Dr. Ellie Degler (née Sattler) is an American paleobotanist and nonfiction science author. She is best known for her work alongside vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, and to some extent for being a witness of the 1993 incident on Isla Nublar, which she has attempted to distance herself from.
“Ellie” is usually a nickname for Ellen, but it is not currently known if Dr. Degler goes by a nickname or if Ellie is her legal given name. The name Ellen comes from English and means “bright, shining light,” while her maiden surname Sattler is German in origin and refers to a person who manufactures saddles.
Dr. Degler’s exact date of birth is not known, but she was in her late twenties as of June 1993. This would mean that she was born in the mid-1960s.
Much of her childhood is presently unknown.
By the 1990s, Sattler had attained a doctorate degree in science from a currently-undisclosed institution. She made a career in paleobotany, or the study of ancient plants via their remains (such as pollen fossils, leaf impressions, and petrified wood). Her expertise included extant plant species as well as fossil taxa, and in addition to paleobotanical studies, she was sometimes involved in research into other aspects of prehistoric ecosystems.
By her late twenties, she had become acquainted with vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, with whom she became romantically involved. She was known to work with Grant on paleontological digs, including a productive site in the badlands near Snakewater, Montana which unearthed exceptional deinonychosaur remains during the summer of 1993. This expedition was funded by International Genetic Technologies CEO John Hammond.
It appears that Dr. Sattler may have been interested in having children in the future, while Dr. Grant did not share this interest and sometimes had difficulty interacting with children. They did at some point own a macaw named Jack, which they taught to speak.
On June 7, 1993, Hammond approached Dr. Grant at the Snakewater site to offer him a scientific consultant position at an upcoming InGen theme park, Jurassic Park, in exchange for a further three years of funding. Neither Grant nor Sattler had met Hammond in person before this point. Hammond extended the invitation to Sattler, who agreed to the job along with Grant. Hammond informed them that paleontological expertise would provide valuable insight into the park’s operation, and that they would enjoy what the park had to offer; he did not elaborate on what, exactly, the park was, other than a state-of-the-art edutainment attraction.
Sattler traveled along with Grant and Hammond via helicopter to Choteau, Montana from which they took a jet to Costa Rica. Here they met fellow consultants Dr. Ian Malcolm and Donald Gennaro, who joined them on the helicopter flight west from Costa Rica to Isla Nublar. They arrived on the island on June 11.
While traveling by jeep across the island toward its Visitors’ Centre, Sattler observed a plant which she identified as a species of veriforman known only from Cretaceous fossils. While she marveled at this impossible flora, Hammond directed the jeeps to a large field within the park’s paddock areas where he demonstrated to them other examples of de-extinct life InGen had created: a herd of Brachiosaurus and Parasaurolophus, which captivated the paleontologists. From here he took his consultants to the Visitors’ Centre.
At the Centre, Sattler was briefed on how InGen had managed to perform de-extinction via the extraction of Mesozoic paleo-DNA from hematophagous organisms preserved in amber samples. The endorsement group also witnessed the Centre’s laboratory on the tour, with Sattler and the other scientists leaving the tour against Hammond’s wishes to view the laboratory up close. In particular, they were interested in seeing the ostrich and emu eggs used to bear dinosaur embryos; they were able to witness a hatching Velociraptor. Grant requested to see the adult raptors, which the group observed at feeding time.
Sobered by the raptors’ vicious feeding behavior, Sattler began to recognize more threats to Park stability in the Visitors’ Centre, which she voiced to Hammond during lunch. She noted, for example, that the decorative plants in the Centre included some poisonous species that could be harmful to guests. Despite not having seen the Park in whole yet, Sattler deduced based on InGen’s casual use of dangerous plant species that the company was equally ignorant of the ecology of its animal species.
Before setting off on the automated Park tour, the endorsement group was introduced to Hammond’s two grandchildren, Lex and Tim Murphy, who would be accompanying them. Sattler, who disagreed with Grant on the topic of having children, attempted to force Grant to interact with the Murphy children by sitting in the rear tour vehicle and telling Lex in particular to sit with Grant. However, Grant managed to leave both children in the fore vehicle with Mr. Gennaro, joining Drs. Sattler and Malcolm in the rear vehicle. During the tour, Malcolm and Sattler became familiar with each other, though Grant disapproved of Malcolm’s playfully flirtatious behavior.
