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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 @JacquelynGill: @_pem_pem It’s standard to call PhD’s by our title, “Dr.” A number of women even added “Dr.” to our Twitter handles in t…
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saverygo @JacquelynGill @_pem_pem I’ve been wondering if I ought to do this or not. Reading this thread, I think I will.
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saverygo RT @cameratraps1: #postdoctoral opportunity! 📝TOPIC: #statistics & applied #ecology 🌍PLACE: @UniNMBU 💪SKILLS: #PhD, #rstats #statistics 📆D…
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saverygo ❤️ #Winnipeg family builds ⁦@LEGO_Group⁩ video of ⁦@JustinTrudeau⁩‘a #COVID19 message to #kidshttps://t.co/dWpCQg9lzY
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saverygo @rolandasteenweg Aw, sorry to hear! Some people just don’t recognize boundaries (yet). All the more reason folks go… https://t.co/036FE4LuPj
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saverygo Wish you could DO more in this #COVID19 crisis? You can! Let the #canada government know your availability to volun… https://t.co/C1eC45ZqKu
saverygo RT @CPHO_Canada: #FluWatchers normally track the flu. Let’s try to track #COVID19. Join Canada’s team of volunteer #FluWatchers: https://…
saverygo RT @xiaofei_lin: Dear academics - Please avoid the following phrases during #COVID19. Thread 🧵1/ #AcademicTwitter #phdchat @PhD_Balance @A
saverygo This is an important and beautifully written piece that I hope high achieving academic friends will read!… https://t.co/0Kz4QqlMSF
MariaBeger RT @ProfTerryHughes: I'm not sure I have the fortitude to do this again. It's heartbreaking to see the #GreatBarrierReef decline so fast. h…
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MariaBeger RT @martine_maron: Fears for wildlife recovery after bushfires as coronavirus crisis stymies scientists’ fieldwork https://t.co/KkxvJ8QJpN
MariaBeger RT @ProfTerryHughes: Great Barrier Reef Hit By Mass Bleaching | Media Release | Climate Council https://t.co/Ji3MBQ7XJJ
MariaBeger RT @mioconnor: We are recruiting a biodiversity scientist for a PostDoc fellowship on a project synthesizing biodiversity data! It will be…
MariaBeger RT @NankivellJames: Pretty stoked to introduce a new species of Turtle-headed sea snake to the world! The coastal WA population is deeply d…
MariaBeger RT @ADalmauNur: Thanks to the effort of so many NGOs, researchers, divers... #Catalonia #RedCoral will now be fully protected!! Proud of be…
MariaBeger RT @utejacobjj: I ask those who love the sea to join the challenge to publish a picture of a beach you love. Just a picture, no description…
MariaBeger RT @ProfTerryHughes: Two views of the #GreatBarrierReef #WorldHeritageArea: A fleet of coal ships, and widespread mass bleaching of corals…
MariaBeger RT @akkitwts: I can listen to this my whole life 💕 Sicilian twins Mirko and Velerio from Agrigento play this Coldplay song while in quaran…
MariaBeger RT @Prof_CallumYork: For all those interested in a career in ocean conservation and I'm delighted to announce a new MSc in Marine Environme…
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 @TheScrogster: Come and work at ARI. We have a 3-year Science Leader position open at the moment. Applications close 9 April. https://t.…
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AChauvenet RT @ICCS_updates: Are you a conservationist? This is your chance to join over 1,700 other conservationists, in 94 countries, telling us abo…
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AChauvenet RT @kurtiveson: Fixed-term and casual staff already being let go at Sydney Uni -- time for @ScottMorrisonMP and VCs to save higher ed jobs…
AChauvenet RT @vam103: Everyone is quite happy to be saved by science and mathematics, however getting them to pay for it is hard... We NEED our acade…
