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Moritz:  It struck me, in looking at the population counter that Lance had up at the beginning of his talk, that human beings are soon going to be surpassing chickens on the planet. I don't know what to make of that.

It's a particular pleasure for me to introduce our last speaker. She is a colleague of mine. I should say I'm a new colleague of her's because she has been in the American Museum of Natural History much longer than I have. Eleanor Sterling is Program Director at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Her primary role is to develop and coordinate international field research and education projects in target countries. Currently, she's leading a collaborative project with the Missouri's Botanical Gardens and the Vietnamese government to identify endangered forest ecosystems that could be in Vietnam's protected area system.

Dr. Sterling is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University where she teaches courses in conservation biology. She has more than 15 years of field experience in Africa, Latin America, and Asia including surveys in behavioral and ecological and genetic studies of primates and mammals. She's worked for several international conservation organizations in both the U.S. and Africa and has trained teachers and Peace Corps volunteers in a variety of aspects related to biodiversity conservation.

In addition, she has expertise in developing training workshops and environmental education programs. Prior to the programs today, she mentioned to me she's currently teaching courses for teachers at Columbia University in the evenings as a part of the CERC programs, which is the Center for the Environmental Research and Conservation which is a consortium made up of the Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Gardens, Columbia University, Wildlife Preservation Trust International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society which is formerly known as the Bronx Zoo. With that, please join me in welcoming Eleanor Sterling.


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