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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

(Extracurricular!) Activities

  • Wooden boat-building & restoration student at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades, Newport, RI
  • Currently part of a team restoring the 1931 Herreshoff 12 1/2 named "Katydid"; Follow: @katydid_12.5
  • Currently restoring a Woods Hole spritsail boat (ca. 1905)

Recent Technical Reports

Hoagland P, Bailey M, Bergstrom L, Bundy A, Evans K, Hidalgo M, Johnson A, Kourantidou M, Lana F, Marschoff E, Mohammed E, Ojaveer H, Ormaza-Gonzalez F, Priede IG, Randrianisoa Y, Schmidt J, Sohou Z, Topçu BB, Zhang CI. 2021. Changes in capture fisheries and harvesting of wild marine invertebrates. Ch 15 in the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects: Second World Ocean Assessment. New York: United Nations, pp. 619-636.

Suddleson M, Hoagland P (eds.). 2021. Proceedings of the Virtual Workshop on the Socio-economic Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms in the United States. Woods Hole, MA: US National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (January), 68pp.

Hoagland P, Jin D, Holland M, Kostel K, Taylor E, Renier N, Holmes M. 2019. Value beyond view: illuminating the human benefits of the ocean twilight zone. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 35 pp.

Recent Publications (* = student author)

*Dowd S, Chapman M, Koehn LE, Hoagland P. 2022. The economic tradeoffs and ecological impacts associated with a potential mesopelagic fishery in the California Current. Ecol. Appl. e2578.

*Payne S, Hoagland P. 2022. A twilight zone episode: historical expansion of the Soviet Union’s fishing fleet and the exploitation of mesopelagic fisheries in the Southern Ocean. Oc. Yrbk. 36:526-549

Jin D, Hoagland P, Ashton A. 2021. Risk adverse choices of beach width under environmental uncertainty. Nat. Res. Model. e12324.

Kourantidou M, Hoagland P, Dale A, Bailey M. 2021. Equitable allocations in northern fisheries: bridging the divide for the Labrador Inuit. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:590213. fmars.2021.590213

*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, MassachusettsMar. 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.

*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


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

  • Aria Ritz Finkelstein (Guest Student, 2017-21; Ph.D. Candidate in Urban & Environmental Planning, MIT)