Diane Stanitski

Physical Scientist

Office of the Director

Mailing Address:
NOAA ESRL Global Monitoring Division
325 Broadway R/GMD
Boulder CO 80305-3328

Phone: 303-497-6375
Email: diane.stanitski@noaa.gov

Diane Stanitski

Dr. Diane Stanitski is the Deputy Director for Planning and Administration in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory’s Global Monitoring Division (GMD). In this role she promotes GMD science, serves as a liaison with partner programs and agencies, and helps make GMD administrative processes flow more smoothly.

Dr. Stanitski also serves as Acting Group Chief for the GMD radiation and aerosol group where she is focusing efforts to expand and enhance the GMD surface radiation (SURFRAD) network by adding surface energy budget measurements. As a Physical Scientist, Dr. Stanitski’s research interests involve analyzing impacts of the length of the snow-free season on environmental parameters in and near Barrow, Alaska and promoting the development of Arctic indicators of change. She is a member of the Radiation Working Group of the International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere (IASOA) and serves as the Deputy for NOAA’s Principal to the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) for the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), serving as a member of the Observations Interagency Working Group. She recently co-authored a children’s science book on climate.

Prior to joining GMD, Dr. Stanitski was a Program Manager in NOAA’s Climate Program Office enabling long-term ocean observations; an Associate Professor at Shippensburg University, PA; and an Adjunct Instructor at the United States Naval Academy.


  • Ph.D. Arizona State University, 1996, Dissertation: Seasonal Energy Balance Relationships over the Colorado River and Adjacent Riparian Habitat: Glen Canyon, Arizona
  • M.A. Arizona State University, 1991, Master’s Thesis: Atmospheric and Topographic Influences on Shortwave Radiation over a Snowpack: San Juan Mountains, Colorado
  • B.A. State University of New York, College at Geneseo, 1989, Double Major: Geography, Communications