Despite her reservations concerning the treatment of the Park’s animals, Dr. Sattler was by all accounts thrilled to see such dinosaurian species as Dilophosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and Triceratops; due to unfavorable viewing conditions, however, only the Triceratops left an impression on the guests.
While passing by an area of the trike paddock, Dr. Grant sighted a jeep in the field and left to investigate, followed by Dr. Sattler and then the others. They found a sickly Triceratops which was being tended to by Park veterinarian Dr. Gerry Harding. In short order, Sattler determined that the animal’s symptoms were pharmacological in nature, and originated from local plant life. An investigation of the paddock yielded the nonnative decorative plant Tetrazygia bicolor, which Dr. Harding stated was known to be toxic and was not eaten by the animals. In spite of this assurance, Sattler led the others in attempting to diagnose the animal’s illness, still certain that the plant’s berries were the cause. While stool samples did not contain any trace of the fruit, Tim was able to identify regurgitated gastroliths that the dinosaur had used; Sattler and Tim together determined that the dinosaur had swallowed the berries along with the stones and then regurgitated them without digesting the berries fully. This explained the animal’s periodic symptoms.
Due to an impending tropical storm, the tour was cut short in the afternoon, and the majority of the tour group returned to the vehicles and began traveling back in the direction they had come. Sattler remained with Dr. Harding and the trike, continuing to tend to its ailment. As the storm worsened, Harding drove Sattler back to the Visitors’ Centre. While they awaited the tour vehicles’ return, much of the electric power in the Park was shut down by a disgruntled employee following the evacuation of all non-essential staff from the island at 7:00pm CST. As the tour vehicles ran on electric power, they would be among the systems in the Park that would have shut down. After a search of the premises failed to locate the party responsible for the shutdown, Hammond requested that Park warden Robert Muldoon take a jeep and retrieve the marooned tour members. Sattler volunteered to go with him, worried for Dr. Grant’s safety.
One of the tour vehicles was located near the tyrannosaur paddock, among significant evidence that the animal had broken out while the power was cut. Muldoon and Sattler discovered the scattered remains of Gennaro, a severely wounded but conscious Malcolm, and a trail of debris leading to the other tour vehicle, which had been pushed over a cliff within the tyrannosaur paddock. Malcolm was put into the jeep while Sattler investigated the damaged vehicle. Tyrannosaur vocalizations had been heard in the distance, so they worked quickly. Sattler found evidence that Grant and the children had survived the attack and retreated westward, in the direction of the Visitors’ Centre. She and Muldoon returned to the jeep shortly before the tyrannosaur appeared to pursue them; Sattler received a grazing wound from the tyrannosaur’s supraorbital crest as it struck the jeep with its head, but ultimately it became winded after chasing them for a brief time and fell behind. They were able to safely return to the Visitors’ Centre, but had no way of locating Grant and the children.
Sattler confronted Hammond about the Park’s failure that night, after administering morphine to Malcolm to ease his pain. While Hammond was hopeful that the Park could eventually be saved, Sattler attempted to convince him that the damage done was too great, and that their lack of knowledge on the island’s artificial ecosystem had prevented the Park’s success in the first place. She continued to worry about Grant and the children’s safety, though Hammond attempted to reassure her that Grant’s paleontological expertise could help them survive. Sattler spent the night of June 11 in the Visitors’ Centre.
On June 12, an attempt was made to restart the Park’s power by restarting the circuit breakers. Park technician Ray Arnold initiated this process, shutting down all remaining power in the Park from inside the Visitors’ Centre control room. In order to complete restarting the system, Arnold needed to access a different set of circuit breakers from inside the maintenance shed, located across the Visitor Compound from the Visitors’ Centre. While he set off to do this, Sattler took shelter within the emergency bunker along with Hammond, Malcolm, and Muldoon. Arnold failed to return; with his status unknown and power still not restored, Sattler and Muldoon again volunteered to go out and attempt recovery. Hammond protested, but was not allowed to accompany them.
