Anthropology at PSU
Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Extended Studies, Affiliate Faculty Middle Eastern Studies Center
PhD, University of Washington, 2004
Dr. Sterling is working on two related projects in northern Washington; coring for evidence of tsunamis from several locations along the northern Washington coast, and collaborating with a team of faunal analysts to assess whether earthquakes and tsunamis impacted resource availability over time at the Lower Elwha Klallam village, Tse-whit-zen. Her work on this project was recently featured on NPR. She also continues to lecture and publish on aspects of Old Kingdom Egyptian pottery, the focus of her dissertation research.
Dr. Sterling's research interests include Predynastic and Old Kingdom Egypt, North American prehistory, geoarchaeology, general method and theory, evolutionary theory, ceramic analysis, and quantitative analysis.
2012. "Coseismic Subsidence and Paleotsunami Run-up records from latest Holocene Deposits in the Waatch Valley, Neah Bay, Northwest Washington, U.S.A.: Links to Great Earthquakes in the Northern Cascadia Margin," Curt D. Peterson, Kenneth M. Cruikshank, Mark C. Darienzo, Gary C. Wessen, Virginia L. Butler and Sarah L. Sterling, Journal of Coastal Research, in press.
2009. "Pottery attributes and how they reflect intentionality in craft manufacture and reproduction," In, Studies on Old Kingdom Pottery, edited by Teodozja Rzeuska and Anna Wodzińska. Wydawnictwo Neriton, Warsaw.