Eileen Hofmann is Professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Ocean and Earth Sciences and a member of the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography at Old Dominion University. Her research on understanding physical-biological interactions in marine ecosystems was recognized by her election as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Her research has focused on a range of marine environments, most recently the continental shelf region of the Ross Sea and the Middle Atlantic Bight of the east coast of the United States. She contributed to the initial 2010 SOOS Science Plan and she presently serves as Co-Chair of SOOS. She contributed to development of the Southern Ocean Action Plan that provides a vision for the Southern Ocean community that aligns with the goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science. Prior to SOOS, Professor Hofmann served as Chair of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research Project and as Chair of the Southern Ocean Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics program. Throughout her career she had been committed to education of the next generation of marine scientists.