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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 @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…
saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: Aside from these major themes, we identified 50 priority information needs, from reviewing successful policies to develo…
saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: Inter/multidisciplinary research is key - collaboration among natural, social and data scientists can facilitate social…
saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: Amazingly, in a room of scholars and knowledge keepers, we concluded that a lack of information is not the major barrier…
saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: 🚨 Importantly🚨 making space for multiple ways of knowing, especially Indigenous knowledge systems, are critical to suppo…
saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: Leading experts in conservation across the country weigh in on the information needed for biodiversity conservation in C…
MariaBeger RT @curt_champ: New paper using consistent data and methods to compare rates of climate-driven redistributions for a suite of high-value fi…
MariaBeger RT @Trond_Amundsen: POSTDOC on Sexual Selection, Life History and Adaptation in a Changing Climate, at the NTNU, Norway, deadline 10 March.…
MariaBeger RT @_Seasearch: 🐠Want to make your dives count? 🦀 Get involved with @_Seasearch - a community science project especially for scuba divers…
MariaBeger @vonderHeydenlab @erica_at_work @HenriquesRo It’s been an exciting journey and I also glad to have been part of it!… https://t.co/tFEtxKy7Eg
MariaBeger RT @vonderHeydenlab: Thank you @erica_at_work for being an awesome student and all round good egg. It has been such a joy to have supervise…
MariaBeger RT @Rob_SalGo: We are hiring a @PadrinoDB *RESEARCH ASSISTANT* in the @SalGoTeam Details: https://t.co/wXDH90c8Lc Collabo w @SamLevin5 @dyl
MariaBeger RT @DeBrauwerM: As a vegetarian who very regularly gets the soy/deforestation comment thrown my way, this graph is very enlightening. Migh…
MariaBeger RT @DaviesswPhD: Excited to have this paper out on preprint: we discuss issues with the current value system in science and stress the need…
MariaBeger Check out our special issue in #PacificOceanScapeMPB about all things Pacific - marine management and biodiversity https://t.co/VOmYjnU708
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 @DrJNalau: Our #climateadaptation #bigtrend paper with @AlpineEcologist is finally out!! The #bibliometric study looks at over 11,000 pa…
AChauvenet RT @mrbenjaminlaw: If I hear one more gatekeeper imply diversity measures undermine meritocracy I will catapult myself into the sun YOU DON…
AChauvenet RT @AlissaMacoun: UQ's Ramsay Centre deal is so deeply shameful. A private foundation is paying a public university to deliver an ideologic…
AChauvenet RT @binarythis: So a senior academic at my university has launched this website where you can "anonymously" send in stories of trans women…
AChauvenet @DianaF1080 😔definitely not getting any hopes up at this stage
AChauvenet RT @DianaF1080: Two year job species distribution modelling in Brisbane @Griffith_SciEnv EcoCommons. Deadline 05/03/2021 @ElisaBayra https…
AChauvenet RT @justine_d_shaw: Anyone with expertise in PVA models who's interested in a tender on #threatenedspecies #tasmaniandevils You may have to…
AChauvenet @justine_d_shaw Hi Justine, the link doesn't work for me for some reason
AChauvenet @megcevans @erleellis @PNASNews No, I think that's what we call ableism
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 @KarenMcCulloc16: Excited to see our paper come out in @SciReports! Ensemble model for estimating continental-scale patterns of human mo…
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MattHHolden RT @stevenstrogatz: A contagion model in which three things are spreading simultaneously: an infectious disease, a contagious fear of the d…
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MattHHolden @AcademicFemale @RRPcreativity @AcademicChatter great advice for those wanting to be subtle. As a student I was pay… https://t.co/6yeZROQrbo
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MattHHolden @RRPcreativity @AcademicChatter email. Something like “I prefer to be called Dr. As advice for future interactions… https://t.co/s6nBt94M0I
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MattHHolden @AcademicFemale @colleenawilson @AcademicChatter Definitely agree with all of this! appropriate move to CC the boss… https://t.co/ghBWSlA4Ii
MattHHolden @bluecology @cdkuempel @leandroscholz @OlesonLab This is journal specific and a gray area. Read their terms careful… https://t.co/iv67SUzngn
MattHHolden @cdkuempel Post pdf of accepted version on your website & if allowed, a preprint repo such as bioarxiv, & ResearchG… https://t.co/6vBaLK1Zye
MattHHolden RT @kareem_carr: I've worked in a lot of different sciences and what I've discovered is that each science is its own slightly bizarre alter…
MattHHolden @RealRajanMehta Is there a resource explaining the common silly stuff even regular Tex users do wrong and the rationale for what’s right?