On the way to the shed, Sattler and Muldoon passed the raptor holding pen, discovering that the dinosaurs had escaped confinement; the reset process had cut power to the remaining Park systems, including the raptor pen’s electric fences which had until that point remained on. Muldoon began stalking one of the escaped raptors while Sattler made a break for the shed, managing to get into the secure fenced area safely. She entered the shed, communicating with Malcolm and Hammond via UHF radios to navigate the building interior. Sattler located the breakers and completed the reset process, restoring power to the Park. After resetting the breakers, she was pursued out of the shed by the alpha Velociraptor, which she shut inside the building. In the process, she discovered Arnold’s severed arm, confirming that he had died.
Sattler made for the bunker to rejoin the others, but found Grant searching the Compound for her; they were both thrilled that the other had survived, and Sattler was also glad to learn that the children had reached the Visitors’ Centre alive. They both returned to the bunker to arm themselves against the remaining two raptors, discovering that Muldoon had died while Sattler was restoring the power. Grant and Sattler made for the Visitors’ Centre to recover the children.
They rejoined the children in the Centre’s rotunda, where they learned from the terrified children that the last two raptors were inside the building. One raptor had been locked in a walk-in freezer by the children, but the final one was still roaming the Visitors’ Centre. The four took shelter in the control room, followed by the animal which attempted to work the door latch to get inside. Sattler attempted to help Grant hold the door against the raptor, which meant that the gun they had brought was out of reach. Lex was able to finish undoing the sabotage in the Park’s systems and activate the electronic door locks, sealing the control room door against the raptor. Grant called Hammond and informed him of the situation while Sattler kept an eye on the raptor through the windows. While Grant was able to get Hammond to call a helicopter from the mainland, Sattler alerted the others that the raptor was preparing to break through the window. Grant attempted to shoot at it, but missed; the gun jammed, forcing them to retreat as the raptor again prepared to break in. They fled into the ventilation system to escape the control room.
Sattler and the others fled through the ventilation with the raptor in pursuit, escaping into the main rotunda. They used the construction scaffolding and fossil displays to reach the floor, causing the collapse of the Alamosaurus fossil; Sattler sustained mild injuries from this. On the floor, they were surrounded as the alpha raptor joined her remaining subordinate. Sattler and Grant tried to protect the children, but were ultimately saved only by the sudden appearance of the tyrannosaur which ambushed and killed the alpha raptor. While the last raptor threw itself at the tyrannosaur in a fit of rage, Sattler and the others escaped from the Visitors’ Centre and were picked up by Hammond and Malcolm in a Jeep.
They arrived at the helipad at nearly the same time as the helicopter that was sent to rescue them, boarding the helicopter and leaving the island.
Aftermath of the incident
InGen had all survivors of the incident sign nondisclosure agreements in order to contain bad press about what had happened on Isla Nublar. Sattler, along with everyone else except Malcolm, respected her nondisclosure agreement and did not speak about the incident to the public. However, this did not save her from the psychological trauma that resulted from it. The raptors in particular left mental scars on both Grant and Sattler, and while Grant dealt with his trauma by intensely studying raptor fossils to understand them, Sattler was unable to continue with a paleontological career and temporarily left the field. This, among other things, drove a wedge between Sattler and Grant; their relationship ended sometime in 1995, though they remained friends. Sattler kept their pet macaw.
Dr. Malcolm’s violation of his nondisclosure agreement in 1995 brought the Isla Nublar incident and existence of Jurassic Park into the public eye, though he was widely discredited and dismissed as a conspiracy theorist. Nonetheless, Malcolm’s testimony likely brought stress to Sattler, being a recurring reminder of the traumatizing experience they had all undergone. This worsened on November 4, 1997 due to the San Diego incident, in which a buck tyrannosaur was accidentally loosed into a populated area and made worldwide news. The fact that the dinosaurs not only had survived but were being actively interfered with by humans sparked massive public interest, as well as controversy and debate. However, it did mean that Sattler was now essentially free to openly discuss the existence of de-extinction. There is currently no evidence that she did, though, and her colleague Grant was openly dismissive of de-extinction as a legitimate field of paleontological science. Public interest in traditional paleontology waned following 1997, though Sattler eventually began a new career writing nonfiction books about paleontology.
