Doug Krause


Contact Information


Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
8622 Kennel Way, Mail code 0208
La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: (858) 822-2724

(w/ banana slug)



I have been down to the Antarctic 8 of the last 10 austral summers with NOAA's Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division. I went to the Antarctic in search of a one-time adventure, but was drawn in by its singularly captivating environment. It did not take long to witness that environment undergoing rapid change driven by anthropogenic stress. Through my project at SIO I hope to gather critical baseline data about pinniped populations in the Antarctic Peninsula, and develop educational tools that raise awareness about a marine ecosystem outside the consciousness of most in the U.S. My research will be focused on: predator-prey interactions of Antarctic pinnipeds, leopard seal behavior and ecology, aerial survey techniques, how phocid body shape relates to nutritive condition, and inquiry-based science education.

Publications and Presentations:

  • Goebel, M.E., D.J. Krause, S. Freeman, R. Burner, C. Bonin, R. Vasquez Del Mercado, A. Van Cise, and J. Gafney. 2009. Pinniped Research at Cape Shirreff, Livingston Island, Antarctica, 2008/2009. In: AMLR 2008/2009 Field Season Report: Objectives, Accomplishments and Tentative Conclusions. Ed. Amy Van Cise. NOAA-TM-NMFS-SWFSC-445. pp 38.

  • Krause, D.J. and M. Goebel. High resolution dive records of leopard seals (Hydrurga Leoptonyx) near mesopredator breeding colonies reveal a crepuscular foraging strategy. Presented at the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa, FL. December, 2011.

  • Krause, D.J., M. Goebel, S. Sexton, R. Haner, and B. McDonald. Post-weaning dispersal and habitat utilization of Antarctic fur seal young of the year. Presented at the 17th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Cape Town, South Africa. November, 2007.

  • Krause, D.J. STAR-CAST: Unveiling faulty Causal Models through Interactive Software. Harvard Educational Research Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. April 2007.


All images collected pursuant to NMFS Marine Mammal Protection Act permit # 774-1847-04