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2 SOEST researchers in the top 25 of the international ranking

From left to right, David Karl and Bin Wang

Two University of Hawaii in faculty members of Mānoa, Atmospheric Scientist Ben-Wang and oceanographer David Karlwere named in the top 25 of international researchers according to the ranking. Based on a meticulous review of 166,880 scientists on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph, the ranking reflects the impact of research published by scientists in 21 disciplines.

Wang and Karl were ranked among more than 9,198 profiles in the discipline of environmental science, placing them in the top 0.2% of global researchers.

“These two world-class scientists not only exemplify excellence in research and the pursuit of truth, but also a thoughtful, caring and nurturing attitude towards their students and colleagues,” said Fletcher chipacting dean of the uh Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). “Bin and Dave are known far and wide as exceptional teachers and mentors who express genuine kindness, holistic love for our earthly home, and deep concern for the future of humanity. We are indeed blessed to know them as friends and collaborators.


Wang, ranked No. 13 internationally and No. 7 in the nation, is a professor emeritus who has been with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (formerly Department of Meteorology) at uh Mānoa since 1987. He is a leading meteorologist specializing in climate and atmospheric dynamics. His research interests include Asian and Australian monsoon variability and predictability, climate prediction, tropical cyclones, and El Niño–Southern Oscillation dynamics.

The ranking reports that Wang’s publications have over 63,000 citations. Active in the scientific community, he has organized numerous workshops and international conferences and served on scientific advisory boards in his field. Wang is one of the most influential scientists in monsoon research worldwide and in the development of meteorological science and climate prediction in the Asia-Pacific region.

David Karl

Karl, ranked No. 25 in the world and No. 13 nationally, is the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Professor of Microbiology Oceanography and director of Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Teaching. As a microbial oceanographer, he has studied the distribution and metabolic activities of microorganisms at various sites in the world ocean, from the equator to the two poles and from the surface to the greatest ocean depths.

In 1988, he co-founded the Hawaii ocean time series program as a sentinel to observe the effects of climate on the structure and function of microbial communities. He spent more than 1,000 days conducting research at sea, including 23 expeditions to Antarctica. Karl’s research has focused on the carbon cycle of the ocean, from photosynthetic production of organic matter to carbon sequestration in the deep sea. A Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Karl’s publications continue to advance the field of microbial ecology and collectively have more than 53,000 citations, according to the new ranking report.

This recognition is an example of uh Mānoa’s goal of Research Excellence: Advancing the Enterprise of Research and Creative Work (PDF) and Building a Sustainable and Resilient Campus Environment: Part of the Global Movement for Sustainability and Climate Resilience (PDF), two of the four objectives identified in the Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF), updated December 2020.

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