Douglas G. Capone

Marine biologist specializing in ocean ecosystems, bacteria and pollution

Holder of the William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies
Director, USC Marine Environmental Biology Program
Professor of biological sciences, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • environmental microbiology
  • microbial ecology — the role of bacteria in the processing of materials in the environment
  • ocean ecosystems and pollution
  • bay and harbor ecology
  • marine bacteria
  • water quality — biological contaminants in ocean waters
  • satellite observation and remote sensing of the ocean
  • biological oceanography
  • biogeochemistry

Additional Information

  • Author of more than 100 articles in scientific journals, including Science and Nature
  • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (2004)
  • Member, American Society for Microbiology; American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Geophysical Union; and American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

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