7fcde7 square The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, SOEST; photo by Dr Steven Businger

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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

We're Hiring!

We seek applications at the assistant professor level with expertise and research experience in the broad category of Marine Geology/Geophysics.

Sharing Highlights of their Expedition from Alaska to Tahiti

Department of Oceanography Affiliate Graduate Faculty member, Mariko Hatta, and graduate student Gabrielle Weiss, headed tours aboard the research vessel Roger Revelle for lucky UH Hilo students. They shared their experiences gained aboard the ship during its 67 day expedition from Alaska to Tahiti 

Inspring young scientists through hands-on exposure

Physical Oceanography PhD Student Kelly Pearson took research equiptment like the SeaGlider to high schools to present the possibilites of oceanographic research

Ocean and climate research gets $9M boost

Department of Oceanography faculty Angeliqcue White and Jim Potemra will co-lead the next chapter of research at Station ALOHA, part of the HOT Program, which has just recieved a 5-year, $9 million grant.

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.

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