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Maitreyi Sur, Ph.D.

Research Wildlife Biologist

Maitreyi Sur is a research wildlife biologist with more than 10 years of experience in the field. She has a a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, and a Master’s in environmental studies from India. In 2009, she received the European Commission, Erasmus Mundus scholarship for her doctoral research, at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Since 2015, she has been working in the US on various projects that focus on understanding the ecology of large raptors and the effectiveness of policies to reduce the risk of bird interactions with renewable energy infrastructure.

Her work is mostly quantitative in nature with the use of telemetry data, spatial and statistical modeling to answer these questions. In doing so, she heavily draws from the concepts emerging in the field of movement ecology and also constantly work on the methodological aspects of the field as well. For the last few years she has been specializing in analysis of accelerometer data from large raptors as well.

Maitreyi, her husband Parveen and son Arlo presently live in India, but are planning to make a continental move soon. Together they have lived in five countries in the last 10 years and hoping that they will soon find a place apt for permanent nesting.