecosystems and 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 that contributes to slowing declines in reef integrity and improving the prognosis in the face of intensifying impacts from climate change and human use. Ruth also currently serves as the President of the International Society for Reef Studies.
Boon or Bane for Hawai‘i Visitor Industry ?
VRUs and other "non-traditional" lodging units are reshaping tourism in Hawai‘i and elsewhere, and we're just beginning to understand them. Our panel consists of four researchers and experts who have studied various aspects of VRUs in the last year.
Moderator: John Knox
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