The Scientific Diving Safety Committee (SDSC) at Boston University oversees diving performed as a necessary component of research or educational activity by faculty, students, and other employees involved in research. The SDSC fulfills the role of the Diving Control Board (DCB) described in the BU Scientific Diving Safety Manual.

The Dive Safety program is cross-disciplinary and applies to any academic / scientific research activity such as:

  • Engineering
  • Archeology
  • Anthropology
  • Physical Education
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences

Committee Members

The Scientific Diving Safety Committee (SDSC) is comprised of faculty, trainees, and staff members from academic departments involved in scientific diving. The committee also includes members from the Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS), Risk Management, and International Programs. Committee representatives are appointed by the Associate Vice President of Research Compliance.


  • Wally Fulweiler, PhD (Chairperson, Associate Professor of Earth & Environment and Biology)
  • Michelle Auerbach (Executive Director, Research Integrity and Assurance)
  • Pete Buston, PhD (Assistant Professor of Biology)
  • Sarah Driscoll (Assistant Diving Safety Officer, New England Aquarium)
  • Jeff Godfrey (Dive Safety Officer, University of Connecticut)
  • Anya Hanson (Dive Safety Officer, University of Rhode Island)
  • Michael Lombardi (Dive Safety Officer, Boston University)

Regular Invitees

  • James Donohue (Director of Risk Management)
  • Joseph Finkhouse, PhD (Associate Director of Health, Safety & Security)
  • James Garner (Graduate Student, Biology)
  • Thomas Gorham (Associate Director, Campus and Clinical Safety)
  • Ron Morales (Director of Research Safety, EHSEnvironmental Health & Safety)
  • Diane Thompson, PhD (Assistant Professor of Earth & Environment)
  • Kevin Tuohey (Executive Director, Research Compliance)
  • Patricia Urick, MSN, FNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner)
  • Cassie Williams, MPH (Senior Compliance Specialist, Safety Committees)

For information about Dive Safety Committee membership, please contact


The SDSC has provided guidance on Snorkeling in the BU Snorkeling Standards.



For general inquiries about Scientific Diving Safety, and for all submissions of Dive Plans, Dive Logs, and other program documentation, the best contact is the DiveSafe email account.


Research Occupational Health Program

Additionally, the Boston University Research Occupational Health Program (ROHP) provides prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses for the employees of Boston University in compliance with OSHA, CDC, and other regulatory requirements. ROHP can be accessed by visiting the Research Occupational Health Program page, by emailing, or by calling 617-414-ROHP (7647).

For further information on scientific and commercial diving, please visit the following links:

American Academy of Underwater Sciences

Scientific Boating Safety Association

Divers Alert Network

United States Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division