Douglas Causey, Ph.D.

Dr. Douglas Causey
Department of Biological Sciences
EBL 116
(907) 786-1310


  • 1982 Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • 1980 M. S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • 1977 M. S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine
  • 1974 B. S. Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine (with Honors)

Research Interests

The Causey lab studies complex ecological phenomena associated with climate change of the Arctic in several interdisciplinary and One-Health contexts.  Current projects include dynamics of ecological change of marine bird communities of the Aleutian Islands and Beringian Islands (Pribilofs, St. Matthew and Hall Islands), coastal marine ecosystem dynamics of Northwest Greenland, behavioral ecology of bats of Southcentral Alaska, viral disease ecology of Little Brown Bats (Myotis lucifugus), Arctic zoonotic disease, and micro- and nanoplastic pollution in the Arctic.

Current and Recent Research Grants

US Dept Homeland Security, “Arctic Domain Awareness Center of Excellence,”  $15,800,000

US Bureau of Oceans and Energy Management, “Foraging and reproductive performance of planktivorous and piscivorous seabirds of the Southeastern Bering Sea,” $449,572

US Army Corps of Engineers, “Ecology of Tricolored Blackbirds on Edwards Airforce Base,” $276,727

US Army Corps of Engineers, “Ecology of Little Brown Bats on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER),” $51,504

National Science Foundation, “IARPC Research Topics for Remote Arctic Alaska,” $93,307


Akers, P. D., B. G. Kopec, K. S. Mattingly, E. S. Klein, D. Causey, J. M. Welker.  In Press.  Baffin Bay sea ice extent and synoptic moisture transport drive water vapor isotope (δ18O, δD, d-excess) variability in coastal northwest Greenland.  Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Padula, V.,A. H. Beaudreau, B. Hagedorn, D. Causey.  In Press.  Plastic-derived contaminants in Aleutian Archipelago seabirds with varied foraging strategies.  Marine Pollution Bulletin

Causey, D. and R. A. KeeIn Press.  Polar Environmental Security: Challenges, Threats, and Realities. In: C. Leuprecht, H. Nicol, D. W. Menezes, D. Causey (eds)., “Geostrategic Futures in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica,” UCL Press, London, UK.

Romano, M. D., H. M. Renner, K. J. Kuletz, J. K. Parrish, T. Jones, H. K. Burgess, D. A. Cushing, D. Causey.  In Press.  Die-offs and reproductive failure of murres in the Bering and Chukchi Seas in 2018.  Deep-Sea Research Part II.

Carney, B., D. Tessler, H. Coletti, J. M. Welker, D. Causey.  In Press.  Diets of Black Oystercatchers (Haematopus bachmani) in the northern Gulf of Alaska based on δ13C and δ15N values of blood and feathers.  PLOS One

Causey, D., and V. M.Padula, The Pelecaniform Birds, 2019. In Cochran, J. Kirk; Bokuniewicz, J. Henry; Yager, L. Patricia (eds.) Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, 3rd Edition, vol.[2], pp. 119-128. Oxford: Elsevier.

Causey, D., A. Stanek, K. Sheehan, K. Burnham.  2019.  Evidence for increasingly rapid destabilization of coastal Arctic foodwebs.  In: L. A. Kyhn and A. Mosbech (eds.), White Paper: North Water Polynya Conference 2017, pp. 65 -70.  Aarhus University, Denmark.

Schock, W. G., J. B. Fischer, C. R. Ely, J. M. Welker, D. Causey.  2018.  Variation in Age Ratio of Midcontinent Greater White-Fronted Geese During Fall Migration.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 9: 340-347.

Causey, D. and V. M Padula.  2017.  Pelecaniformes. Elsevier Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences [DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.09127-2]

Padula, V. M.and Causey, D.  2017.  Discovery and Implications of High Levels of Phthalates and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Seabirds in the Far Western Aleutian Islands  In: McGraw-Hill Access Science. 

Padula, V. M., A. Lopez, and D. Causey.  2017.  Mitochondrial DNA phylogeny of Least Cisco (Coregonus sardinella) in Alaska.  Journal of Fish Biology.  doi:10.1111/jfb.13220

Stanek, A. E., N. Wolf, G. V. Hilderbrand, B. Mangipane, D. Causey, and J. M. Welker.  2017.  Variation in seasonal foraging strategies in Alaska gray wolves in a salmon subsidized ecosystem. Can. J. Zool. 95: 555–563 (2017)

Mehl, H. E., A. De Vos, C. A. Annett, D. Causey.  2017.  Traditional Ecological Knowledge as a complementary framework for valuing cultural ecosystem services, In: Affective Ecologies, Living Economies and Alternate Ways of Valuing Nature, (N. Singh, K. G. Neves, M. Varhan, eds.), U Arizona Press