AChauvenet @DocSlinky @AmeliaWenger Nope sorry, I am not sure how to deal with this. Have you tried turning it off and on agai… https://t.co/ipaVQKWmwC
AChauvenet @adele_pavlidis As long as we don't sit down for a rest, we can exercise by walking and drinking coffee together...I think
AChauvenet RT @DrRubidium: I don't know who needs to here this - perhaps for the 50-11th time - It's a pandemic, beloved, not a staycation. Your prod…
AChauvenet RT @neilmwebb: "You are not working from home; you are at your home during a crisis trying to work." I've heard this twice today. I think…
AChauvenet @katejhelms I love this! You're not alone Kate, I am feeling the same
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 @GWOMaths: ATTN PARENTS! If you are homeschooling and finding the usual mathematics books confusing, let me recommend the illustrated Eu…
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MattHHolden Day 5 of our #stayHomeBiodiversityChallenge features some awesome orb weaving spiders! Lots more to come. Up to 16… https://t.co/PD3Xt25pj0
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MattHHolden @romi_castagnino @UQ_CBCS @UQ_News @HugePossum Wonderful! the butterflies and moths are really dominating our list… https://t.co/6z6oJ8zBNE
MattHHolden Green jewel bug nymph (lampromicra senator), rice bug (leptocorisa acuta), and we think the one with the babies is… https://t.co/DRzErLhrVi
MattHHolden @romi_castagnino @UQ_CBCS @UQ_News @HugePossum Absolutely counts. We currently have 4 species of cockroaches, Germa… https://t.co/YHD0p4d3o7
MattHHolden Day 4 of our #stayHomeBiodiversityChallenge features some beautiful true bugs (Hemiptera). We’re surveying our h… https://t.co/RVrAOpncfX
MattHHolden RT @seb_schreiber: complete classification of long-term statistical behavior of 3 species SDE models using invasion growth rates with Alex…
MattHHolden Our house rules. Anything you can see well enough from your property to ID without binoculars are fair game (can us… https://t.co/m5FuVM4RSK
MattHHolden How many species are in your home? Count them! #StayHomeBiodiversityChallenge. We’re surveying our home for plant… https://t.co/WjAbiXsMTs
cdkuempel Here I was just sitting here twiddling my thumbs.... 😬 https://t.co/Hx5Gf9A9B2
cdkuempel Maybe "take care of yourself physically and mentally" and "do your best to adjust to this unprecedented situation"… https://t.co/6wwLSLVxoj
cdkuempel RT @jeff_o_hanson: 1/7 Our new paper published in @nature shows that the global protected area system is not adequately covering species' n…
cdkuempel RT @TrevorABranch: If the US stops social distancing on Easter, 128 million Americans get the coronavirus (1.3 million deaths); if we conti…
cdkuempel RT @JaszzyJas: So excited for this long awaited @nature paper from @jeff_o_hanson!!! Over 90% of vertebrates globally do not have adequate…
cdkuempel @CarlaWildlife Apparently the trick is a green screen. Separates out the ones that are truly dedicated to the virtual meeting experience.
cdkuempel RT @RobertCMahon: If there's one thing I want everyone to remember when this pandemic is done, it's that you were a non-essential employee.…
cdkuempel RT @ADalmauNur: Australia: 565 cases coronavirus confirmed with 110 new. We had that in Spain 10 days ago. Italy 20. You do the count down.…
cdkuempel RT @KaiChanUBC: #Covid19 travel bans are a huge opportunity for #sustainability. I’ve got a handful of @UNEP and @IPBES calls lined up in…
cdkuempel RT @mollytolsky: Pro-tip for couples suddenly working from home together: Get yourselves an imaginary coworker to blame things on. In our a…
kwekings New species of maritime trap-jaw ant from Singapore by Dr Wendy Wang @lkcnhm et al. https://t.co/7zAJckV0Mj
kwekings @marcuschua My deepest condolences Marcus...
