The Echo
Continuing a Legacy

The Echo

Continuing a Legacy

Published on March 21, 2017
Written by Katie Jepson


Bat Conservation International is proud to name Matt Town as this year’s recipient of the Verne and Marion Read Bat Conservation Award. Matt’s research, entitled “Identifying the Key Factors Which Influence the Nature and Magnitude of Human-Bat Conflict within Malawi,” embodies Verne and Marion’s mission of inspiring education and community action to protect bats and address critical conservation needs.

Bat flying in the sky
Matt plans to explore the many factors that influence
human - bat conflict in Africa
Courtesy of Matt Town

With his research, Matt wants to examine the socio-ecological factors of human-bat conflict in Malawi.  

"Through my work in Malawi I noticed the need for research into human-bat conflict within Africa. I have been planning this research long before I imagined I could make it a reality, so I am extremely grateful that the Verne and Marion Read Award will provide me with the opportunity to carry out this project," explains Town. 

The award's namesake, Verne and Marion Read, became enthusiastic and passionate supporters of bat conservation after discovering thousands of bats roosting in their summer Wisconsin cabin. So it is incredibly fitting that Matt’s research studies the social and emotional factors of human-wildlife conflict. 

Now in its second year, the Verne and Marion Read Bat Conservation Award honors the memory and continues the legacy of two of Bat Conservation International’s founding forces.  The Verne and Marion Read Bat Conservation Award is awarded in conjunction with Bat Conservation International’s Student Research Scholarship for Global Bat Conservation Priorities. Read more about this year’s award recipients here

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