North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission
Dr. Fern Wickson holds an interdisciplinary PhD across biology and political science. A transdisciplinary ecologist, her work is focused on the interface between environmental science, philosophy and politics in environmental management and decision-making. She has a specific interest in the integration of science, indigenous knowledge, stakeholder views and environmental philosophy in the pursuit of sustainable food systems.
In 2018, Fern took the position of Scientific Secretary with the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO) - an inter-governmental organisation providing scientific advice for policy on the management of marine mammals in the North Atlantic. In this role she works to unite science and user knowledge to provide advice on sustainable and responsible management of marine mammals, including the controversial issue of whaling and sealing. Prior to this, Fern worked as Senior Scientist and Research Professor of environmental governance at GenØk Centre for Biosafety. In this position she was leader of the transdisciplinary collaborative for Responsible and Sustainable Biotechnoscience (RootS) as well as project leader for several international research projects on the environmental governance of controversial new technologies (e.g. biotechnology and nanotechnology). Committed to ecological ethics and a politics of socio-ecological care, the primary objective of her work has been to advance sustainability in food systems and responsibility in research and innovation arenas.
Fern has served as an expert delegate to the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) working group on the diverse conceptualization of values in nature (2014-2016), as well as to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for their work on emerging technologies. She is a past member of the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board and past President of the international Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.Net).