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Dr Emma Stone

Dr Emma Stone

Dr Emma Stone
BSc(Plym.), MSc(Manc.Met.), PhD(Bristol)

Honorary Research Fellow

Area of research

Evaluating and developing strategies to mitigate human-bat and human-carnvore conflict

Life Sciences Building,
24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
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(2100265) 09933 67832


Research Interests

My broad area of interest is conservation biology, in particular the behavioural and ecological responses of wildlife to changes in the environment and human wildlife conflict. I focus very much on the conservation implications of anthropogenic environmental change, and developing mitigation and conflict strategies. I am conservation rather than species orientated and have worked with a variety of animal groups, including carnivores, birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. I completed my Masters research in 2005 developing survey methods for Brown hyaena populations in South Africa and my PhD studies on the impact of development on bats in England with a focus on the impacts of artificial lighting (

Current post

I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Bat Ecology and Bioacoustics Lab and the Mammal Research Unit in the School of Biological Sciences.

Currently I am working on a  NERC funded grant using experimental approaches to determine the impacts of light pollution on bats and insects (

I am Co-Investigator on a Leverhulme Funded Grant to assess the ecosystem services of bats and build capacity for bat and biodiversity monitoring in Malawi (

I am also the Co-Investigator on a DEFRA funded project to develop and test strategies to mitigate the impact of Natterer's bats (Myotis nattereri) in churches ( and investigating the impact of roost exclusions on the conservation biology of Soprano pipistrelles (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) (Funded by DEFRA).

In addition I am conducting a research project on African wild dogs in Kasungu National Park, Malawi funded by PTES. Further details can be found on the project website:

I am also a visiting PI on the EarthWatch Brown Hyaena Research Project in North West Province South Africa.


Previous experience

I have worked in conservation research for over 15 years. To date most of my research has been in Africa. After completing my undergraduate degree I worked for six years in Zambia as a Assistant Research Coordinator on the Biodiversity Project in Kafue National Park and Project Manager at Munda Wanga Wildlife Park. During this time I was involved in many different projects from field research and monitoring to welfare based rehabilitation, education and awareness projects. Whilst in Zambia I undertook research with a variety of species, as conducting a biodiversity survey meant I had to become familiar with most groups including, birds, butterflies, beetles, reptiles, amphibians, large and small mammals - including bats.

I have also worked on various short term projects, including an Education Display Coordinator for the Philippines Outreach project at Chester Zoo; a nine month project studying the impact of domestic cats on wildlife in Bristol funded by MTUK, and Assisting Ecologist studying African wild dogs in South Luangwa National Park.


2011 - Faculty of Science Commendation of Excellence for my PhD thesis (University of Bristol)

2010 - Vincent Weir Scientific National Award for my contribution to the conservation biology of UK bats through my PhD research

2009 – Acorn Ecology Prize – for best student paper at the Mammal Society Easter Conference

2005 - Environmental and Behavioural Biology Prize - best performance for MSc research


MSc in Ecology and Management of the Natural Environment University of Bristol

I teach conservation biology, bat survey techniques, wildlife mitigation and management

MSc in Biodiversity Surveying Nottingham Trent University
I teach bat biology, bat research methods, wildlife mitigation and conservation biology

Small Mammal Ecology and Survey Techniques The Mammal Society, UK
I conduct residential training courses in Small Mammal Ecology and Survey Techniques for participants of all ages and backgrounds

Bat Survey Techniques (AnaBat)
I conduct independent AnaBat bat acoustic surveying and identification training courses for Wildlife Trusts, Ecological Consultants and Universities

Student Supervision:I am supervising three University of Bristol postgraduate student projects: investigating the emergence behaviour of Plecotus auritus (MSc); the roosting ecology of lesser horseshoe bats in the UK (Internship); and and the impact of lighting on bats in Asia (MSc).


  • Conservation biology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Landscape ecology
  • Anthropogenic disturbance


  • Field experimental research
  • Radio tracking
  • Acoustic surveys
  • Camera trapping
  • Sign surveys
  • Transects
  • Multilevel Modelling
  • GIS
  • Spatial Analysis.




Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • Bat Conservation Trust
  • Nottingham Trent University (Dr Richard Yarnell)
  • Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi
  • Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
  • Carnivore Conservation Malawi
  • Kasanka Trust (Zambia).

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