Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Dubuque
Adam is an Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, IA).
I grew up in Belle Plaine, MN, among the farm fields, streams, which stamped an enduring impression on me regarding the importance of interactions between humans and the environment. I studied biology and chemistry at the the University of Minnesota-Morris (UMM), a small public liberal arts campus in western Minnesota. After graduating from UMM I accepted a position at Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratories (MVTL), Inc. as an environmental laboratory technician/analyst. After two years at MVTL I left to enroll and earn my doctoral degree in Environmental Chemistry and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Under the guidance of my thesis advisor, Dr. David E. Armstrong, I conducted research on the biogeochemical cycling of phosphorus in a multitude of aquatic environments. In addition, I received a DELTA certificate in research, teaching, and learning in preparation for a teaching job upon graduation. I’ve been teaching at the University of Dubuque for the past 6 years and also enjoy doing student research, advising the environmental awareness student group on campus, directing the summer research fellowship program, and sitting on the advisory board of the Wendt Center. In addition to the fairly typical environmental sciences and chemistry classes I teach, I'm also fortunate enough to teach some wonderful students in some fantastic setting through travel classes, such as Sustainability in Sweden, Canoes and Conditioning (Boundary Waters and Slyvaia Wilderness). In my free time I enjoy being outside with my wonderful wife and two high energy children.
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Course Modules (3)
Module 6: Geochemistry and biogeochemistry part of Critical Zone Science
Adam Hoffman (University of Dubuque) and Adam Wymore (University of New Hampshire) Summary and Overview This module examines the integrated roles that biology, geology, and chemistry play in the CZ. Engaging ...
Unit 6.2 - Biogeochemical Examples part of Critical Zone Science
In this week-long unit students will explore Critical Zone function and dynamics as they relate to nutrient cycling in agricultural systems and nutrient pollution into aquatic systems. This unit is generally ...
Unit 7.3 - Panel Review part of Critical Zone Science
Peer review is an important process in determining priorities for scientific research. Students will participate in a panel review of proposals for new CZOs and as a class decide on the proposal most worthy of ...
Sediments and carbon burial on the continental margins part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:Mini Lesson Collection 2014
This lesson explores factors that control the character and fate of carbon delivered by rivers from the continents to the oceans, using mapped characteristics and data from 12 different rivers, including the MARGINS Waipaoa and Fly systems.
From Source to Sink: How Sediment Reflects the Journey from the Mountains to the Sea part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:Mini Lesson Collection 2014
This is one component of the Source to Sink Mini Lesson Set Continental margins are phenomenal places to study the modern sedimentary cycle because sediment in margin regions has been routed from mountains ...
Sediment Dispersal and Continental Margin Stratigraphy part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:Mini Lesson Collection 2014
This module examines different sediment dispersal systems and their relationships and controls on margin stratigraphy and geometry, using data sets from the Fly and Waipaoa river systems.
Holocene Optimum: A time of massively increased sediment discharge for Asian Rivers part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:Mini Lesson Collection 2014
This is one component of the Source to Sink Mini Lesson Set This module is part of a larger set of mini-lessons that explores the variations in water and particulate mass flux from rivers that result from changing ...
S2S Introduction: The Source-to-Sink Mini-Lesson Series part of MARGINS Data in the Classroom:Mini Lesson Collection 2014
This module focuses on characterizing different river systems to better understand where sediment comes from and the variables that control sediment supply to continental margins in different tectonic settings.
Conference Presentation (1)
Implementing InTeGrate Critical Zone Science materials in an undergraduate geoscience curriculum part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
The InTeGrate course "Introduction to the Critical Zone Science" was developed by an interdisciplinary team from a variety of institutions to introduce and examine the life-sustaining services and ...
Other Contribution (1)
Adam Hoffman: Using in Introduction to the Critical Zone Sciences at University of Dubuque part of Critical Zone Science
I have had success teaching the entire Introduction to Critical Zone Sciences course in a variety of contexts. I first taught the course in a traditional face-to-face format over the course of a semester. The students were very excited and enjoyed the variety of disciplines covered in the course and the real-world data that were assigned to interact with. The second time I taught the course I taught it as an online summer class and again the feedback was positive regarding the data analysis activities.