Martha M. Hurley, Ph.D.

Martha M. Hurley, Ph.D.
Associate Conservation Scientist

​​Dr. Martha M., Hurley is a conservation and wildlife biologist specializing in the biodiversity and biogeography of Mainland Southeast Asia.  Her work to date has included species-level conservation research, multi-taxa biodiversity surveys of under-surveyed regions, the application of biogeography to conservation recommendations, and improving the digital distribution of data, publications, educational materials, and other resources to international conservation workers.  In addition to peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Hurley is a co-author of "Vietnam: A Natural History," an award winning, accessibly written volume compiling information on Vietnam's wildlife and conservation. She has developed museum exhibits and educational materials and conducted in-country workshops on biodiversity conservation methods.  Throughout this work she has collaborated with national and international research institutions, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Additional research interests include behavioral aspects of bird movement, game bird biology, and conservation and behavior.  She has field experience in Vietnam, Lao PDR, Scotland, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and Belize.


  • ​Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
  • A.B., Biology, Harvard University

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  • Conservation and Wildlife Biology
  • Biodiversity Survey
  • Biogeography
  • Behavioral Ecology

Hurley, M.M. 2002. Vietnam Biodiversity and Conservation [Multi-taxa biotic inventories of three unprotected forested ecosystems in Vietnam]. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York. Web Site

Sterling, E.J., M.M. Hurley, and R.H. Bain. 2003. Vietnam's secret life. Natural History, 112: 50-59.  Article

Vogel, C.J., P.R. Sweet, Le Manh Hung, and M.M. Hurley. 2003. Ornithological records from Ha Giang province, north-east Vietnam, during March-June 2000. Forktail, 19: 21-30.  Article

Sterling, E.J., and M.M. Hurley. 2005. Conserving biodiversity in Vietnam: Applying biogeography to conservation research. In: Biodiversity: Past, Present, and Future, Jablonski, N., and A. Leviton (eds.). Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences 56, Suppl. I, No. 9: 90-105.  Article


Sterling, E.J., M.M. Hurley, and Le Duc Minh. 2006. Vietnam: A Natural History. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Blair, M.E., E.J. Sterling, and M.M. Hurley. 2011. Taxonomy and conservation of Vietnam’s primates: A review. American Journal of Primatology, 73: 1093-1106.  Abstract


Bain, R.H., and M.M. Hurley. 2011. A biogeographic synthesis of the amphibians and reptiles of Indochina. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 360: 1-138.  Article

Calame, T., T.N.E. Gray, M.M. Hurley, R.J. Timmins, and K. Thongsamouth. 2013. Field observations of the Vulnerable Impressed Tortoise Manouria impressa from southern Lao PDR and notes on local chelonian trade. Asiatic Herpetological Research, 4: 151-154. Article

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