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.
Postgraduate Support Scheme 2015The University of Kent has been awarded 177 postgraduate bursaries of £10,000 for students admitted to taught Master's degree programmes at Kent in September 2015. The scheme is for 1 year only and is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For full details on the scheme, eligibility criteria and how to apply visit the University of Kent website.
Saving Borneo’s animals from deforestation & climate changeDespite the fact that many of Borneo's rare species are in trouble new research published in the journal Current Biology shows that by using targeted conservation measures many of these species could be saved. As the third-largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia, Borneo stands out as a hotspot for biodiversity. And yet, based on climate projections alone, up to one in every three Bornean mammal speci...
Conserving tigers in Malaysia, new research publishedSAC alumus Mark Rayan Darmarj and Dr Matthew Linkie have recently published in Biological Conservation. Their paper 'Conserving tigers in Malaysia: A science-driven approach for eliciting conservation policy change.' identifies the urgent need for better management of tiger habitat within Malaysian forest reserves. To find out more visit Biological Conservation. Image © WWF-Malaysia / Mark Rayan Darmaraj
Mitigation-driven animal translocations are problematicProf Richard Griffiths (DICE/School of Anthropology & Conservation) helps review the success of mitigation driven animal translocations around the world. For many years the use of animal translocations (involving the capture, transport and release or introduction of species from one location to another) as a means to mitigate construction projects and other human developments has been a widespread animal management tool. However, the success rates of the...
New hope for Borneo's orang-utans despite major threatsHowever, new research has also identified up to 42,000km2 of land that could serve as potential orang-utan refuges on the island, and could be relatively safe new habitats for the great ape to reside. Published as 'Anticipated climate and land-cover changes reveal refuge areas for Borneo's orang-utans' by Global Change Biology , the research was conducted by Dr Matthew Struebig from the Un...
PhD student paper is published in ScienceEmma Wombwell, PhD in Biodiversity Management, has co-authored a paper which has recently been published in Science. The paper, describing the threat that a new fungal disease poses to European salamanders, has already attracted attention with an article on BBC news. To find out more about Emma's research visit her profile page. Paper abstract: Emerging infectious diseases are reducing biodiversity on a global scale. Recently, the emergence of the chytrid fu...
Support the work of Wild Things!Jennie Martin, founder and executive director of Wild things! an environmental education charity based in Scotland, and SAC graduate, has been nominated for an environmental award in The Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards 2014 a unique scheme that recognises and rewards the contributions of extraordinary people working in Scotland. Jennie has worked with great passion and commitment over the past 12 years to develop the work of Wild things! The charity p...