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One of the strengths of DICE is our fantastic network of members, honorary and associate colleagues, students and alumni who work together to achieve the DICE mission.

DICE is part of the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent. The full list of SAC staff can be found here.


Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Species identification; image matching; subjective well-being; biological recording; citizen science.

Reader in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Ecology

Evolution, ecology and conservation of birds, global biodiversity hotspots

Lecturer in Conservation Biology

Tropical forest deforestation and degradation; disturbance impacts on biodiversity (bats and birds).

Associate Lecturer and Researcher

Conservation leadership; conservation performance improvement; psychology and change.

Senior Lecturer in Biodiversity Management

Community-based conservation; guiding and interpretation; agroforestry; conservation and the creative arts.

Lecturer in Conservation Science

Biodiversity offsets, business and biodiversity; environmental change; no net loss

Professor of Biodiversity Conservation

Biodiversity-human wellbeing relationships; urban ecology; environmental change impacts.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Mammal ecology and conservation; camera trapping; impacts of tropical forest loss and degradation

Alumni and Community Outreach Coordinator

Reader in Human Ecology

Natural resource management; rural and agricultural systems; environmental values.

Professor of Agri-Environmental Economics

Agricultural, environmental and resource economics

Lecturer in Conservation Biology

Protected area management and governance, community-based conservation.

Professor of Biological Conservation

Amphibian conservation; global amphibian declines and extinctions; population, community and behavioural ecology.

Professor of Biodiversity Conservation

Conservation genetics and ecology of small populations; evolutionary genetics and biogeography.

Reader in Tourism Management

Development geography; tourism impacts and local communities; tourism in developing countries.

Senior Lecturer in Conservation and Primate Behaviour

Primate conservation; human-wildlife interactions; rehabilitation and reintroduction.

Professor of Conservation and Applied Resource Economics

Economics of wildlife conservation; wildlife trade and poaching; human-wildlife conflict.

Dr Rachel McCrea

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Statistical ecology; modelling population dynamics; integrated population modelling; citizen science.

Simon Mitchell

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Reader in Environmental Systems Management

Optimisation and simulation techniques for environmental management, facility location, and logistics.

Researcher and Associate Lecturer

International wildlife trade; CITES; conservation social science; Madagascar.

Reader in Biodiversity Conservation

International wildlife trade; species detectability and extinction; orchid ecology.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Geography; human-environment relations; human health and environment

Reader in Conservation Science, Director of DICE

Developing conservation area networks; conservation and social marketing.

Keith Somerville

Centre for Journalism - Honorary Professor

Media coverage of African conservation; political and economic aspects of conservation and wildlife trade.

Senior Lecturer in Biological Conservation

Environmental change; tropical biodiversity; landscape management; land-use policy.

Reader in Landscape Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation

Landscape ecology; Geographic Information Systems; nature conservation policy and governance.

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Research students

Hadi Al Hikmani

Population genetics of the Arabian leopard in Oman

Kate Allberry

How is environmental change influencing the movement of Malaysia's apex predators in wildlife corridors?

Jessica Fisher

Benefits of Biodiversity: Human-Nature Interactions in Urban Guyana

Debbie Fogell

Measuring the effects of supplementary feeding on trajectory of threatened populations

Gwili Gibbon

Informing participatory conservation planning within the Mount Kenya landscape

Gemma Harding

The best laid plans? Evaluation of ex situ components within species conservation action plans

Jessica Haysom

Borneo's Arboreal Mammals: Diversity and Vulnerability to Habitat Change

Veronica Iniguez-Gallardo

Social perspectives on climate change

Thirza Loffeld

Professional Development in Wildlife Conservation: identifying gaps and barriers from case studies in developing countries

Elizabeth Loh

Host diversity and disease risk in a fragmented landscape: evaluating the effects of habitat fragmentation on bat and viral communities in Brazil

Aidan Mackay

Assessing the impact of the introduced marsh frog (Pelophylax ridibundus) on common frogs (Rana temporaria) in South East England

Abdalgamil Mohammed

The impacts of community-based ecotourism on communities’ attitudes towards conservation

Trang Nguyen

The impact of Traditional Chinese Medicine on African Wildlife: The role of East Asian immigrants

Helen Pheasey

Methods of, and motives for, laundering a wildlife commodity beyond captive farms

Jack Slattery

Feasibility of introducing the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) to Kent

Claire Stewart

Modelling future scenarios for conservation land-use in England

Rachel Sykes

Measuring the effectiveness of the global protected area network: how much is enough and how close are we?

