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.
Largest cats of the Americas were caught mating by camera trapsLargest cats of the Americas were caught mating by camera traps in an oil palm landscape In the Magdalena River valley of Colombia Bogotá, Colombia - The photos and videos of jaguars mating were taken by camera traps in a highly modified agricultural region with oil palm plantations in the Magdalena river valley of Colombia, as part of the PhD project of Valeria Boron, enrolled at the Durrell Institute of Cons...
Endangered Species Recovery Programme is ValidatedWe are delighted to announce that the Durrell Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Endangered Species Recovery has been validated by the University of Kent for 2015. This innovative programme has been pioneered by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The programme offers students the opportunity to study for 6 months in Mauritius in a unique blend of academic study and in situ fieldwork. The course partners with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) who h...
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.