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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 @chazhutton: Today’s Comic: We are all, in our own little way, that ship. https://t.co/GVDjLxzErX
saverygo RT @ubcires: From conservation knowledge📚 to conservation action👏: In a Canadian case study, experts including IRES/@UBCoceans's @KaiChanUB
saverygo @amazon Why do you ship small items, sold only in quantities of two or more in separate boxes? With plastic bags? W… https://t.co/sue8O9T0yE
saverygo RT @idylwyld: So happy to see my former colleague @Monsauce featured by @environmentca !! Congrats! She’s also one of the most passionate #…
saverygo RT @JessPopp: "...we’re recognizing that the river has its own rights; that we’re part of the same ecosystem". In accordance with Innu cust…
saverygo Huge shout out to @Dr_TGG for leading this work, and co-authors for being awesome co-authors (@biolumiJEFFence,… https://t.co/uky0Smd6fy
saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: This project was truly a team effort @andreajanereid @Joe_Ecology @saverygo @carlyziter @danikabillie @procellaria11 @SJ
saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: No more room for status quo: we need to mobilize information to support action and make room for much-needed ethical spa…
MariaBeger RT @RFBFisheries: Now online! Poleward bound: adapting to climate-driven species redistribution https://t.co/FZ08B1W7ny #ClimateChange #Fis
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MariaBeger RT @benitez_lab: Apply for a CASE studentship and join us. Details here below and in findaphd https://t.co/zVZPDk4FEp
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MariaBeger RT @AlexDunhill: Very much looking forward to welcoming a new postgraduate researcher to the @PalaeoLeeds group to work on deep time ecosys…
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MariaBeger RT @TranterSylvie: Thank you for the delegate pack @MBAcon2020! Very excited to be presenting my research (with @MariaBeger) on Tuesday on…
MariaBeger RT @helenscales: "It’s time to see the oceans in a new light" as "a wonder of nature, rather than an opportunity for exploitation." @George
MariaBeger @DeBrauwerM @KMZarzyczny @MBAcon2020 @KatieMWatson_ @JDReimer What a good idea to send out delegate packs!!! Yum
MariaBeger RT @KMZarzyczny: Really excited for @MBAcon2020 ! On Tues, I’ll be presenting our research (@KatieMWatson_ , @JDReimer @MariaBeger ) on the…
MariaBeger RT @IPBES: 'The underlying causes of pandemics are the same global environmental changes that drive #biodiversity loss and #ClimateChange'…
MariaBeger RT @m_dimarco: PhD opportunities at @SapienzaRoma 70 three years scholarships for foreign students, in any field of research, deadline 15t…
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 RT @AnimalEcoLab: We can now count #flyingfoxes accurately & precisely from the air to aid 🦇conservation management! Important #thermal #d
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AChauvenet RT @jamiesonmurph: Here's a fun fact: - Barnaby Joyce chairs the Parliamentary Committee for Industry, Innovation, Science & Resources - 2…
AChauvenet RT @m_dimarco: PhD opportunities at @SapienzaRoma 70 three years scholarships for foreign students, in any field of research, deadline 15t…
AChauvenet New short correspondence in @nature by Ralf Buckley and me - 6 caveats to valuing #ecosystem services for… https://t.co/BsHdI09683
AChauvenet RT @Griffith_Uni: #GriffithUni is proudly nestled in bushland on its Nathan and Mount Gravatt campuses. Landscape manager Alistair McInnes…
AChauvenet RT @bluecology: If you are feeling down about seafood after #Seaspiracy, read this significant new paper on how: A diverse seafood diet en…
AChauvenet RT @Society4ConBio: We are excited to offer ten Graduate Student Research Awards to support students whose research advances the science an…
AChauvenet RT @geotransversals: i send my love to all trans people for whom its not safe, who cant or dont want to be visible but want to be celebrate…
AChauvenet RT @andrewwhiteau: “This furphy that you need to keep the unemployment payment brutally low to encourage people to get a job. We had an exp…
AChauvenet RT @DocSlinky: Who said there's no jobs? We are hiring! #postdocs, 2 year job at @GriffithARI with @profhamatham and myself, (& @Global_H
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 RT @KyleMorgenstein: eigenvalues are just the TLDR for a matrix
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MattHHolden RT @Quasilocal: Me: LaTeX is great because everything just is formatted perfectly without ever having to think about it! Also me: \vspace{…
MattHHolden Love @chadtopaz's project for students in his math modeling course. Especially how he emphasized "...think about wa… https://t.co/p0dNIVvVix
