Dianna holds a BS in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo where she graduated in 2012.
Upon moving to California she became a Research Assistant in the Sousa Laboratory at UC Berkeley examining the role of lightning-generated canopy gaps in the regeneration of mangrove forests on the Caribbean coast of Panama by studying spatial and temporal variation patterns. During that time Dianna became a volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, California) helping to rehabilitate California sea lions, northern elephant seals and harbor seals for release. Inspired to study the physiology of marine mammals and their mysterious navigational methods, she completed the Navy’s Animal Care and Training Internship followed by an Advanced Research Internship with Dr. Branstetter investigating orca hearing thresholds through volunteer auditory behavioral hearing tests. She joined the National Marine Mammal Foundation in 2014 as a Research Assistant with the Neurobiology Group and has published four scientific articles and has earned two professional journal cover photos! Her most recent publication is: “Timing and context of dolphin clicks during and after mine simulator detection and marking in the open ocean.” Dianna is also a core member of the Community Outreach Group and has helped develop programs to motivate young girls to prevent plastic ocean pollution, to encourage their potential to become STEM professionals, to teach about different marine mammal conservation efforts and how the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill has affected marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico.
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