Dr. Eleanor Sterling is the Director of the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. She was at the American Museum of Natural History for 26 years, as the Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist and previously the Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Building on her interdisciplinary training and over 30 years of field research and community collaboration experience in Oceania, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, her work focuses on systems approaches to conservation and natural resource management; food systems; the intersection between biodiversity, culture, and languages; the factors influencing ecological and social resilience; and the development of indicators of multidimensional wellbeing. She is an expert in strategic planning from a systems perspective and in implementation and evaluation of capacity development. She undertakes research in the classroom to improve teaching and learning.