Deborah completed her BSc at the Copperbelt University in Zambia and then started working for Livingstone Museum as a Research Assistant as part of the bat data mobilisation project, which is in partnership with Bats without Borders. Debbie's is passion about molecular (lab) work and how this contributes to our greater understanding of biodiversity, ecology and conservation issues. Thanks to Bats without Borders' key collaborators, she was delighted to travel to Portugal to received training at University of Porto's CIBIO-InBIO in molecular methods and geographic information system (GIS). Debbie said: "this rare opportunity has enhanced my passion for DNA studies and using GIS in mapping which is greatly used in bat conservation. I was also privileged to receive training from the taxonomy Guru Dr Paul Bates. My utmost gratitude goes to my mentors Dr Paul Bates, Dr Rachael Cooper-Bohannon, Dr Hugo Rubelo and Ms Clare Mateke, indeed together we shall reach greater heights and I pledge my allegiance in BAT CONSERVATION."