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Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE)

Conserving nature through world-class research and teaching

Founded in 1989, DICE sets itself apart from more traditionally-minded academic institutions by conducting applied conservation research that breaks down the barriers between the natural and the social sciences. It has a clear mission:

To conserve biodiversity and the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people, by developing capacity and improving conservation management and policy through high-impact research.

DICE is part of the School of Anthropology and Conservation, and a Research Centre at the University of Kent.

In 2019 DICE was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in recognition of our excellence, innovation and benefits to the wider world through “pioneering education, capacity building and research in global nature conservation to protect species and ecosystems and benefit peopleā€.