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, Martha 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
Calame, T., T.N.E. Gray, M.M. Hurley, R.J. Timmins, and K. Thongsamouth. In review. Field observations of the Vulnerable Impressed Tortoise Manouria impressa from southern Lao PDR and notes on local chelonian trade. Asiatic Herpetological Research.
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
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
Sterling, E.J., M.M. Hurley, and Le Duc Minh. 2006. Vietnam: A Natural History. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
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
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., M.M. Hurley, and R.H. Bain. 2003. Vietnam’s secret life. Natural History, 112: 50-59. Article
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
Selected Presentations and Workshops
Hurley, M.M., and R.H. Bain. Accepted. “Conservation biogeography of the amphibians and reptiles of Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam” Poster, 26th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Baltimore, MD, 21-25 July 2013.
Bain, R.H., M.M. Hurley, and E.J. Sterling. Accepted. “Conservation biogeography of Vietnam: Insights from novel biodiversity.” Poster, 26th International Congress for Conservation Biology, Baltimore, MD, 21-25 July 2013.
Instructor, “An Introduction to Conservation Monitoring.” May 30-June 1 2007, Vientiane, Lao P.D.R.: American Museum of Natural History/Wildlife Conservation Society/National University of Laos.
Hurley, M.M., and E.J. Sterling. 2006 “Biogeography and targeted conservation research in Vietnam.” Poster presentation, 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, San Jose, California, 24-28 June.
Hurley, M.M. 2005. “Biogeography of Vietnam: patterns of diversity and strategies for conservation.” Invited lecture series: “Conservation and Creation: The Science and Art of Contemporary Vietnam,” Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, 28 March.
Hurley, M.M. 2004. “Primate Conservation in Vietnam.” New York Consortium on Evolutionary Primatology, New York University, New York, NY, 13 May.
Sterling, E.J., and M.M. Hurley, co-curators “Discovering Vietnam’s Biodiversity,” exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History, March-October 203. Web Site
Instructor, “Techniques for Teaching Biodiversity Conservation: An Introduction.” May 2-4 2002, Hanoi, Vietnam: American Museum of Natural History/Wildlife Conservation Society/Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Study/Vietnam National University.