Althea Hotaling Hagan

Director: Online Masters in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: 245 Lehotsky
Phone: 864-656-4823


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Ecology
University of Florida 2014

M.S. Interdisciplinary Ecology
University of Florida 2008

B.S. Marine Biology
University of West Florida 2003

 Courses Taught

Restoration Ecology ENR 4130/6130
Graduate Seminar FNR 8080
Wildlife Biology Lab WFB 3010


I received my PhD from the University of Florida in Spring of 2014. My doctoral research was based on a three pronged approach to restoring seagrass in a SW Florida Bay. I created a GIS model of the underwater light environment which is critical for seagrass restoration. I worked with stakeholders, who were informed by the model I created, to create a restoration plan for seagrass in the Bay. The law and policy regarding restoring seagrass was also investigated and changes that would make it easier to restore this important community were recommended. I also have an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida. For my master’s I worked in the Everglades creating a model that related plant community changes to hydrology or seasonal water levels. Prior to graduate school I worked in the Peace Corps for over 2 years in coastal Ecuador. As an undergraduate I also had the opportunity to participate in research in SE Sulawesi Indonesia. I have a 3 year old daughter and a six month old son who keep me busy when I'm not at work.

 Research Interests

Restoration, Wetland Ecology, Novel Ecosystems, Disturbance Processes, Adaptive Collaborative Management, Environmental Law and Policy, Environmental Education and Sustainability, Applied Participatory Research


Hotaling Hagan, A., M. Monroe, R. Swett (2017). Facilitating and Measuring Social Learning During a Workshop Designed to Foster Adaptive Collaborative Management. Society and Natural Resources (in review).
Hotaling Hagan, A., R. Swett, T. Frazer, L. Rex Ellis (2017). A Spatial Model to Improve Site Selection for Seagrass Restoration in Shallow Boating Environments. Journal of Environmental Management 186, 42-54.
Hotaling, A., B. Lingle, T. Ankersen (2011). Comprehensive Seagrass Restoration Planning in Southwest Florida: Science, Law and Management. Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal 4:1, 61-78.
Hotaling, A., F. Percival, W. Kitchens, J. Kasbohm (2010). The Persistence of the Endangered Florida Salt Marsh Vole in the salt marshes of the Central Florida Gulf Coast. Southeastern Naturalist 9:4, 795-802.
Hotaling, A., J. Martin, W. Kitchens (2009). Estimating Transition Probabilities among Everglades Wetland Communities using Multistate Models. Wetlands 29:4, 1224-1233.