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Institute for Astronomy Associate Professor and Astronomer Daniel Huber was named to the Highly Cited Researchers list in 2023. In 2020, he received the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research.

University of Hawaiʻi experts have been selected to a list of premier researchers who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their respective fields. The Web of Science’s Highly Cited Researchers list for 2023 includes Daniel Huber, Rajesh Jha, Bin Wang and Daniel Mende.

Released on November 15, the list recognizes scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publishing multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. The experts were selected from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index. According to the list’s creators, the highly cited researchers are 1 in 1,000, among the world’s population of scientists.

IfA Astronomer Daniel Huber

Institute for Astronomy (IfA) Associate Professor and Astronomer Daniel Huber was recognized on the highly cited researchers list for the fifth consecutive year. He was one of just 75 scientists worldwide selected to the space science category.

Huber’s research at IfA focuses on the structure and evolution of stars as well as the discovery and characterization of planets outside our solar system. Huber’s research uses data from space-based and ground-based telescopes such as Kepler, K2, TESS, Keck, the CHARA Array, as well as various ground-based photometric and spectroscopic surveys.

CTAHR Professor Rajesh Jha

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Rajesh Jha

UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Professor Rajesh Jha was selected to the list in the cross-field category.

Jha’s research focuses are on monogastric (having a stomach with only a single compartment) animal nutrition, gut health and physiology, and feed and feed additive evaluation. Two of the critical issues facing the livestock sector are the volatile feed market and the post-antibiotic era.

The goal of Jha’s research is to develop decision models that can assist animal nutritionists and the livestock industry to develop effective feeding programs.

SOEST Professor Emeritus Bin Wang

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Bin Wang

UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) Professor Emeritus Bin Wang has been recognized on the highly cited researchers list in the geosciences category for the fourth time (previously in 2017, 2018 and 2022). He has been with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (formerly Department of Meteorology) at UH Mānoa since 1987. Wang is a leading meteorologist specializing in climate and atmospheric dynamics. Among his research interests are variability and predictability of Asian-Australian monsoons, climate predictions, tropical cyclones and El Niño-Southern Oscillation dynamics.

Former SOEST postdoctoral fellow Daniel Mende was honored in the cross-field category for the second straight year. Mende specializes in environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, metagenomics and more. He is now assistant professor at Amsterdam University Medical Center, University of Amsterdam.

This story was compiled based on current affiliation according to the Web of Science’s Highly Cited Researchers list. If there are other researchers currently or formerly affiliated with UH, email Marc Arakaki at

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