Douglas Wallace is Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Laureate in Ocean Science and Technology as well as Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Science and Technology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Wallace also serves as Scientific Director of the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR; www.meopar.ca), a large Canadian network focused on marine risk. He is Co-Chair of DOTCAN (Development of Ocean Technical Capacity with Africa Nations): a not-for-profit that promotes a sustainable blue economy through grass-roots cooperation with West African countries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science, and has co-authored over 135 peer-reviewed publications.
Wallace grew up on the Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland and obtained a bachelor’s in environmental science from the University of East Anglia followed by a Ph.D in chemical oceanography from Dalhousie University. He spent more than a decade working at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in the United States. Prior to his appointment at Dalhousie in 2011, Dr. Wallace was professor of marine chemistry at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) in Germany, where he served as deputy director and head of the Marine Biogeochemistry Research Division. Dr. Wallace has contributed to building a number of multidisciplinary research teams and programs in the USA, Germany, Europe, West Africa and Canada. His research interests focus on the ocean carbon cycle and air-sea exchange of gases.