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“Super Coral” Pioneer Ruth Gates passes away at 56

A photo of a coral bleaching event underwater. Ruth Gates, a famous marine biologist who has groundbreaking super corals, has…

A photo of a coral bleaching event underwater. Ruth Gates, a famous marine biologist who has groundbreaking super corals, has gone away. She was diagnosed with brain cancer five months ago. (19459013) Ocean Agency )

Ruth Gates, a researcher devoted his life to saving the world’s underwater reef ecosystem, has gone away. She was 56 years old.

The respected marine biologist was diagnosed with brain cancer back in May and has since been on medical leave. She died in Honolulu on Thursday, October 25th.

She is survived by her wife Robin Burton-Gates, her brother Tim Gates, and her colleagues and friends.

Rates Gates Legacy

Gates is best known for “super coral”, a project from 201

5 where she developed a coral that cope with the negative effects of global warming. Because of greenhouse gases that heat the heat and increase global temperature, including the waters of the oceans, corals pass through a process called coral bleaching. Repeated cases of coral bleaching can kill corals that affect the local subsea ecosystem that thrive within.

Gates’s work was presented in 2017 the Netflix documentary Chasing Coral . She had always shown that she wanted to be a marine biologist even as a child.

Even when opponents told her that she was not smart enough to be in science, she enjoyed herself and eventually became a prominent voice for saving coral reefs. She also became director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.

“Ruth really was a natural force, I mean she was just an extremely productive researcher, one of the brightest and most curious senses we had throughout the coral reef science,” said Mark Eakin, Coordinator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . “Her energy was boundless.”

Super corals are the future of the sea

In order to create super corals that can survive even in unusually hot seawater, Gates and her colleagues from the University of Hawaii collected samples from the reef and applied assistance development technology. This progresses of corals, making them more resistant to the changes in the global climate.

Although Gates will never see the fruit of her workmanship, her colleagues and the people inspired by her passion have promised to continue her role as a crusader for the environment. Already the work of super corals has already begun.

After that have been awarded $ 4 million by 2015, the mission is to develop super corals now in their fourth year.

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