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The Possingham Lab is in the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland split between two schools – the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Maths and Physics. All of our work is directly supported by The University of Queensland via administration, facilities, grants and research infrastructure.

Most of our research is using decision science thinking to pose and solve conservation problems. We do odd bits of field work – often on birds. We like using models to predict the future, and we like to test those models with new and existing data. We like ecological theory, things that change in space and time and inventing clever ways of extracting information from old data. The mathematical and statistical tools we use are diverse, ranging from the basic to the complex.

Read about a few of our projects in the Research Themes section or for a more casual introduction to lab work – read a few issues of Decision Point.

Most importantly we try to do research that has impact, research that changes the way that the world works.  Our work has helped save hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of woodland and forest and informed the creation of many of the world’s marine protected area systems.

Who are the people the lab?  Anyone who thinks they are in the lab. We have lots of friends, both in the two centres Hugh directs – the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and the National Environmental Science Programme Threatened Species Recovery Hub - and in over 20 countries around the world. Many of them like to visit – lab meetings and talks are twice a week. If you want to join us, or visit us, go to the opportunities tab.

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Lab twitter feed:

saverygo RT @YumMusings: So this is what happens when you’re 3-6 months out from submission. A room of @UQ_sees @UQ_CBCS PhD candidates for a #shut
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saverygo RT @drtightline: How much #DDT was sprayed across NB? Over 12 MILLION lbs!!! Way more than anywhere else. We studied DDT's legacy in the se…
saverygo RT @drtightline: 5 New Brunswick lakes have high levels of DDT despite ban on pesticide 46 years ago https://t.co/Qos7kWalzg
saverygo RT @CezzaLew: Our new paper looking at #microplastics in mussels from the SW coast shows different polymer partitioning between seawater, s…
saverygo @GreenpeaceCA Broken link :(
saverygo RT @KatrinaJDavis: We examine the value of information in 4 #SES to improve env mgmt outcomes–we find that information closest to the mgmt…
MariaBeger I keep forgetting you in my tweets @DeBrauwerM you better come over soon :-)
MariaBeger Coral reef eDNA vs visual census - will they align? We are off on our Spermonde trip! @djsmitc @LeedsEcoEvohttps://t.co/4XI45cJMGX
MariaBeger RT @KMZarzyczny: And we’re off for fieldwork in Japan 🇯🇵 @KatieMWatson_ ! I’m looking forward to gathering some herbivory data on the subtr…
MariaBeger RT @PaulEDawson: Among rich nations, Australia is expected to suffer the most damages due to the climate crisis. In the past few months, i…
MariaBeger RT @CoralReefFish: Amazing, we have a lot of work to do in terms of coral reef public education. Several of the @Google @Android seascape w…
MariaBeger Our first #NERCWallacea field trip starts! Leaving Manchester soon! @NERCscience @LeedsEcoEvo @dominic_muenzel @djsmitc
MariaBeger RT @jamespwr: Looking for a new phone wallpaper? Here's android's bleached coral seacape 🤔 ...welcome to the anthropocene... https://t.co/
MariaBeger RT @reef_scientist: A slap in the face for communities in North West Queensland who just four-months ago were experiencing climate change d…
MariaBeger RT @PriestleyCentre: It's our birthday! 🎉 The Priestley International Centre for Climate was officially launched three years ago today! W…
BeyerHawthorne Philae lander en route to comet 67P right now. Exciting moment given the odds of even getting #Rosetta there.
BeyerHawthorne Landowners destroy habitat to dodge immenent protection legislation. Conervation planning must acount for this! http://t.co/SMBelGA6TW
BeyerHawthorne A major problem in conservation planning is finding ways of accounting for myopic reversals of protection. E.g. http://t.co/EV9MvhE87S
BeyerHawthorne Slam on the breaks. We have it all wrong: Tony Abbott adviser warns of threat of 'global cooling'. No, not Apr 1st. http://t.co/iXn80UgD7M
BeyerHawthorne Happy to see a woman has won this years Fields medal for the first time. http://t.co/qIoG6ED7q2
AChauvenet @drjennygray Because vegetarians only eat vegetables of course!! This shows the poor skills of the chef.
AChauvenet RT @AlexeiPT: Found this yesterday & thought it might be of interest @DrNatOsborne & #TheAcademicPrecariat UniMelb has more casuals + FTEs…
AChauvenet @starstoofondly I call those mental health days and I take them as much as possible (around teaching commitments),… https://t.co/diAa86XvvL
AChauvenet RT @Griffith_Uni: The scientific art of freshwater #ecoacoustics has been recognised with two prestigious grants - #GriffithUni's @LeahBarc
AChauvenet @katejhelms @DocSlinky Yass!!! Also @katejhelms we are due for our regular debrief on life as a new teaching and research academic...