Marriage and family
Sometime between 1995 and 1998, Sattler began dating U.S. State Department official Mark Degler, and the two were married presumably sometime before 1998. They bore their first child, Charles “Charlie” Degler, sometime between July 17, 1997 and July 16, 1998. The Degler family resided in Washington, D.C. as of July 2001, remaining in contact with Grant as Dr. Degler continued her career as a science communicator. She was assisted by an editor, Tom, with whom she apparently had creative and scientific disagreements.
Dr. Degler was briefly involved with the 2001 Isla Sorna incident. On July 16, Dr. Grant visited the Deglers while in Washington, D.C. to give a lecture on deinonychosaurs at Georgetown University; he returned to Fort Peck Lake, Montana the following day, and within twenty-four hours had become entangled with an international scandal involving the stranding of a young boy on Isla Sorna. On July 20 at approximately 8:00am EST (7:00am CST), an imperiled Dr. Grant contacted the Degler home phone from Isla Sorna, only managing to communicate that he was at the island’s central tidal river. Degler immediately contacted her husband, who was able to negotiate the removal of civilians from Isla Sorna by both the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
Details about Dr. Degler’s later life are presently undisclosed, including her opinions on Jurassic World.
Dr. Degler worked as a paleobotanist during the 1990s, studying prehistoric plant species from fossil remains. Her expertise also extends to general botany, as she has a significant body of knowledge regarding contemporary plant biology. She is particularly knowledgeable in the fields of pharmacology and toxicology, identifying poisonous plants at a glance as well as their symptoms in animals. While on Isla Nublar, she was able to immediately identify both a de-extinct veriforman (which had been extinct for more than sixty-five million years) and the contemporary West Indian lilac bush, neither of which were native to the island.
The game LEGO Jurassic World portrays her as a skilled gardener.
In addition to botanical knowledge, Dr. Degler’s studies included other aspects of paleoecology such as vertebrate paleontology. Her colleague and former romantic partner Dr. Alan Grant is a respected vertebrate paleontologist with a remarkable body of knowledge regarding deinonychosaurian paleobiology and theropod evolution, and the two worked together at dig sites in Montana where Cretaceous dinosaur fossils are highly abundant.
Dr. Degler’s understanding of plant biology gives her some insight into pharmacology as it applies to plants; many plant species have medical effects when consumed or touched. Some of these can be quite significant, even fatal under particular conditions. During the 1993 incident, she was able to immediately discern the symptoms of a sick Triceratops as pharmacological in nature, which even the Park’s trained veterinary staff had dismissed as impossible. Later during the incident, she was able to successfully administer morphine to a wounded Dr. Ian Malcolm.
The game Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis portrays her as having extensive knowledge of animal health beyond simply plant-related pharmacology, including viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases.
During her paleontological career, Dr. Degler (then Sattler) worked extensively in the field and so had considerable athletic ability. She demonstrated this well during the 1993 incident, and these abilities likely saved her life following the Velociraptor escape. As of 2001, she no longer performed fieldwork, and is living a more relaxed life.
She is sometimes seen wearing reading glasses, but does not need them for fieldwork. This suggests that she is slightly farsighted, needing corrective lenses to discern fine details in nearby objects, but is capable of seeing close objects in enough detail to perform more general paleontological work without them.
Along with her scientific skills, Dr. Degler has experience authoring nonfiction books, especially those aimed at educating younger audiences. She was in the process of publishing a book as of 2001, despite disagreements with her editor. This book contained a quote from renowned paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner, which Dr. Degler was intent on keeping in the book in spite of her editor’s suggestion to cut it.
Skill with children
Even during her early scientific career, Dr. Degler was skilled at working with children and expressed the desire to be a parent in the future. As of 2001, she had two children; her oldest, Charlie, already had an interest in dinosaurs which his mother encouraged. By all accounts, Dr. Degler has good parenting and childhood education skills, which also benefit her career as an education writer.
