Jeff Hoffman did his undergraduate and graduate work at Louisiana State University in microbiology. He started work in April 2002 and was the first person hired at the Venter Institute. Since 2002 Jeff has been the Expedition Scientist onboard Sorcerer II. His time on Sorcerer II includes the pilot study in the Sargasso Sea, the circumnavigation around the world from 2004-2006 and the Baltic/Mediterranean/ Black Sea of 2009-2010. He has also been on 3 expeditions to the continent of Antarctica and one Southern Ocean Survey from Australia to Antarctica.