Curriculum Vitae (short version)
- Yale University, Ph.D., 1993
- Yale University, M.A., 1989
- Yale University, B.A., 1983
Dr. Sterling's primary research is focused on behavioral ecology, particularly of endangered mammals, turtles, and tortoises, and on biogeography and its application to conservation. She also focuses on tools for elucidating spatially explicit information on species and assemblages of species. Dr. Sterling is currently co-leading population demography, genetic, epidemiological and behavioral ecology research on the sea turtles of Palmyra Atoll, the Solomon Islands, and the broader Pacific. She is exploring the intersection between biodiversity, languages, and culture as well as the importance of ecological and evolutionary processes to conservation planning and implementation. For the first eight years of Dr. Sterling’s work at the AMNH, she coordinated multi-taxa surveys of Madagascar, Bolivia and Vietnam. In 2000, Dr. Sterling spearheaded the establishment of the CBC's Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners, which seeks to improve biodiversity conservation practice worldwide by improving training in conservation at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels around the world. Dr. Sterling has curated numerous exhibitions at the Museum, including on societal issues such as water and food.