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.

madalitso mwaungulu Mada- Community Engagement Officer

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.


Aaron kerr - research assistant

aaronGrowing up in Northern Ireland Aaron was surrounded by or immersed in nature, whether through education or assisting in agriculture. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in Ecological Management and Biological Conservation. Post graduation Aaron worked for Elephants for Africa in Botswana studying male Elephant’s and their sociality along with the biodiversity in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. Aaron joined Conservation Research Africa in Malawi and is part of the carnivore research team. He enjoys hands on field work and contributing to the team and the research project and providing inspiration for future volunteers to study and work with Carnivore Research Malawi.


anasthasia Sanchez de Launay - RESEARCH ASSISTANT



Anasthasia is a French national and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Ecology and a master’s degree in Ethology & Biodiversity, Ecology & Evolution. She has a passion for carnivores and more specifically Felidae. She has worked on several research areas such as ecological corridors and carnivore population assessment and recently worked as a research assistant in South Africa on the leopard and African civet populations.



Tom lewis tom- research assistant

Tom comes from England and has a BSc in Zoology and MRes in Wildlife Conservation. His experience in working with wildlife includes the investigation of the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on bats, general biodiversity monitoring, ecological consultancy, behavioural observations of lemurs, research into the ecology of African golden wolves with a focus on population densities and distributions and feeding ecology. He is particularly interested in animal behaviour and population dynamics and how research into these topics can inform wildlife conservation, especially with regards to carnivores and small mammals. He chose to undertake the role of Urban Research Assistant with CRM to contribute towards wildlife conservation through applied research, particularly with regards to mitigating conflict between carnivores and humans. He hopes to develop his skills as a conservation biologist and contribute to the understanding of urban carnivores in Malawi.


kiana hargreaves - RESEARCH ASSISTANT


Kiana graduated from Humboldt State University in May 2017. She has collared Pronghorn (Antilocapra Americana) fawns in California along with White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawns in Washington to assess the movement and survivorship of the animals. She would then investigate the mortalities using tracks and sign to determine cause of death. In southern Alabama, Kiana worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtle nests while doing public outreach on the dangers of plastics/trash in the oceans. Kiana’s career goal has been to move to Africa to work with carnivores, which lead her to our CRM team!



Rob Davis - PHD Student (part time)

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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