Biodiversity Conservation Expert to Deliver Annual Kaufmann Lecture

October 30th, 2013 | Tags:

Eleanor Sterling

Biodiversity conservation expert Eleanor Sterling will deliver SUNY Oneonta’s 14th annual Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann Lecture on Environmental Education and Communication on Thursday, Nov. 7. She will present “Conservation from a Biocultural Approach: What, Why, and How” at 8 p.m. in the Hunt Union ballroom.

This year’s Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann Lecture is presented in conjunction with Life of the Mind IV, a showcase of more than 70 posters, publications and other displays representing scholarly and creative work by SUNY Oneonta faculty and staff. Life of the Mind IV will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center.

Sterling is director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. She has 25 years of field research experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where she has conducted behavioral, ecological and genetic studies of both terrestrial and aquatic species. She is considered a world authority on the aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur found in Madagascar. Her recent work has focused on the biodiversity and history of land use in Vietnam, research that led to the publication of “Vietnam: A Natural History” in 2006. She is also the chair of the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium and is helping to document biodiversity on this remote atoll in the central Pacific Ocean 700 miles from Hawaii.

In 2000, Dr. Sterling spearheaded the establishment of the CBC’s Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners, which develops and implements educational resources to help teach biodiversity conservation to educators and students around the world. Since 1997, she has also served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she is director of graduate studies for the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.

Dr. Sterling received a bachelor’s degree from Yale College in 1983, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology and forestry and environmental studies from Yale University in 1993. She joined the American Museum of Natural History in 1996.

The Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann Annual Lectureship on Environmental Education and Communication was established by Virginia and William Kaufmann through a gift to the College at Oneonta Foundation in 1999. The lecture series is named in honor of several families from the Oneonta and Stamford areas who exemplified an enduring love and appreciation for the natural resources of the Catskill region. Virginia Kaufmann was a 1944 SUNY Oneonta graduate.