Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York – Robert Brinkmann, PhD, Professor of Geology, Environment and Sustainability, has been elected chairman of the board of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI), a world leader in promoting research, environmental management and educational initiatives about cave and karst landscapes.
Brinkmann is the director of Hofstra University’s Sustainability Studies Program, the director of Sustainability Research with the Hofstra University National Center for Suburban Studies, and the commissioner of Environmental Affairs for the Village of Manorhaven, New York. He has been the vice chairman of NCKRI since 2010, and in his new role as chairman, he brings extensive administrative and research experience.
“I am delighted to be part of this important organization,” Brinkmann said. “Karst landscapes account for 20 percent of the Earth’s surface and the world derives 50 percent of its drinking water from these areas. I am pleased to work to advance the knowledge about these environmentally significant areas.”
Brinkmann is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, and has authored or co-authored several dozen articles, books, and book chapters on the subject. In addition, his forthcoming book on sinkholes in Florida, Florida Sinkholes: Science and Policy will be published this year by the University Press of Florida.
NCKRI, based in Carlsbad, New Mexico, serves as the only research institute in the United States focused on cave and karst research. It is funded by the U.S. Government, the State of New Mexico, and the City of Carlsbad, and runs under the direction of karst scientist, Dr. George Veni.
“Dr. Brinkmann is an exceptional leader with the great personality, perspective, and vision needed to lead NCKRI’s board,” Dr. Veni said. “His in-depth administrative skills and his knowledge of karst make him an ideal chairman.”
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.