Interests: Portuguese America (Brazil), with emphasis on problem areas (Amazonia, the Northeast); humid tropics; alternatives to prevailing development patterns. Mr. Sternberg's current research includes: environmental and social consequences of economic development planning in Amazonia; Amazonian paleoclimates and the refugial hypothesis; possible effects of radiative forcing by smoke in Amazonia; Catalan entrepreneurs and Belgian expansionism in 19th century Mato Grosso.
Recent publications: `Manifest destiny' and the Brazilian Amazon: a backdrop to contemporary security and development issues, CLAG Yearbook 1987, 13, pp. 25-35, 1987; Significance of particulates in the study of Amazonian morphology and evolutionary history, in Nittrouer, C.A. and De Master, D.J. (eds.) Chapman Conference The Fate of Particulate and Dissolved Components Within the Amazon Dispersal System: River and Ocean. Washington, D.C., American Geophysical Union, pp. 62-64, 1988; Mighty rivers of the world: Amazon abundant, The Geographical Magazine (Londres) 60(4):30-35, 1988; Tentativas Expansionistas Belgas no Brasil: o Caso Descalvados, in Livro de Homenagem a Orlando Ribeiro. Lisbon, Centro de Estudos Geográficos, Faculdade de Letras. V. 2, pp. 655-667, 1988; Transformações ambientais e culturais na Amazônia: algumas repercussões sobre os recursos alimentares da região, (Summary in English: Environmental and Cultural changes in Amazonia--some effects on the region's food resources). Primeiro Simpósio do Trópico Umido, Anais, 6:43-61, 1990, Brasília. Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária; Waters and wetlands of the Brazilian Amazon: an uncertain future, in Nishizawa, T. and Uitto, J. I. (eds.) The Fragile Tropics of Latin America, Tokyo, United Nations University, pp. 113-179, 1995; Proposals for a South American Waterway, in Mörner, M. and Rosendahl, M (eds.) Threatened Peoples and Environments in the Americas, Stockholm, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Stockholm, pp. 99-125, 1995.