AChauvenet RT @SciGenderEquity: Study on experiences of #WomenInSTEM in #Australia Take part and spread the word!! ... 🙍🙎 🙋 🐘 🐍 🌸 🌳 🌎 🌑 ☀️ ❄️ 🚀 🛰️ 🔬…
AChauvenet RT @n_ylime: Job Alert! 2 lectureships at Deakin University, Australia, in Environmental Management https://t.co/SjtQnsNPem https://t.co/p
AChauvenet RT @ScienceAU: Our President @DrEmmaLJohnston is urging Australians to examine candidates’ support and vision for science and technology wh…
AChauvenet RT @EcoInvasions: For the 1st time since inception, the Arctic Council (8 countries dedicated to protecting the region’s fragile environmen…
biodiversityBD @kmillerheidke This is GREAT! You should go on Australian Idol! Seriously though, good luck, have fun :-)
biodiversityBD @shornwell cheers Sean! :-D
biodiversityBD @ChrisOBryan89 @ARC_CEED @ICCB2017 thanks for the nice tweet! :-D
biodiversityBD What is an adequate protected area network? Protect everything? 20%? Or do better each year? Great symposium + talks @cdkuempel @HugePossum
biodiversityBD RT @CarlaWildlife: PADDD is often overlooked in conservation yet has impacted over 3200 PAs and 2.2mill km2 @RachGolden #ICCB2017 https://t…
biodiversityBD RT @LeahLeopold: @saverygo shares @sesync @BiodiversityASU work on cost effective decision-making in face of uncertainty #ICCB2017 https://…
biodiversityBD Big tumour data could save lives and reduce the cost of health care. Very international collaboration for betterment of humanity.
biodiversityBD Devastating but engaging news piece on the state of the Great Barrier Reef https://t.co/P5PA3W0U79 @Nicki__S #TheProjectTV
MattHHolden @MaksymPolyakov numbers seem to similar to those here, so this might provide useful for determine how those numbers… https://t.co/AhXXZglSDT
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MattHHolden @MaksymPolyakov I believe it’s fish feed for each. Yes that does seem suspiciously efficient. It’s not my research… https://t.co/ozchCtXyk1
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MattHHolden @MaksymPolyakov Oh sorry didn’t realize which fig you were replying to. All normalized!
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MattHHolden Lots of great research in Bens talk by @DocFroehlich & Rebecca Gentry
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MattHHolden One great point Ben made about aquaculture is that it is more flexible than farming because most marine fish farms… https://t.co/K9kvGy6ieg
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MattHHolden We can save a lot of land for terrestrial biodiversity conservation if we invest in aquaculture over livestock in v… https://t.co/pEwXhl4Nvd
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MattHHolden But there are limits! There are only so many forage fish. Under certain farmed fish pescatarian switching scenarios… https://t.co/YO9Vvwq8lX
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MattHHolden All countries could meet all there seafood demand with marine aquaculture using less than 8% of their coastal fishi… https://t.co/c6mu2qfGdk
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MattHHolden Wild caught small fish as feed for farmed meat mostly goes to pigs & other livestock not farmed fish https://t.co/swsNLl5B8g
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cdkuempel RT @AndyVDSOlivier: Hey everyone, I am looking to write some posts for a #shellfish association I work with, I am hoping to do mini short a…
cdkuempel RT @jenheemstra: Academic culture can tell us that we have to choose between being ambitious and being kind, but that is a lie. Ambition an…
cdkuempel @AndrewKuempel @JasonIsbell Great show! But ya talk to me when you’re at @ChrisStapleton 😭😭
cdkuempel RT @UQ_News: New #UQ-led research has found marine protected areas are missing the mark. Image: Caitlin Kuempel. https://t.co/istA3dZxtz
cdkuempel RT @nebraskachris: This report & research behind it should be a game changer! #geography #nature #science #MPAs https://t.co/zKM55V5VWz
cdkuempel RT @RakheeBhayaniMD: Have you experienced any of these forms of Mentorship Malpractice? What did you do? @arghavan_salles @MDdreamchaser @…
cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: Aquaculture can not just produce food, but also clean the water of nutrients, if done well https://t.co/OZVKVWKiS4
cdkuempel RT @jagephart: "The ocean is not too big to fail, nor is it too big to fix. It is too big to ignore." @JaneLubchenco and Steve Gaines in @s
kwekings RT @winstontlchow: A great review on the divide separating top and bottom of the current academic pyramid. https://t.co/1tp0gmUq1q
kwekings The work of Alan Krueger and his colleagues challenged a bedrock belief of labour economics: they showed that raisi… https://t.co/Kv0skXeBli
