The Small Boat Safety Committee (SBSC) at Boston University oversees boating performed as a necessary component of research or educational activity by faculty, students, and other employees involved in research. The SBSC fulfills the role of the SBSC described in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual.

The Small Boat 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 Small Boat Safety Committee (SBSC) is comprised of faculty, trainees, and staff members from academic departments involved in small boat operations. The committee also includes members from the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS), Risk Management, and International Programs. Committee representatives are appointed by the Associate Vice President of Research Compliance.


  • Wally Fulweiler, Ph.D. (Chairperson, Associate Professor of Earth and Environment and Biology)
  • Michelle Auerbach (Executive Director, Research Integrity and Assurance)
  • Pete Buston, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Biology)
  • Sarah Driscoll (Assistant Diving Safety Officer, New England Aquarium)
  • Joseph Finkhouse, Ph.D. (Associate Director of Health, Safety & Security)
  • Jeff Godfrey (Dive Safety Officer, University of Connecticut)
  • Thomas Gorham (Associate Director, Campus and Clinical Safety)
  • Anya Hanson (Dive Safety Officer, University of Rhode Island)
  • Michael Lombardi (Dive Safety Officer, Boston University)
  • Ron Morales (Director of Research Safety, EHSEnvironmental Health & Safety)
  • Diane Thompson, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Earth and Environment)
  • Kevin Tuohey (Executive Director, Research Compliance)
  • Patricia Urick, MSN, FNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner, ROHPResearch Occupational Health Program ROHP is part of the ...)

Regular Invitees

  • James Donohue (Director of Risk Management)
  • James Garner (Graduate Student, Biology)
  • Cassie Williams, M.P.H. (Senior Compliance Specialist, Safety Committees)

For information about Dive Safety Committee membership, please contact


Boating does not require a strict training or authorization process at BU, but small boat operations involve certain risks that must be addressed prior to beginning any field work. For assistance, the SBSC has provided guidance in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual .

Float Plans

As outlined in the BU Small Boat Safety Manual, any research projects involving boating require submission of Float Plans for proposed boating excursions, which must be approved by the Dive Safety Officer in advance. Float Plans should be submitted to



For general inquiries about Small Boat Safety, and for all submissions of Float Plans 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).