Dr. Eleanor Sterling is Chief Conservation Scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. She has over thirty years of international field research and community outreach experience in terrestrial and marine systems in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Pacific. She studies the behavior and ecology of threatened and endangered species, such as sea turtles on Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific. A scientist with interdisciplinary training, she currently focuses on the intersection between biodiversity, culture, and languages; the factors influencing ecological and social resilience; the development of indicators of well-being in biocultural landscapes, and on understanding and stemming wildlife trade. She is a world authority on the aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur endemic to Madagascar. She has published over 150 papers and books from her research. Dr. Sterling received her B.A. from Yale College and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.