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Professor of Ocean Leadership, University of Tromsø

Fern Wickson is a Professor of Ocean Leadership at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.

Previously she worked Scientific Secretary of the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (an inter-governmental advisory body for the management of marine mammals) and Senior Scientist and Research Leader for the Responsible and Sustainable Biotechnoscience Co-Laborative at GenØk Centre for Biosafety in Tromsø, Norway.

With an interdisciplinary PhD across the Arts and the Sciences from the University of Wollongong in Australia, she explores ecological and ethical aspects entangled in environmental governance and leadership.

Fern has served as a member of Norway's national Biotechnology Advisory Board, is a past president of the international Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.Net), and an expert delegate to the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


  • 2018–present
    Scientific Secretary, NAMMCO
  • 2015–2018
    Research professor, GenØk Centre for Biosafety
  • 2009–2015
    Researcher, GenØk Centre for Biosafety
  • 2007–2009
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bergen


    Australian National University, Bachelor of Science (Ecology)
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
  • 2006 
    University of Wollongong, PhD (Biology & Science and Technology Studies)
  • 2001 
    University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Environmental Politics)

Research Areas

  • Ecology (0602)
  • Ethical Use Of New Technology (E.G. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) (220103)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology (1001)