Porter Hoagland

Senior Research Specialist
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


  • Visiting Professor of Ocean and Coastal Policy, Sea Education Association (SEA)
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Faculty, Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island

Selected Recent Publications (* = student author)

Hein CJ, *Fallon AR, Georgiou IP, Hoagland P, Rosen P, Baker S, Marino GB. 2019. Shoreline dynamics along a developed river mouth barrier island: multi-decadal cycles of erosion and event-driven mitigation. Front. Earth Sci. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2019.00103.

*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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.12.047.

*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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.056.

Adams CM, Larkin SL, Hoagland P, *Sancewich B. 2018. Assessing the economic consequences of harmful algal blooms: a summary of existing literature, research methods, data, and information gaps. In Shumway SE, ed., Harmful Algal Blooms: A Compendium Desk Reference. New York: John Wiley, pp. 337-354.

*Diaz RE, Friedman MA, Jin D, Beet A, Kirkpatrick B, Reich AR, Kirkpatrick G, Ullmann SG, Fleming LE, Hoagland P. 2018. Neurological illnesses associated with Florida red tide (Karenia brevis) blooms. Harm. Alg. 82:73-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2018.07.002.

*Hutcheson WE, Hoagland P, Jin D. 2018. Estimating the economic value of environmental education in the Hudson River Estuary. Ecosys. Svcs. 31C:387-394. https://doi.org/ 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.10.018.

*Graikoski M, Hoagland P. 2017. Market-based rolling easements to reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities in Massachusetts. Sea Grant L. & Pol’y J. 8:117-149. http://nsglc.olemiss.edu/sglpj/.

*Fallon AR, Hoagland P, Jin D, *Phalen W, Fitzsimons G, Hein C. 2017. Adapting without retreating: responses to shoreline change on an inlet-associated coastal beach. Coast. Manag. 45:360-383. https://doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2017.1345607.

*Patrolia E, Thompson R, Dalton T, Hoagland P. 2017. The influence of weather on the recreational uses of coastal lagoons. Mar. Pol’y 83:252-258. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.marpol.2017.06.019.

Jin D, DePiper G, Hoagland P. 2016. An empirical analysis of portfolio management as a tool for implementing ecosystem-based fishery management. No. Am. J. Fish. Mgmt. 36:652-669. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02755947.2016.1146180.

Berdalet E, Fleming LE, Gowen R, Davidson K, Hess P, Backer LC, Moore SK, Hoagland P, Enevoldsen H. 2015. Marine harmful algal blooms, human health and wellbeing: challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. J. Mar. Biol. Assoc. UK 96:61-91.http://www.ncbi.nlm. nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4676275.

*Bush D, Hoagland P. 2015. Public opinion and the environmental, economic, and aesthetic impacts of offshore wind. Oc. Coast. Mgmt. 120:70-79. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman. 2015.11.018

Hoagland P, Dalton TM, Jin D, Dwyer J. 2015. An approach for assessing the spatial welfare and distributional effects of siting wind energy in the ocean: the Rhode Island/ Massachusetts “Area of Mutual Interest.” Mar. Pol’y 58:51-59.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2015.04.010.


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

  • Sheron Luk (2016-19; Ph.D. Candidate, MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography)
  • Aria Finkelstein (Guest Student, 2017-19; Ph.D. Candidate, Urban & Environmental Planning, MIT)
  • Sally Dowd (WHOI Summer Student Fellow, 2019; B.S. Molecular Environmental Biology, UC Berkeley)
  • Ethan Kendall (Guest Student, 2019; B.A. Economics, Williams)
  • Slater Payne (PEP Fellow, 2019; B.A. Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology; Russian Studies; Beloit)
  • Kate Rawson (WHOI Summer Student Fellow, 2017; B.S. Environmental Science, Mount Holyoke)