Diane Husic
Founding Dean, Researcher, Professor

Dr. Husic has a B.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry (from Northern Michigan University and Michigan State University, respectively). Before becoming the founding dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences at Moravian College, she served as chair of Biological Sciences. She teaches courses in biochemistry, environmental science, conservation biology, sustainability, environmental health, climate change, and tropical ecology. Trained as a plant biochemist, her research focuses on the ecological restoration of a contaminated site (the Palmerton Superfund site) and examining heavy metal impacts on plants. She is involved with ecological monitoring along mountain landscapes in the portion of the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania and in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem/Rocky Mountains. Of key interest is how forest habitats, birds, and pollinators are responding to climate change and other environmental threats. These projects, including the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project, involve citizen scientists and provide an opportunity to better understand STEM learning in informal settings. She is an author on over 50 publications and has contributed to several reports – including a 200-page ecological assessment for a Superfund site and the 2011 PA Climate Change Adaptation report. She has attended the international meetings as a credentialed observer for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2009. She serves as a member of the steering committee for the international Research and Independent NGOs constituency group and on the Innovation Taskforce of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee. Locally, she works with nature centers and non-profits to develop informal education programming on a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues and finding unique ways to effectively communicate science to general audiences and engage the public in science and policy.

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