Carnivore Research Malawi

Dr Emma Stone - Founder/Coordinator

Emma stone

CRM was founded and is coordinated by Dr Emma Stone. Emma is an honoray research Fellow at Cardiff University, the University of Bristol and Nottingham Trent Uni. 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. Emmas research focus is applied conservation biology in particular, human-wildife conflicts and predicting the impacts of global environmental change. Emma is a member of the IUCN Hyaena Specialist Group and is passionate about hyaenas and thier conservation.

Read more about Emma's research here.



Oli graduated from Leeds University with an MEng in Automotive Engineering. Since then Oli worked for Huddersfield University conducting research into turbochargers and powertrain. Oli has had several publications at major conferences such as the SAE world congress and FISITA. He has worked for 8 years in the automotive sector as a design engineer, project manager and lead engineer. This has included being responsible for large scale development projects. This extensive experience in project management means that Oli has a lot to offer CRA in the day to day running of the research projects, planning and creating overall strategy.


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.

brennan petersonwood - Research Assistant

Field site: Kasungu National ParkBrennan

Brennan became interested in pursuing a career in wildlife conservation after a semester study abroad program in Tanzania studying wildlife management and ecology. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College, he worked for a year with an NGO in Tanzania to mitigate human elephant conflict through community outreach and the construction of beehive fences. Previously he worked for the US Forest Service in California conducting spotted owl, northern goshawk and bat surveys as well as camera trapping for predators. He is excited to be back in the field studying African wildlife.



Charlotte - Research Assistant

Field site: Kasungu National Park



Charlotte studied Biology at the University of Sheffield, and completed her Master’s research on animal behaviour and genetics in 2016. She has since worked on different wildlife research projects across Africa including 3 months researching the cichlids of Lake Malawi. After recently interning on a lion and hyena research project in Zimbabwe, Charlotte realised her passion for carnivore research. She is particularly interested in studying large carnivore populations and helping to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts.




Site: Lilongwe City


Godwin Zimba godwin- Community Engagement Officer

Site: Liwonde National Park

Godwin has a lifelong passion for education and the environment, has joined CRM as our new Community Engagement Officer in Liwonde NP. Godwin studied Natural Resource Management at Bunda University, he then went on to teach in public secondary schools. He is now keen to combine his teaching experience with his passion for conservation and the environment.



Siobhan gilkes - science communication and media manager


Siobhan has spent 10 years working in the international development sector for NGO's such as Save the Children and the Red Cross, specialising in providing research on donors, finding new sources of funding and most recently managing a team of fundraising researchers. She has a passion for Africa and its wildlife and has been on many trips to the continent and is using her fundraising skills to help CRA and ABC progress its exciting work in Malawi.






Rob Davis - PHD Student

Field site: Kasungu National Park

godwinRob has a degree in Wildlife Conservation and is our longest serving staff member having been with us from the beginning, he joined CRM in March 2014. Rob has many years experience of 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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