Jeremy Hoffman, a climate and earth scientist from the Science Museum of Virginia, gave a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Fralin Life Science Institute auditorium at Virginia Tech.
His talk, titled “Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees: The Phenological Impact of Climate Change,” focused on the local effects of climate change on our health, recreation, and daily lives.
Hoffman regularly engages with audiences of all ages and background to explore climate change and how it works on multiple timescales from human (decades) to geologic (millions of years). He graduated with distinction in earth sciences from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, before earning his Ph.D. in geology with a focus in paleoclimatology at Oregon State University.
Hoffman previously served as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Mitchell Hamline School of Law Science Communication Fellow, and an Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Science Communication Fellow. He is now the climate and earth scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, where he focuses on urban, local, and regional climate trends and making data accessible to the public through unique data visualizations, exhibit spaces, and educational multimedia.
Hoffman’s talk was co-sponsored by the Global Change Center, Hahn Horticulture Garden, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. Stephanie Huckestein, education and outreach coordinator for the Hahn Horticulture Garden, first heard Hoffman speak about climate change at the American Public Garden Association’s Education Symposium in Richmond, Virginia.
“He is a dynamic speaker and truly passionate about his work,” said Huckestein. “Immediately after hearing Dr. Hoffman’s talk, I was interested in him sharing his passion with our audience. I am so pleased that the Global Change Center and the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology were eager to co-sponsor this event.”
Story by Lindsay Key