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.



Charlotte - Research Assistant (Kasungu NP)

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.



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: KNP 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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