Eleanor Sterling

Dr. Eleanor Sterling, Chief Conservation Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, leads the RTI project, Bridging Reef Resilience Research and Conservation. A scientist with interdisciplinary training in biological and social sciences, Eleanor has more than 30 years of field research experience in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. At AMNH she has engaged in systems-level research on endangered species and high biodiversity ecosystems, and on the intersection between biodiversity, culture, and languages. She held the Executive Chair for the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium from 2006 until 2012, and is directing collaborative work to document biodiversity on this remote atoll in the Pacific Ocean, including a comprehensive research and conservation program studying the green and hawksbill sea turtles of Palmyra Atoll. She focuses her work in the greater Pacific on the factors influencing resilience in island systems and on biocultural approaches to conservation.

Eleanor serves as Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York (1997-present) and was Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University from 2002 to 2012. Dr. Sterling received her B.A. from Yale College and a joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University. Contact Eleanor