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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: uhmocean@hawaii.edu

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News and Announcements

Student selected as National Geographic Explorer to study viruses in red tides

Oceanography graduate student Andrian Gajigan has been awarded an Early Career Grant from the National Geographic Society to examine microbial and viral drivers of red tide in Bolinao, Philippines as a 2021 National Geographic Explorer.

2021 George and Mona Elmore Award in Oceanography

Oceanography graduate student Jessica Perelman was awarded the $5,000 George and Mona Elmore Award in Oceanography from the ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter. The award is given to a full-time doctoral student in Oceanography. Congratulations Jessica!

2021-2022 J. Watumull Merit Scholarship

Oceanography graduate student Kyle Conner was awarded $1,100 for outstanding scholastic achievment and a desire to improve oneself and their profession. Congratulations

2021 Graduate Dean's Scholarships

Oceanography graduate students Alex Gibbs and Caroline Jackson were both awarded the 2021 Graduate Dean's Scholarship for good academic standing and appropriate progress toward their degree. Congratulations
Alex and Caroline!

A Microbial Milestone Here At SOEST

Watch Angelique White as she talks about the usage of microbes as a crucial barometer of ocean health right here

UH Manoa Scholars Awards ARCS Foundation Grants for Research

Oceanography graduate student Anamica Bedi de Silva received the George and Mona Elmore ARCS Award. She works on viral immunity in microbes, developing resistant strains of a single-cell algae to determine if there are fitness costs to viral resistance. Congratulations Anamica!

2020 John and Anne Flanigan Oceanography Award

Oceanography graduate student Kyle Conner was awarded a $1,000 John and Anne Flanigan Oceanography Award in 2020. The award is presented to a student for academic performance, and outstanding research. Congratulations Kyle!

2020 Board of Regents Medal in Teaching

Oceanography faculty member Grieg Steward has been awarded the Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in teaching from the Universit of Hawaii at Manoa. This award honors an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness, and personal character. Congratulations Grieg!

Oceanography Graduate Students share their science with Maui high schools

Two graduate students of SOEST, Noah Howins and Elizabeth Miller, travel to Maui high schools to share their research and hands-on activities.  Click here to view full article.

GES Programs receives funding money in Provost's competition

The GES program, along with 15 other proposals, were selected to receive a totla of $750k in start-up funding.  To learn more, click here.

Oceanographer presents TED talk at NAS

Oceanography faculty member Angelicque White was invited to speak at TED's first science-focused institute event held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. White detailed her research on harmful algal blooms and rising carbon dioxide and ensuing ocean acidification, two of the myriad problems facing our oceans.

Oceanography Department appoints first female chair

Professor Margaret Anne McManus is the first female appointed as the Chair of Department of Oceanography.  She is recognized for her excellence in teaching and mentoring; and has held key leadership positions in the department, SOEST, UH Manoa and the oceanographic community.

Researcher find bacteria surrounding coral reefs change in synchrony

Oceanography Faculty Member Dr. Craig Nelson co-leads research into the diversity of communites across reefs, even those that are hundreds of miles apart.

Congratulations to Drs. Craig Smith and Robert Toonen

Please join us in congratulating Oceanography Faculty Members Dr. Craig Smith and Dr. Robert Toonen, both winners of Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Research!

Soft Tissues may help Corals Combat Climate Change

Oceanography Graduate Student Christopher Wall led a study focusing on how corals with thicker tissues, may be better suited for changing ocean conditions.

Oceans continue to buffer full impact of human produced CO2

Oceanography Professor Dr. Chris Sabine joined scientists from all over the world to study just how much CO2 our oceans are absorbing.

"Ocean in the News" archive articles


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels


Directory of department personnel (PDF).


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