Diane is Deputy Director at NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory. In high school Diane loved studying French, and she earned her B.A. in Geography and Communications in college. She then went on to earn her M.A. and PhD in Geography (Climate Science). Now Diane says, "I support the science conducted by our four research groups that focuses on sustaining high quality, long term observations of greenhouse gases, halocarbons, ozone, water vapor, radiation, and aerosols, and I also serve as the Acting Group Chief for the Radiation and Aerosols group. My job is different every day and involves some travel, field work, coordination, and collaboration with other agencies and international partners to keep our measurements going". As one of the only females in some of her classes, Diane felt added pressure to work hard and go the extra mile. However, she never let this bother her and is glad she put in the extra work as it made her a better person and scientist. One piece of advice from her graduate school advisor that has stuck with her reads
"Surround yourself with good people and good things will happen"
Diane loves working with her colleagues who are so passionate about their research, and enjoys helping them ensure their science is communicated to a broad array of audiences. Diane notes that many of her female and minority colleagues have experienced discrimination. While the situation is improving, it is wrong that people are told not to pursue STEM based on their gender or race. She says, "There are so many things still to learn and the only way we can adequately and successfully pursue these new scientific avenues is to include everyone by listening to and welcoming their voice in STEM. We need to educate students at an early age that all career paths are possible and open to them". Diane has helped welcome girls into STEM through projects like leading summer science institutes for girls.
Some of the incredible experiences and opportunities which Diane has had as a woman in STEM include working on the Greenland Ice Sheet for 3 months at a remote sampling camp, serving as a Junior Meteorology Instructor on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska, being chosen to be the scientist on board a cruise ship to Bermuda, leading rafting expeditions down the Grand Canyon, and being invited to take students to Australia and Vietnam to lead service learning and general field courses. Fascinating experiences such as these have led to her desire to enable students and colleagues to have similar experiences. When asked what thoughts/ ideas she had of how to get more girls involved in STEM, Diane replied,
"By celebrating all challenges, failures, and successes as learning opportunities, this provides a more welcome vehicle to let girls know that each and every experience is a building block to the future"
Diane believes that it is important to educate all students at an early age that all career paths are possible and open to them. By doing this, as well as recognizing, calling out, and stopping all negative or discriminatory acts as soon as they're made, a supportive environment will be created for everyone studying or interested in studying STEM.