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Forrest M Hoffman is a Distinguished Computational Earth System Scientist and the Group Leader for the Computational Earth Sciences Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the United States. As a resident researcher in ORNL’s Climate Change Science Institute, Forrest develops and applies Earth system models to investigate the global carbon cycle and feedbacks between biogeochemical cycles and the climate system. He applies data mining and machine learning methods using high performance computing to problems in landscape ecology, ecosystem modeling, remote sensing, and large-scale climate data analytics. Forrest is also a Joint Faculty Member in the University of Tennessee’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee.