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.
Visiting ResearcherThe school welcomes Omani field biologist Hadi Al-Hikmani who will be working in the conservation genetics laboratory during a month-long research visit this May. Hadi is a Kent graduate and has been working with Jim Groombridge, Simon Black and Simon Tollington on the conservation genetics of the Arabian leopard. Hadis camera trap work in the Dhofar mountains featured as a centrepiece in recent BBC series Wild Arabia
Book available to download – Integrating Religion within ConservationWe are delighted to announce that the book, 'Integrating Religion within Conservation: Islamic Beliefs and Sumatran Forest Management' has been published and is now available to download for FREE! The book draws together the research undertaken through the Darwin Initiative project led by DICE's Jeanne McKay and includes contributions from Jeanne McKay and Stuart Harrop. Read more about the project: http://www.kent.ac.uk/sa...
Conservation leader from Kenya wins 2013 Whitley AwardThe Whitley Awards celebrate 20 yearsof global conservation achievements HRH The Princess Royal yesterday (Thursday 2nd May) presented a Whitley Award, a prestigious international nature conservation prize, to Daniel Lejaroi Letoiye at a special ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in honour of his work to restore grasslands for the coexistence of Grevys Zebra and free-ranging livestock in Kenya. Dan is studying MSc Conservation and Rural Development i...
Threatened Amphibian Species book – Free onlineThe fantastic book 'Threatened Amphibian Species of the World' is now available for free online.http://www.amphibians.org/publications/threatened-amphibians-of-the-world/ This excellent resource contains essays by DICE staff Professor Richard Griffiths, Dr Jeannie McKay and Dr Ian Bride. These essays are featured in the Introductory Chapters section and commence on pages 29 and 131. Professor Griffiths also co-edited Chapter 10.
DEFRA Award for DICE AcademicsProf. Douglas MacMillan and Dr. Ian Bride from the School of Anthropology and Conservation have won 172,000 of funding in the 19th Round ofDefras Darwin Initiative. The 3-year project seeks to increase the capacity of targeted local communities in the North-Western Ghats, India to adapt to climate change and participate in biodiversity conservation through improved management of socio-ecological landscapes. It draws upon traditional knowledge of natural resource management whilst building loc...
New Publication for Dr Dave Roberts and Dr Simon BlackI tawt I taw a puddy tat!: Lost lion populations are going unnoticed A new study by conservationists Dr Simon Black and Dr David Roberts and from the Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology (DICE), School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent, has revealed that not only could the now extinct Barbary Lion have persisted until the 1960s in North Africa, but that these lion populations toward the end where going unnoticed for over a dec...
SAC Graduate on BBC 2 – Friday 1st MarchHadi Al Hikmani works on Arabian Leopards in the Dhofar Mountains of Oman. On Friday 1st March Hadi and his work will be featuring on BBC Two's Wild Arabia. The film includesspectacular footage from Hadis latest camera trap fieldwork. A short preview clip of the programme can be found on the Series Editor's blog:http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/posts/Wild-Arabia-Bringing-people-and-nature-together We are very excited about this work and DICE academics Dr Jim Gr...