Donna Hauser

Donna Hauser


Donna Hauser is a Research Associate at the Polar Science Center working with Kristin Laidre and Harry Stern. She is a marine biologist whose 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 she examines responses in marine predator movement and behavior. Understanding animal movement across multiple scales is a unifying theme of Donna’s research, allowing her to engage in applied research at the intersections of marine biology, oceanography, and fisheries.



Donna’s 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). At the Polar Science Center, she studies 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.

More information about Donna’s research and publications is available on her website:






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