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October 31, 2013

Expert on biology to speak at SUCO

Eleanor Sterling, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, will deliver SUNY Oneonta’s 14th annual Cornell-Gladstone-Hanlon-Kaufmann Lecture on Environmental Education and Communication on Nov. 7. 

Sterling will present “Conservation from a Biocultural Approach: What, Why, and How” at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of the Hunt College Union on campus. 

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, according to a media release from the college.

Life of the Mind IV will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Craven Lounge of the Morris Conference Center, and both the lecture and the Life of the Mind IV showcase are free and open to the public.

Sterling 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.

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 the atoll in the central Pacific Ocean 700 miles from Hawaii.

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. 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. Virginia Kaufmann was a 1944 SUNY Oneonta graduate.

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