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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.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Species conservation; Great crested newts; Environmental DNA; district-level licensing

Senior 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.

Visiting Research Fellow

Economics of conservation; behaviour change; park and wildlife management

Professor of Conservation and Applied Resource Economics

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr Rachel McCrea

Professor of Statistics

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

Simon Mitchell

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Professor of Environmental Systems Management

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

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Professor of 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.

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Research Assistant

Reader 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.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research students

Population drivers, demographics and disease in wild snake populations

Kate Allberry

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

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Indigenous contribution to ecological modelling for the assessment of ecosystem services

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The habitat preferences of the golden mantella

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

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Living with giants: Landscape occupancy and habitat choice by different elephants' family units

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Patterns of diversity in the amphibian and reptile assemblages of Laguna del Tigre National Park, Guatemala

Gemma Harding

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

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Conflicts between gold mining and local livelihoods in the rainforest in Guyana

Jessica Haysom

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


Conservation of Mongolia's wild camels

Incorporating biodiversity conservation into development corridor planning in Kenya and Tanzania

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Landscape connectivity at the Kafue-Zambezi interface

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

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Conserving natural beauty? AONB designation and landscape change in Kent and Sussex

Testing the effectiveness of different site-based biodiversity and conservation prioritisation approaches in Mozambique

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Finding the feel good factor: Relating human subjective wellbeing to biodiversity

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

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The value of sustainable use protected areas for Jaguar conservation in the Brazilian Amazon

Understanding orang-utan habitat use and connectivity across human modified landscapes, to inform effective land-use planning

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Interactions between environmental change and exploitation on Borneo's mammalian megafauna

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

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Identification of internet-based illegal wildlife trade through machine learning

Helena Turner

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

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Characterising the extent of illegal online trade using novel approaches

Monitoring responses of tropical vertebrates to land-use change using acoustic technologies

Nurulhuda Binti Zakaria

Assessing the status of amphibians in agricultural landscapes

Are No Net Loss policies effective? Evaluating the outcomes of biodiversity offsetting and No Net Loss initiatives around the world

Advisory Board members

Chief Adviser, Forests, WWF-UK

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

CEO, Save the Rhino

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

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

Honorary Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

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

Advisory Board Chair and Conservation Consultant

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

Chief Scientist, Natural England

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

Director, Sustainable Development, Royal Haskoning DHV

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

Head of Programme, Conserving Land and Seascapes, UNEP-WCMC

Naomi leads UNEP-WCMC’s work on protected and conserved areas, the marine environment, and knowledge management. This…

Professor of Biological Anthropology

Professor Tracy Kivell is a palaeoanthropologist who studies the evolution of the postcranial skeleton in living…

Secretary to the Council, University of Kent

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

Co-Executive Director, Arcus Foundation

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

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,…

Founder of MORI

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

Honorary and Associate members

Dr Richard Bodmer

Honorary Professor in Conservation Ecology

Dr Rachel Maree Bristol

Honorary Research Associate

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Honorary member

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Honorary Professor

Professor Jon Hutton

Honorary Professor of Sustainable Resource Management

Associate Member

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

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Honorary member

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…

Dr Nicholas Macgregor

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

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Honorary member

Associate Member

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

Honorary Professor of Conservation Science


Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Eirini Saratsi

Honorary member

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…

Former Keeper of Entomology, Natural History Museum, London

Dick Vane-Wright is an entomologist and taxonomist associated with The Natural History Museum (London) for nearly…

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Honorary member

Ian Watson

Honorary Research Associate


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…