Mike Hoffmann dedicates all of his time to the grand challenge of climate change and helps people understand and appreciate what is happening through food. Melting glaciers are bad enough, but the loss of coffee is downright terrifying — this keeps Professor Hoffmann going. He tells the climate change story with passion, a little humor, and without doom and gloom. It’s a science-based message about what is happening and what we all can do about it.
Professor Hoffmann has published climate change articles in media including The Hill, Medium, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Fortune, and USA Today, and he is lead author of “Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need” (Cornell Press 2021). His TEDx Talk “Climate change: It’s time to raise our voices” has also been well received.
Previous positions Professor Hoffmann has held at Cornell include Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change Solutions, Director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Associate Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Director of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. Professor Hoffmann received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, M.S. from the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. He now holds the title of Professor Emeritus. He will tell the climate change story until he no longer can.