Robert Sterner is the Director of the Large Lakes Observatory and a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
His particular area of research is in limnology, which is the science of inland waters. It is a multidisciplinary field, with physics, biology, chemistry, geology, social sciences, and others all strongly contributing to the understanding of the whole. A new area of research for his lab is in the Ecosystems services of the Earth’s largest lakes.
Sterner was awarded his Ph.D. in Ecology and Behavioral Biology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his appointment as the Director of the Large Lakes Observatory, Sterner was a Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota.