Don Hagan grew up in Panama City, Florida and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of West Florida. After 2 years in Ecuador with the Peace Corps, he returned to his home state to pursue a master's and Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from the University of Florida. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the forestry program at Clemson University, where he teaches courses in Forest Ecology, Forest Communities, and Dendrology and conducts applied research. His research program addresses how fires influence population, community, and ecosystem-level processes in southern Appalachian forests. Current research projects are supported by the Joint Fire Science Program, the US Forest Service, and the National Park Service. He joined CAFMS in 2016.