Carnivore Research Malawi

Dr Emma Stone - Founder/Coordinator

Emma stone

CRM was founded and is coordinated by Dr Emma Stone. Emma is a Lecturer at the University of the West of England, UK. Emma has conducted research in Africa since 1998 when she undertook biodiversity surveys for three years in the remote Kafue National Park, Zambia, and set up an education education and outreach project at Munda Wanga Environmental Park. Emmas research focus is applied conservation biology in particular, human-wildife conflicts and predicting the impacts of global environmental change. Emma completed her MSc on Brown hyaena in South Africa, is a member of the IUCN Hyaena Specialist Group and is passionate about hyaenas and thier conservation.

Read more about Emma's research here.


MADDIE MELTON - research manager

Site: Lilongwe City CRM Research Office

godwinMaddie has joined the team as our Urban Research Assistant in Lilongwe in 2017. She graduated from the University of Illinois in May 2016. Back in 2015, Maddie spent three months in Botswana working on a human-wildlife conflict project and conducting biodiversity research in the Okavango Delta. After graduating, she moved to Costa Rica for six months to help release hand-raised sloths back into the wild and study their behaviour. Shortly before coming to Malawi, she assisted on an ecology project where she trapped bobcats for collaring and then tracked them throughout western Illinois. Maddie is managing our research projects across the country and developing her Masters programme with CRM studying human wildlife conflict between communities and hyaenas.


Site: Lilongwe City

MaudMaud graduated from her master’s degree in Ecology and Ethology in July 2018 at the Université Jean Monnet in France. She had completed two internships for it, one on dolphin communication in the Caribbean, and one on deer populations in Canada with the objective to guide caribou management strategies. After graduating, she wanted to expand her horizons by working in Africa and ended up with Carnivore Research Malawi as the Urban Research Assistant!



madalitso mwaungulu Mada- Community Engagement Officer

Site: Lilongwe Research Camp

Madalitso (Mada) is a graduate from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR-Bunda Campus) where he earned a degree in Environmental Science. For his dissertation, Mada studied bat habitat preferences, with a focus on the ecosystem services bats provide to Malawian agro-ecosystems. Prior to this Mada volunteered with CRA on the bat project for a few months. Mada has vast experience in community engagement through his participation in various community outreach programs, most notably through his involvement in the fight against Child, Early and Forced Marriages (CEFM) as well as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for young people in the SADC region. Mada also holds a certificate in Civic Leadership from the University of South Africa – School of Business Leadership (UNISA SBL) in Pretoria. Mada will be carrying out engagement and data collection around the field sites where ABC and CRM work; Vwaza, Lilongwe, Nyika, and Kasungu.


Rob Davis - PHD Student

Field site: Kasungu National Park

godwinRob has a degree in Wildlife Conservation and is experienced in research in Africa including a year as Research Assistant on the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa, coordinated by the University of Cambridge. Rob spent several months in southern and east Africa including three months in Tanzania, for his thesis research assessing the effects of human disturbance on large mammal abundance and diversity in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. Rob is conducting his PhD research on the density and distribution of large carnivores in KNP through our partners Nottingham Trent University.


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