MattHHolden RT @EuanRitchie1: Working on the most comprehensive assessment of Australia's environments that I know of, and by crikey, by golly, by jing…
cdkuempel @ZoologyDave What do you mean by author-accepted version? This is all new to me... which I strongly recognise has been a huge privilege!
cdkuempel @leandroscholz @bluecology @OlesonLab Yes I need to start doing this - guessing it's too late to post a preprint if… https://t.co/2Rz09E5MiZ
cdkuempel RT @ecologyofgavin: if anyone is looking for a middle author on a 300 person Science paper hit me up
cdkuempel @BrackenLab It's about marine world heritage areas
cdkuempel @bluecology What are the best ways around it? I've been told exemptions are rare... but I guess worth a shot.
cdkuempel Update: this is the best I've found so far by ticking the "no fees" box https://t.co/OjNrrQDIx9
cdkuempel Second question: is open access worth the $$$? Have another paper accepted with option of OA for US$3200! Tempted t… https://t.co/4Z9iwPAXfP
cdkuempel Is there a list of conservation and/or marine journals that don't charge publishing fees? Have a paper with three E… https://t.co/hg2nY8WkWY
cdkuempel RT @CoralRescue: Join @carol_phua at the 8th Economist’s World Ocean Summit in a plenary panel on how nature-based solutions can mitigate #…
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
kwekings Reforestation Grants | Projects | WWF https://t.co/7VAvaXRgGr
kwekings RT @STcom: Singapore launches first institute focused on green finance research and talent development https://t.co/YxudTNqpTj
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 @AfricanParks: In 6 years, Nkhotakota’s ranger unit has secured its 1,794 km2 landscape & achieved 30,014 field days which enabled them…
j_a_mcgowan Dynamic planning in #Marxan! Prioritize actions in space AND time for more responsive management, esp necessary for… https://t.co/Oqbs9YyeGT
j_a_mcgowan RT @VanessaStelzen1: Sustainable co-location solutions for #offshorewind farms and #fisheries need to account for #socioecological trade-of…
j_a_mcgowan Crowdsourcing feedback on new #Marxan updates and testing. https://t.co/uuuiFtQxJN
j_a_mcgowan Freshwater conservation planning with #Marxan in the River Nile! Follow us @Marxan_Planning for more stories from o… https://t.co/2UbCMf4nn5
j_a_mcgowan @Marxan_Planning is now on Twitter! Please follow for exciting new updates from the #Marxan collective, share stori… https://t.co/EZjRFZjMCC
j_a_mcgowan RT @GDP_Center: In our latest book launch w/ @UdelPacifico, editors @KevinPGallagher @BUBeckyRay & Cynthia Sanborn explain the relevance of…
j_a_mcgowan RT @wcsfiji: Featuring our #WomenInScience who are at the forefront of @TheWCS 's Fiji Program leading the way in science, technology and…
j_a_mcgowan RT @WilliamNKring: We are hiring! @GDP_Center is looking for an Assistant Director of our Global Economic Governance Initiative. Come join…
j_a_mcgowan Happy #WomeninScience Day- Here to raise my up colleague @ruth_oliver_ and her recent @ScienceAdvances work on… https://t.co/8WbLQml43K
MorenaMills RT @juliapgjones: This is a really clear discussion of the pros and cons of propensity score matching v. Mahalanobis. TLDR: use genetic mat…
MorenaMills RT @NathanJBennett: If you missed my @SmithsonianWls talk on the conservation social sciences and human dimensions of conservation, a recor…
MorenaMills RT @_JessicaBlythe: Live right now! @PipCohen's perspectives on 'Vibrant and vital small-scale fisheries amidst a sea of transformation' as…
MorenaMills RT @Bill_Sutherland: Oryx editorial meeting. Going to open access resulted in wonderful 2.7x increase in readership. However a 45% decline…
MorenaMills @BlueSpaceSeeker They’re amazing Anni!
MorenaMills @HannahA_M @ConservationSP Well done Hannah!
MorenaMills RT @HannahA_M: Very excited to share my first publication 🥳 out in @ConservationSP investigating a method for more accurately calculating t…
MorenaMills RT @PolyTilly: Hurrah! the start of a new project using CFD to optimise pollution-deflecting baffles and grow more urban green. @IC_CEP @…
MorenaMills RT @juliapgjones: Regenerating tropical vegetation can have a positive impact on locally important hydrological ecosystem services: even yo…
HugePossum RT @vivtulloch: NEW PAPER: Linking global cumulative impact maps with national management, policy frameworks and gaps identifies where mari…
HugePossum RT @Marxan_Planning: #Marxan community spotlight: The value of time-series data for conservation planning @Sylvaine_G. Marxan and data cove…
HugePossum RT @Marxan_Planning: 1/7 Today we are excited to announce the soft release of Marxan 4 for you to try. Marxan has been rebuilt in C++ and w…
HugePossum RT @JulianCribb: Air pollution puts children at higher risk of disease in adulthood https://t.co/LQYJuVyKAe
HugePossum RT @EuanRitchie1: Tune into @SabraLane and AM (@abcnews) shortly to hear @DanaMBergstrom and I discussing the collapse of Australia's ecosy…
HugePossum RT @MonaPatelT: What a lonely place it would be to have a world without a Wildflower. Rafflesia.The biggest Flower in the world. It’s a par…
HugePossum RT @CapsCoalition: Urgent Action Needed to Save 19 'Collapsing' Ecosystems: A groundbreaking report details the degradation of ecosystems…
HugePossum RT @rlalasz: From @HugePossum: the real #scicomm problem is often that policy-relevant science has already been done, years ago, & no one o…
HugePossum RT @cfhourigan: One day I’d like to see some press coverage on just how well the sector has weathered this storm considering the circumstan…
HugePossum RT @CapsCoalition: Black-browed Babbler Rediscovered 180 Years After Last Sighting: A stuffed specimen featuring a bright yellow glass eye…
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 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 😂😂😂
vivtulloch @IUCN This is to be an in person event? I surely hope not. Seems very reckless given the times we live in.
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…
rubenvli RT @bluecology: Underappreciated role of #seagrass #mangroves #saltmarsh in conservation of marine megafauna New pub with @Trends_Ecol_Evo

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