SOEST is a global leader in marine, earth, and planetary sciences research, education, and discovery.
Organized as an institution for 25+ years, and building upon over 100 years of oceanographic and geosciences research in Hawai‘i, SOEST is a powerhouse for exploration, discovery, and innovation.
SOEST Faculty and staff bring in more than $100 million in extramural funding each year. Our students and staff have unrivaled access to a diverse collection of world-class research facilities, including satellite fabrication and launch facilities, deep-sea manned submarines, a fleet of open ocean research ships, and a private reef-fringed island dedicated to Marine Biology research. Our students work in each of the Earth’s oceans, on every continent on the planet, and in some of the most isolated and beautiful natural ecosystems ever discovered.
Learning at SOEST is as much about real-world experience as it is classroom and laboratory work. Our students learn, in the lab and the field, from the scientific pioneers responsible for our collective understanding of major world phenomena, and global problems. SOEST faculty and students developed the foundations of our understanding of El Niño, discovered mid-plate hydrothermal vent systems, defined the modern discipline of microbial oceanography, and are global leaders understanding the impact of a changing climate on marine ecosystems.
SOEST departments offer generous research fellowship and scholarship opportunities to all students. Our students graduate with in-demand technical and analytical skills and join a network of thousands around the world who are all working to change the way we live on planet Earth.