July 17, 2012
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology, Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS)
Douglas Wallace is a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology at Dalhousie University. He is a world leader in developing and applying new technologies to measure changes to the world’s oceans.
Dr. Wallace is a former professor of marine chemistry at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences in Kiel, Germany. There, he also served as deputy director and head of the Marine Biogeochemistry Research Division. He holds a PhD in chemical oceanography from Dalhousie University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.
Dr. Wallace spent more than a decade working as a scientist at the prestigious Brookhaven National Laboratory in the United States. He also made significant scientific contributions to his field through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the U.S. Department of Energy, where he developed the first survey to measure the global distribution of fossil-fuel carbon in the oceans. Dr. Wallace is highly skilled at building successful multidisciplinary research teams, including CARBOOCEAN, a five-year study of the ocean carbon cycle, SOLAS, a global project investigating interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean, and the Sonderforschungsbereich 754 “Climate – Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Oceans”. He also led the development of an ocean and atmosphere observatory on the Cape Verde Islands off the West African coast.