Dr. Eileen Hofmann is a Professor in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a member of the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, both at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Her research interests are in the areas of physical-biological interactions in marine ecosystems, environmental control and transmission of marine diseases, descriptive physical oceanography, and mathematical modeling of marine ecosystems. She has worked in a variety of marine environments, most recently the continental shelves of the Ross Sea and the western Antarctic Peninsula, Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, and the Middle Atlantic Bight off the east coast of the United States. She has published extensively in marine ecosystem modeling and other areas of marine research and has co-edited nine special issues of journals and two books. Her contributions to modeling physical-biological interactions in marine systems were recognized by her election as 2013 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
For many years, Dr. Hofmann has taught a course that provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of mathematical modeling of marine ecosystems. In addition to teaching, she has served as major advisor for fifteen Ph.D. students and six M.S. students, and as a committee member for many more students at many national and international universities. She has advised seven postdoctoral scholars. Her students and postdocs are the most rewarding part of her scientific career.
From 2010-2015, Dr. Hofmann served as Chair of the Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) and in this role, she oversaw the development of a new ten-year IMBER Science Plan and Implementation Strategy. Prior to IMBER she was a member of the international and U.S. science steering committees for the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) program. She coordinated the U.S. and international Southern Ocean GLOBEC field program and synthesis phases. This provided the opportunity for her to participate in the U.S. Southern Ocean GLOBEC cruises to the west Antarctic Peninsula continental shelf region.
Dr. Hofmann is President of the Ocean Sciences section of the AGU. She represents this section at the AGU Council Meetings and is a member of the AGU Council Leadership Team. The interactions through AGU provide a broad perspective on Earth and Space science. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Marine Systems, which provides an opportunity to learn about a wide range of marine research, be introduced to new researchers, and gain an international perspective.