Eleanor Sterling, chief conservation scientist at the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC), has received two prestigious awards for her lifetime commitment to conservation action.
The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded Sterling with a Wilbur Cross Medal, the school’s highest honor for alumni. Sterling was selected for her “enormous impact in spheres ranging from the communication of conservation science to the public to front line research on endangered species and ecosystems around the planet.”
Sterling received a B.A. degree from Yale in 1983, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology and forestry and environmental studies from the school 10 years later.
In addition, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) selected Sterling as the co-recipient of the inaugural Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy award for Meritorious Research in recognition of her “outstanding and inspirational research over a career specializing in the importance of inter-disciplinary collaboration, bridging science and social science, research and practice in the pursuit of beneficial, equitable and just forms of biodiversity conservation.”