MattHHolden RT @chadtopaz: I asked students in my Math Modeling course to think about abstract #art from a modeling perspective and to create some that…
MattHHolden RT @TrevorABranch: Why do I personally work in fisheries science? At the end of undergrad I felt like my choice was between very interestin…
MattHHolden @gavin_worrall @GeorgeMonbiot @emilyseaside Errors 1-4 above are all confirmed from the seaspiracy facts sheet. For… https://t.co/OhNW1SiRos
MattHHolden @alanpater @SustainFishUW I'd support all of these solutions to various degrees, but still, you need to argue the c… https://t.co/DavKANqbzx
MattHHolden @GeorgeMonbiot By @emilyseaside 1. Fish populations are not projected to perish by 2048 2. 10% of catch is bycatch… https://t.co/E3zj5wfsnW
MattHHolden "Seaspiracy" on @netflix makes a ton of false scientific claims. Great summary by @emilyseasidehttps://t.co/OxSZzNWXnY
cdkuempel RT @NU_ThreeSeas: ⚠️ JOB ALERT: Now hiring lecturer for Fall 2021 grad level course: Sustainability of the Land-Sea Interface, Three Seas P…
cdkuempel RT @m_dimarco: PhD opportunities at @SapienzaRoma 70 three years scholarships for foreign students, in any field of research, deadline 15t…
cdkuempel @leandroscholz Let’s motivate eachother! We can do it 💪🏼
cdkuempel RT @AnnastaciaMP: Thank you, Queensland. Thanks to your hard work, Easter is good to go 🙌
cdkuempel RT @pvisconbio: #JobAlert #Fellowship Fully-funded 2-year Postdoc fellowship. Apply to work with Dr Fangyuan Hua and me in applied ecology…
cdkuempel RT @Joanna_Vince: Our team is looking for a PhD student to join us who has interest in #Antarctic, #SouthernOcean and #plasticpollution #Go
cdkuempel RT @rchlltrmn: what’s the word for when you’re very smart but can’t remember anything and know literally nothing
cdkuempel RT @nj_clark: Reminder of a fully funded (with living allowance included) #PhDscholarship to study #ecologicalforecasting at @UQscience htt…
cdkuempel RT @UQscience: We're proud to promote the Boeing Darren Edwards Memorial Scholarship, supporting women to study in the fields of engineerin…
kwekings RT @almeida_rafaelm: The Amazon River system pulses like a heart. Amazing animation by @AyanFleischmann @ConexAmazonicas https://t.co/nvBZv
kwekings RT @hcteohc: Latest research from @NUSCNCS : planting trees in cities can help fight climate change. Urban reforestation can offset at leas…
kwekings Review of "Herbarium: The Quest to Preserve and Classify the World’s Plants" https://t.co/hOoFk68RIh
kwekings While Bitcoin price surges, ramped up cryptocurrency mining takes heavy toll on the planet https://t.co/Um58NADfzx
kwekings RT @AER_ESE_BES: What information do we need to best deliver #conservation outcomes?🌱– register for our FREE #AERLive workshop next month w…
kwekings "...environmental protections and labour rights are not part of the pact." But why not, when of all things such pro… https://t.co/rxXwJswXYm
kwekings Any thoughts on these developments, @biotropica? To me you were a pioneer in requiring data archival, but recently… https://t.co/LtFZb8un6c
kwekings Shell Singapore to repurpose core business, downsize Pulau Bukom refinery in low-carbon shift https://t.co/Ycf7tNAyzx
BonMappin RT @iis_rio: Restoring 30% of the world’s ecosystems in priority areas could stave off more than 70% of projected extinctions and absorb ne…
BonMappin RT @nature_org: Shifting away from business-as-usual would get us nearly halfway to closing the nature funding gap. Our new report shows th…
BonMappin RT @megcevans: Check out this incredible report from @nature_org @PaulsonInst @AtkinsonCentre @JohnTobinBridge It shows how much $ we need…
BonMappin RT @m_dimarco: Very sad to hear Conservation Science has lost her mother. Georgina Mace was an inspiration to many generations of scientist…
BonMappin RT @jamesecology: NEW PAPER: Updated and improved terrestrial Human Footprint maps for 2000 - 2013. Same story, we are rapidly eroding inta…
BonMappin RT @wendy_harmer: With focus on the Koala Habitat Protection SEPP splitting the NSW Govt. #nswpol Let's not take eyes off the disastrous Bi…
BonMappin RT @wildbusiness: Big hitters in #conservation today, in a nutshell: 1) #Biodiversity has declined globally for decades https://t.co/Hng7j
BonMappin RT @BirdlifeOz: Want to make sense of the current debate about fixing our broken nature laws? Our National Public Affairs Manager Sean Dool…
BonMappin Government stimulus spending presents an opportunity to spend on #clycling and #walking #infrastructure especially… https://t.co/YQQtNG2n87
BonMappin RT @manammichelle: Check out our latest paper highlighting the impact of 2019–2020 mega-fires on Australian fauna habitat: https://t.co/e84
mainambui RT @WCSocean: WCS has been underwater studying #coral #reefs for over 70 years. That work would not be possible without our many award-winn…
