Althea Hotaling Hagan

Director: Online Masters of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program
Senior Lecturer
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: 245 Lehotsky
Phone: 864-656-4823
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 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

Environmental Education WFB 4200/6200
Restoration Ecology ENR 4130/6130
Graduate Seminar FNR 8080


I am an ecologist whose research interests focus broadly on restoration ecology. I work across ecosystems to test restoration theories and improve restoration techniques. I currently have projects in the fire dependent southern blue ridge, longleaf pine of the coastal plain, and fall line stream systems in SC.

 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., S. Ganguli (2023). Project-Based Learning and Assessment in STEM and Social Sciences for Career Readiness (Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, in review).
Grunwald, A., A. Hotaling Hagan, K. Barrett, M. Scott (2023). Restoration best practices for Hymenocallis coronaria: An indicator and flagship species for Southeast fall line stream restoration. Restoration Ecology (In press).
Johnson, E., A. Hotaling Hagan, P. Hiesl (2023). Seed Source for Restoration: Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash) and the Carolina Sandhills. Ecologies 4(2), 344-354.
Phelps, K., P. Hiesl, D. Hagan, and A. Hotaling Hagan (2021). The Harvest Operability Index (HOI): A Decision Support Tool for Mechanized Timber Harvesting in Mountainous Terrain. Forests 12(10), 1307.
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.


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