Doug McCauley

Dr. Doug McCauley, an Assistant Professor in the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, works as a member of the RTI project, Herbivory and Coral Recruitment. At UC Santa Barbara, Doug’s research focuses on better understanding how ecological communities are constructed and how they operate – as well as determining how these communities interact with one another at the ecosystem level. Doug is particularly interested in how body size shapes the ecology of communities and ecosystems. One of the most dramatic anthropogenic impacts on global ecosystems has been the selective reduction and elimination of large-bodied vertebrates. These losses have dramatically reshaped the size structure of many ecological communities – in both contemporary and historical ecological time. He is deeply interested in this phenomenon because it provides a powerful opportunity to examine how the body size of particular species and the size distributions of entire communities influence key properties of ecological function. Contact Doug