She also has experience as a pet owner, having raised a blue-and-yellow macaw named Jack since at least 1995. This species requires much effort and time to properly raise, but Jack appeared very healthy and well-behaved as of 2001, so Dr. Degler clearly is exceptional with pets as well as children. Raising Jack may have given her some early experience that helped her as a parent later.
While Dr. Degler was astounded at the idea of de-extinction being possible, she expressed during the 1993 incident that such an attempt to control the natural world was ill-advised due to a lack of scientific discipline exercised by InGen. Without an appropriately large body of knowledge on their organisms, InGen was incapable of providing for their needs, resulting in maladaptive behaviors in the animals and widespread health issues in the ecosystem at large.
Beyond the 1993 incident, Dr. Degler has not made any known public statements regarding de-extinction. In a private meeting with Dr. Grant in 2001, she admitted to attempting to forget the vocalizations produced by InGen’s Velociraptors due to the associated trauma, but this is not necessarily indicative of any ill feelings toward de-extinct life on the whole. In the same conversation, she still expressed fascination toward the animals when learning about Dr. Grant’s new discoveries regarding raptor intelligence.
She did not publicly make any statements for or against Jurassic World, or any statements for or against government or corporate intervention on Isla Nublar during the Mount Sibo controversy.
On scientific discipline
Dr. Degler is a proponent of the precautionary principle, and was accused by John Hammond as harboring Luddite sentiments. However, Degler’s cautionary approach to new scientific advancements are not as extreme as true Neo-Luddism, and are considerably less conservative than the statements made at the same time by Dr. Ian Malcolm. When in the field, she used rigorous scientific methodology to find solutions to problems, and embraced the use of new technology to forward her and Dr. Grant’s research.
As a paleobotanist, Dr. Degler developed a considerable understanding of the role plants serve in any ecosystem. While she certainly does appreciate animals, she was the only member of the 1993 InGen endorsement group to make note of the poisonous plants used by InGen to decorate facilities in Jurassic Park. Even experienced veterinarians such as Dr. Gerry Harding dismissed the possibility that animals could be consuming poisonous plants in their environments, which Dr. Degler immediately realized upon observing the symptoms of a sick Triceratops. She disapproves of the idea that plants are passive members of the ecosystem, arguing instead in favor of the view of plants as active participants in ecology.
On marriage and family
As early as 1993, the primary conflict in the relationship between Drs. Sattler and Grant was the idea of getting married and having children. Sattler (now Degler) was interested in a traditional domestic life, while Grant was disinterested in children and wanted to focus on his paleontological career as an independent adult. Though the 1993 incident resulted in Grant committing to changing his views on children, their relationship still ended, likely due in part to his reluctance to commit to having a family.
Eventually, Sattler would marry Mark Degler of the U.S. State Department, adopting his last name and having two children with him. She valued fostering a healthy interest in science in her children, and by the age of three, her eldest child Charlie was very interested in dinosaurs. This was helped by visits from Dr. Grant, who by that point in time was much more comfortable around children and enjoyed furthering Charlie’s interest in dinosaurs. As of 2001, the Deglers employed an in-home childcare provider named Hannah to help care for their children while they were at work, but were still active in raising their children themselves.
Paleontology on the whole is a male-dominated field, and was even more so during the 1980s and 1990s when Dr. Degler (then Sattler) was at the peak of her scientific career. In order to become as successful a scientist as she was, a defiance of stereotypes was necessary. Both Drs. Grant and Malcolm noted her “tenacious” attitude and rigorous dedication to scientific fieldwork.
She has expressed feminist views in conversation, though she is not overtly involved in politics. She humorously teased Dr. Malcolm’s use of the word “man” to mean “humans,” and coined the term “sexism in survival situations” in response to Hammond’s insistence that she remain in the safety of the bunker while Hammond go with Muldoon to restore power to the Park.
While Dr. Degler is in a traditional marriage with two children, she does not conform to the role of a housewife; she writes nonfiction books on paleontology, keeping a steady career in science despite leaving academia. She also maintains a sense of independence; she is unafraid of disagreeing with her editor Tom when she feels that he oversteps his area of expertise, and still has a healthy friendship with Dr. Grant despite being married to someone else.
