DICE’s research degree programmes all carry the generic title of Biodiversity Management. We welcome students with the appropriate background for research.
Because of the diversity and international nature of many field-orientated projects, the amount of time that individual research students spend at DICE varies. However local supervision is usually organised for those students spending considerable time overseas.
Overseas students who wish to spend most of their time in their home country while undertaking research may register as an external student or for a split PhD.
About The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE)
DICE is Britain’s leading research and postgraduate training centre dedicated to conserving biodiversity, as well as the ecological processes that support ecosystems and people.
We focus on combining natural and social sciences to understand complex conservation issues and design effective interventions to conserve biodiversity. Our staff have outstanding international research profiles, yet integrate this with considerable on-the-ground experience working in collaboration with conservation agencies around the world. This blend of expertise ensures that our programmes deliver the skills and knowledge that are essential components of conservation implementation.
Our taught Master’s programmes cover topics in conservation management, policy, ecotourism and sustainable natural resource use. The research degree programmes (MSc by Research and PhD) encourage you to undertake original, high-quality research, which culminates in the submission of a thesis. Please visit our website (http://www.kent.ac.uk/sac/) for new programmes that may be under development that further integrate conservation policy and practice.
Worldwide research Recent or current projects cover topics such as:
- understanding adaptation to climate change; ringneck parakeets in the UK
- improved management of socio-ecological landscapes in Western Ghats
- cost, benefits and trade-offs in creating large conservation areas
- monitoring population trends in tigers and their prey in Kirinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra
- chameleon trade and conservation in Madagascar
- conservation genetics of the critically endangered Seychelles paradise flycatcher
- traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights and protected area management
- the economic value of mammals in Britain
- estimating extinction dates of plants, birds and mammals.
DICE programmes combine academic theory with practical field experience to develop graduates who are highly employable within government, NGOs and the private sector.
Our alumni progress into a wide range of organisations across the world. Examples include: consultancy for a Darwin Initiative project in West Sumatra; Wildlife Management Officer in Kenya; Chief of the Biodiversity Unit – UN Environment Programme; Research and Analysis Programme Leader for TRAFFIC; Freshwater Programme Officer, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Head of the Ecosystem Assessment Programme, United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC); Community Based Natural Resource Manager, WWF; Managing Partner, Althelia Climate Fund; and Programme Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.