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Dr Emma Stone

Dr Emma Stone

Dr Emma Stone
BSc(Plym), MSc(MancMet), PhD(Bristol)

Research Collaborator

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

Summary

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 (www.batsandlighting.co.uk).

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 (www.batsandlighting.co.uk).

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 (www.africanbatconservation.org).

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 (www.batsandchurches.org.uk) 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:  www.wilddogconservationmalawi.org.

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

Biography

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.

Awards

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

Teaching

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).

Keywords

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

Methodologies

  • 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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