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

OCN Summer Courses!

Summer sessions 2017 registration is open.  Register Now for OCN Courses!

Live Streaming of Deepwater Exploration

Associate Professor for UHM SOEST, Chris Kelley, is the science leader for CAPSTONE, the campaign in charge of this expedition. The largely unknown, deep waters around American Samoa and Samoa will be investigated using the Deep Discovery ROV. The live stream can be found by clicking here!

UHM oceanographer awarded 2016 Senckenberg Prize

Dr. Craig Smith was awarded the Senckenberg prize. The Senckenberg society gives these prizes to outstanding members of the scientific community who make scientific finding avaliable to the public.

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.

"Ocean in the News" archive articles


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels


Directory of department personnel (PDF).


Read the weekly SOEST Bulletin