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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

Photos from 2017 SOEST Open House

SOEST Oceanographers Investigate Aquatic Viruses with $6M Grant

Oceanography faculty members Grieg Steward and Kyle Edwards were awarded a grant of 6 million dollars by the National Science Foundation and Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to promote their research on the viruses that effect marine phytoplankton. They will be investigating what aspects of the viruses genome 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

New species of Pacific sponge named for oceanographer Craig Smith

Plenaster craigi are tiny, newly discovered sponges that live on rock nodules. The sponges were collected by Craig Smith, professor of Oceanography, on two expeditions, to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, a chunk of the Pacific Ocean between Hawai‘i and Mexico.

Exploring the ocean’s deepest zone with $1.2M Keck Foundation grant

Armed with a $1.2 million award from the W.M. Keck Foundation, a team from the UHM, along with industry partners, is on track to build a Hadal Water Column Profiler (HWCP). The team from UHM includes Oceanography Professors Jeffery DrazenChristopher Measures, and Glenn Carter. The HWCP will be the first instrument to be able to stand the pressures of the hadal zone, the deepest region of the oceans. 

NOAA gives JIMAR researchers $1.3 million for ocean research

The NOAA will award $1,380,554 to the JIMAR at the UHM to support ongoing research on key marine species in the Pacific Ocean, including the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Blending culture and technology to restore Hawaiian fishponds

At a three-day workshop organized by Oceanography professor Brian Glazer and Brenda Asuncion, Loko Iʻa Coordinator at KUA, blended cultural and environmental resilience with contemporary technology. The goals of the workshop included: information exchange to blend local and traditional coastal knowledge about loko iʻa with contemporary sensor technologies and oceanographic research; review lessons learned, understand fishpond restoration challenges, explore environmental sensor needs and knowledge gaps; and chart a course for developing future collaborations and success stories. 

Surprises found in ocean microbe gene catalog

Oceanography Professor Ed DeLong discovered nutrient limitation is a key driver in microbe evolution, with the largest single-site microbiome gene catalog to date!

"Ocean in the News" archive articles


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels


Directory of department personnel (PDF).


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