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!

Please check out the details of the Instructional and Student Support position.

Photos from 2017 SOEST Open House

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. 

Director of NOAA lab to join UH Mānoa as oceanography professor

Chris Sabine will join the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at UHM as a professor in the Department of Oceanography. Sabine’s research emphasis is on the role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle.  He is currently the director of the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. 

SOEST Oceanographers Investigate Aquatic Viruses with $6M Grant

Oceanography faculty members Grieg Steward and Kyle Edwards are part of a 6 million dollar grant to four universities from the National Science Foundation and the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The $1 million dollar portion of the grant coming to UH will be used to study viruses that infect marine phytoplankton. They will be investigating how genetic differences among viruses influence viral infections.

Exploring the Ocean's Deepest Zone with $1.2M Keck Foundation Grant

Over the next three years, Oceanography faculty Glenn CarterJeff Drazen and Chris Measures will work on understanding the impact that the deep ocean can have on biological communities as well as climate, courtesy of the W.M. Keck Foundation

There's a Deeper Fish in the Sea

The deepest fish that has been collected from the ocean floor was named by a group of scientists that include SOEST graduate, Mackenzie Gerringer, and Oceanography Faculty members Jeffery Drazen and Erica Goetze. The Pseudoliparis swirei is a highly adapted snailfish that was found deep within the Marianas Trench, at depths of over 26,000 feet!

UH Sea Level Center expands forecasts with new federal funding

Over the next three years, the Sea Level Center will receive more than $5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office for sea level rise research. The research team will develop a web portal to provide the regional sea level outlooks to the public, including high-water alerts. Oceanography Professor Mark Merrifield is lead investigator

"Ocean in the News" archive articles


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels


Directory of department personnel (PDF).


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