We are a world-class research program established to observe, understand, and predict biogeochemical and ecological change in the ocean.

What is CERC?

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program supports Canadian universities in their efforts to build on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. This prestigious program funds top researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities. Learn more about CERC at the Government of Canada website.


CERC.OCEAN is Chairholder Doug Wallace's research group in ocean science and technology at Dal. We aim to develop new approaches to observe the changing ocean and study ocean processes. Learn more about CERC.OCEAN research.

Quick Facts about CERC

  • Each chair gets $10 million over 7 years from the Government of Canada
  • 18 chairs awarded throughout Canada (2 in the Maritimes)
  • Objective: “to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities”
  • In 2011, Douglas Wallace was awarded the CERC in Ocean Science and Technology at Dalhousie University

Meet our Researchers

Led by chemical oceanographer Dr. Doug Wallace, our reseach team has a wealth of ocean expertise. Learn more about our personnel and find contact information.

Dalhousie Ocean Sciences Building

This 68,000 sq. ft. complex is the home of the CERC.OCEAN research group. The building is at the west end of the Life Sciences Centre on Dalhousie's Studley Campus. Learn more about the Dalhousie Ocean Sciences Building (DOSB) through Campus Development.