kwekings NUS #LSM and #BES #FYP #poster day 28 Mar (Thu) @ UHall link bridge https://t.co/ieBb4pT2NN
kwekings RT @JEcology: New on the blog: our blog editor @PierreMariotte shares some thoughts and his personal experiences on what it means to be an…
kwekings RT @DLNarango: Check out our new paper in @PNASNews! With help from DC-area homeowners we found that your yard needs at least 70% #nativepl
kwekings RT @xingli_giam: Looking for talented and driven MS/PhD students to join my lab and the Conserv Sci initiative @UTK_EEB. Potential topics:…
kwekings RT @JEcology: Thinking about writing a review paper? Read 'The anatomy of an excellent review paper' by @panemma published in @FunEcology f…
kwekings Check out the .gif showing an R function being called in an Excel cell https://t.co/RvBCNOuvzV
kwekings Academia should aim "to improve society, not chase citations" nor grant money/patents https://t.co/Hy25ZeipPo
kwekings Education for the future https://t.co/QWBGceda9H
BonMappin RT @april_reside: I’ve been involved in Black-throated finch research for >10yrs. Today I’m devastated by the decision by Qld Govt to appro…
BonMappin Almost a third of terrestrial ecoregions, across all seven biogeographical realms, 12 biomes, and 114 countries, ha… https://t.co/pO414uxkOz
BonMappin @oschoettker @ConLetters Thanks! Glad to hear you found it interesting!
BonMappin RT @GreeningAust: A study commissioned by the Federal Department of Environment found that regenerative management practices "have the pote…
BonMappin RT @WCSNewsroom: Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target | Important new paper in @ConLetters https://t.co/SYDoA
BonMappin RT @ConLetters: Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target by @BonMappin et al. https://t.co/0H6jYvXHJi #Ecologica
BonMappin RT @sccs_aus: Last chance to register and submit your abstract for #SCCSAus2019! Registration closes next week (Feb 28th). With inspiration…
BonMappin Scientists investigation into the cause of mass fish kills #MurrayDarling finds excess water extraction upstream i… https://t.co/m0u9Ec7D7u
BonMappin RT @wellcometrust: The #malaria data re-use prize will support researchers who can generate a new insight, tool, or health application from…
mainambui RT @eumetsat: Composite image of #tropicalcyclonekenneth #Kenneth approaching #Mozambique this morning at 09:00 UTC https://t.co/vy1LvSaX4T
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Expanding our protected area system is considered the cornerstone of nature conservation, but have we forgotten to invest e…
mainambui RT @wiomsa: Job Opportunity: Co-funded MQ DVCR and WIOMSA Postdoctoral Fellowship! This position is tailored towards an enterprising Postd…
mainambui @wiomsa & @macquarie_uni are recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow within the themes of science and policy, pri… https://t.co/3E0Gus50Hn
mainambui RT @wiomsa: Video and article from the GIS training workshop currently taking place in Mauritius. Une formation sur les données spatiales d…
mainambui RT @UNEnvironment: We need marine protected areas 🌊 To avoid overfishing To allow degraded oceans to recover To build resilience to #clima
mainambui RT @EnvScMQ: Our Spatial Information expert Maina Mbui (@mainambui) and Will Farebrother are currently in stunning Mauritius teaching a #GI
mainambui #mdpiremotesensing Earth Observation Technology Applied to Coral Reefs https://t.co/jmAOeIEBQl @RemoteSens_MDPI
mainambui Madagascar agrees to a 10 year fisheries agreement with Chinese consortium https://t.co/KfOF0RosB6
mainambui RT @EnvScMQ @wiomsa @NCSecretariat New paper published in @MEPS_IR shows incorporating management feasibility & col… https://t.co/eFDx3iZ6sb
j_a_mcgowan RT @KatrinaJDavis: We examine the value of information in 4 #SES to improve env mgmt outcomes–we find that information closest to the mgmt…
j_a_mcgowan RT @pvisconbio: Deadline extended to August 7! A great funding opportunity to work with me, @Leclere_David @LynnDicks and colleagues at @ue
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: Aquaculture can not just produce food, but also clean the water of nutrients, if done well https://t.co/OZVKVWKiS4
j_a_mcgowan RT @C_Schwitzer: We are looking for a Lecturer in Conservation Science to join our team here at BZS. Please see https://t.co/SQdsYiGmSp and…
j_a_mcgowan RT @JendallKones: Low‐threat marine ecoregions have 6 times more strict protection than high‐threat ecoregions. Great study by @cdkuempel h…
j_a_mcgowan RT @jamesecology: New map shows hotspots of species under threat https://t.co/jaQRCXbfF1 @nature_org @nature_brains @justinehausheer @UQ_Ne
