Most faculty are based at IfA Mānoa, located in the city of Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu. Some are located on the neighbor islands, at our IfA Hilo and IfA Maui locations.


Christoph Baranec Astronomer

IfA Hawaii island, Hilo 214 (808) 932-2318; Manoa C109D (808) 956-8637
(808) 498-9817(808) 498-9817

Joshua Barnes Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-206
(808) 956-8138(808) 956-8138
Dynamical Reconstruction of Galaxy Collisions, Numerical Methods for Galactic Dynamics

Eric Baxter Assistant Professor

IfA Mānoa, C-102
(808) 956-8101(808) 956-8101

Ann Boesgaard Professor Emerita

IfA Mānoa, B-217
(808) 956-8756(808) 956-8756
Stellar spectroscopy. I use high-resolution spectra of stars to understand their structure and evolution., Studying the composition of stars of various ages enables us to learn about the, origin of the elements and the evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Adwin Boogert Associate Astronomer (IRTF Support Astronomer)

IfA Mānoa, C-109C
(808) 956-7434(808) 956-7434
InfraRed Telescope Facility, Ice Age: JWST Studies of Interstellar Ice, High resolution infrared spectroscopy (SOFIA/EXES, TEXES, IRTF/iSHELL)

Michael Bottom Assistant Astronomer

IfA Hawaii island, 215
(808) 932-2305(808) 932-2305

Fabio Bresolin Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-208
(808) 956-8306(808) 956-8306
Stellar and nebular abundances in nearby galaxies, distance scale

Kenneth Chambers Astronomer, Pan-STARRS Director

IfA Mānoa, B-205
(808) 956-9844(808) 956-9844
cosmology, wide field surveys , distant galaxies and quasars , explosive transients , near earth objects

Mark Chun Specialist, Associate Director of IfA-Hilo

IfA Hawaii island, 215
(808) 932-2317(808) 932-2317
`imaka - A ground-layer adaptive optics testbed for Maunakea, Keck near-infrared pyramid wavefront sensor, MIRAO - A thermal infrared optimized AOS for TMT, UH88AM2 - A new adaptive secondary mirror for the University of Hawaii 2.2-meter Telescope

Michael Connelley Associate Astronomer; IRTF Support Scientist

IfA Hawaii island, 232
(808) 932-2370(808) 932-2370

Antoinette Cowie Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, B-219
(808) 956-8379(808) 956-8379

Lennox Cowie Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-203
(808) 956-8134(808) 956-8134

Fei Dai Assistant Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-109A
(808) 956-6795(808) 956-6795

Duncan Farrah Assistant Specialist

IfA Mānoa, WAT 403
(808) 956-3729(808) 956-3729

Eric Gaidos Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences

Roy Gal Associate Specialist

IfA Mānoa, C-102
(808) 956-6235(808) 956-6235
ORELSE survey, Outreach

Shadia Habbal Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, B-103
(808) 956-6531(808) 956-6531
Eclipse Parametric Observations, Solar Magnetic Fields, Origin & Evolution of Solar Winds

J. Patrick Henry Astronomer/Professor Emeritus

X-ray astronomy

Klaus Hodapp Astronomer Emeritus

IfA Hawaii island, Hilo 211
(808) 932-2313(808) 932-2313
JWST NIRCam GTO: Spectroscopy of spatially separated exoplanets, JWST NIRCam GTO: Dust and Ice in Molecular Cores

Esther Hu Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-220
(808) 956-7190(808) 956-7190
Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Lyman alpha emitters and the High Redshift Universe, The Epoch of Reionization, Galaxy Surveys, Quasar Absorption Line Studies

Daniel Huber Associate Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-109B
(808) 956-8573(808) 956-8573
Asteroseismology, Exoplanets, Stellar Populations of Transit Surveys, Optical Long-Baseline Interferometry, Galactic Archeology

