7fcde7 square The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, SOEST
Gary M. McMurtry

Associate Professor

Department of Oceanography, 
University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 
1000 Pope Road, 
Marine Sciences Building, 
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-6858
Fax: (808) 956-9225

E-mail: garym@soest.hawaii.edu




  • B.S. 1972 - Geology and Geophysics, University of California, Riverside
  • M.S. 1975 - Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
  • Ph.D. 1979 - Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Research Interests

  • Uranium-Series Disequilibrium
  • Marine Mineral Formation and ResourcesMarine Mineral Formation and Resources
  • Submarine Hydrothermal Systems
  • Magmatic Volatiles
  • Submarine Monitoring Technology

Teaching Activites

  • OCN 330 - Mineral and Energy Resources of the Sea
  • OCN 622 - Geological Oceanography
  • OCN 631 - Ocean Minerals
  • OCN 635L - Radiochemical Techniques
  • OCN 499, 699, 700, 800 - Directed, Thesis and Dissertation Research

Ten Selected Publications

McMurtry, G. M., J. C. Wiltshire and A. Bossuyt, 2005, Hydrocarbon seep monitoring using in situ deep-sea mass spectrometry, in Proceed. Oceans 2005, Marine Tech. Soc. and IEEE, Brest, France.

McMurtry, G. M., D. R. Tappin, G. J. Fryer, I. P. Wilkinson, M. Williams, J. Fietzke, D. Garbe-Schoenberg and P. Watts, 2004, Megatsunami deposits on Kohala Volcano, Hawaii, from flank collapse of Mauna Loa, Geology 32, 741-744.

McMurtry, G. M., P. Watts, G. Fryer, J. R. Smith and F. Imamura (2004) Giant landslides, mega-tsunamis, and paleo-sea level in the Hawaiian islands, Marine Geology, 203 219-233.

Garrison, G. H., C. R. Glenn and G. M. McMurtry (2003) Measurement of submarine groundwater discharge in Kahana Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. Limnology and Oceanography, 48 920-928.

McMurtry, G. M. and S. J. Smith (2001) Mass SURFER: a low-power underwater mass spectrometer for monitoring dissolved gas, solutes and large organic compounds. Proceed. Oceans 2001, Marine Tech. Soc. and IEEE, Honolulu, pp. 259-263.

McMurtry, G. M. (2001) Deep-Sea Sediment: Authigenic Deposits, in Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences (eds J. Steele, S. Thorpe and K. Turekian), Academic Press, London, pp. 201-212.

Tappin, D. R., P. Watts, G. M. McMurtry, Y. Lafoy  and T. Matsumoto (2001) The Sissano, Papua New Guinea tsunami of July 1998: offshore evidence on the source mechanism. Marine Geology, 175 1-23.

Goff, F. and G. M. McMurtry (2000) Tritium and stable isotopes of magmatic waters. J. Volcan. Geotherm. Res., 97 347-396.

McMurtry, G .M., E. Herrero-Bervera, M. Cremer, J. Resig, C. Sherman, J. R. Smith and M. E. Torresan, 1999, Stratigraphic constraints on the timing and emplacement of the Alika 2 giant Hawaiian submarine landslide, J. Volcan. Geotherm. Res. 94, 35-58.

Hilton, D. R., G. M. McMurtry and F. Goff (1998) Large variations in vent fluid CO2/3He ratios signal rapid changes in magma chemistry at Loihi Seamount. Nature, 396 359-362.

Research Funding


National Geographic Society, Committee for Research & Exploration, "Megatsunami Deposits in the Hawaiian Islands: Confirmation and Global Significance". (with G. Fryer and D. Tappin, co-P.I.s), 2/05 - 9/06, $23,050.

NOAA-NURP, West Coast Program, "Dating the Ugamak Landslide", (G. J. Fryer, P.I.), 4/04-4/06, $14,055.

NSF, Special Projects (IIS), "New Mass Spectrometers for NBC & Environmental Characterization", (with F. S. Anderson and S. Sharma, co-P.I.s), 8/04-8/06, $397,000.

NSF, "Collaborative research: Towards quantifying the carbon flux from margins using novel submarine instrumentation", (with D. R. Hilton, K. Brown and G. Wheat, co-P.I.s), 5/03-9/06, $245,987.

NSF, "Collaborative research: Constraining the temporal resolution and geochronology of Holocene sediment records from the Antarctic Continental Shelf", (P. N. Sedwick, P.I.), 5/03-12/05, $38,300 (UH share).


NSF, "Collaborative research: Development of an underwater membrane inlet cycloidal-focusing mass spectrometer to evaluate in situ community metabolism, (with N. Orstom, P. Orstom, H. Waite, D. Young and G. Miller, co-P.I.s), $389,781.

NSF, "Collaborative research: Development of Mass Spectrometry-Based Instrumentation for Volcanic Gas Monitoring (with T. Fischer and D. R. Hilton, co-P.I.s), $286,844