mainambui RT @WCSocean: “Satellite data has revolutionized our ability to observe heat stress unfolding in the ocean. Now that field scientists are m…
mainambui RT @StacyDJupiter: New @TheWCS led paper showing that global climate-warming models overestimated coral destruction in the biodiversity-ric…
mainambui RT @StacyDJupiter: New @TheWCS led study in showing complex bleaching responses from the 2016 global event. Bleaching intensity was taxon-s…
mainambui RT @timjralph: Join us at @Macquarie_Uni @MQEarthEnv for some exciting new #geomorphology research in #rivers #riverrecovery #rivermanageme
mainambui RT @cyclonewatson: The science shows that logging opens up the canopy, drying out the forest, and puts tonnes of stumps, bark and limbs on…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Do protected areas work? Effects of spatial auto-correlation and sampling design on estimates of protected area effectivene…
mainambui RT @naj_graham: The changing role of coral reef marine reserves in a warming climate. As coral reefs transform under climate change, so t…
mainambui Location intelligence is key! Placing no take marine reserves strategically, in particular away from human pressure… https://t.co/JjsDv7bKIk
mainambui Our study out today in @ScienceMagazine used #Bigdata from ~1800 reefs across 41 countries to test how management t… https://t.co/2WZO7sRhdb
j_a_mcgowan RT @GlobalFishWatch: In 2018, we published the first-ever global assessment of commercial fishing activity in Science. Now, we've released…
j_a_mcgowan Join a growing awesome lab- we are looking for a new program coordinator at Yale! https://t.co/eAXWhqhwsq
j_a_mcgowan RT @Marxan_Planning: #Marxan community spotlight: Conservation planning for people and nature in a Chilean biodiversity hotspot. @mjecoserv
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: The women geospatial superstars of @nature_org - using spatial science to save the world's biodiversity https://t.co/xpNR5z
j_a_mcgowan RT @moldotorg: Alongside @Yale_BGC we’re excited to announce the official release of the Spatiotemporal Annotation Tool (STOAT)! STOAT allo…
j_a_mcgowan RT @n_ylime: New paper! Matching biodiversity indicators to policy needs, by @StevensonSimone We use economic theory to ask which biodivers…
j_a_mcgowan RT @CPAWSbc: “Now we have solid evidence that fully protecting over 30% of the ocean will be great for conserving fish stocks, improving fi…
j_a_mcgowan RT @DocSlinky: Who said there's no jobs? We are hiring! #postdocs, 2 year job at @GriffithARI with @profhamatham and myself, (& @Global_H
j_a_mcgowan RT @DrFerrariR: 5 days left to submit your EOI for a PhD scholarship working on 3D population ecology of coral reefs at @aims_gov_au more i…
MorenaMills RT @cicawey: Bolso&Biden: não se protege a Amazônia sem transparência https://t.co/bK9Ku1x4hE via @socioambiental
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MorenaMills RT @ChristineMilne: Fantastic. France has introduced legal sanctions against green washing. Fines of up to 80% of cost of false promotion,…
MorenaMills RT @deniswirtz: We updated and expanded our expansive database of graduate fellowships. We have found 198 different types of PhD fellowshi…
MorenaMills RT @FloraYifanHe: #AAG2021 Curious how conservation goes to scale? Join us at 9:35am PDT on Saturday 4/10 w/ Dr.Arundhati Jagadish, Zara A…
MorenaMills RT @ChristinacHicks: This will be a great panel discussion- starting in 1.5hrs. As the dust begins to settle-I’m looking forward to a const…
MorenaMills I'm loving this paper social synergies, tradeoffs, and equity in marine conservation impacts by @DavidGillMarine,… https://t.co/HXX0IRu7w9
MorenaMills RT @ChristinacHicks: Illegal fishing is a global issue- if we want to address it we need to understand the drivers, speak to those involved…
MorenaMills Presenting our Insights for Catalyzing Conservation project at #AAG2021 at 12:40am (London time). Latest I've had t… https://t.co/0CE2GCr0xc
MorenaMills RT @smangubhai: Empowering Indigenous peoples crucial to climate, biodiversity crises: Study https://t.co/hNu4z1briG via @Mongabay
MorenaMills RT @Society4ConBio: We are excited to offer ten Graduate Student Research Awards to support students whose research advances the science an…
HugePossum RT @VMorganSchmidt: Qld friends - this event is shaping up to be an absolute cracker. https://t.co/yT13uUQ1iP Essential discussions for bus…
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HugePossum @rdmoccia Good question. Recognising the problem is the start of the solution. And as a follow up I can talk abou… https://t.co/OYOp3CzZ4m
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HugePossum @CitSci_Geek I have coauthored some papers on equity - so I like that idea - but what would I say? Note the inequity I enjoy?
