Candidates for director of the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, from left, Rhett Butler, Jonathan Dehn and John LaBrecque

Three finalists have been identified for the position of director, Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The three are scheduled to participate in two-day visits that cover department discussions; meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and internal and external constituents; and a public presentation.


Rhett Butler, visiting April 21–22

  • Interim director, Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Public Presentation: “Sharing Science for Society: Studying a Great Tsunami Threat to Hawaiʻi,” April 22, 3 p.m., POST Building 723

Jonathan Dehn, visiting April 28–29

  • Research professor, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Public Presentation: “The Midwest to Hawaiʻi in 6 Geophysical Steps,” April 29, 3 p.m., POST Building 723

John LaBrecque, visiting May 1–2

  • Lead, Earth Surface and Interior Focus Area, NASA Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Public Presentation: “Tracking Tsunamis,” May 2, 3 p.m., MSB Building 114

“We encourage UH faculty, staff, students and especially the local community interested in geosciences, earth science, planetary science and/or engineering to come out and meet the candidates,” said Brian Taylor, UH Mānoa vice chancellor of research and dean of the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology “We look forward to receiving input that will assist us in hiring the best person for the position.”

For more information, visit the search website.