Department of Biological Sciences,
Office: 311B Collier Hall of
Phone Number: (610) 625-7100
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Chairperson and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,
Past-President, Council on Undergraduate Research
Steering Committee Member, Research and Independent NGOs constituency for civil society organizations through the UNFCCC.
Steering Committee Member, PA Climate Change Adaptation Working Group on Natural Resources
Other positions held:
LVIAC Consortial Professor (at Lafayette College, Fall 2006)
Chairperson and Professor, Department of Chemistry, East Stroudsburg University
Coordinator, Biochemistry and Chemical Biotechnology Degree Programs
Faculty member at ESU from August 1988 to August 2004
(1986 - 1988) The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA;
Studies of protein kinase C (PKC) and the mechanisms of phorbol ester-induced differentiation in HL-60 leukemia cells.
Ph.D. Biochemistry (1986)
"The Metabolism of D-Lactate and Structurally Related Organic Acids in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii"
B.S. Biochemistry (1981) Northern
Current Research Interests:
v Ecological Restoration; Bioremediation of zinc-contaminated sites; plant adaptations and species recovery inventories
v Evolutionary relationships of peroxisomal and mitochondrial enzymes involved in alpha-hydroxy acid metabolism
v Biochemical adaptations of photosynthetic organisms to environmental stress
Selected Recent Publications:
1. Husic, D. (2012) “Violets and Butterflies” (on the conservation efforts for the endangered Regal Fritillary), Wildlife Activist 72: 3-4.
2. Husic, D. (2012) “Environmental Literacy, Wild Places and Play as Elements of a Quality Education”, Wildlife Activist 71: 6-7.
3. Husic, D. (2012) “COP17: Lessons from South Africa”, Wildlife Activist 70: 8 – 11.
4. Husic, D. (2012) “Birding Conference Focuses on Diversity”, Wildlife Activist 70: 11- 12.
5. Husic, D. (2011) “LGNC Launches New Conservation, Education and Citizen Science Initiatives” and “Eastern PA Phenology Project Update”, Wildlife Activist 69: 5 – 6, 12.
6. Kunkle, D., Husic, D., and Husic, C. (2011) “Creating a Diverse Prairie Ecosystem at the Lehigh Gap”, Wildlife Activist 69: 2-5.
7. Husic, D.W. (2011) “Climate Change is Not a Spectator Sport: Make a Difference Globally and in Your Backyard”, Keystone Wild!Notes, Spring edition, pp. 15-18, by invitation; available at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/wrcp/wildnotes/spring11/index.html
8. Husic, D., Husic, C., Kunkle, D., and Kuserk, F. (2010) Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge Ecological Assessment Part II, available at http://lgnc.org/resources/reports/lgwr-assessment-ii
9. Husic, D. and Kunkle, D. (2010) “From Superfund to Super Habitat: Lehigh Gap Nature Center”, Keystone Wild! Notes, Spring 2010, PA Wild Resource Conservation Program.
10. Husic, D.W. (2010) “The Role of Department Chairs in Promoting and Supporting Transformative Research” In Transformative Research at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions, Karukstis, K. and Hensel, N. eds., Council on Undergraduate Research, Washington, D.C.
11. Husic, D.W. (2010) “Transformative Research as a Means of Transforming Landscapes and Revitalizing Academic Departments: A Case Study” In Transformative Research at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions, Karukstis, K. and Hensel, N. eds., Council on Undergraduate Research, Washington, D.C.
12. Husic, D. (2009) “Some Reflections on Superfund Sites” Wildlife Activist 64: 8 – 11.
13. Husic, D. (2009) “Advocacy and the Political Process: It’s Not for Me. Is it?” CUR Quarterly 29: 6 – 7.
14. Husic, D. (2009) “Providing a Framework for Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century”, Wildlife Activist 63: 5 – 8.
15. Husic, D. (2008) “Environmental Leadership in the U.S. – A Historical Perspective”, Wildlife Activist 62: 6 – 9.
16. Husic, D. (2008) “Confessions of a Newly Diagnosed Birding Addict”, Wildlife Activist: 61: 7 – 9.
17. D. Kunkle, J. Dickerson, and D. Husic (2008) “The Use of Native Grasses at the Palmerton Superfund Site”, In: The Conference Proceedings of the Sixth Eastern Native Grass Symposium, (South Carolina, October 2008).
