MR. DAVID DOUGLAS

David Douglas is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center.  He received graduate education at Utah State University and Washington State University, focusing on biology and computer programming. He began his career in Alaska in 1986 collaborating on the first Argos satellite tracking studies of caribou and polar bears.  He has since helped his peers at the Alaska Science Center obtain, maintain, and analyze an Argos tracking database comprised of over 3700 transmitter deployments on over 45 species.  Mr. Douglas has been involved with numerous assessments of Argos location accuracy and transmitter performance. His main scientific interests fall broadly under the topic of “habitat dynamics”, in which he exploits satellite remote sensing and reanalysis data to investigate how variations in climate affect the quality and availability of wildlife habitats, and how variations in weather affect the timing and routes of wildlife migrations. To this end, he aspires to a professional goal of contributing new science to the conservation and management of migratory wildlife populations. When not analyzing Argos data, he enjoys backpacking and sea kayaking in the pristine settings that surround his home in Juneau Alaska.