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 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, has a great scientific brain and brings a lot of enthusiasm and experience to the ABC team. Matt is our longest serving ABC staff member and has developed a high level of expertise in African bats. Matt is currently pursuing his MRes research on human bat conflict in Malawi with ABC and Cardiff Unviersity. He has been awared a research grant from Bat Conservation International and his project is also supported by ABC through volunteer donations. Matt is a vital member of team, heading up all our research projects across our sites.

Contact Matt: matt@africanbatconservation.org


RACHEL MIDGLEY - Urban Bat Research Assistant



Rachel graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology. She has worked as a professional ecologist in the UK for over 8 years, including as a local authority ecologist for City of York Council, and more recently as a consultant ecologist for MAB Environment and Ecology Ltd in North Yorkshire. Rachel has many years experience of conducting bat activity surveys and roost surveys. She has also volunteered for the North Yorkshire Bat Group, and for the Bat Conservation Trust UK as a voluntary Bat Roost Visitor.




Karen holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Ecological Sciences and an MSc with Distinction in Biodiversity and Conservation from Trinity College, Dublin. She carried out her BSc and MSc theses on insect ecology, conservation and biocontrol in Ireland. Since graduating, she has worked as a research entomologist for Maynooth University, University College Dublin, and Trinity College Dublin. She has also worked on biodiversity and conservation policy for the National Trust in Ireland, and in education and outreach for the Irish Wildlife Trust. In Africa, Karen conducted insect surveys of Lapalala and Welgevonden Game Reserves in South Africa. She then went on to work as a lecturer in entomology and surveying techniques in Balule Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, as well as conducting her own independent research into the diversity of insects in farmland in southern Uganda. Karen is excited to join ABC as the entomologist for the project, and begin research on the conservation and ecology of the insects of Malawi.


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.




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