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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

Research Medal Award Winner

Axel Timmermann, headshot

Axel Timmermann

Axel Timmermann is a professor in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Timmermann studies the causes of past and future climate change and has pioneered the development of computer models that can simulate ice ages and abrupt climate change. He and his team collaborate with oceanographers, geologists and glaciologists worldwide to provide key insights into the dynamical processes that shaped earth’s past.

One of his most acclaimed contributions is his seminal study on the sensitivity of the El Niño phenomenon to global warming. Currently, he studies sea level rise, climate impacts on human migration and the long-term predictability of the climate system.

He was lead author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In recognition of his scientific accomplishments he also received the Rosenstiel Award from the University of Miami.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community.

Please contact your Campus Chancellor's Office for more information on the application process.

Current Winners
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1965-2015 Honorees
2012–2015 | 2011–2007 | 2006–2002 | 2001–1965


Karen Meech, headshot
Karen Meech
Axel Timmermann, headshot
Axel Timmermann


Ruth Gates, headshot
Ruth Gates
Marine Biology
Andrew Howard, headshot
Andrew Howard
Nick Kaiser, headshot
Nick Kaiser


Magdy Iskander, headshot
Magdy Iskander
Electrical Engineering
Bin Wang, headshot
Bin Wang


Roger Ames, headshot
Roger Ames
Christopher Bae, headshot
Christopher Bae
Aaron Ohta, headshot
Aaron Ohta
Electrical Engineering