Dr. Alan Grant
As of June 1993, Dr. Degler (then Sattler) was in a long-term romantic relationship with her colleague, vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant. The two shared both their domestic and professional lives, cooperating on paleontological digs despite having markedly different paleobiological fields of expertise. Presumably, their differing studies would have benefited both of their careers and the results of their expeditions. Sattler and Grant did not express much outward affection in public, however, leading to some (such as Dr. Ian Malcolm) to not immediately realize they were in a relationship.
Not all aspects of their relationship were harmonious, however. While Sattler was interested in getting married and having children, Grant intended to focus on his career, and until the 1993 incident had no interest in children at all. Even after the incident changed his perspective on children, he and Sattler still experienced relationship difficulties for various reasons, likely including the differing ways they dealt with their trauma after the incident. After 1993, their romantic relationship ended, though they remained close friends. Some earlier versions of film scripts suggest that their relationship ended officially in 1995, and that they may not have seen one another for some time immediately afterward. After Sattler married into the Degler family, she and Grant kept in touch; Grant was on friendly terms with her husband Mark Degler and helped foster her son Charlie’s interest in dinosaurs. As of 2001, they still visited one another, and Dr. Degler considered Dr. Grant to be one of the best scientists in his field.
At their dig sites, Drs. Sattler and Grant would be accompanied by numerous other paleontologists and volunteers; these would sometimes include the children of said personnel. For the most part, their relationships with Dr. Sattler are not known.
In one of her 2001 books, Dr. Degler featured a Jack Horner quote, implying some form of professional relationship between them. Her longtime partner and colleague Dr. Grant is known to follow Dr. Horner’s teachings and is associated with the Museum of the Rockies along with Dr. Horner, so it is feasible that Dr. Degler knows him personally.
As of 2001, Dr. Degler lived in Washington, D.C. with her husband Mark Degler, her two children, and pet blue-and-gold macaw Jack. Her oldest child, Charlie, was born in either late 1997 or early 1998, suggesting that Ellie and Mark were married by 1997 and likely knew one another for some time prior to this. A second child, whose name is not currently known, was born in either 2000 or 2001. Domestic life in the Degler household appeared to be stable and content as of 2001, with clear signs of financial stability and trust of one another.
Dr. Degler’s pet macaw Jack had been with her since at least 1995 according to older Jurassic Park /// scripts, making him the family member who she had been with the longest. Jack had been around when she was still in a relationship with Dr. Grant. She is clearly a very good caretaker to Jack, who belongs to a species that requires much effort to properly raise; Jack was in excellent health and was very well-behaved as of 2001.
John Hammond and InGen
While Dr. Sattler’s relationship with InGen personnel was brief, it was impactful. InGen CEO at the time John Parker Alfred Hammond funded her paleontological research by extent of funding Grant’s, though Hammond was not familiar with Sattler. Despite Grant being the primary recipient of Hammond’s funding and invitation to Jurassic Park in 1993, Hammond happily extended the invitation to Sattler upon meeting her, acknowledging her expertise as a paleobotanist. He would be dismissive of her survival abilities later in the incident, but did not protest any further when she pointed out how sexism would not benefit them in a survival scenario. Hammond from that point on supported her attempt to restart the Park.
Other InGen employees who Dr. Sattler met during the incident included geneticist Dr. Henry Wu, who she met only briefly; veterinarian Dr. Gerry Harding, who she worked with on a sick Triceratops; technician Ray Arnold, whose remains were discovered by Sattler following his death; and park warden Robert Muldoon, who overall was the most respectful of Sattler’s survival abilities and trusted her to go out into the field on two separate occasions. Muldoon in particular died while protecting Dr. Sattler from Velociraptors.
Dr. Sattler never met programmer Dennis Nedry, but his act of sabotage did endanger her along with everyone else on the island at the time. It is not known if Dr. Sattler stayed in contact with Hammond or Harding following the incident; as she barely met Dr. Wu while on the island, it is unlikely that they communicated afterward.
