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Douglas McCauley    

Professor of Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara; Director Benioff Ocean Initiative

Douglas McCauley is a Professor of marine science at the University of California, Santa Barbara and he serves as the Director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative. Based at UC Santa Barbara, the Benioff Ocean Initiative combines cutting-edge marine research with innovative technology to solve pressing ocean problems. Centerpiece projects for the Benioff Ocean Initiative include protecting endangered whales from ship collisions, reducing the flow of plastics into the ocean, and supporting the establishment of ocean protected areas that providesafe refuges for marine wildlife.

Prof. McCauley has a degree in political science and a degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley. His earned his PhD at Stanford University where he studied the ecology of sharks, giant parrotfish, and coral reef ecosystems. Prof. McCauley did postdoctoral research at Stanford University, Princeton University, and UC Berkeley. Prof. McCauley’s science is motivated by the belief that we must better understand how complex ocean ecosystems work if we want to protect them from threats like overfishing, climate change, and pollution.

Work from the McCauley Lab has been published in leading research journals such as Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, and has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, Time, US National Public Radio, and at the World Economic Forum. Prof. McCauley was named a Sloan Research Fellow in the Ocean Sciences.

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