Posted on: 4 October, 2018
Application deadline: January 15, 2019

Funded MA and PhD positions available, Dept. of Geography and Environment, University of Hawai’i

The Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa offers funded MA and PhD student positions for graduate study.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is the only research intensive (R-1) university in the State of Hawai‘i and one of only a handful of Land, Sea, and Space Grant universities in the United States. The Department of Geography and Environment celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2017 and currently has thirteen faculty members with expertise across the breadth of the discipline. We offer MA and PhD degrees in environmental/physical geography, human geography, and geospatial technologies. Over 500 BA, MA, and PhD graduates from our program have pursued careers in academia, government service, NGOs, and in the private sector.

The department has a mix of energetic young faculty and established scholars that are at the cutting edge of research in their fields with an emphasis on global change and local impacts. Faculty members have published multiple articles in leading disciplinary journals such as Nature and have extramural projects funded by federal agencies including NSF. Although faculty expertise and the department’s physical setting provides an ideal location for marine, coastal, climate, ecosystem, and Asia-Pacific focused research; the department has graduate students conducting research across the breadth of the discipline.

Department Faculty Expertise (full listings available here):

  • David Beilman – Biogeography, Climate Change, Ecosystems
  • Qi Chen – Remote Sensing, GIS, Environmental Science
  • Thomas Giambelluca – Climatology, Hydrology, Ecohydrology
  • Hong Jiang – Cultural Geography, Perception of Nature, China
  • Reece Jones – Political Geography, Borders, Migration, South Asia
  • Lisa Kelley – Political Ecology, Land Use, Remote Sensing
  • Camilo Mora – Human Impacts on Marine Environments, Biodiversity
  • Mary Mostafanezhad – Geopolitics, Tourism, Political Ecology, SE Asia
  • Alison Rieser – Ocean Geopolitics, Marine Environmental Law
  • Krisna Suryanata – Political Ecology, Food and Agriculture, SE Asia
  • Ross Sutherland – Fluvial Geomorphology, Soil Erosion
  • Brian Szuster – Environmental Impact Assessment, Aquaculture, Marine Recreation, SE Asia
  • Yi Qiang – GIS, Visual Analytics, Geocomputation

Department Highlights:

–          UH is located in the lush Mānoa Valley of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Honolulu is a cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse city of approximately 800,000 with all the amenities of a large American city.

–          The department has six separate labs for GIS/Cartography, Remote Sensing, Hydrology, Macroecology, Long-term Environmental Change, and Geomorphology. These labs provide computer resources for students, research experience, and employment as graduate assistants.

–          Our students regularly win research grants and awards from the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Awards.

–          Graduate students in the department are often funded by teaching assistantships, research assistantships with individual faculty members, and through fellowships from the East West Center ( note the early Dec 1 deadline.

–          The East-West Center, which is adjacent to campus, provides many opportunities for funding and collaboration with other scholars from the Asia-Pacific region.

–          The university has an extensive library collection, including a world class Asia Collection.

–          Hawai‘i’s climate is pleasant with year round highs in the 80s (27-32 C) and lows in the lower 70s (20-24 C). Temperatures are moderated further by the breezy trade winds.

The MA and PhD application deadline is January 15th to enroll in Fall 2019. Refer to our department website ( for more detailed information on the application process, and direct informal inquiries to the Graduate Chair Dr. Reece Jones ( For information on department news and events, follow us on twitter: @geog_uhm