Robert Jedicke Specialist Emeritus

IfA Mānoa, C-228
(808) 956-8080(808) 956-8080
Orbit and size distributions of asteroid populations including main belt and near Earth objects, Centaurs, Trans-Neptunian objects, comets, and interstellar objects., over 120 refereed publications as of 2020 May 18

David Jones Assistant Astronomer

IfA Hawaii island

Rolf-Peter Kudritzki Astronomer (Emeritus)

IfA Mānoa, C-118
(808) 956-6527(808) 956-6527
physics of galaxies and stars, distances and chemical evolution, quantitative spectroscopy

Michael Liu Astronomer and Graduate Chair

IfA Mānoa, C-109B
(808) 956-6666(808) 956-6666
Exoplanets, brown dwarfs, star & planet formation, astrometry, adaptive optics, wide-field surveys, IR instrumentation

David Lonborg Interim Associate Director

IfA Mānoa, C-204
(808) 956-8768(808) 956-8768

Eugene Magnier Specialist, Pan-STARRS & Undergraduate Chair

IfA Mānoa, B-203A
(808) 956-6317(808) 956-6317
Pan-STARRS, Low-Mass Content of the Solar Neighborhood, Andromeda Variability

Karen Meech Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-231
(808) 956-6828(808) 956-6828
Manx comets-testing dynamical models, Comet volatiles (H2O, CO, CO2), Comet/asteroid space missions , Characterizing Earth's primordial water, Interstellar planetesimals

Roberto Méndez Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-105
(808) 956-6756(808) 956-6756
Central stars of Galactic planetary nebulae; kinematics of extragalactic planetary nebulae.

Michael Nassir Instructor

IfA Mānoa, Watanabe 426
(808) 956-2922(808) 956-2922
Undergraduate Physics Lecture & Lab Instruction, Introductory Astronomy Lab Supervision & Coordination, Academic Advising and Program Development for Physics & Astro Majors, HI STAR Summer Program Co-Director, Physics & Astro Education and Public Outreach

Narayan Raja Specialist

IfA Mānoa, B-208
(808) 956-6943(808) 956-6943
Computer Section

John Rayner Astronomer, IRTF Director

IfA Mānoa, C-116
(808) 956-9846(808) 956-9846
Observatory management, Instrumentation development, Infrared spectroscopy

Jeffrey Reep Assistant Astronomer

IfA Maui, 206
(808) 573-9506(808) 573-9506

Jeremy Sakstein Asst. Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy

David Sanders Astronomer and Professor

IfA Mānoa, C-207
(808) 956-5055(808) 956-5055
Cosmic Evolution Survey COSMOS, Great Observatories All-Sky LIRG Survey GOALS, Acretion History of AGN AHA, Euclid and WFIRST science Hawaii Two-0 Large Observing Program, The BAT AGN Spectroscopic Survey BASS, Extragalactic Discussion Group FREDDIE

Douglas Simons Director

IfA Mānoa, C-201
(808) 956-8566(808) 956-8566

Alan Stockton Astronomer (Emeritus)

IfA Mānoa, C-217
(808) 956-7995(808) 956-7995

Xudong Sun Assistant Astronomer

IfA Maui, ATRC 205
(808) 573-9513(808) 573-9513
Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI), Daniel K. Inoue Solar Telescope (DKIST)

Istvan Szapudi Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, B-206
(808) 956-6196(808) 956-6196

David Tholen Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, B-102
(808) 956-6930(808) 956-6930

R. Brent Tully Astronomer (Emeritus)

IfA Mānoa, C-232
(808) 956-8606(808) 956-8606
Galaxy distances and velocities; distribution of matter in large scale structures

Jennifer van Saders Assistant Astronomer

IfA Mānoa, C-103
(808) 956-6157(808) 956-6157

Richard Wainscoat Specialist

IfA Mānoa, B-220
(808) 956-8429(808) 956-8429
Pan-STARRS, Near Earth Objects, Dark Skies

Gareth Wynn-Williams Emeritus Professor of Astronomy

IfA Mānoa, C-106