Profile: Eleanor Sterling

Dr. Eleanor Sterling's primary research is focused on endangered species, in particular, behavioral ecology of mammals, turtles, and tortoises, and on tools for elucidating spatially explicit information on species and assemblages of species. She previously developed/co-developed a suite of techniques for sampling abundance and distribution as well as tracking of mobile species, with a specialty in elusive, nocturnal species. Dr. Sterling is currently co-leading population demography, genetic, epidemiological, and behavioral ecology research on the sea turtles of Palmyra Atoll and the broader Pacific. She is co-developing a project on Giant Galapagos Tortoise behavioral ecology, with a focus on population demography, spatial dynamics, and habitat use.