|Dr. Waite was appointed Associate Vice-President Research (Ocean) of Dalhousie University and Scientific Director of Ocean Frontier Institute commencing Sept. 1, 2018. Previously, she served as Section Head of Polar Biological Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and as Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Biology at the University of Bremen.
After completing a BSc in biology in 1985 Dalhousie, she obtained her PhD in 1992 in biological oceanography at the University of British Columbia. She then held postdoctoral positions at WHOI (USA) and the Victoria University (New Zealand).
In 1997 Dr. Waite took a professorship at University of Western Australia in Perth, and was there for 17 years as a biological oceanographer. She was a research group leader in the Oceans Institute as well as teaching students in the Environmental Engineering program. Dr. Waite’s early work included participation in the first Southern Ocean iron fertilization experiment, SOIREE. After this, Dr. Waite’s work in the East Indian Ocean explored the dynamics of mesoscale eddies, the nitrogen cycle in oligotrophic systems and the biology of the spiny lobster larvae in Australian waters. Her current interests include nitrogen fluxes in polar oceans and particle dynamics in mesoscale eddies, and she is on the Project Board for the 2019-20 Arctic ice-drift program MOSAiC.
Dr. Waite was Board Member of the American Association for Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) from 2011 to 2014, and she currently serves on the Editorial Board of Limnology and Oceanography and as Proxy Editor-in-Chief. She is international advisor to the Board of Directors of the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre ACE CRC in Hobart, Australia, a member of the Norwegian Research Council Advisory Board, and a member of the Programme Advisory Group for the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Research Programme. She is co-chair of the SCOR Working Group on biological observation systems, “P-OBS.” She has been on the Steering Committee of the Southern Ocean Observation System (SOOS) since 2017 and on the SOOS Executive Committee since 2018.