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Launched in 2005 as a Marie-Curie Excellence Centre, the KITE group investigates ecosystem dynamics in the moist forests, savannah-woodland spectrums and cropland mosaics of Eastern and Southern Africa.

Through genetic sequencing, palaeoecological reconstruction, contemporary mapping, modelling and scenario development, we aim to better understand the spatial and temporal dynamics of tropical ecosystems, their societal value and challenges to their conservation.


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KITE news

Exciting new 3-year PDRA position based in Tanzania, with secondments to University of York! More details in News.

Photo: Stefan Swanepoel

Exhibition about KITE and AAREA reseach on show in Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, until mid-February. 


IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change (PDF  , 4,329kb)‌ just out!

Let us know your thoughts on our new publication about modelling scenarios from local-scale perspectives to inform national level planning and policy.

Latest publications

First open access radiocarbon database for palaeoecological records in East Africa

Using herbarium records for ecosystem conservation

Exciting tales from field!

Charcoal deposition in a small lake [video summary]

Unravelling the notion of "fair carbon"

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