Other endorsement tour members
While on the Jurassic Park endorsement tour, Dr. Sattler became acquainted with John Hammond’s two grandchildren, Lex and Tim Murphy. She encouraged the children, particularly Lex, to interact with Dr. Grant in the hopes that they would change his views on having children; this attempt was more or less successful, but only due to the incident separating Grant and the children from the others on Isla Nublar. While the three were marooned in the Park, Dr. Sattler worried constantly for their safety and was highly protective of them once they reunited.
The other two members of the Jurassic Park endorsement tour included legal consultant Donald Gennaro and mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm. During the tour, Dr. Sattler became friendly with Dr. Malcolm, who acted flirtatiously toward her; however, Malcolm eventually discovered that she was in a relationship with Dr. Grant, and did not act flirtatious during the incident that followed the partial tour. She did not interact much with Gennaro during the tour, though she was present to recover some of his remains following the first tyrannosaur attack. She also was instrumental in the rescue of Dr. Malcolm from the same scene, along with Robert Muldoon; they brought him back to the Visitors’ Centre where he could be administered morphine and treated for his injuries.
It is not known whether Dr. Degler remained in contact with Dr. Malcolm or the Murphy children.
While on Isla Nublar, Dr. Sattler encountered numerous InGen dinosaurs, as well as other de-extinct life such as a veriforman plant. Her first impression of the dinosaurs included the enormous Brachiosaurus and medium-sized Parasaurolophus, which astounded her even more than the plant life. However, after seeing hatchling and adult Velociraptors (including a pride led by The Big One), she was less enthralled and more cautious about the Park.
On the tour, most of the dinosaurs did not make appearances despite her excitement at being able to see them. The Triceratops made the biggest impact, though they only witnessed one sick adult. This sick animal’s diagnosis was confirmed due to Dr. Sattler’s botanical knowledge, along with Tim Murphy’s knowledge of dinosaur behavior.
During the incident, Dr. Sattler was injured during an incident involving the Tyrannosaurus, which rammed a jeep she was attempting to escape in. Its supraorbital ridge wounded her shoulder as it struck the vehicle with its head. She was also menaced by two of the three Velociraptors; The Big One pursued her in the maintenance shed, while Kim chased her and the other survivors through the Visitors’ Centre before being joined by The Big One. However, both raptors were killed when the tyrannosaur ambushed The Big One as prey; Kim attacked the larger theropod in a suicidal rage, which allowed Sattler and the other humans to escape.
While Dr. Degler would not return to Isla Nublar or visit Isla Sorna, her life was permanently impacted by InGen’s dinosaurs. In particular, her incidents with the tyrannosaur and the raptors left her psychologically scarred, causing her to leave academia.
Dr. Degler’s book editor, a man named Tom, sometimes caused her frustration. He believed himself to be something of a paleontologist and would make editing suggestions to Dr. Degler’s children’s books that Degler herself did not agree with. For example, Tom was unhappy with the final chapter in one of Dr. Degler’s 2001 books, but Degler would not allow him to remove the section in question due to it including a quote from Dr. Jack Horner that she considered vital.
The Degler family employed an in-home secretary and childcare provider named Hannah, who cared for the Deglers’ youngest child during 2001. It is not known how long she worked for them. Her role as secretary meant that she would be a go-between person for Dr. Degler and her editor Tom. Hannah appears to have been on friendly terms with Dr. Degler, sharing in her distaste for Tom’s armchair paleontology and unreasonable editing suggestions.
Dr. Ellie Sattler Degler is portrayed by Laura Dern. Her romantic relationship with Dr. Alan Grant was created entirely for the film; in the novel that the film is based on, the two simply have a professor-student relationship and are not romantically attracted to each other. This element of their relationship was added to help audiences empathize with the characters and have more investment in their struggle.
In the Michael Crichton novels, Sattler eventually marries a Berkeley physicist named Dr. Reiman. It has been speculated, but never confirmed, that the writers of Jurassic Park /// may have opted to end her film-canon relationship with Dr. Grant to make the film plot more in line with that of the novels.