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ODU Prof Eileen Hofmann Elected to National Office in American Geophysical Union

Old Dominion University oceanographer Eileen E. Hofmann was recently elected president of the Ocean Sciences section of the American Geophysical Union.

Section presidents serve three successive two-year terms in different capacities. Hofmann's two-year term as president-elect will begin Jan. 1, 2015. She will continue as section president for a term beginning Jan. 1, 2017, and serve as past-president starting Jan. 1, 2019.

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) serves as an international society for 62,000 members with interests in all of the earth sciences, as well as space and planetary sciences. The Ocean Sciences section of AGU has more than 6,600 members with interests in various aspects of ocean science.

Hofmann, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences at ODU, has been a member of AGU since 1978. In the past, she served as Ocean Sciences section secretary (1990-1992); a member of the AGU Meetings Committee, 1994-1998; chair of the Ewing Medal Committee, 2006-2008; and as a member of the "Geophysical Research Letters" editor search committee, 2009-2010. She was designated as Fellow of the AGU in 2013.

Hofmann has worked on various national and international committees and is currently co-editor-in-chief of the "Journal of Marine Systems." She has also served as a member of numerous National Research Council committees.

Hofmann has been a faculty member at ODU since 1989 and is recognized for work on coupled physical-biological models with research interests in the areas of understanding physical-biological interactions in marine ecosystems, climate control of diseases of marine shellfish populations, descriptive physical oceanography and mathematical modeling of marine ecosystems. She has also worked in a variety of marine environments, most recently several continental shelf regions around Antarctica and Delaware Bay.

Hofmann is also a member of American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Society of Sigma Xi, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, and National Shellfisheries Association.

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