Laura Thomas-Walters

Laura Thomas-Walters Social Marketing and Behaviour Change for Demand Reduction in Wildlife Trade

Helena Turner

Population Status and Conservation of the Critically Endangered Bermuda Rock Lizard (Plestiodon longirostris)

Nurulhuda Binti Zakaria

Assessing the status of amphibians in agricultural landscapes

Advisory Board members

Co-Executive Director, Arcus Foundation

The Arcus Foundation is a private foundation advancing social justice and conservation goals. The foundation works…

CEO, Save the Rhino

Since 2001, Cathy has been CEO of Save the Rhino International, a UK-registered charity working to…

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Founder and Managing Partner, Althelia Ecosphere and Althelia Climate Fund GP

Secretary to the Council, University of Kent

The Council is the governing body of the University and Keith is responsible for ensuring good…

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Honorary Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

American-born Lee Durrell gained her PhD in Zoology from Duke University in 1979. She married the…

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Head of Programme – Protected Areas, United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Biodiversity Consultant

Sara Oldfield is a botanist and plant conservation expert. She is Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Global…

Director of Newton Paisley

With nearly a quarter century of involvement with DICE, Dr Paisley has been a PhD student,…

Chief Scientist, Natural England

Tim has worked for Natural England, its predecessor English Nature and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee…

Advisory Board Chair and Conservation Consultant

Matthew is an independent consultant focusing on international conservation programmes and policy as well as on…

Professor of Biodiversity Conservation

Conservation genetics and ecology of small populations; evolutionary genetics and biogeography.

Director, Sustainable Development, Royal Haskoning DHV

Rufus is a leading professional in environmental impact assessment and sustainability where he has spent the…

Founder of MORI

Sir Robert is a former Chancellor of the University of Kent (2006-2013) and former Member of…

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Author and environmentalist

Chief Adviser, Forests, WWF-UK

Will works in the fields of forest health and forests for human health. He has particular…

Honorary and Associate members

Conservation & Reintroduction Coordinator, The Aspinall Foundation

Tony promotes close links between the University of Kent and the Kent-based wildlife conservation charity The…

Deputy Country Director, Indonesia Program, Wildlife Conservation Society & DICE Associate Member

Matt has spent the past 20 years working on large mammal conservation, deforestation, poaching and protected…

Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians (ZSL) & DICE Associate Member

Ben is a conservation biologist at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Ben’s primary interests include…

Conservation Scientist, Chester Zoo & DICE Associate Member

Simon Tollington joined Chester Zoo in 2016 as a Conservation Scientist from DICE, University of Kent…

Science Director at Animal Free Research UK & DICE Associate Member

Dr Hazel Jackson is an evolutionary biologist and wildlife conservationist whose research interests centre around evolutionary…

Program Director, Small Cats, Panthera & DICE Associate Member

Dr. Wai-Ming Wong joined Panthera in 2013 as the Tiger Program Manager and now serves as…

DICE Associate Member

Upon receiving her post-graduate degree in Conservation Biology from DICE, Jeanne was a consultant on a…

Dr Richard Bodmer

Honorary Professor in Conservation Ecology

Dr Rachel Maree Bristol

Honorary Research Associate

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Honorary member

Professor Jon Hutton

Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resource Management

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Honorary member

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Honorary member

Dr Nicholas Macgregor

Honorary Senior Research Fellow


Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Eirini Saratsi

Honorary member

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Honorary member

Ian Watson

Honorary Research Associate