rotating photosThe Earth Sciences Community


The department's large and diverse faculty teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, and conduct research on the full range of Earth Sciences topics and many related fields, such as environemtnal science and planetary science.

Research Faculty: These individuals focus their efforts primarily on directed research projects. More senior members advise Earth Sciences department graduate students.


These folks are conducting research on specific topics with a faculty suoervisor.

Cooperating Graduate Faculty

These individuals are based in other UH academic departments or research institutes but are members of the Earth Sciences graduate degree faculty, effectively broadening the scope of the grad program's offerings.

Affiliate Graduate Faculty

These individuals are at institutions other than UH Mānoa, and are both qualified and willing to help advise graduate students in the Earth Sciences department.


Our friendly and efficient research and administrative staff work in labs and offices throughout the department and are an integral and important part of the Earth Sciences family.

Graduate Students

Doctoral and masters students work closely with other departmental personnel while pursuing their degrees. Many students also hold either research or teaching assistantships in the department.

Undergraduate Students

Our active and engaged undegraduate student population work closely with other departmental personnel while pursuing their degrees with high facult-to-student ratio of about 3. The students operate a Geology Club to organize social events and fundraising for the annual Spring Break field trip to the Mojave and Death Valley

Distinguished Alumni

We love our alumni, and mostly interact with them via social media feeds and a newsletter. This page lists our alumni of the year recipients

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News and Announcements

orange starNew Dept. and Degree Names, effective Sept. 2018:
+ Department of Earth Sciences.
+ We offer undergraduate degrees in Earth Sciences and Environmental Earth Science
+ and graduate degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences

orange star Graduate Student and Post-doc Opportunities

DES 2018 Newsletter (PDF). 
SOEST harassment infosheet

TGIF Seminars: Spring 2019

Course News and Schedules

Fall 2019:
+ Draft Schedule

Spring 2019:
+ Draft Schedule
+ Courses Syllabi
+ Class Availability

Fall 2018:
+ Draft Schedule
+ Courses Syllabi
+ Class Availability

+ Next 5 Yrs Draft Course Schedule By Class
+ Last decade record of courses taught By Class

New Endowment:

Donald SwansonDonald A. Swanson Graduate Fellowship just announced. See the UHF press release.

More news and announcements are in the SOEST Bulletin.

Early History of the Department of Geology and Geophysics By Ralph Moberly, Emeritus Faculty