kwekings RT @lianpinkoh: Seeking several highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join our new team @NUSingapore to work on #NaturebasedCli
kwekings Open RF position at NIE-NTU: Habitat selection including the ecological significance of Singapore’s forest mammals… https://t.co/L3hDB3I4eX
kwekings @nparksbuzz I think it should be "mast seeding" or just "masting"
kwekings The forest is peaceful, why aren't you? You hold onto things causing your confusion. Let nature teach you. Hear the… https://t.co/eB5RmUW3BD
kwekings RT @sivasothi: [biod crew] Fri 8 Nov 2019: 9.00 am [PhD Defense] – Lam Weng Ngai on “Nepenthes: A Model… https://t.co/ZKStiLiAHr
kwekings RT @NatureHumBehav: A culture of publication-worship unwittingly incentivizes questionable scientific practices and gluts the economy of sc…
kwekings "The top researchers at American law schools, especially elite law schools... often include people who are indiffer… https://t.co/0OcocoXU9L
BonMappin RT @Bill_Sutherland: A team of us are listing the possible non-clinical options for dealing with COVID-19. Please tell us the non-obvious p…
BonMappin RT @cdkuempel: Unified, general models of #conservation system states & pathways help decision makers identify the full suite of actions an…
BonMappin RT @BrenWintle: Thanks to John Woinarski @EuanRitchie1 @martine_maron @DonADriscoll @cyclonewatson and @TSR_Hub for delivering an insightfu…
BonMappin RT @cyclonewatson: The fires have been a disaster for not just the many millions of individual animals who couldn't escape, but for entire…
BonMappin The #AustraliaBushfires have a huge impact on Australia’s wildlife and unique ecosystems. Donations to @EcolSocAushttps://t.co/eR96K8xlO7
BonMappin RT @GreeningAust: Greening Australia to lead $5M native seed and restoration program as part of #bushfire recovery https://t.co/0OzPQ3G1Y8
BonMappin RT @daniteixeira___: KI Glossy Black-Cockatoo emergency fundraiser. We've lost 50% of the habitat. This habitat supported 70% of the popula…
BonMappin RT @AnikaMolesworth: It’s sometimes hard to explain the link between bushfires and climate change with your family and friends. Here’s a qu…
BonMappin RT @makeupbymyke: This is apparently the Australia I live in now. Where the sun turns red and the ground is ash black. Action must be taken…
mainambui @gerlame The words in bold face here are ‘as an object’
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: Functional connectivity is a key factor in guiding the identification of suitable areas for MPA network across maritime j…
mainambui RT @coralmannie: Help to expand Madagascar's climate history to 400 years. Apply for a unique PhD on geochemistry of giant Indian Ocean cor…
mainambui RT @ESA_EO: A beautiful, cloud-free Scotland 🥰 https://t.co/Mhr5L5VRn6
mainambui RT @MattHHolden: Come work with me at UQ! Fully-funded Ph.D. project on #maths & #stats to improve #fisheries management. Open to internati…
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: Not just warm water. Paper in @NatureClimate by @EnvScMQ Joseph Maina and colleagues at @TheWCS including @UWAresearch and @U
mainambui RT @ChristinacHicks: Very pleased to share this paper, new in @nature. We developed a novel model to predict nutrient quality of fish, appl…
mainambui RT @naj_graham: Nutritional quality and quantity from the world's fisheries. Our @nature paper demonstrates how catches from many nations c…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Scientists will never know everything with complete certainty, but in many cases, like the issue of a declining Great Barri…
mainambui RT @PROG_ocean: Exciting workshop on a future Regional #OceanGovernance Strategy for the WIO. Outcome will provide important input to the #…
j_a_mcgowan Do yourself a favor and spend some time with this thread from @EJMilnerGulland on the mitigation and conservation h… https://t.co/ME6XfSbGXY
j_a_mcgowan RT @GregoireDubois: Quarantined? This is actually a great opportunity to document with @iNaturalist the life encountered in your garden or…
j_a_mcgowan RT @da_schmins: Some cute, some cuddly. New research in @NatureComms from @j_a_mcgowan et al show how we can use flagship species to raise…
j_a_mcgowan RT @DeutzinDC: Beyond lions and tigers and bears - the potential of more species to motivate conservation, by my @Nature_org colleagues @Hu
j_a_mcgowan This is what 21st century conservation can look like: robust science, interdisciplinary teams, big data, high power… https://t.co/KJpynaNubX
j_a_mcgowan RT @tomjennings: Nice @BBCNews piece on our flagship species paper that just went live in @NatureComms, quoting lead author @j_a_mcgowan a…
j_a_mcgowan Our new @NatureComms research validates wider conservation benefits of flagship species but calls for increased sci… https://t.co/yiuocE1JyE
j_a_mcgowan RT @JoeWalston_WCS: What we've all been working towards: "China set to clamp down permanently on wildlife trade in wake of coronavirus" htt…
j_a_mcgowan RT @hollieboothie: Check out our new paper led by @WilliamArlidge on 'A Mitigation Hierarchy Approach for Managing Sea #Turtle Captures in…
j_a_mcgowan Incorporating connectivity into land and seascape planning is hard. We’ve just made it a lot easier w Marxan Connec… https://t.co/hf7WrdIF9o
MorenaMills RT @ASCatalano: Every leader could use this as an example of what compassionate leadership looks like. #LeadershipMatters @imperialcollege
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MorenaMills RT @NathanJBennett: This is the kind of messaging that would be fantastic to hear from all Heads of Departments, Deans and University Presi…
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MorenaMills RT @michael_e_cox: Really important message, also some people are simply spending lots of time alone and struggling with that.
