Physics and Astronomy

Geoff Mathews, Ph.D., is an Instructor of Astronomy in the UH Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy. Geoff teaches the general education Survey of Astronomy course and the Observational Astronomy lab for majors. He is also one of the organizers of new majors in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and he is the organizational lead for the Institute for Astronomy's Hawaii Student / Teacher Astronomy Research program (HI-STAR), which provides research training and mentorship for high school students.

Geoff attained his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa's Institute for Astronomy for research measuring the gas and dust content of circumstellar disks - the planet-forming leftovers of star formation. He carried out post-doctoral research at Leiden University, where he developed a simplified approach to tracing the comet-forming region of circumstellar disks, and returned to Hawaii to focus on education.

Prior to entering the field of Astronomy, Geoff was trained in engaged, inquiry-based teaching as an undergraduate in the UTeach program at the University of Texas at Austin and taught in high schools in Japan and the Unites States for 4 years. When he's not on campus, you'll find him at the beach, playing boardgames, or on his bicycle en-route from one to the other.

Physics and Astronomy