18. Husic, D.W. (2006) “Navigating through Interdisciplinary Pitfalls and Pathways to Success”, CUR Quarterly, 26: 169 - 176. (A photo of our research consortium was featured on the cover of this edition.)
19. Husic, D.W. (2005) "Technology and Ethics", In Ready Reference: Ethics, 2nd edition, J. K. Roth, ed., Salem Press (Pasadena, CA); pp. 1456 - 1464.
20. Husic, D.W. (2005) “Ethics of Genetically Modified Foods”, Ibid, pp. 575 -578.
21. Husic, D.W. and Elgin, T. (2003) “Curricula Structures to Support Undergraduate Research”, http://abacus.bates.edu/acad/depts/chemistry/twenzel/curriculum.pdf
22. Husic, D.W. (2003) “Politics and Higher Education: Barriers to Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Public Comprehensive Institutions”, http://abacus.bates.edu/acad/depts/chemistry/twenzel/researchpolitics3.pdf.
23. Husic, H.D. and Husic, D. W. (2002) “The Oxidative Photosynthetic Carbon (C2) Cycle: An Update and Unanswered Questions” In Reviews in Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology 1: 33 - 56, A. Goyal, S.L. Mehta, M.L. Lodha, eds.
Current and Recent:
2005 – NCAA Division II Affiliate Organization Grants $50,000/year
2012 Author and Project Coordinator for FAR Leadership Institutes
2011 Lehigh Valley Greenways grant: $5000
Conservation of the Blue Mountain /Kittatinny Ridge Greenway
Author and PI
2011 PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education Grants Program: $5500
Using phenology monitoring of the Kittatinny Ridge corridor area in the classroom to teach science
Title: Enhancing the Environmental Studies Program at Moravian College
Funding Source: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
PI: S. Schamberger, F. Kuserk, D. Husic
Status: Funded: 2009 (five years)
Title: Research and Education in the Moravian College Environmental and Biological Science Programs
Funding Source: LiCOR LEEF Program
PI D. Husic
Status: Funded, March, 2009
Title: “Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge Ecological Assessment, Part II”
Funding Source: Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Wild Resource Conservation Program
Status: Funded, June 2008
Title: Establishment of a Consortium for Educational and Research Opportunities in the Chemical and Molecular Aspects of Plant Science
Funding Source: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation; Special Program in Chemical Sciences
Authors: H.D. Husic and D.W. Husic (with other participating scientists)
Status: Funded: Spring 2004
Division of Chemistry (
· Technology fee program (ESU and SSHE) grant for incorporating molecular modeling and computational chemistry into the department curriculum, 2003 and 2004 (with M. Jones-Wilson) -- for new computers, supporting hardware and modeling software.
· U.S. Department of Education, grant for supporting science and technology initiatives at ESU, 6/2002 - 8/2003.
· State System of Higher Education of PA, Venture Capital Grant to develop Biotechnology and Chemical Biotechnology Initiatives at ESU, 6/2000 - 6/2003.
· National Science Foundation, Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Grant; Integration of Biotechnology into the Biochemistry and Biology Curriculum at ESU, 6/1998 - 6/2001.
Science Foundation, Steering
Committee Member for a Special Project Grant, Undergraduate Research
Courses Taught at Moravian:
BIOL 107: Environmental Science (for LinC curriculum, non-science majors)
IDIS/ENVR 190: Redefining Prosperity: Moving Toward a Culture of Sustainability
BIOL/CHEM 328 Biochemistry II
IDIS 213: The Impact of Technology on Diet and Disease
IDIS 297: Climate Crises: Past, Present and Future
BIOL 370: Biology Seminar (various themes)
ENVR 370: Environmental Seminar
BIOL 392: Conservation Biology
Courses Previously Taught at ESU:
Physical Biochemistry Laboratory
Contemporary Topics in Biochemistry
Environmental Chemistry (for non-science majors)
Organic and General Chemistry Labs
My two sons, birding, gardening (indoors and out; completion of Master Gardener certification - 2004), horses, orchids and other tropical plants, intercollegiate athletics, hiking, old houses and antiques