j_a_mcgowan RT @M_Selinske: Messaging Matters. Our new systematic review of conservation messaging Kidd et al. (great people to work with!). 50 days fr…
j_a_mcgowan RT @BSHalpern: NCEAS Deputy Director position reopened. Masters required and familiarity with environmental science and synthesis preferred…
j_a_mcgowan RT @BSHalpern: The Sustainable Fisheries Group (SFG) & @NCEAS are partners in a new and exciting project exploring the implications of clea…
MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: Marine protected areas set up to provide the most benefit to local ecosystems also benefit human wellbeing the most, finds…
MorenaMills RT @CarlosPeres_: Brazilian legislator Flavio Bolsonaro proposed a Bill to extinguish natural vegetation set-asides within private properti…
MorenaMills RT @MarineCons: NEW: Global review of #MPAs shows more positive (51%) than negative (31%) #outcomes for human #wellbeing https://t.co/6w0X
MorenaMills RT @SBPartelow: Excellent #postdoc opportunity to join our social science dept at ZMT!! Working on deliberation, valuation and sustainabili…
MorenaMills RT @shaunamahajan: Brain buzzing after a @evidence4nature gathering w/@ConservationOrg @FaunaFloraInt @FIU @imperialcollege @nature_org @Ra
MorenaMills RT @andretrig: Uma aula de analfabetismo ambiental... https://t.co/TCCAn3qWBK
MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: How can the right messaging influence attitudes & change behaviour? If used effectively, could it have an impact on conser…
MorenaMills RT @VeraHorigue: Cool new paper about conservation messaging. There's a lot to learn as to how we could improve our current research and co…
MorenaMills RT @PADDDtracker: New in @sciencemagazine - largest of its kind study on legal changes to protected areas, finds more than 3700 cases in wh…
HugePossum RT @MattHHolden: One great point Ben made about aquaculture is that it is more flexible than farming because most marine fish farms don’t h…
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HugePossum RT @hollowsashomes: Revolutionary discovery to save the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot - stop logging! “Here we summarise policy and m…
HugePossum RT @jenheemstra: A PhD is a certification that you have gained the knowledge and skill set needed to be successful in one of many sets of c…
HugePossum RT @JustinTrudeau: This week, our government announced Canada will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021. Because we owe it to our plane…
HugePossum The Nature Conservancy garden is full of life this weekend as I sit on the @nature_org balcony reading draft papers… https://t.co/I2Ps2uf7UR
HugePossum RT @nature_org: What's big, blue and really expensive? Ocean conservation. But money doesn't always have to be a barrier. https://t.co/kK
HugePossum RT @nature_org: Love is our most powerful natural resource. No matter who you are, where you’re from or whom you love, we work to make sure…
HugePossum RT @SBaruchMordo: @latimerchris1 Also alternative I really liked was the 1-minute poster talk @HugePossum and @nature_brains applied at All…
HugePossum RT @alilleyman: Great to see these young Larrakia women as co-authors on this @CSIROnews poster on #GHG measurements at Gunn Point in #Darw
HugePossum RT @alilleyman: The Far Eastern Curlew is a critically endangered shorebird that migrates from Siberia to Australia every year. Find out wh…
RKRunting I highly recommend this new paper showing the outcomes of community forestry in Indonesian Borneo:… https://t.co/Qp52FOpbHs
RKRunting @ResPlat @unimelb @nikkirubinstein Thanks for the opportunity to participate in a wonderful initiative #ResBaz
RKRunting How does #forest sparing vs sharing stack up against improving management in tropical forests? Our new paper shows… https://t.co/nxHQqaFMVf
RKRunting RT @brettabryan: If you are a senior researcher interested in working with a great team on simulating Australian land-use change and it's i…
RKRunting Excited to announce I will be joining the School of Geography at @unimelb as a Lecturer in Spatial Science from Jan… https://t.co/ZT1TveYMKM
RKRunting RT @ARC_CEED: How #economic theory can help maximise benefits and decrease risk in #conservation planning. https://t.co/fjCJ8gsgIJ @RKRunti
RKRunting RT @j_a_mcgowan: New paper: Addressing transboundary conservation challenges through marine spatial prioritization in Cons Bio. We examined…
RKRunting I really enjoyed participating in the @ARC_CEED twitter conference today #CEEDTC2018! To commemorate the occasion,… https://t.co/FEI9DHzmIi
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology In the future we are also looking at using diff… https://t.co/50O8k8FDFs
christhebirder @mike_young00 Hey Mike sounds like an Action Plan is maybe in the works!
