Douglas McCauley

Douglas McCauley

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology

McCauley Lab


Douglas McCauley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology and directs the Benioff Ocean Initiative, based in the Marine Science Institute. One research track in the Benioff Ocean Initiative involves applying artificial intelligence to better understand and manage ocean ecosystems.


Douglas McCauley is an Associate Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara and the Director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative – an applied research center based at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute that creates replicable, science-based solutions to improve ocean health. Prof. McCauley is a Sloan Research Fellow in the Ocean Sciences and member of World Economic Forum’s Friends of Ocean Action. Prof. McCauley has degrees in political science and biology from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Biology from Stanford. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford, Princeton, and UC Berkeley. Research by Dr. McCauley 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 outlets such as the New York Times, BBC, TIME, and US National Public Radio.