As senior director of the Wildflower Center, Waitt has broad responsibility for developing its 279 acres of gardens and natural areas. In addition, he supervises program activities including horticulture, plant conservation, education, invasive species initiatives and living collections. Waitt holds a doctorate in botany from The University of Texas in Austin and serves as the Center's botanical authority and author of the Center's Native Plant Information Network. It is the largest online database about native plants in North America.
Waitt has particular interest in combating environmental damage from aggressive, non-native plants and pests. He serves on an advisory committee for the National Invasive Species Council, and as the Center's liaison to the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species. He founded and is a past president of the Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council, as well as a past chair of the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils. He also serves on the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee Advisory Group. Prior to joining the Wildflower Center in 2001, Waitt served on the faculty at Saint Edward's University and Southwestern University and directed environmental programs for the Associated Colleges of the South.
Botany; online native plant resources; addressing non-native (invasive) plants