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GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Douglas McCauley

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Douglas McCauley, a member of our distinguished GLORES Science Council!

Sunrise on the Port of Los Angeles. Photo: Pete

Douglas McCauley began his career as a fisherman in the Port of Los Angeles. He now serves as a Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. Prof. McCauley has a degree in political science and biology from UC Berkeley. His PhD research was done at Stanford University where he studied the ecology of sharks, large parrotfish and coral reef ecosystems. Much of Prof. McCauley’s research has been conducted in marine protected areas and explores the diverse values of these strategically important parts of our global ocean. Research in Prof. McCauley’s laboratory is motivated by the belief that we must better understand how complex ocean ecosystems work if we want to better protect them. This work has been published in journals such as Science and Nature and has been featured in media outlets such as the New York Times, Time, BBC and National Public Radio. Prof. McCauley is a Sloan Research Fellow in the Ocean Sciences and he serves as the Director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative.


We asked Dr. McCauley why he joined the GLORES Science Council:

A centerpiece of Dr. McCauley’s research is understanding how tools like marine protected areas can secure a healthy future for ocean biodiversity.

“Much of the research in my lab is conducted in marine protected areas in the Pacific. We use these sites as time capsules to help us learn how ocean ecosystems worked before they were heavily disturbed. I feel privileged to spend time learning from these special places and now privileged to help evaluate their success as part of the GLORES Science Council.”


We recently awarded our first Global Ocean Refuges: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Learn more about these exemplary marine protected areas here!


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