About Donna

Signals of climate change are pervasive in marine and freshwater ecosystems, and much of my research is centered on understanding the ecological implications of environmental change. Some of the most profound physical changes on earth are occurring in Arctic marine ecosystems, where I examine responses in marine predator movement and behavior. Understanding animal movement across multiple scales is a unifying theme of my research, allowing me to engage in applied research at the intersections of marine biology, oceanography, and fisheries. Much of my work links physical factors to ecological outcomes and directly affects conservation and management.


My research interests in marine and freshwater ecosystems were spurred by a childhood spent exploring southcentral Alaska and launched by a formal education from the University of Washington (UW). As a postdoctoral researcher at the UW Polar Science Center, I am studying the related issues of recent and future sea ice loss, marine mammal responses, and shifting habitat for these ‘sentinel’ species in an increasingly navigable Arctic. I am also a visiting scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, which allows me to explore Alaska’s trails, rivers, and bays with my family.

Much of my past and current research involves the spatial and temporal distribution of marine mammals in the Pacific Northwest and across the Arctic, while in positions in academia, non-profits, government agencies (in the US and Canada!), and environmental consulting. I believe that addressing ‘wicked’ problems like climate change requires the integration of diverse perspectives. I was fortunate to be involved in an interdisciplinary research team during my dissertation as a Fellow in the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program on Ocean Change. We have been working to interpret climate change signals across disciplinary boundaries.

Read more in my CV (which I might even update sometimes…) and feel free to be in touch!

Dr. Donna DW Hauser

Formal affiliation:

University of Washington

Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory

Seattle, WA 98195 USA

Email: dhauser uw edu

Visiting Scientist:

University of Alaska Fairbanks

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

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