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Dr Emma Stone


Lab lead


My research is focused on understanding the dynamic interrelations between ecosystems, society and poverty. I use a novel interdisciplinary approach to Global Environmental Change (GEC) research, combining social-ecological-geographical methods to predict and understand the impacts of urbanisation and agricultural expansion on biodiversity.

​I have worked in conservation research for over 20 years, with a focus on African ecology having worked in Zambia, South Africa and Malawi for over 15 years. I am Founder/Director of Conservation Research Africa – a long-term applied research programme based in Malawi, registered with the charity commission in England and Wales. Through this programme I lead multidisciplinary research assessing the impacts of global environmental change (GEC) on wildlife and society through two main projects African Bat Conservation and Carnivore Research Malawi


Based at our Conservation Research Centre in Lilongwe City, my team conduct applied research to assess the socio-cultural-economic drivers of human-wildlife-conflict (HWC), spatial and behavioural ecology of urban bats and carnivores, and impacts of urbanisation on biodiversity and in particular bat ecology and behaviour. 


I have led important work on human-wildlife conflict including studies on managing bats in historic buildings (Zeale et al. 2016) which influenced government policy on licensing protocols for endangered species. I have also made important contributions to the limited role of mitigation in conservation (Stone et al. 2013), and have been invited to write reviews of the effects of lighting on bats (Stone et al. 2015). My work in Malawi has led to the first ever listing of bats as protected species under the Wildlife Act of Malawi 2018 and my urban biodiversity research has informed the first Lilongwe City Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and biodiversity enforcement plan for Lilongwe City Council.


IUCN Bat Specialist Group Member

IUCN Hyaena Specialist Group Member

Associate Editor Journal of Wildlife Research

Editorial Board Member Mammal Review

Regional Chair BAT1K

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