Joel Hoffman ~ Great Lakes Connector

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Dr. Joel Hoffman belongs to a generation of scientists who are seeing many shifts, in their research, their opportunities for outreach, and how the two are being combined. The fields of marine biology and oceanography are in general becoming more interdisciplinary, and Joel's approach to his research – a combination of chemist and biologist – means he is starting from a more synthetic perspective.

"Outreach is part of my research."
Through enhanced technological capabilities knowledge is being shared more quickly and on a global scale, allowing scientists to collaborate with almost anyone, anywhere. And an increased sense of urgency about solving regional and global environmental problems – both on the part of scientists and the public – is creating a greater need for scientists like Joel to actively communicate with the public and with stakeholders. Joel sees his research and his outreach activities as being parts of the same picture. With this new perspective comes both challenges and opportunities.

Those whose perspectives you will encounter in Viewpoints are:

Rosanne Fortner
Rosanne Fortner, Ph.D.
COSEE Great Lakes Director
(featured in Cultural Change)
Cynthia Hagley
Cynthia Hagley
COSEE Great Lakes Facilitator
(featured in Cultural Change and Collaboration is Key)
Carl Richards
Carl Richards, Ph.D.
Division Director, USEPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division
(featured in Collaboration is Key and Scientists Stepping Up)
Meagan McGovern
Meagan McGovern
USEPA Intern and St. Olaf College Undergrad
(featured in Scientists Stepping Up)
Sarah Erickson
Sarah Erickson
Education Director, Great Lakes Aquarium
(featured in Scientists Stepping Up)

Connecting to Viewpoints from Additional Featured Scientists