Deputy Program Manager for Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future, University of Wollongong
Diana has worked in Antarctic research for 14 years and is currently the University of Wollongong’s Deputy Program Manager for Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF), an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative in Excellence in Antarctic Science. This is a collaborative partnership of international researchers and practitioners which will deliver research to forecast environmental change across the Antarctic region, to deploy effective environmental stewardship strategies in the face of this change, and to secure Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science. She enjoys being able to facilitate Antarctic research in so many varying fields of study, and piecing together how all the individual projects, both big and small, connect to inform our understanding of Antarctica and its influence on Earth’s climate and ecosystems.
An ambulatory wheelchair user, Diana has a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI/DEI). She is the EDI champion within SAEF and an active member of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research EDI Action Group. She knows that having diversity of identities within a team or community brings crucial experience, knowledge and perspectives which drive innovation and impact. She enjoys working towards increasing equity, diversity and inclusion within Antarctic science at all levels, from SAEF to national (Australian) and international Antarctic programs, with a goal of improving Antarctic research and impact by enabling more diverse voices to participate.