Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
DICE is the largest academic institute dedicated to conservation in the UK and sets itself apart from more traditionally-minded academic institutions with its clear mission:
- to break down the barriers between the natural and social sciences in conservation,
- to build capacity with a focus in the biodiversity rich developing countries and
- to focus on scientific research which informs practical implementation.
There is an additional focus to DICE work which is to strive for sustainable livelihoods and incentive-driven biodiversity conservation that benefits people.
DICE is part of the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent. Our Undergraduate programmes are for those who plan to make a difference and help find solutions to the world's biodiversity issues whilst our Postgraduate programmes train practitioners who are dedicated to conserving biodiversity and the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people.
In addition DICE staff and students are involved in ground-breaking research. Our staff have outstanding international research profiles which are integrated with considerable on-the-ground experience working with conservation agencies around the world.
Who’s going to save the world?Dr Simon Black speaks at ZSL Institute of Zoology's seminar on. "Who's going to save the world? Building the next generation of conservation leaders" The aim of the meeting was to explore approaches to training the next generation of conservation leaders, to develop a set of standard recommendations for practice. Simon's presentation outlined his research on effective conservation leadership conducted at the Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecolo...
DICE Alumni Receives Prestigious AwardNick Marx (MSc Biological Conservation, 2002 graduate) has been awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrei by the Royal Governement of Cambodia. Nick, Wildlife Alliance's Director of Wildlife Programs, was presented with this honour for his outstanding services in the field of wildlife conservation and protection. Nick has been running the Wildlife Programs in Cambodia for over ten years and in this time has seen over 1,200 animals rescued from illegal wildl...
Channel 4′s ‘The Island’ is ‘inherently sexist’Female survival experts have criticised Channel 4's show The Island for only featuring male contestants. This latest Bear Grylls' series features 12 male 'survivors' stranded on a desert island. SAC PhD Ethnobotony student and bushcraft instructor, Lisa Fenton was quoted in The Times (Weds, 23 April): "It's fantastical and ridiculous. Women are every bit as cut out for this stuff as m...
Volunteers sought for on-campus conservation projectThere should be some on-campus coppicing in Bluebell Woods tomorrow, Wednesday 19 March (the woods behind Venue). The activity should start at around 10.00am and will be in approximately 2 hour shifts. DICE's Dr Ian Bride and Kent's Grounds Manager, Paul Griffiths will be leading the activity (weather permitting), equipment and guidance will be provided. If you are interested in taking part, or being involved in a similar activity at...
Elephant Matters – DICE PhD Kenyan ResearchDICE PhD student Lydia Tiller will be conducting research in Kenya into how land-use change in the Transmara District is driving human-elephant conflict and elephant movement. Follow Lydia's project and fundraising campaign here, on Twitter or on Facebook.
BBC features DICE parrot research networkResearch from DICE, part of the University's School of Anthropology and Conservation, featured on BBC South East yesterday evening (Monday 3 March). The item focused on a new research network called ParrotNet, led by Dr Jim Groombridge with colleagues from countries across Europe, and aims to understand the impacts of invasive parrots across the UK. Dr Groombridge was interviewed in the piece, which looked at the number of parakeets located in Ramsgate. You ...
Researchers aim to understand impact of invasive parrotsA new research network which aims to understand the problems caused by parrots that have invaded cities has been launched by the University of Kent's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE). Comprising researchers from Kent, Imperial College, London, and other UK partners, alongside scientists from Europe and beyond, the 4-year research network PARROTNET will provide opportunities for researchers to discuss and explore the invasion dynami...