Martha Surridge

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Senior Conservation Planner
202-682-9400 x162
msurridge@defenders.org

Martha SurridgeAreas of expertise: conservation planning, climate change adaptation, landscape and biodiversity conservation, endangered species recovery

Martha is a conservation biologist who specializes in planning. She brings together the tools, information and expertise needed to make biodiversity conservation more effective. She works closely with Defenders staff, other conservation organizations, and federal and state agencies on endangered species recovery.

Prior to joining Defenders, Martha worked on strategic planning and climate change adaptation with the Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperative, the US Forest Service and the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife. She spent a year in Swaziland monitoring wildlife, including leopard tortoises and marabou storks. While at the World Wildlife Fund, she led strategic planning workshops around the world.

Martha holds a M.S. in Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland-College Park. She has a B.A. in Physical Anthropology, with a concentration on primate behavior, from Yale University.  

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