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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ranked 12th among universities internationally for earth and environmental sciences according to Nature Index. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a select group of other prestigious journals (68 in total), each of which includes peer-review by active researchers. The chosen journals are sufficiently selective to ensure that they truly reflect the upper tiers of research achievement.

“This is an affirmation of the exceptional research and education capabilities of the university and underlines the special role this institution plays in advancing knowledge that is of critical importance to the state, the nation and the world—including climate, marine and terrestrial biodiversity, coastal hazards, fisheries and marine resource management,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Michael Bruno.

Research from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology: a cnidarian attached to a dead sponge stalk on a nodule. (credit: Diva Amon and Craig Smith)

UH Mānoa’s significant research in ocean and marine science, including microbial oceanography, involving the departments and research units of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is one of the main reasons for the high ranking, along with the work done in geology, geophysics and mineral physics and climate science.

“We are a global leader because of our exceptional staff and students, a local community that values and understands the importance of marine and terrestrial resources and because of our particular location,” said SOEST Assistant Dean Chris Ostrander. “We are situated in the center of the one of the best ecosystems on the planet to conduct earth and environmental sciences research and have leveraged state and outside investment to build a world-class enterprise that quite literally couldn’t exist anywhere other than in Hawaiʻi.”

UH Mānoa is proud to continue to generate new understanding of the natural world and provide an unrivaled educational opportunity to everyone in the state.

—By Marcie Grabowski

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