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.
ConSoc Talk by Dr Tatyana HumleTuesday 3rd December, 6pm-7pm, Marlowe Lecture Theatre 2 "Chimpanzees, People and the Oil Palm: Changing Landscapes" ConSoc will be visited by Dr Tatyana Humle this week. It promises to be a really interesting talk so please do come along and listen.
Postgraduate Open EveningWednesday 27th November 5-7pm Woolf College The university is holding a Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 27th November 5pm-7pm. The School of Anthropology and Conservation will be there and it will be a great opportunity to ask questions and meet staff and other prospective postgraduate students. For further information please call Jasmin on 01227 827013 or email her at Y.Dallos-Foreman@kent.ac.uk
New PhD Studentship AvailableTop student wanted to survey and map vertebrate diversity over a modified landscape on Borneo (at the SAFE project in Sabah). This project has been short-listed for competition funding within the EnvEast NERC dtp, and would be linked to our new 5 year consortium within the NERC Human Modified Tropical Forests programme (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/programmes/forests). If you are interested in finding out more information please contact Dr Matt Struebig in the first instance...
DICE Students on ‘The Great British Wildlife Revival''The Great British Wildlife Revival', this Sunday 29 September, 5.35 pm on BBC1. Watch this Sunday, to see some of our DICE students, feature in this weeks episode of the 'Great British Revival'. The newt team were filmed earlier this year carrying out fieldwork during their DI303 field course. In the last episode of the series, Ellie Harrison visits the Somerset Levels, a newly created wetland in the shadow of Glasto...
A chance to meet the school at open dayCanterbury Campus Open Day, Wednesday the 18th September 2013, 9am - 3pm For undergraduates, postgraduates and part-time students. The School of Anthropology and Conservation, Wednesday 18th September 2013, in the Marlowe Building. Open days are an excellent way to see what's on offer, attend talks and have a chance to meet staff to ask any questions you may have. Programme of activities. Programme leaflet. There will a be a chance to: t...
DICE Lecturer prize winning photographyCongratulations to DICE lecturer Dr Zoe Davies who has won the 2013 British Ecology Society photographic competition this year. Dr Davies won the category for 'Whole Organisms and Populations', and then the overall prize. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/23771212 Full article http://www.kent.ac.uk/news/stories/BESphotographyprize/2013 More about Dr Davies http://www.kent.ac.uk/sac/staff-profiles/profiles/conservation-biology/academic-staff/davies_zoe.h...
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. Hadi's camera trap work in the Dhofar mountains featured as a centrepiece in recent BBC series Wild Arabia