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Michael Hoggarth, Ph.D

Department of Biology and Earth Science



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

Research and 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
Professional Affiliations and Awards
  • Ohio Academy of Science, Fellow & President
  • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society
Freshwater Mussels of Ohio, The Ohio State University Press, 2009

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.

Personal Bio
Dr. Hoggarth 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. His 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.

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