From Earthwatch Radio to Habitat Protection
Diane Pansky selected as 2005 Knauss Fellow
Wisconsin Sea Grant is pleased to announce that Diane Pansky was selected as Wisconsin’s 2005 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Pansky began work in February in NOAA’s Habitat Restoration and Protection Program in Silver Spring, Md.
“The office I work in coordinates all of NOAA’s habitat protection and restoration efforts,” Pansky said. “That includes everything from major oil spill clean-ups to community-based restoration projects. My work focuses mainly on program planning and budgeting, so it’s pretty behind the scenes, but it’s giving me an opportunity to see the marine policy process in action.”
Pansky has two master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned one last May in conservation biology and sustainable development, and the other in political science several years earlier.
As part of her degree work, Pansky interned with the IUCN—The World Conservation Union, based in Gland, Switzerland. She assisted the organizers of the governance stream of the World Parks Congress, held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2003.
While earning her recent master’s degree, Pansky worked as a UW Sea Grant project assistant, writing Earthwatch Radio scripts. The experience solidified her interest in marine conservation and led her to apply for the Knauss Fellowship.
“Working for Earthwatch Radio gave me a much richer understanding of the value of the oceans and the complexity of marine ecosystems,” Pansky said. “I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to NOAA’s coastal and marine conservation work through the fellowship program.”