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MorenaMills RT @Dr_Rob_Davis: Fantastic seeing these good news stories of supportive workplaces.
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MorenaMills RT @proigboixeda: Summary of 180 cognitive biases (https://t.co/co5YAFXNRq). Very important to be aware of them when communicating conserva…
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MorenaMills I feel so lucky to work for a research centre that is so supportive of its staff. This is what we got from the… https://t.co/HnbJ0CvpOn
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MorenaMills RT @CoralCoE: ⚠️3rd #MassBleaching Event in 5yrs❗️Aerial surveys of 1,036 #GBR #reefs revealed severe #bleaching that is more widespread th…
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MorenaMills @SarahGluszek @SCB_SSWG Thanks Sarah! I’ll check it out! Hope you’re really well!
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MorenaMills @socialseas Haha, yes. And eating as much soil as possible of course.
MorenaMills RT @SilviaLpezCasa1: New Python package for NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation #GEDI misión: data extraction, analysis and visu…
HugePossum RT @ProfTerryHughes: CNN reports today on our research findings. https://t.co/AxAkWkaeMO
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HugePossum @D0CT0R_Dave @ayeshatulloch @EuanRitchie1 @megcevans Doug likes to pose in front of his portrait. He does understa… https://t.co/4nyq1db88d
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HugePossum @ayeshatulloch @EuanRitchie1 @megcevans Doug doesn’t let his stomach rule his heart. He is patiently waiting for K… https://t.co/CdfKYEcQJO
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HugePossum This sounds like fun https://t.co/F2F7fY7UuO
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HugePossum RT @sallyjewell: Truly stunning pictures here from @nature_org’s photo contest. A good reminder of what so many of us have in common: our l…
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HugePossum RT @BobBrownFndn: 1,000 Tree Ferns & huge eucalyptus are to be logged in Florentine Valley under Mt Field. Many trees have diameters of mor…
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HugePossum RT @OzHarvest: OzHarvest drivers are our frontline in ensuring good food doesn't go to waste and is delivered to people who need it most. A…
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HugePossum RT @TSCommissioner: Humanity may be bunkering down to #stayhome during COVID-19, but our avian friends are on the move as the season change…
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HugePossum RT @TSCommissioner: Up to $12 million dollars is now available via an open, competitive grants program, for activities to prevent extinctio…
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RKRunting My winning map from @bluecology 's course is Katherine G. Impressive work to produce an interactive map! I apprecia… https://t.co/UtbUdTlCZS
RKRunting @bluecology Excited to be judging this - I expect there will be some stiff competition!
RKRunting RT @JanepDyson: Our new short (19mins) film - 'Spirit' - is now available to watch online! https://t.co/vo9W9u0u0h Spirit presents an in…
RKRunting RT @ProfLesleyHead: Continuing position, closes Dec 4. LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL SCIENCE https://t.co/nYDNlUzp3l
RKRunting RT @ymalhi: Our new paper in @ScienceAdvances looks at carbon and climate impacts of the loss of intact rainforests. When lost future carbo…
RKRunting @aggwarrior @CarlaWildlife @SciMelb Yes! Definitely a hit with the students.
RKRunting Had a particularly fun practical class with my "Spatial Analysis in Geography" students this semester. Thanks to… https://t.co/0tTNySIxcJ
RKRunting RT @ProfLesleyHead: For #climatestrike week, a thread of relevant research from #geogmelb. In our collective life we do lots of different…
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: Colombia's government is not doing a great job protecting their vulnerable #pollinators , despite the road map laid out in…
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 @DrJessMT Bahahahahaha 😂😂😂 I knew I’d forgotten something...
vivtulloch @DrJessMT How idyllic! Did you make your kids disappear 😂😂😂
vivtulloch @Jon_W_Moore Ha. My thinking face = unimpressed slightly annoyed face 🤦‍♀️
vivtulloch @DanielBolnick Nice thought...but with kids stuck at home as well it’s very unlikely I will have time or minimal di… https://t.co/OJDiCliz98
vivtulloch RT @Edd_Hammill: New paper in #Ecology_letters - compared to a single large patch, many small patches of habitat increase species richness…
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…
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…

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