With an extensive background in sea survival and helicopter underwater egress training, Dr. Michael Taber has completed industry-based human factors survivability research for clients such as the Canadian Department of National Defence, National Research Council of Canada, Exxon Mobil, and EnCana Corporation. Dr. Taber holds a Bachelorís degree in Psychology, a Master of Science in Kinesiology, and a Doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology, Human Performance, Industrial Engineering).
In addition to his seven years of experience as a helicopter technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force and nine years as a offshore/military/marine instructor, he has spent over 15 years researching influencing factors associated with underwater egress and is currently focusing on issues of situation awareness, contextual interference, and negative transfer of skills in extreme environments. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Applied Ergonomics, Safety Science, and Occupational Ergonomics. Dr. Taber currently holds a position as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University and is the Director of Research and Development at Survival Systems Limited. He is a voting member on the Canada General Standards Board of Canada for a new offshore immersion suit standard and is a member in the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science.