School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

About the School

Image of Brian Taylor.Welcome to SOEST

Dean Brian Taylor and SOEST’s approximately 700 faculty and staff welcome you to our web site, and invite you to learn more about the exciting things going on at the School.

SOEST Vision

To serve society by acquiring and disseminating new knowledge about the Ocean, Earth and Planets, and to enhance the quality of life in the State and the Nation by providing world-class education, contributing to a high-tech economy, and promoting sustainable use of the environment. See the video on our home page for more.

SOEST Mission

  • Explore and characterize the environment
  • Analyze and interpret 4-D geoscience data
  • Develop, apply and transfer technology
  • Share results and serve data products

SOEST History

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology was established by the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai‘i in 1988 in recognition of the need to realign and further strengthen the excellent education and research resources available within the University. SOEST brings together four academic departments, three research institutes, several federal cooperative programs, and support facilities of the highest quality in the nation to meet challenges in the ocean, earth and planetary sciences and technologies.

A Message from Dean Taylor

SOEST brochure cover graphicDean Taylor’s introduction to the new SOEST brochure provide an excellent introduction to the school and its mission. You can also download a high-resolution (50MB) or low-resolution (6MB) PDF of the brochure (funding profile updated 05-25-12).

Dean’s faculty meeting presentations available

PDFs of Dean Taylor’s faculty meeting presentations for the years 2007 – 2010 are now available for download:

SOEST Administration

Dean of SOEST

  • Brian Taylor, Dean
  • Katrina Ing-Shum, Secretary
  • 1680 East West Rd, POST 802, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
  • Tel: (808) 956-6182 • Fax: (808) 956-9152

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Dean for Research

  • Alexander Shor, Associate Dean for Research
  • Helen Ferrer, Secretary
  • 1680 East West Rd, POST 802, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
  • Tel: (808) 956-9110 • Fax: (808) 956-9152

Assistant Dean, Director of Strategic Initiatives & External Relations

  • Chris E. Ostrander, Assistant Dean, Director of Strategic Initiatives & External Relations
  • Katrina Ing-Shum, Secretary
  • 1680 East West Rd, POST 822, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
  • Tel: (808) 956-5902 • Fax: (808) 956-5308

Director of Administration

  • Juanita Andaya, Director of Administration
  • Katrina Ing-Shum, Secretary
  • 1680 East West Rd, POST 802, Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
  • Tel: (808) 956-9110 • Fax: (808) 956-9152
SOEST buildings on the UH Manoa campus, looking makai ('toward the sea' in Hawaiian). Map of the SOEST campus at UH Manoa

Location of the School

The main SOEST offices, labs, classes, and other facilities are located in the southeast corner of the “upper campus” of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in beautiful Mānoa valley. Mānoa is a neighborhood in the city of Honolulu, the capital of the state of Hawai‘i located on the island of O‘ahu, which is one of the eight main islands of the Hawaiian archipelago.

In the top photo, the location of SOEST buildings on the UH campus is circled. The view is looking South, toward the ocean (looking makai in Hawaiian) with Diamond Head Crater and Waikiki in the background.

Friends of SOEST

Your support is vital to the success of SOEST’s mission. Find out how you can help by becoming a “Friend of SOEST.”

SOEST Gender Equity, Sexual Harassment, and Non-discrimination Policies and Procedures

The School proactively endorses gender equity and non-discrimination in the workplace. There are a number of documents, both from the University of Hawai‘i and the U.S. Federal Government, that provide useful information to staff, students, and faculty. You are encouraged to be aware of these resources, as well as the procedures for filing informal or formal complaints.

Links to online resources, including web pages and PDFs, are on the web page.

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Photo of Hawaiian Islands taken from space shuttle.

Structure of the School

The SOEST Organization Chart (current as of Tuesday 11 October 2011) showing the administrative structure of the school is available as a downloadable PDF. Please see the summary page for an explanation the of chart.

Departments

Research Institutes and Groups

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Support and Facilities

Please visit our Contact Us page for the addresses and phone numbers of organizational units listed on this page, or click on the item’s name to go to their web page.