Diane Husic

Diane Husic, a Marquette native, received a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry from Northern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University. Her thesis examined photorespiration and evolutionary relationships between bacteria, algae and higher plants, an interest first sparked after taking a plant physiology course at NMU. Diane currently serves as chairperson and professor of the Department of Biological Sciences at Moravian College, Pennsylvania.

Prior to Moravian College, Diane performed cancer research as a national Reserve Service Fellow and serves as Chemistry Department Chair at East Stroudsburg University, helping launch a new Biotechnology degree program.

She has taught courses on climate change, environmental science, biochemistry, and sustainability to students of all levels. For 25 years her research has included undergraduate students as collaborators. Her strong interest in providing undergraduate research opportunities grew from her own experience at NMU. Her work in sustainability — she serves as Moravian College Co-Chair for the Sustainability Center of Investigation — is a reflection of her belief in the strong link between campus and its surrounding community and a deep respect and love for nature.

Diane has a particular interest in making science accessible to the public and to policymakers, actively engaging them in research through citizen science projects. Working with a group of citizens, Diane helped convert several hundred acres of a Superfund site into a wildlife refuge, nature center and place for environmental education and passive recreation. The former wasteland is now home to a thriving habitat, enjoyed by wildlife and visitors alike.  She remains involved with the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society, Lehigh Gap Nature Center and Wildlife Refuge.

Along with a colleague, Diane led a delegation of students, alumni, and faculty to serve as official observers at the international climate change negotiations in Copenhagen and Cancun. Moravian College was one of only seven small colleges to earn this civil society status. As a result, she was invited to serve on Pennsylvania's Climate Change Adaptation Working Group on Natural Resources.

With over 40 publications, close to 80 published abstracts, numerous symposium presentations, awards and accolades to her name, Diane has furthered the study of nature, wildlife, conservation and climate change and made invaluable contributions to science at a local, state, federal, and international level.

Diane has made a lasting mark both in and outside of the classroom through consistent efforts to improve the education of students and connect people to nature through citizen science.