J. Burns

John Burns

johnhr@hawaii.edu


Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

46-007 Lilipuna Rd

Kaneohe, HI 96744

Phone: 808-854-4057

Fax: 808-236-7443

Research Interests

My primary research focus is coral health and disease. I am particularly interested in the physiological impacts of diseases on affected corals and their associated algal endosymbionts. I also study the epizootiology of affected coral populations in order to determine environmental drivers of reduced coral health and disease. I believe it is critical to determine localized drivers of coral diseases in order to promote healthy coral ecosystems in the face of global stressors such as climate change. I have recently been working to develop novel techniques for accurately quantifying the three-dimensional characteristics of coral reefs. I believe this research will improve our capability to assess the impacts of stressors on coral reef structure and overall ecosystem functionality.


Education


B.Sc. in Biology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 2007

M.Sc. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, 2010

Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, in progress



Publications


Burns JHR, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (in prep) Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry: an innovative technique for quantifying 3-dimensional characteristics of coral reefs. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment


Burns JHR, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2013) Does coral disease affect Symbiodinium? Investigating the impacts of growth anomaly on symbiont photophysiology. PLoS ONE 8(8): e72466


Burns JHR, Takabayashi M (2011) Histopathology of Growth Anomaly Affecting the Coral, Montipora capitata: Implications on Biological Functions and Population Viability. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28854


Burns JHR, Rozet NK, Takabayashi M (2011) Morphology, severity, and distribution of growth anomalies in the coral, Montipora capitata, at Wai‘ōpae, Hawai‘i. Coral Reefs 30: 819-826


Takabayashi M, Gregg TM, Farah E, Burns JHR, Teves K, Cody NH (2010) The prevalence of skeletal growth anomaly and other afflictions in scleractinian coral at Wai‘ōpae, Hawai‘i. Proc 11th Int Coral Reef Symp 18: 820-824



Presentations

  1. *= Presentation speaker,  † = Invited speaker, § = Poster presentation



Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2014) Structure-From-Motion Photogrammetry: An Innovative Technique for Quantifying 3-Dimensional Characteristics of Coral Reefs. 39th Annual Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium (best paper award)


§ Burns JHR*, Delparte D, Gates RD, Takabayashi M (2014) Utilizing structure from motion photogrammetry as an innovative technique for quantifying 3-dimensional characteristics of coral reefs. 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting


Burns JHR* (2013) Coral Health Atlas: a web application for dissemination geospatial ecoinformatics pertaining to coral health dynamics. 2013 Hawaii EPSCoR Statewide Conference


Burns JHR*, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2012) Impacts of coral growth anomaly on organismal and population viability. 12th International Coral Reef Symposioum, Cairns Australia.


Burns JHR*, Rozet NK, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2011) Comprehensive examination of growth anomaly

        impacts on organismal and population viability of the coral, Montipora capitata, in Hawai‘i. 37th    

        Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium. UH Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.


§ Burns JHR, Rozet NK, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2011) Impacts of skeletal growth anomaly on

        organismal and population viability of the coral Montipora capitata. 2011 ASLO Aquatic Sciences

        Meeting.


Burns JHR* (2010) Skeletal growth anomalies afflicting Montipora capitata corals. 2010 Annual TCBES

        Symposium (honorable mention award).


Burns JHR*, Rozet NK, Gregg TM, Takabayashi M (2009) Skeletal growth anomalies afflicting Montipora

        capitata corals: An analysis of skeletal morphology and disease prevalence. 2009 Annual

        Meeting for the Western Society of Naturalists


Burns, JHR* (2007). Coral Bleaching Survey Methods. 2007 Cal Poly College of science and

        Mathematics Student Research Conference.


§ Burns JHR, Adams N (2007). Possible effects of ocean acidification on fertilization and development

        of the purple sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. 2007 Annual Meeting for the Western

        Society of Naturalists.


Outreach


2013, 2012, 2011: Organizer for Manowai o Hanakahi Summer Workshops, Hawai‘i, HI

2013: Outreach Education with Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i, HI

2012: Outreach Education with Na Pua Nōʻeau, Hawai‘i, HI

2012: Ocean Day Presenter, Hawai‘i, HI

2012: Outreach Education with Hilo High School, Hawai‘i, HI

2012, 2011: Guest lecturer for Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI

2011: Outreach education with Connections Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI

2011: Outreach education with Basic Image youth group, Hawai‘i, HI

2011: Volunteer for Community Education Program, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Oahu, HI

2011: Guest speaker, Hawai'i Island Meaningful Outdoor Experiences for Students (HI-MOES).

2011: Guest lecturer for Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI

2011: Guest lecturer for Connections Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI

2011: Outreach education with Basic Image youth group, Hawai‘i, HI

2011, 2009: Volunteer Coordinator for Ocean Day Outreach Event, Hawai‘i, HI

2011: Assessing the threat of growth anomalies on Hawaiian corals. Ka Pili Kai magazine. Spring: 10

2010: Guest lecturer for Kua O Ka La Charter School, Hawai‘i, HI

2011, 2010, 2009: Community lecture, Hanauma Bay Education Program Series, Oahu, HI

2010: Volunteer for Earth Day Outreach Event, Hawai‘i

2010: It’s not a tumor? Impacts of skeletal growth anomalies on Hawaiian corals. Ka Pili Kai. Spring: 6-7

2010, 2009: Guest lecturer, Senior Seminar Class, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, HI

2011, 2009: Outreach education at SOEST Open House, Oahu, HI


Mentoring


2012-2013: Hokuokahalelani Pihana, UH Hilo Undergraduate

2011-2013: Tiara Stark, UH Manoa Undergraduate

2009-2010: Niegel Rozet, UH Hilo Undergraduate


Funding Sources


EPA STAR

University of Hawaii Edmonson Award

University of Hawaii GSO Grant

University of Hawaii EPSCoR Seed Grant