January highlighted scholar mentor—Diana Payne — Nationwide Marine Educators Affiliation

Our Nationwide Marine Educators Affiliation (NMEA) mentor for January 2022 is Diana Payne, Affiliate Professor & Training Coordinator at Connecticut Sea Grant, College of Connecticut.  Diana has labored within the marine training area for over 20 years.  Diana says it’s tough to really summarize what she does, however she shared that she describes herself as an ecologist, educator, photographer, and author, presently serving as an Affiliate Professor and the Training Coordinator with Connecticut Sea Grant based mostly on the College of Connecticut’s Avery Level campus. She is Chair of the NMEA Ocean Literacy committee, a previous President of NMEA, a previous Chair of the Sea Grant Training Community (SGEN), a previous Chair of the New England Ocean Science Training Collaborative (NEOSEC), and served as worldwide skilled in Ocean Literacy with the Fulbright Specialist Program. Diana is a co-editor of the primary worldwide e-book in marine science training, Exemplary Practices in Marine Science Training: A Useful resource for Practitioners and Researchers.  She positively retains busy!

When requested what she loves most about her job, Diana replied,

[I love] Combining ocean science, training, and writing (too many grant proposals, sadly). I additionally love the variability and independence. Days aren’t the identical, I usually journey, and I’m able to benefit from many alternative alternatives.

Diana earned a Bachelor of Science and Grasp of Science from Southern Connecticut State College.  She additionally earned her Educator Certification in Biology and Basic Science. Diana earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology from the Neag Faculty of Training on the College of Connecticut.  Diana provides she is also working in the direction of a Grasp of Wonderful Arts in Skilled and Inventive Writing.

Diana shared that she chosen the universities she attended as a result of they provided smaller courses and allowed for work within the area.  She added, “For instance, in ornithology we had been outdoors more often than not figuring out birds in flight and by name. Not simply stuffed birds in a lab.”

When requested what recommendation she would give to her youthful self, Diana replied,

Your path isn’t more likely to be a straight line. Work out what you want and don’t love. Attain past your main and do issues/take courses in non-science matters. You by no means know once you might be able to use it!” 

She provides, “It is simply as vital to know what you do not like as it’s to know what you do like.

Are you interested by connecting with Diana and asking extra questions? NMEA Pupil members are given the chance to attach with our scholar mentors! Electronic mail us to search out out extra about changing into a scholar member: college or be a part of NMEA in the present day!

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