HIGP is a multi-disciplinary institute engaging in advanced research, teaching, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary sciences. We are a part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the Mānoa (Honolulu) campus of the University of Hawaii. Our Institute is home to over 130 faculty, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation. HIGP expertise spans the globe from pole to pole, from the depths of the seas to the tops of volcanoes, and extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
HIGP Post-doctoral researcher, Manavi Jadhav, studies presolar grains and their stellar sources, isotope cosmochemistry, stellar nucleosynthesis, and is expert in SIMS and other analytical techniques to study extraterrestrial samples at the micro- and nano-scale level. She is leaving sunny Hawai'i soon for Antarctica as a member of the 2013-2014 Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) eight-person expedition to collect extraterrestrial materials in support of scientific studies of our Solar System. Since 1976 ANSMET has recovered more than 20,000 meteorites from icefields along the Transantarctic Mountains. Visit http://artscilabs.case.edu/ansmet/ to follow the team's progress. Here is a list of current and former HIGP-affiliated personnel who have participated on ANSMET teams. Bon voyage, Manavi, and happy meteorite hunting!
Congratulations to HIGP and UH NASA Astrobiology Institute graduate student, Christine Jilly, for being awarded a Wiley-Blackwell Award by the Meteoritical Society, which recognizes outstanding presentations by students at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society in Edmonton, Canada. This international meeting took place July 29 to August 2, 2013 with an interdisciplinary research emphasis on meteorites and other extraterrestrial materials that further our understanding of the origin and history of the Solar System. Christie's winning presentation "In-situ Radiometric Dating of Aqueously Formed Carbonates in Sutter's Mill" was part of the session devoted to the alteration of CM and CR meteorite parent bodies. Well done.
November 5, 2013 Two HIGP Scientists Part of New NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute
NASA announced today the nine research teams selected for the new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). HIGP Researcher Jeff Taylor and Associate Researcher Jeffrey Gillis-Davis are members on two teams led by David Kring (Lunar and Planetary Institute) and Ben Bussey (Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab), respectively. The nine SSERVI teams will study basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the nature of the Moon, Near-Earth Asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies to enable human exploration of these destinations. Formerly known as the NASA Lunar Science Institute, SSERVI expands the scope to other Solar System bodies and fosters collaborations within and among the teams, the broader planetary science community, and multiple international partners. These teams are supported through multiple year cooperative agreements with NASA's Planetary Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate and the Advanced Exploration Systems Division in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Read more, including team research topics and principal investigators, at NASA News.
November 5, 2013
HIGP Associate Researcher Przemyslaw Dera has been named as a Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA). The honor recognizes members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, petrology, or allied sciences and whose scientific contributions utilize mineralogical studies or data. He joins the distinguished company of HIGP MSA Fellows: Emeritus Researcher Klaus Keil and Professor Murli Manghnani. Congratulations.
HIGP Mission Statement
HIGP solves fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Science by the development and application of state-of-the-art exploration, measurement, and data analysis technologies. HIGP serves society and the State of Hawaii by acquiring and disseminating new knowledge about the Earth and other planetary bodies, and developing and introducing leading edge technologies and a highly trained workforce to the State economy.
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawaii
1680 East-West Road,
Pacific Ocean Science & Technology (POST) Building, Room 602
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office Phone: 808.956.8760
Fax: 808.956.3188 Dr. Rhett Butler, Interim Director