Date Published: 11 September 2010
Emma Stone receives award for shedding light on bat conservation
A Ph.D. student from the University of Bristol (England) has received a national award for her research investigating the impact of artificial lighting on bats.
Emma Stone, a researcher in Bristol University's School of Biological Sciences, has received the Vincent Weir Scientific Award for her research, which has made a significant contribution in bat conservation. The Vincent Weir Scientific Award, hosted by the Bat Conservation Trust, aims to reward and encourage research on the conservation biology of bats by young researchers and to recognise The Hon. Vincent Weir's major contributions to the field.
Emma Stone's work, a bats and lighting project, focuses on the ecological effect of artificial lighting and its impact on the foraging and commuting behaviour of bats. A topic of increasing concern, recent estimates have shown a 2% increase in light pollution in the UK between 1993 and 2000.
As part of the research, an online survey was conducted to discover what the British public feel about street lighting in their area. As with many conservation issues the impacts of lighting on wildlife involve interactions between humans and the environment.
Ms Stone said:
“I'm thrilled to have received this award for my research as despite the increase in light pollution, few studies have investigated the impact of artificial lighting.?
Following her award Emma Stone was invited to present her research findings at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Canada. The symposium at the congress was on the ecological impacts of lighting highlighting the disruptive effects on bats through light pollution. Her area of interest is conservation biology, in particular the behavioural and ecological responses of wildlife to changes in the environment. She has worked with a variety of animal groups, including carnivores, birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and will receive her award at the National Bat Conference, hosted by the Bat Conservation Trust, on the 11 September 2010.
Source: Bristol University, England (UK) - Press Release.