Eleanor Sterling appointed Director of the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology


Eleonore Sterling

Eleonore Sterling was appointed director of the University of Hawaii in Manoa Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) in the School of Earth and Ocean Science and Technology (SOEST). she will join EUH Mānoa in this leadership role on January 3, 2022.

“It is a privilege for us to welcome Dr Eleanor Sterling as Director of HIMB,” noted Brian taylor, Dean of SOEST. “Dr. Sterling is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of biocultural diversity, conservation policy and resource management. His recent studies have focused on culturally relevant indicators of human health and well-being and environmental issues in the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii. She brings to HIMB rich experience in executive management, diversity leadership, community relations and fundraising development.

HIMB is really delighted to be able to welcome Dr Sterling as the new Director, ”added Judy Lemus, acting director of HIMB. “The mix of experience and skills that she brings will undoubtedly be transformative in the advancement HIMBresearch and education efforts of. I personally look forward to working and learning under his guidance.

Sterling is currently Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, where she has been a faculty member for over 20 years and previously served as Director.

Drawing on his interdisciplinary training and over 30 years of experience in field research and community collaboration in Oceania, Africa, Asia and Latin America, Sterling’s work focuses on the conservation and management of natural resources ; food systems; the intersection between biodiversity, culture and languages; and factors influencing ecological and social resilience.

Additionally, Sterling is an expert in strategic planning from a systems perspective and the implementation and evaluation of capacity development. She is currently Deputy Vice-Chair of the Core Capacity Development Group of the World Commission on Protected Areas of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, where she co-leads working groups on Indigenous Peoples, local communities and capacity development assessment.

“The search for a new director required the efforts of a diverse committee with one unified goal: to identify and recruit the best possible candidate to lead. HIMB in the future ”, declared David Karl, chairman of the research advisory committee and EUH Mānoa oceanography teacher. “The appointment of Dr Eleanor Sterling as our next director is another example of attracting a world-class researcher to the EUH Manoa ‘ohana to help advance our important missions.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the next director of HIMBSterling said. “I look forward to learning and collaborating with and working with the fantastic researchers, educators and staff at the institute. EUH overall to explore what it means to make a world-class science that embraces multiple ways of knowing and recognizes deep cultural contexts for this work.

–By Marcie Grabowski

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