HugePossum Following acknowledgement of country, i have started to include, in my talks, an "acknowledgement of privilege". W… https://t.co/9l5nd7jbSP
HugePossum RT @WildlifeTrusts: Peat has been used in compost for many years. Sadly draining of peatlands: 🙁 Degrades this amazing habitat 🙁 Releases…
HugePossum RT @LucyTurnbull_AO: So many Australian women, esp over 55 are in state of housing and financial crisis today. Over400,000 over 55 in ho…
HugePossum RT @UrbanBirdsOz: Our #BirdsInBackyards Autumn surveys are still continuing! Whether your garden is home to exciting species like this Owle…
HugePossum @CeliaPacquola What about an arts and science report?
HugePossum RT @CeliaPacquola: Mad thought. What if on the news after the sports report there was an arts one?
HugePossum RT @AusAmbGHA: The rangers @MolePark are now equipped with high-tech surveillance cameras, GPS and long-range drone technology to fight poa…
RKRunting Funded PhD opportunity! Join me and @ProfLesleyHead at #geogmelb @SciMelb to explore landholder management behavior… https://t.co/TcxKdwnble
RKRunting @lromancarrasco @ZhangYuchen92 @APELabNUS @MynasLab Really important work by @ZhangYuchen92 and such an amazing collaboration!
RKRunting @SofiaLop11 @McMadLab @MayfieldLabUQ @UQ_sees Congratulations Sofia!!! I feel honoured to have been an advisor - you were a dream student!
RKRunting RT @JaramarV: 50 days free access to our recently published paper about how to make more equitable decisions for ecosystem services! @Laura
RKRunting @aussie_rs @SciMelb @unimelb That sounds great! Fingers crossed for you 🤞
RKRunting @aggwarrior @SciMelb @unimelb Thanks! Congrats to you too 👏
RKRunting @katejhelms @SciMelb @unimelb Thanks Kate 😀
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 @EPlaganyi Was so lovely! So lucky to get to see my wonderful #MICE mentor - I’ve missed you!
vivtulloch RT @jamesecology: New paper! Our land-sea conservation planning framework uses #Marxan with connectivity to prioritize land and sea #biodiv
vivtulloch @greig_oldford Take a break Greig! 😊 Having kids solved that problem for me straight away lol
vivtulloch RT @jamesecology: New paper on implementing conservation plans in stages since funds and political will make it hard to do all at once. htt…
vivtulloch Our new spatial planning paper details how to schedule conservation actions for implementation nationally from a… https://t.co/7s5IHkPnLE
vivtulloch Our land-sea conservation framework uses #Marxan with Connectivity to simultaneously prioritize land and sea… https://t.co/lyFHW0QHkb
vivtulloch Grateful to have worked closely with Papua New Guinea #Conservation and Environment Protection Agency, @nature_org,… https://t.co/8JeM2U1usV
vivtulloch RT @HugePossum: A new land-sea conservation plan for Papua New Guinea commissioned by the #PNG Conservation and Environment Protection Auth…
vivtulloch @AnneGuerry 🤬🤬🤬
vivtulloch @EPlaganyi 😂😂😂
rubenvli RT @hcheung7: Banning #wildlifetrade is at the center of the current approach to #rhino #conservation. How effective is this? We surveyed #…
rubenvli RT @ballenaschile: THREAD Are U stressed? Animation by @BedrinanaLuis shows 1 difficult week in the life of 1 #whale. BLUE DOT is 1 whale t…
rubenvli RT @GabbyCarmine: Our recent paper "Who is the high seas fishing industry?" connecting 1,120 corporate actors to ~70% of high seas fishing…
rubenvli RT @Society4ConBio: Just 1 hour of videoconferencing or streaming emits 150-1,000 grams of carbon dioxide (a gallon of gasoline burned from…
rubenvli RT @brettabryan: Wall-to-wall mapping 30 years of Australian land-cover change at 30m resolution via #remotesensing with @GoogleEE. Fantast…
rubenvli RT @MapScaping: This simple gif by Jakub Nowosad shows the effect of the Mercator projection on the real size of continents and countries o…
rubenvli RT @JezRoff: Heavy rains and algal blooms in lakes leads to population explosions of cane toads 🐸💦💉💉 https://t.co/lTxJVQ2GMw
rubenvli RT @mitchest: When it comes to accuracy assessment in #remotesensing "almost 70% of sampled literature were not adhering to recommended gu…
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…

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