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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

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.

Bus Size Robot helps Scientist to Discover more than 200 New Species

Oceanography Professor Dr. Craig Smith headed the biological surveys in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, where they collected over 300 species.

Oceanography graduate student is hooked on whale bones

Emily Young, a PhD student in Oceanography, studies the worms, clams and microbes found within the bones of whale-falls.

Unusual microbes from the deep-sea hold clues to early life

Oceanography Cooperating Faculty Member, Michael Rappe, authors the discovery of microbes with a metabolic strategy that yields clues to early life on this planet.

Sharing Highlights of their Expedition from Alaska to Tahiti

Department of Oceanography Affiliate Graduate Faculty member, Mariko Hatta, and graduate student Gabrielle Weiss, headed tours aboard the research vessel Roger Revelle for lucky UH Hilo students. They shared their experiences gained aboard the ship during its 67 day expedition from Alaska to Tahiti

Celebrating 30 years of a HOT Program

HOT Directors and Oceanography Faculty Members Dave Karl and Matthew Church celebrate 30 years of the program, which has included over 300 expeditions to Station ALOHA.  

Inspring young scientists through hands-on exposure

Physical Oceanography PhD Student Kelly Pearson took research equiptment like the SeaGlider to high schools to present the possibilites of oceanographic research

Ocean and climate research gets $9M boost

Department of Oceanography faculty Angeliqcue White and Jim Potemra will co-lead the next chapter of research at Station ALOHA, part of the HOT Program, which has just recieved a 5-year, $9 million grant.

Photos from 2017 SOEST Open House

"Ocean in the News" archive articles


Pictures from Oceanography Student's and Faculty travels


Directory of department personnel (PDF).


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