“A PhD student from the University of Bristol has received a national award for her research investigating the impact of artificial lighting on bats.
Emma Stone, a researcher in the 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’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 24 per cent increase in light pollution in the UK between 1993 and 2000.
As part of the research, Emma launched an online survey to find out what the 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.”
Congratulations on a job well done, Emma Stone! Your research is a welcomed addition to the study of the effects of light pollution on bats. Starry Night Lights wishes you the best and we know you’ll continue fighting the good fight!
Let there be night!