Forrest M Hoffman

Distinguished Computational Earth System Scientist and Acting Group Leader, Computational Earth Sciences

Forrest M. Hoffman serves as Acting Group Leader for the Computational Earth Sciences Group and as the Earth System Modeling (ESM) Theme Lead for the Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). As Laboratory Research Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded Reducing Uncertainties in Biogeochemical Interactions through Synthesis and Computation (RUBISCO) Scientific Focus Area (SFA) project, he directs and conducts Earth system research focused on global biogeochemistry, terrestrial ecosystem science, and hydrological research, employing advanced computational methods and high performance computing resources. Forrest contributes to the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) – Arctic, and NGEE – Tropics projects and is the Principal Investigator for the USDA Forest Service-funded ForWarn project at ORNL. He develops and implements metrics for model evaluation, performs software engineering for Earth system models at scale on high performance computing architectures, and develops and applies methods for large scale data analytics.