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Michael A. Hoggarth , Ph.D.

Professor , Ecology & Environmental Science, Field Biology
Department of
Biology and Earth Science

p/ 614.823.1667
e/ mhoggarth@otterbein.edu
Office: Science Center, 144D


  • B.S. Biology, Seattle Pacific College, 1977
  • M.S. Biology, University of North Alabama, 1980
  • Ph.D. Zoology, The Ohio State University, 1988

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Life history, Systematics, and Ecology of freshwater mussels
  • The interactions mussels have with other aquatic organisms
  • Mussels, other invertebrates and fish as indicators of water resource integrity


  • Freshwater Mussels of Ohio, The Ohio State University Press, 2009

Affiliations & Awards

  • Ohio Academy of Science
  • Fellow Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society

Personal Biography

Michael teaches several biology and zoology courses and serves as advisor for students doing independent research and internships. He is interested in Malacology, Ecology and Field Biology, and is an aquatic ecologist and a specialist on the life history and ecology of mussels in the family Unionidae. His research deals with the abundance and distribution of aquatic animals, especially mussels and fish. Michael's interests encompass all aquatic animals and the biological assessment methods developed to assess water resource integrity based on these animals, such as the Invertebrate Community Index. He and his students work on projects as varied as the development of a Mussel Index of Biotic Integrity, Muskrat predation on mussels, and an assessment of electroshocking and seining methods in regards to fish diversity assessment.

Personal Note to Students

My personal teaching philosophy is to provide students with the knowledge and experience of being a biologist.  Science is all about discovery and that can happen in the class, the laboratory and the field.

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614.823.1556

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