As the world reaches for new sources of oil and natural gas, it will be of great importance to balance that need with stewardship of the environment. Battelle’s newest scientist, Diane Sanzone, Ph.D., will be an integral piece of the world’s largest independent research and development organization’s effort in this area.
Sanzone is a research leader for Battelle’s Energy, Environment and Material Sciences (EEMS) Global Business, joining the Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Section after spending nearly a decade in Alaska, where she worked in the oil and gas industry, as well as for the U.S. Department of Interior.
As Battelle’s EEMS business grows, a concerted effort is being made to enhance its ability to offer highly skilled scientists who can help serve clients in both the energy industry and government.
“The world’s need for energy is growing daily, and that puts a lot of pressure on the entire system,” said Mark Curran, manager of EEMS Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Section. “Expertise is needed to provide that energy in an economically sound and environmentally sensible way.”
Before coming to Battelle, Sanzone managed wildlife compliance and environmental studies as senior environmental scientist for BP in Alaska. While at BP, she also was the Wildlife Unit Leader for the Alaska Incident Management Team, served in an advisory role to BP America on wildlife issues, and assisted the BP Gulf of Mexico business during the Deepwater Horizon spill response. Prior to that, Sanzone was a program manager for the National Park Service, where she developed, implemented and managed the National Park Service’s Arctic Long Term Ecological Monitoring Program for 19 million acres of federal park lands.
Sanzone is an expert in assessing biological issues concerning the energy industry, working with endangered species, managing large and complex environmental studies and developing knowledge in the regulatory and compliance arena.
“With fracking practices ramping up around the country, there are going to be a lot of issues that cut across multiple boundaries,” Sanzone said. “The energy industry and the government are going to need help crafting conservation plans.”
As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.5 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including seven national laboratories which Battelle manages or co-manages for the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security and a nuclear energy lab in the United Kingdom. Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.