University of Queensland, Australia
I have two passions in life: to work with young people and to solve industry related problems. I have managed to combine these passions with my two hobbies, hunting and fishing, by doing research on meat with an emphasis on game/exotic meat and fish flesh. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to create an opportunity for a young student and to see how the student grabs this and develops into a focused researcher. Then of course there is the added pleasure of having been able to do research on Africa’s mammals which filled my need to be close to mother earth; a need that has its origin when I grew up on my family’s cattle ranch in Zimbabwe.
My enjoyment of working with students is clearly illustrated by the fact that 38 PhD, 139 MSc and numerous honours students have completed their studies under my guidance. I have also published over 397 peer-reviewed papers and have addressed numerous local and international audiences on my research. I have a h-index of 34 (Scopus https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7201395420) and 39 (sematic scholar, https://www.semanticscholar.org/author/L.-Hoffman/3763443).
In 2006, I received the silver medal award from the South African Society for Animal Science in acknowledgement of exceptionally meritorious and original research or extension work in furtherance of Animal Science. In 2010, my research contribution in the discipline of exotic meats was recognized by the University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) when they invited me to present a public lecture on this topic during the prestigious Hector and Andrew Stewart Memorial Lecture. In 2012, I was awarded a prestigious visiting professorship under the Cariparo program of Padova University (Italy) where I spent three months teaching the PhD students about game, ostrich, and crocodile production systems as well as the factors that influences their meat quality. Since then, I have had an active Erasmus Mundus exchange programme with Padova University. For a three-year period (2015-2017), I have also established a second Erasmus Mundus exchange programme with the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences. In 2013, my research on game meat and its contribution to International knowledge was recognised internationally when the American Meat Science Association awarded me the AMSA International Lectureship Award. This award was established in 1992 to honour an individual for “internationally recognized contributions to the field of meat science and technology, and active leadership and promotion of international activities that foster cooperation and open communication, and the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of society through meat science and technology.” My old Institution (University of Stellenbosch) had acknowledged my research outputs by awarding me their “Research Award for Exceptional Achievement”.
Presently, I am employed as a Meat Scientist at the University of Queensland with a focus on red meat. But I must admit, there is nothing as energising as going on a research excursion with my students to collect game meat samples under the African sky.