Carnivore Research Malawi


Dr Emma Stone - Founder/Coordinator

Emma stone

CRM 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 carnivores and 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 CRM.

Read more about Emma's research here.


Rob Davis - Senior Research RobAssistant (and PHD Student)

Field sites: Kasungu and Nyika National Parks

Rob 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 now works part-time for CRM as well as conducting his PhD research on the Behavioural Ecology of Leopards in KNP through our partners Nottingham Trent University.


CHLOE LUCAS - Research RobAssistant

Field sites: Kasungu National Park

Chloe developed a keen interest in conservation whilst studying for a degree in biological anthropology at Durham University, UK. For her Masters thesis she carried out a study of human- baboon conflict in South Africa investigating farmers perceptions of the problem and different ways to mitigate the conflict. Following this she completed an internship with Save the Elephants in Kenya working on their Elephant and Bees project in Tsavo national park. She has spent the last year working for an international development organisation in London and is excited to be back out in the field.



Dr katrina fernandez - Research Assistant (Nyika NP)

Field site: Nyika National Park


Katrina joined us in April 2017 to head up the research in Nyika NP. She completed her PhD on invertebrate biodiversity in Western Ghats India with the University of Tazmania in 2013. Since then Katrina has conducted a variety of post doctoral research projects mainly studying otters in India and Malaysia. Katrina is interested in various aspects of conservation biology, including community ecology, population dynamics and population viability of small carnivores. She also have a strong interest in communicating conservation issues and science to the public and engaging people in participatory approaches to conservation, including habitat restoration, wildlife monitoring, and awareness raising.


ALEX KAHLER - Field Assistant (Nyika NP)

KatrinaField site: Nyika National Park

Alex joined us in May 2017 to assist Katrina with research in Nyika NP. Alexandra spent several years in veterinary medicine before a trip to South Africa brought her to the the conservation field. She studied wildlife conservation and ecology at Washington State University. Alexandra has previously worked in Malawi with the Black Rhino Monitoring and Conservation Program in Liwonde National Park. 




MADDIE MELTON - research assistant - urban

Site: Lilongwe City, Urban Carnivore Project

godwinMaddie has joined the team as our new Urban Research Assistant in Lilongwe. 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 excited to be back in Africa studying urban carnivores.

MATT KYNOCH - research assistant

Site: NNP and Urban Carnivore Project Matt Kynoch

Matt is a graduate of Clemson University and has spent the last five years researching wildlife in different corners of the United States with various NGOs, Universities and government agencies.  His main research focus has been carnivore behavior, and has spent time researching wolverines, gray wolves, mountain lions, black-footed ferrets, as well as acted as crew leader on a red fox ecology project for more than two years through Virginia Tech.  This is Matt’s first experience in Africa, and he is excited to learn more about the role of carnivores in Malawi’s ecosystems. 



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.



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