christhebirder RT @ScienceChiefAu: Dr Finkel is in Adelaide tomorrow talking about the origins and importance of citizen #science at #CitSciOz18. Have you…
christhebirder I’m excited to be attending the second Australian Citizen Science Conference in Adelaide this week. It will be inte… https://t.co/NB9Jgz8oxr
christhebirder RT @roconscicom: We're too slow, too inconsistent and invertebrates tend to get ignored when we list threatened species according to @chri
christhebirder RT @austmus: #FrogID is here! It’s a scientific rescue mission and everyone can get involved. By recording #frog calls with our new FrogID…
christhebirder RT @ANUmedia: First critically endangered swift parrot babies of the season!!ANU researcher @teamswiftparrot over the moon to find a 30 day…
christhebirder RT @TSR_Hub: Swift Parrot habitat is being legally logged in Tas under RFA. Loggers exempt from EPBC Act! https://t.co/LbbAquulvM via @C
christhebirder RT @TSR_Hub: Habitat loss is the #1 threat to Australia's species and it makes all the other threats worse https://t.co/IQmAhN8kop via @Con
vivtulloch Krill harvesting in Norway may endanger #whale predators compounding future pressures from #climatechangehttps://t.co/rFt6uZ5qw5
vivtulloch We are looking for new members to join the SCB Oceania board! https://t.co/xSnlZm85Tb
vivtulloch @jessicawalsh1 @TrevorABranch Jess I’ve seen them and they really drew the shirt stick in the animal world for brai… https://t.co/E4kvj1DaHZ
vivtulloch @TrevorABranch Snow leopard, emperor penguin, narwhal
vivtulloch RT @globalwetlands: Halting #biodiversity loss requires strong #science for effective #action. Our new paper out today highlights the impor…
vivtulloch RT @Trends_Ecol_Evo: Out online now! @SieversSci and colleagues discuss the importance of coastal vegetated wetlands for marine megafauna c…
vivtulloch From sharks in seagrass to manatees in mangroves, we've found large marine species in some surprising places via… https://t.co/95VZr1dMJF
vivtulloch More marine megafauna species use coastal wetlands than previously thought! Critical for #conservation of #dugongs,… https://t.co/7pNSSaGaTR
vivtulloch RT @turschwell: Far more marine megafauna species use coastal wetlands than previously thought! Check out the latest from @SieversSci and…
vivtulloch RT @ayeshatulloch: I’m helping @Science_Academy to understand use of Aus data ecosystem: if ur an Aus researcher pls let me know if you use…
rubenvli RT @cdkuempel: To get the most immediate benefits from our MPAs we need to put them in places where they can reduce threats. Currently >6 t…
rubenvli RT @bluecology: Underappreciated role of #seagrass #mangroves #saltmarsh in conservation of marine megafauna New pub with @Trends_Ecol_Evo
rubenvli RT @MattIDCarter: New #OA research out today in @SciReports. Sex and region differences in the ontogeny of early-life at-sea behaviours in…
rubenvli @m_pasku @ARC_CEED Hi Marta, you can find it here https://t.co/GNuJLngRv0
rubenvli RT @j_a_mcgowan: Best practice for using marine IBAs in spatial prioritisation new @ConLetters research from @ARC_CEED @DICE_Kent https://t…
rubenvli RT @BrendanGodley: Pls RT. Can companies eg @sainsburys be influenced by RT's of images of ridiculous excessive #plastic ? Aubergines have…
rubenvli RT @HugePossum: If you thought natural world heritage sites were safe, think again @cyclonewatson @jamesecology https://t.co/4S0ORdUDLf
rubenvli Complementing expert priorities and stakeholder preferences for marine management of Moreton Bay #MBQR2016.@NRMecon https://t.co/Oh0jMVVbOL
rubenvli RT @JAppliedEcology: Coarse spatial resolutions ⬇ commission errors in species ranges but ⬆ #conservation planning costs https://t.co/Jp8y7

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