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Porter Hoagland

Oceanographer Emeritus
Marine Policy Center

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Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2867
Building: Crowell House

Mailing Address:
MS #41, Marine Policy Center
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

  • Economics and public policy of marine resources and the ocean environment
  • Optimal management of ocean and coastal resources and their uses
  • Distribution and allocation of property rights in ocean and coastal resources
  • Economic impact of and responses to coastal and ocean natural hazards


  • Faculty Member, MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Faculty, Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
  • Visiting Professor of Ocean and Coastal Policy, Sea Education Association (SEA)

Selected Recent Publications (* = student author)

*Finkelstein AR, Hoagland P. 2020. The lungs of the earth: shifting a metaphor from superstition to science. Georgetown J. Int’l Aff. (13 October): /2020/10/13/the-lungs-of-the-earth-shifting-a-metaphor-from-superstition-to-science/

Hoagland P, Jin D, Beaulieu S. 2020. A primer on the economics of natural capital and its relevance to deep ocean exploitation and conservation. In Baker MC, Ramirez-Llodra E, Tyler PA, eds., Natural Capital and Exploitation of the Deep Sea. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, Ch. 12.

Hoagland P, Beet A, Ralston D, Parsons G, *Shirazi Y, *Carr E. 2020. Salinity intrusion in a modified river-estuary system: a framework for integrated source-to-sea management. Front. Mar. Sci..

Hoagland P, Kirkpatrick B, Jin D, Kirkpatrick G, Fleming L, Reich A, Ullmann S, Beet A, Hitchcock G, Kohler K, Li Z, Garrison B, *Diaz RE, Lovko V. 2020. Lessening the hazards of Florida red tides: a common sense approach. Front. Mar. Sci. 7(June):538.

*Luk S, Hoagland P, Rheuban JE, Costa JE, Doney SC. 2019. Modeling the effect of water quality on the recreational shellfishing cultural ecosystem service of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.  Mar. Poll. Bull. 140:364-373.

*Rawson K, Hoagland P. 2019. Sea cucumbers in a pickle: the economic geography of the serial exploitation of sea cucumbers. Ecol. & Soc. 24:35.

*Shirazi Y, *Carr EW, Parsons GR, Hoagland P, Ralston DK, Chen J-L. 2019. Increased operational costs of electricity generation in the Delaware River and Estuary from salinity increases due to sea-level rise and a deepened channel. J. Environ. Manag. 244:228-234.

*Hutcheson WE, Hoagland P, Jin D. 2018. Estimating the economic value of environmental education in the Hudson River Estuary. Ecosys. Svcs. 31C:387-394. 10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.03.005

*Carr EW, *Shirazi Y, Parsons G, Hoagland P, Sommerfield CK. 2017. The economic value of carbon sequestration by wetlands in the Delaware Estuary: historic estimates and future projections. J. Environ. Mgmt. 206:40-50.


Ph.D. Marine Policy. 2000. University of Delaware

M.P.A. Public Administration. 1993. Harvard University

M.M.P. Marine Policy. 1982. University of Delaware

B.S. Biology. 1977. Hobart College

Current Students and Postdocs

  • Melina Kourantidou (Ocean Frontier Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-20; Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 2017)
  • Sheron Luk (2016-21; Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry and Geochemistry, MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography)
  • Aria Ritz Finkelstein (Guest Student, 2017-21; Ph.D. Candidate in Urban & Environmental Planning, MIT)
  • Sally Dowd (WHOI Summer Student Fellow, 2019; B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology, UC Berkeley, 2020)
  • Slater Payne (PEP Fellow, 2019; B.A. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology and Russian Studies; Beloit, 2019)