Diana Dishman serves PDXWildlife as a staff scientist. She has recently returned from the Philippines where she received training in integrating scientific research into local community education and awareness-raising. This work work addressed the major threats to endangered dugongs in Philippines such as habitat loss/degradation and fishing pressure/ by-catch. The NGO that Diana worked for, Community Centred Conservation (C3), hopes to use the data collected during her three-month internship to develop community-driven monitoring and management plans over the coming years. While not abroad, Diana teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology as an adjunct professor at Portland Community College and Clark College.
Diana graduated from Scripps College in 2006, with a bachelor’s in Organismal Biology where she did her senior thesis on the effects of feeding enrichment on captive ring-tailed lemurs. Out of college she worked for Parametrix Environmental Research Laboratory on the effects of sub-lethal copper concentrations on the behavior of salmonids. She later earned a master’s degree in Biology from Portland State University, where under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Duffield she studied the genetic substructure of the Pacific harbor seal populations along the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Through this work she also volunteered for the Northern Oregon/Southern Washington Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Willamette Falls Pinniped Fisheries Interaction Project.
She is currently developing future education and outreach projects for PDXWildlife to take place right here in the local Portland community.
- Dishman, DL, DM Thomson, and NJ Karnovsky, (2009). Does simple feeding enrichment raise activity levels of captive ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta)? Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 116(1): 88-95.