Scientific Committee


Jennifer M. Lincoln — Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), USA

Jennifer Lincoln

As a dedicated Injury Epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health (NIOSH), Dr. Lincoln serves as both the director of the Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies and Associate Director for Science for the NIOSH Western States Division. For the last twenty-five years, she has continually worked to provide scientific research and leadership to develop tailored risk-reduction interventions for high-risk work, especially in the prevention of traumatic injuries among workers in the commercial fishing industry. Her efforts, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, have led to a substantial decline in commercial fishing deaths. Dr. Lincoln received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and serves as a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.

Barbara Neis — SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, Memorial University, Canada


Barbara Neis (Ph.D.) is a John Paton Lewis Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Based in the Department of Sociology, she is also the Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Past President of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health. Professor Neis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1988. Her research focuses broadly on interactions between work, environment, health and communities in rural and remote contexts.  Professor Neis has worked for more than two decades in multi-disciplinary teams carrying out research on occupational health and safety in marine and coastal contexts. Her past and ongoing research initiatives include research on seafood processing occupational health, fishing safety and aquaculture safety.


Jerry Dzugan — Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA), USA

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Jerry Dzugan has been the Executive Director of the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) since 1987. He has been an educator since 1971 and  commercially fishes in the Alaska salmon troll, seine, and halibut longline fisheries. He has operated a wilderness tour charter vessel, and has owned and operated many types of vessels- sail, paddle and power.  He is a marine safety instructor-trainer, develops marine safety curriculum, teaches many marine safety topics, and works to support a national marine safety instructor network. He has worked as an emergency medicine instructor-trainer and has conducted research on education and marine safety. He earned a graduate degree in marine education & training in Malmo, Sweden, at World Maritime University. He is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fishing Safety Advisory Committee, and is involved with marine safety policy, especially in commercial fishing. He foolishly still owns and maintains a classic 60 year old wooden sailboat while living in the world’s largest temperate rain forest.

Marion Edwin — Optimise, Ltd., New Zealand

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Marion Edwin is a Certified New Zealand Ergonomist (CNZHFE) providing workplace consultancy services around New Zealand though her business, Optimise Ltd. She is the current Chairperson of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand and is on the leadership team of the Health and Safety Association of New Zealand. Marion’s skills include the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in workplaces and includes incident investigation and optimising the design of workplaces, equipment and work systems for improved business productivity. She has experience across many industries – hospitality, food manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, health services, heavy manufacturing, office, corporate, science and research, through to working with New Zealand’s off-shore fishing fleet and assisting government agencies to develop resources for industry injury prevention.  She hails from the sunny climes of Motueka at the top of the South Island and enjoys many aspects of the great outdoors and a good belly laugh.

Ari Gudmundsson — Fishing Operations and Technology Branch, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations (FAO), Italy


Ari Gudmundsson is the head of the Fishing Operations and Technology Branch at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Since he joined FAO in 2004, Gudmundsson has been responsible for fishing vessel development and technology, which includes safety at sea in the fisheries sector. Since 1990, Mr. Gudmundsson has been actively participating in the work of the three international organizations dealing with issues related to the safety of fishing vessels and fishermen, namely IMO, ILO, and FAO. He has also served as Vice-Chairman of the IMO Sub-Committee on Stability and Load Lines and on Fishing Vessels Safety (SLF). Before coming to FAO, Ari had held various positions of high responsibility at the Icelandic Maritime Administration for 18 years. Before becoming a naval architect, Ari also spent some years at sea on both German and Icelandic ships, rising to the rank of 2nd officer.

Judith Read Guernsey, Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University, Canada

Judy Guernsey photoDr. Judith Read Guernsey is Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Guernsey’s research has focused on the hazardous working and living conditions, particularly agriculture, which are present in rural and remote areas in Canada, the US and globally. Her research has contributed to the theoretical conceptualization of physical environments as a social determinant of health. She has been active in the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, the National Collaborating Centre on Environmental Health of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Population Health Council of the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the US Institute of Medicine Scientific Advisory Panel on Damp Indoor Spaces and Health and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Dr. Guernsey received her MSc and PhD as a NIOSH Fellow from the University of Iowa Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health (College of Public Health) after graduating with Honours in Biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Ingunn Marie Holmen—SINTEF Ocean, Norway

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Ingunn Marie Holmen is a senior scientist with SINTEF Ocean, as well as a Ph.D. candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Holmen has been with SINTEF for the last twenty-five years focusing on occupational safety and health for workers in extreme environments, with the last six years specializing in safety and risk management for both fisheries and aquaculture. Her current work centers on the topic of “Safety and risk management in exposed aquaculture operations.” Holmen has published numerous papers and presented on fatal and non-fatal injury, risk assessments, reducing risk through automation, fatigue and sleep disturbances, and other topics in in aquaculture and commercial fishing. She won the Norwegian Design Council’s Award for Design Excellence in 2007 for the Regatta Fisherman, outerwear created for commercial fishermen, with built-in buoyancy and a sleek design to help mitigate the chance of gear entanglement. Holmen holds a degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Biophysics and medical technology.

Mohamed Jeebhay — Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Professor Mohamed Jeebhay, is an Occupational Medicine specialist, and holds joint appointments as Head of the Occupational Medicine Division in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine as well as the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, an international academy of internationally renowned fellows in occupational and environmental health. The National Research Foundation of South Africa has rated him as an internationally acclaimed research scientist. He leads the research programme in the Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research at UCT on occupational allergens and asthma with a major focus on environmental risk factors and preventive approaches for work-related allergy and asthma. He serves as editorial board member of the Journal of Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the African Journal of Thoracic and Critical Care Medicine.

Olaf Jensen — Center for Maritime Health and Society, Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark

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Olaf Jensen, is a medical doctor and specialist in occupational and community medicine with a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Aarhus. Since 1992, he has been a researcher at the Center for Maritime Health and Society (CMSS), Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark. He has over the years headed and collaborated on several epidemiological studies of occupational health and safety among fishermen and seafarers and is the author of numerous scientific articles and reports from these studies. He is located in the Republic of Panama, affiliated with the Panama National University, as well as the Cadiz University in Spain, and the Southern Danish University, Denmark.

Laurel Kincl — College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, USA

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Laurel Kincl is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, USA. She has a MS in Industrial Hygiene and PhD in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.  Her research focuses on quantifying, communicating and controlling the risk to occupational health and safety hazards. She has currently funded research to improve surveillance and safety in the commercial fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.



Julie Sorensen — Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing, USA

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Julie Sorensen is the Director of the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, a program of the Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, NY. Julie received her PhD in Epidemiology from Umea University, in Umea, Sweden, holds a Masters in Medical Anthropology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Julie’s research interests include qualitative research methods, social marketing, intervention development, intervention dissemination and human behavior research.


Andrew Watterson — Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group, University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom


Professor Andrew Watterson PhD, Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Fellow Collegium Ramazzini is Head of the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group & Director of the Centre for Public Health and Population Health Research at the University of Stirling, Scotland. He has also led Visiting Professorships at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research interests include risk assessment, risk management and risk regulation particularly in the agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, and energy sectors. He has acted as a WHO and FAO consultant on these topics. He uses health impact assessments and participatory action research among other methods to explore science-policy-civil society interfaces.  He has published widely in peer reviewed journals on occupational and environmental health and safety, public health and toxicology journals. He has also published a Financial Times guide to occupational health and safety management and various books on occupational health and safety public health.

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