Society for Conservation Biology Awards Highest Honor to Yale F&ES Alum

Citing her “extraordinary contributions to the conservation of biological diversity,” including her work in public education and field research conducted around the world, the Society for Conservation Biology has awarded their 2013 Distinguished Service Award to Eleanor J. Sterling B.A. ’83, Ph.D. ’93. Sterling, who completed her doctoral degree in environmental studies and anthropology at Yale, is the director of the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC).
In addition to her research on behavioral ecology and curating numerous exhibits, in 2000 Sterling helped develop the CBC’s Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners, a project that attempts to bring together ecology educators with professionals working in the field.
“What we try to do is unite the people who are doing the training and teaching of future practitioners with the people who are currently on the ground doing biodiversity conservation work,” Sterling said.
The Distinguished Service Award is the SCB’s highest honor. Previous honorees include E.O. Wilson, Al Gore, and Sir David Attenborough.

Watch this American Museum of Natural History video profile of Eleanor Sterling...
PUBLISHED: August 22, 2013
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.