About Angelena

Angelena examining a bat

I am currently the Research Manager for African Bat Conservation (ABC) in Malawi, part of UK based charity Conservation Research Africa. I am an experienced bat worker having been involved in many scientific research projects including radio tracking of several species in the UK. I am also a lab member for the UWE Bat Conservation Research Lab.

I have a BSc in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity (University of Greenwich) and a MRes in Endangered Species and Recovery (Nottingham Trent University). During my BSc, I carried out my honours thesis on a mixed species troop of primates at ZSL London Zoo and for my MRes thesis, I worked alongside ABC in Lilongwe (Malawi), looking at how humane roost exclusions impact on the white bellied free tailed bats foraging ecology. I was awarded a research grant from Bat Conservation International to conduct the research on humane roost exclusions, by radio tracking bats before and after the exclusion process to study the effects on their roosting and foraging ecology.

After my first degree I took time out from education to gain hands on experience, which included working as a zookeeper; a ranger; an ecologist; as well as volunteering with several conservation groups. This enabled me to gain a variety of experience from both the private and third sector. I have sat on committees for several conservation groups including being Chair of Nottinghamshire Bat Group and sitting on the management committee for SSSI Attenborough Nature Reserve.

In 2017, I was awarded the Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship through which I travelled across 11 states of the U.S.A (and Canada) over 11 weeks researching species re introduction and recovery programs and community engagement with wildlife. It was an incredible life changing experience and during my time in the USA I undertook an internship with the Organization for Bat Conservation in Illinois working with the education team.

About the African Bat Conservation

African Bat Conservation (ABC) conducts applied research, conservation and education to bring bats to the conservation agenda and conserve bat populations in Africa. Based in Malawi and working in collaboration with the University of the West of England, (UK) the University of Bristol (UK), Cardiff University (UK), Nottingham Trent University (UK), The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.

ABC and the umbrella charity Conservation Research Africa were founded by Dr Emma Stone. Emma is a Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science at the University of the West of England, and Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol UK, and directs all the programmes. Emma is also the Lab Co-Lead for the Bat Conservation Research Lab at UWE.

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About Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship

The Trust was established on 5th November 1946 by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Francis Carney, after discussions with Dwight D Eisenhower on 20th October 1945. The objective was to recognise the great services rendered to the Nation by the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt as President of the United States of America during the Second World War and to perpetuate a local tribute to his memory by founding the Scholarship.

The object of the Scholarship is to promote study and to obtain further education and in particular of the history and way of life of the American people by granting scholarships to young men and women of distinction and ability in commerce and industry to enable them to visit the United States of America.

The original Trustees were the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, the Chairman and Managing Director of Boots Pure Drug Company Limited, Governing Director of John Jardine Limited, Managing Director of George Spencer Limited, Managing Director of the Raleigh Cycle Company Limited, the President of the Miners’ Federated Union, Factory Manager of Ericsson Telephone Limited, the Chairman of the Nottingham Anglo-American Committee, His Majesty’s Divisional Inspector of the Ministry of Education, Manager of Westminster Bank Limited Thurland Street Nottingham, and several Justices of the Peace.

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