kyle cavanaugh

Kyle Cavanaugh

Vice Director, Marine Center; Assistant Professor

UCLA Department of Geography

Bunche 1156
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Kyle Cavanaugh studies the drivers and consequences of changes in coastal foundation species such as giant kelp forests and mangroves. He is especially interested in what controls large-scale changes in the distribution and abundance of these species. Much of his research utilizes remote sensing (e.g. satellite, aerial, and UAV imagery) to document ecological change over large space and time scales.


  • PhD, Marine Science, University of California, Santa Barbara (2011)
  • B.S., Geosciences, Trinity University (2003)