2006 Estes Memorial Grant Recipient

Juliana Sterli

2006 Estes Grant Winner First of all, I would like to thank to the Committee of the Richard Estes Memorial Grant to give me this opportunity that will allow me to improve my knowledge in the field of fossil turtle research. I am very honoured to receive this award.

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. Since a little girl I have enjoyed reading all about natural sciences in general and paleontology in particular. When I finished high school I started to study Biology at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in 1998. As undergraduate student I collaborated for three years in the Department of Paleontology at the Museo de La Plata.

In 2004 I finished my degree studies and started with my Doctoral studies on the systematics and paleobiogeography of continental fossil turtles based on material from Jurassic deposits of Patagonia. Since 2004 I have a Doctoral fellowship from CONICET (National Council of Scientific and Technical Research) and work at the Museo de Historia Natural de San Rafael under the direction of Dr. Marcelo de la Fuente.

Because of the lack of fossil and extant turtle collections in Argentina, this award will allow me to visit the most important collections of the USA and collect data to perform a phylogenetic analysis including fossil and extant species. Although my Doctoral Thesis is on fossil turtles, I am interested in the integration of morphological and molecular information on extant species as well.

Photo courtesy of Juliana Sterli.