About ABC - Project Team


Dr Emma Stone - Founder/Coordinator

Emma stone

ABC has been established and is coordinated by Dr Emma Stone. Emma is a Researcher at the University of Bristol conducting a variety of research projects on bats. Emma has worked in Africa since 1998 when she conducted research for three years in the remote Kafue National Park, Zambia, and then worked in a wildlife centre managing community education and outreach projects. Emma has been passionate about applied conservation biology in Africa, in particular resolving human-wildife conflicts and the impacts of environmental change using evidence based research. Emma first travelled to Malawi in 2001 and has since returned to conduct pilot studies and develop partnerships to create ABC. Read more about Emma's research here.

Contact Emma: emma@conservationresearchafrica.org



Matt Town - Senior Research Assistant - LNP

Matt graduated with a BSc in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity in 2014 from the University of Greenwich. Matt has considerable experience in wildlife ecology and research in the UK and Africa, including Research Associate studying the behavioural ecology of Edible dormice to inform conflict mitigation and field coordinator at a Bush Camp in South Africa. Matt is very passionate about field research and brings a lot of enthusiasm and experience to the ABC team.

Contact Matt: matt@africanbatconservation.org


Peter Phiri- Field Research Assistant - LNP


Peter is our field research assistant based at our research camp in Liwonde NP. Peter has a BSc in Forestry from the University of Malawi Bunda College and comes to us with vast experience of field work in Malawi, having worked as a forest technician for Limbe Leaf Ltd, and also conducting biodiversity surveys on Mulanje mountain for Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust. Peter is now very skilled at bat surveys and is an integral part of our team in LNP.



Godwin Zimba - Community Engagement Officer

Site: Roaming - Lilongwe, Liwonde, Nyika and Kasungu


Godwin has a BSc from the University of Malawi, Bunda College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology and years of experience in community data surveys and outreach both and agroforestry based. Godwin has previously worked for the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy and CRD consultancy conducting research and as a Teacher in science. Godwin is passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation. Godwin will be carrying out engagement and data collection around the national parks where ABC and CRM work; Liwonde, Nyika and Kasungu.



Kathy Halsall - Urban Bat Research Assistant


Kathy graduated with a BSc in Zoology from the University Durham and a MSc in Ecology and Environmental Management from the University of York. Kathy has extensive experience of working with bats, having worked as a bat ecologist in the UK conducting emergence, acoustic and transect surveys. She has also volunteered for the Bat Conservation Trust and worked as a research intern on a Long Tailed Bat project in the Iris Burn valley in New Zealand. Kathy is passionate about bats, and is leading the field work for our urban bat research project based in Lilongwe.


Victor Chagoma - Community Engagement Officer

Field site: Lilongwe


Victor has a BSc in Environmental Management from the University of Livingstonia. He comes to us with a wealth of community engagement experience, having worked as an agricultural extension worker for the Ministry of Agriculture, a Field Technician for Gold Leaf Farmers Association of Malawi, an Environmental Health Officer for the Ministry of Health, and an Irrigation Intern for the Ministry of Irrigation. Victor is based in our Lilongwe office, playing a leading role in our engagement for the Urban Wildlife Project in the communities around Lilongwe city.



Field site: Lilongwe


Kelly has a BSc in Zoology and has recently obtained her MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation, both from the University of Leeds. As part of her MSc course she interned with an ecological consultancy and nature tourism company in East Yorkshire for 12 months where she spent two summers completing bat surveys. She has also organised and completed a project in Dorset studying bat activity and abundance across the Purbeck area in association with the National Trust, as well as volunteering as a research assistant on various bat projects in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. She is joining our urban bat project team for the next 6 months to work alongside Kathy Halsall.




Richard Carpenter - Volunteer Coordinator

RichardRichard has a degree in Conservation Biology and an MSc in Climate Change and Development focusing on using biomass stoves in Malawi to mitigate climate change and improve livelihoods. Richard was a Research Assistant at the University of Bristol conducting bat acoustic analysis on the Bats and Lighting Research Project. Richard coordinates the volunteer programme which commenced in 2014.

Contact Richard: volunteer@africanbatconservation.org



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