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Maximilian Maurer grew up on the coast of Georgia, where he developed his fascination with turtles and the natural world. He studied Economics and language at Emory University and now works as a Research Associate for the Turtle Conservancy based in their offices in New York City.

In 2008 he shifted his focus to turtles in a professional capacity when he became the Georgia Sea Turtle Center's Husbandry Intern under the direction of Dr. Terry Norton. The Spring of 2009 was spent in the Mojave Desert as a Field Technician conducting line distance sampling for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Desert Tortoise Recovery Office. Max later traveled to the West Indies to help collect data on leatherback sea turtles nesting on the beaches of St. Kitts. For the past three years, he has worked with the Turtle Conservancy Team on several conservation initiatives to protect a number of Critically Endangered species of turtles and tortoises and their around the world.

The desire to preserve the natural world has led Max to EWCL and with this unique opportunity he hopes to achieve this goal.