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Douglas McCauley

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Douglas McCauley
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Douglas McCauley
Born (1979-01-31) January 31, 1979 (age 42)
Los Angeles, United States
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Marine Ecology
Ocean Science
🏅 Awards
Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2015)
Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (2018)

Douglas J. McCauley (born January 31, 1979 Los Angeles, CA) is a professor of ocean science at the University of California Santa Barbara[1], and serves as the Director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative - an applied ocean research center based at UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute. His research focuses on using tools from ecology, data science, and marine policy for ocean conservation.


McCauley received a B.A in Integrative Biology and a B.A. in Political Science, both from University of California, Berkeley in 2001. He received his PhD in Biological Sciences at Stanford University in 2010. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University, Princeton University, and University of California, Berkeley.


McCauley’s began as a deckhand on a fishing boat based in Los Angeles Harbor. Prior to his appointment at UC Santa Barbara he also worked with the US National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service in Honolulu, HI.

McCauley is a professor at University of California Santa Barbara (Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology & Marine Science Institute). In 2016 he founded the Benioff Ocean Initiative at UC Santa Barbara with a significant gift from Marc Benioff and Lynne Benioff - founder and CEO of the cloud computing company Salesforce. The mission of the Benioff Ocean Initiative is to leverage the power of science to solve pressing threats challenging ocean health and inspire the replication of these successes. To date the organization has taken on a variety of initiatives including trying to slow the flow of plastic pollution to oceans [2] , using technology to prevent collisions between ships and endangered whale strikes [3] , employing artificial intelligence to help spot white sharks at beaches[4] , creating programs for citizen scientists to aid in the conservation of endangered ocean species [5] , and creating transparency tools to track the start of ocean mining [6].


McCauley’s primary areas of research expertise are in the areas of ocean science, conservation biology, and ecology His pure ecological research has focused on decline of wild animals in ocean ecosystems [7], understanding how energy and materials flow across living ecological systems, how species are interlinked in ecological networks, and how humans as a dominant ecological force, shape the dynamics of nature. His applied science includes research on how the health of nature affects human nutritional health, disease dynamics, wealth systems, and social justice [7].

Public Engagement[edit]

McCauley has been active on topics of ocean health and ecosystem integrity at the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and the US White House. He serves on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2015 McCauley was named an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow. In 2018 he was named an Early Career Fellow by Ecological Society of America. In 2019 he was awarded UC Santa Barbara’s’s Plous award. He was also named a “Human of the Year” by Vice (magazine) Media [8].

Selected works[edit]

McCauley has published more than 85 publications

Some of his most cited publications are as follows:

  • McCauley, D. J.; Pinsky ML; Palumbi SR; Estes JA; Joyce FH; Warner RR; et al. (2015). "Marine defaunation: animal loss in the global oceans". Science. 347 (5478): 395–396. doi:10.1126/science.1255641.
  • McCauley, D. J.; Jablonicky C; Allison EH; Golden CD; Joyce FH; Mayorga J; Kroodsma D; et al. (2018). "Wealthy countries dominate industrial fishing". Science Advances. 4: eaau2161. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aau2161.
  • Pinsky, M. L.; Eikeset AM; McCauley DJ; Payne JL; Sunday JM; et al. (2019). "Greater vulnerability to warming of marine versus terrestrial ectotherms". Nature. 569: 108–111. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1132-4.
  • McCauley, D. J.; Gellner G; Martinez ND; Williams RJ; Sandin SA; Micheli F; Mumby PJ; McCann KS; et al. (2018). "On the prevalence and dynamics of inverted trophic pyramids and otherwise top-heavy communities". Ecology Letters. 21: 439–454. doi:10.1111/ele.12900.
  • McCauley, D. J.; Woods P; Sullivan B; Bergman B; Jablonicky C; Roan A; Hirshfield M; Voerder K; Worm B; et al. (2016). "Ending hide and seek at sea". Science. 351: 1149–1150. doi:10.1126/science.aad5686.
  • Payne, J. L.; Bush AM; Heim; Knope ML; McCauley DJ; et al. (2018). "Ecological selectivity of the emerging mass extinction in the oceans". Ecology Letters. 353: 6305. doi:10.1126/science.aaf2416.
  • Roberts, C. A.; O'Leary BC; McCauley DJ; Cury PM; Duarte CM; Lubchenco J; Pauly D; Saenz-Arroyo A; Wilson RW; Worm B; Castilla JC (2017). "Marine reserves can mitigate and promote adaptation to climate change". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114: 6167–6175. doi:10.1073/pnas.1701262114.


  1. "McCauley Lab". Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  2. "Plastic reduction". Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. "Whale Strikes". Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  4. "Sharkeye". Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  5. "Spotting Giant Sea Bass". Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  6. "Deep Sea Mining Watch". Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction". Retrieved July 3, 2020. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ext" defined multiple times with different content
  8. "Human of the Year". Retrieved July 2, 2020.

External links[edit]

  • McCauley Lab [1]
  • Douglas McCauley UCSB Profile [2]
  • Benioff Ocean Initiative [3]'

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