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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

NOAA give 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!

Grant to support development of West Maui wave forecast system

Professor Douglas Luther is a project co-investigator for a wave forecast and notification system for West Maui, where residents can get a six-day “heads-up” of possible large wave run-up and flooding events along specific sections of shoreline. It will be developed by PacIOOS with a $500,000 federal grant.

Loko I’a app puts a Native Hawaiian fishpond in the palm of your hand

Brian Glazer is on a team of researchers who developed Loko Iʻa 2.0 iPhone app, a mobile app that allows users to explore Heʻeia fishpond.

Summer flooding expected after water levels break 112-year record

Oceanography Professor and Director of UH Sea Level Center, Mark Merrifield, helped in tracking ocean levels, allowing the team to provide a glimpse of high water levels to come.

Congratulations to Barb Bruno on recieving the Faculty Diversity Enhancement Award!

Cooperating Graduate Faculty Member Barabra Bruno is recognized as a faculty member who demonstates an ongoing commitment to enhancing diversity

Viruses in the Oceanic Basement

Grieg Steward and oceanography post-doc, Olivia Nigro, are some of the first to show virus prescence in the ocean basement. Their work is inspired and partly made possible because of the pionerring work done by the late Jim Cowen.

SOEST formalizes research and academic collaboration with Tohoku University

IPRC initiated cooperation for the benefit of PhD students, who can now to be supervised by faculty from both institutions. IPRC Director, Kelvin Richards, and members including Niklas Schneider are of the first to work in collaboration.

New ocean observations improve understanding of motion

Oceanographer Bo Qiu headed the reserach which helped improve the understanding of ocean circulation, and determined when sea level can be used in the calculations.

UH Manoa makes significant contribution at international conference

At the "From the Mountains to the Sea" biannual conference, SOEST members including David Karl and Kathleen Ruttenberg presented their reserach.

Researchers Crack Marine Methane Paradox

Professor David Karl helped to unlock the puzzle of marine methane by adding a manmade chemical to seawater.



"Ocean in the News" archive articles


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels


Directory of department personnel (PDF).


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