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

Geosciences education grant to boost Native Hawaiian engagement

Co-PIs Drs. Michael Guidry and Margaret McManus are part of a state-wide collaboration that was awarded over $2.6 million for the Partnerships for Geosccience Education project Halau Ola Honua, Our Living World. Project objectives are to increase recruitment of Native Hawaiian high school students in STEM fields at UH community colleges, increase their retention, and facilitate their transition to BS programs in earth and ocean sciences (geosciences).

SOEST Students make new Hawai'i Discoveries

Students Mia Delano and Kaitlyn Nelson, working under Rob Toonen, Chris Jury and Justin Hospital make discoveries on coral adaptations to changing sea conditions.

Deep Sea Mining off the Coasts of Pacific Islands: A Different Ballgame

Drs. John Wilshire and Jeff Drazen speak on deep sea mining in the Pacific.

Dr. Anela Choy talks with Teen Vouge about her post-doc and being a scientist in a male-dominated field.

Ocean scientist from Hawaii earns fellowship

Dr. Anela Choy is awarded the 2016 For Women in Science Fellowship from the L'Oreal For Women in Scince Program.


"Ocean in the News" archive articles


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels


Directory of department personnel (PDF).


Read the weekly SOEST Bulletin