Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability
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DegreesPHD, 1989, Univ Wisconsin; MS, 1986, Univ Wisconsin; BS, 1983, Univ Wisc Oshkosh
Robert Brinkmann is the Director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra and a Professor in Geology, Environment, and Sustainability. He is also the Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies. He holds a Geology BS and MS, and a Ph.D. in Geography.
Brinkmann's research focuses largely on urban and suburban environmental sustainability. He has published on a variety of topics including urban storm water pollution, street sweeping, climate change policy, and cave and karst science and management. Brinkmann's book (with Graham A. Tobin), Urban Sediment Removal: The Science, Policy, and Management of Street Sweeping is the only book on the topic of street sweeping science in the academic literature. He has conducted a number of community-based sustainability research projects, most recently in Sarasota, Florida. He has received numerous research grants for his work. He is currently interested in working with communities to improve local sustainability efforts. Brinkmann’s forthcoming book on sinkholes in Florida will be out this year. He has also started a research program on sustainability assessment and management in China.
Brinkmann believes that students thrive when challenged with real-world problems. Thus, he likes to engage students in community-based research that has the potential to make a difference. He teaches a variety of courses in the Department and is currently developing the new Sustainability Studies undergraduate and graduate curricula.
Brinkmann is active with a number of organizations. He is one of the Associate Editors of the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, the Editor of the Journal of Suburban Sustainability, was the President of the Florida Society of Geographers, and is the Chair of the Board of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute.
Recent Courses Taught
|GEOG 002||(BH) HUMAN GEOGRAPHY||Undergraduate|
|GEOG 110||(BH) GEOGRAPHY OF US & CANADA||Undergraduate|
|GS 100||HONORS ESSAY||Undergraduate|
|SBLY 001||(IS)INTRO SUSTAINABLTY STUDIES||Undergraduate|
|SBLY 002||(IS) URBAN & SUBURBAN SBLY||Undergraduate|
|SBLY 014F||(IS) INTRO TO SUSTAINABILITY||Undergraduate|
|SBLY 105||SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABILITY||Undergraduate|
|SBLY 180||SUSTAINABILITY INTERNSHIP||Undergraduate|