Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Computer Science & Mathematics Division /
Environmental Sciences Division
Computational Climate Scientist
Current Graduate Student
Forrest Hoffman is a non-traditional graduate student in the Earth System Science Department and a Computational Climate Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Forrest received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physics from the University of Tennessee in 1991 and 2004, respectively. With joint appointments in the Computer Science & Mathematics and the Environmental Sciences Divisions at ORNL, Forrest has been developing, implementing, and evaluating parallel scientific models in the climate, ecological, and environmental sciences since 1993. Forrest is a participant in DOE's Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing 2 (SciDAC2) Earth System Model (ESM)/Climate Consortium project, focusing on terrestrial biogeochemisty and climate-carbon cycle feedbacks using high performance supercomputers. His recent work on the Carbon-Land Model Intercomparison Project (C-LAMP) has helped lead to the creation of the International Land Model Benchmarking (ILAMB) project, involving some two dozen climate modeling centers throughout the world. Forrest also develops software tools for data mining, analysis, and visualization of climate model results and observational data.