Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Sharon Hoffmann

Assistant Professor of Geology

Hoffmann CMS 1332, DeLoach 128
Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-2072; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:, Personal Webpage

Paleoceanography, Isotope Geochemistry

Ph.D., 2009, MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography; Woods Hole, MA
B.A., 1999, Columbia University, New York, NY

OCN 150 Introduction to Oceanography
GLY 350 Advanced Oceanography

Research Interests:

Dr. Hoffmann studies the history of the oceans and climate, using the chemistry of geological archives such as deep sea sediments and tropical cave stalagmites. Her research focuses on uranium-series radioisotopes in marine sediments from the Arctic and Atlantic, to investigate past deep ocean circulation, particle scavenging dynamics, and sedimentation processes. She also measures stable isotopes from cave deposits in Borneo, located within the Western Pacific Warm Pool, to study the history of El Nino-Southern Oscillation variability.