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Welcome to the Department of Oceanography in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The Department of Oceanography is located on the University of Hawaii’s largest campus (about 20,000 students), overlooking Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.

Inclusive of Cooperating and Affiliate members, more than 70 Graduate Faculty teach and advise graduate students in the Oceanography field of study. The collective research expertise and programs of these faculty provide a broad diversity of potential projects and employment opportunities for students. Department faculty are loosely organized into three Divisions — Physical Oceanography, Marine Geology and Geochemistry (MGGD), and Biological Oceanography; the research activities and publications of the Oceanography Faculty are described on other pages of this web site.

Prospective Students

We encourage applications from talented, motivated students to join our international department. Learn about the programs and application process.

Contact Us

Apollo 11 photo of the ocean planetFor more information, please contact us at:

  • Department of Oceanography
  • 1000 Pope Road, Marine Science Building (MSB) 205
  • School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
  • tel: (808) 956-7633 • fax: (808) 956-9225
  • email: ocean@soest.hawaii.edu

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News and Announcements

New hands-on course guides UH community college students to Mānoa

Oceanography faculty members Drs. AlegadoGuidry, and McManus pilot an introductory oceanography course that aims to provide hands-on learning in the natural environment.

Traditional Hawaiian kīhei adorned SOEST graduates

Oceanography faculty member, Dr. Rosie Alegado takes part in the first SOEST Hana Noʻeau Workshop for graduates in the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge program.

Adult fish ‘predict’ availability of food for their young

Oceanography faculty member, Dr. Anna Neuheimer co-authored a study revealing fish parents “predict” a beneficial environment for their offspring, resulting in populations “adjusting” spawning time so the young can meet their prey.

Novel, abundant nitrogen-fixing microbes in surface ocean discovered

Oceanography Cooperating Graduate Faculty member, Michael Rappe co-authored a study that discovered novel, abundant nitrogen-fixing microbes in ocean surface.


Congratulations to Oceanography faculty members Michael Guidry and Anna Neuheimer who received tenure and promotion at the associate level, and Brian Powell who was promoted to professor. 

Nutrient pollution makes ocean acidification worse for coral reefs

Department of Oceanography Assistant Researcher Craig Nelson is co-author of a study looking into the acceleration of degradation of coral reefs from ocean acidification due to human driven nutrient pollution.

Global Environmental Science students awarded competitive scholarships

Congratulations to our 5 GES students that were awarded the highly competititve NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholorship or Educational Partnership Program.

Congratulations to Bo Qiu on receiving the Board of Regrent Medal for Excellence in Research

Please join us in congratulating Professor Bo Qiu in receiving this award, which recognized scholarly contributions that expand our knowledge of the ocean and climate!

A new giant virus found in the waters of Oahu, Hawaii

Department of Oceanography graduate student, Christopher Schvarcz, along with professor Grieg Steward, have characterized the largest algal virus yet to be discovered.

Unraveling the Ocean's Mysterious Microbes with a Robot

Co-Investigators Dave Karl and Edward DeLong, faculty in the Department of Oceanography, are using a small fleet of robots to track the day-to-day microbial conditions of our oceans. 

Acidic ocean poses global coral reef threat

Oceanography professor Dr. Eric DeCarlo and Oceanography graduate student, Patrick Drupp, have found that sediments on coral reefs are 10 times more vulnerable to ocean acidification than are the growing reefs themselves. 

Ocean climate change research sets benchmark

In 1988, Oceanography Professors Dr. David Karl and Dr. Roger Lukas led the expedition that established Station ALOHA and since then 300 cruises aboard UH's research vessell Kilo Moana have taken place, creating an extensive record of how the ocean responds to climate change. 

Anna Neuheimer awarded two-year fellowship for FutureFish project

Anna Neuheimer, Assistant Professor for the Department of Oceanography, has been awarded a fellowship through AIAS at the Aarhus University in Denmark that will allow her to pursue work with the FutureFish project. 

John and Anne Flanigan establish endowed Award for Oceanographic Research

Mahalo to retired Professors John and Anne O. Flanigan from KCC, for their generosity as they provide an annual award for graduate students within the Department of Oceanography

Ocean climate change research sets benchmark

UH has completed 300 research cruises to Station ALOHA, about 60 miles north of Oʻahu, one of the best-sampled places in the world’s oceans with a decades-long record of how the ocean responds to climate change.

UH experts appointed to climate change commission

Department of Oceanography Professor Dr. Rosie Alegado and SOEST Associate Dean, Dr. Charles Fletcher were appointed to serve on the city's Climate Change Commission. The commissioners will help to gather scientific information and offer advice to those who create policy and plan for the future. 

Ed and Stephanie Laws establish Global Environmental Science Endowed Scholarship

Mahalo to Dr. Edward Laws and his wife Stephanie for creating a scholarship to support undergraduate Global Environmental Science students in Department of Oceanography at UH Manoa. Their generosity will allow GES students to focus on their senior research projects.  

Researchers seek to understand how Climate Change will affect Hawaiian Fishponds

A team of researchers from SOEST, including Dr. Rosie Alegado from the Department of Oceanography as well as Sea Grant, work to understand what affects the ever changing global climate will have on the aquaculture of Native Hawaiian Fishponds, through current research and understanding the past. 

Photos from 2017 SOEST Open House

"Ocean in the News" archive articles


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels


Directory of department personnel (PDF).


Read the weekly SOEST Bulletin