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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 What's that? You love eating seafood but care about conservation? Here you go: https://t.co/bkElSdoG5k @Letscuttlefish
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saverygo @glennalthor @MargieWilkes Beauty, thanks Glen! Good call Margie!
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saverygo When to eat chocolate: A Researchers Guide #phdlife #scholarly #alwaysprepared https://t.co/J0IicXcNEw
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saverygo Found this great #beetle on the way to work today. Does anyone know what it is? #entomology #wildoz https://t.co/eGgSSyphHp
saverygo RT @thelabandfield: Anyone know how to include phylogeny as a predictor in an analysis? Challenge: multiple responses per spp. Potential fo…
saverygo @thelabandfield Hope you'll share when you find out
saverygo RT @sjurdur: Spectacular story! How a Guy From A Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology https://t.co/6Rn7rMY29n #SciComm
saverygo RT @MariaBeger: Coral reef bright spots: Nature cover today! https://t.co/OkW8CBcz2q @ARC_CEED @CoralCoE @mainambui @JoshuaCinner https://…
saverygo RT @heath3rc: Super cool, I want to play... How to control someone else's arm with your brain https://t.co/o3hpqi5oNi
saverygo This is a comic worth reading. The story of Margaret Hamilton- the Woman who put Men on the Moon. https://t.co/K6YYiu0fkM #WomenInSTEM
MariaBeger RT @BrendanGodley: #OA paper:Captive breeding& trial #reintroduction -yellow-spotted mountain #newt #ESR Pls RT https://t.co/74RqFMzIMi htt…
MariaBeger RT @WSF2017: Sections of #GreatBarrierReef Suffering frm 'Complete #Ecosystem #Collapse' https://t.co/Q2meEpJiHr by @MikeySlezak https://t.…
MariaBeger An incredible interactive visualisation of global shipping. https://t.co/mWNsQgwIDJ by @k_i_l_n, @UCL_Energy, @ucl #dataviz
MariaBeger Bright spots in the Conversation: reefs w/ higher than expected fish biomass @ARC_CEED @bluecology @Prof_CallumYork https://t.co/Ssk9uRJUqZ
MariaBeger RT @ReefLifeSurvey: Latest Nature issue -on the cover: identifying 'Bright spots' in global reef ecosystems using the global RLS dataset ht…
MariaBeger RT @TrevorABranch: Fisheries researchers and marine reserve advocates must work together more, says @HilbornR https://t.co/rqaVVoGqDr https…
MariaBeger RT @CECHR_UoD: Teenagers Surrounded by Green Are Less Aggressive https://t.co/B3Ow3xivDc #nature for #nurture https://t.co/OyvtaiXqfW
MariaBeger RT @sbekessy: How very depressing https://t.co/vV1NmdDP7g
MariaBeger RT @DianaF1080: Uni of Melbourne fellowship https://t.co/9adRYYI9Vm Also 4 Research Fellows in the new National Centre for Coasts and Clim…
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 @ALERTconserv: Scientists Unite Against Accelerated Habitat Loss in Australia https://t.co/g74Az52Hs2
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AChauvenet RT @ZahraaAhmady: On my Soapbox last Saturday. Bringing science to the streets. @NanomedicineLab @SoapboxScience https://t.co/mwvFKBaZ5E
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AChauvenet RT @ARC_CEED: MT @HugePossum: Anti-trawling reefs is the most cost-effective way to save #Mediterranean #seagrass beds. https://t.co/0UXL67
AChauvenet RT @DCC_AU: A fantastic role with @Swinburne- a family-friendly,flexible employer! https://t.co/JOdQgDgQ6Q @WomenSciAUST https://t.co/0NUS3
AChauvenet RT @timeshighered: The 10 commandments for influencing policymakers: https://t.co/31z9vBnOyU https://t.co/kEnhnjwfnn
AChauvenet RT @AlanLewCh: DEFRA Hen Harrier Plan not working - RSPB withdraws support. @MarkAvery https://t.co/UOkwYzyvCN
AChauvenet RT @Wingtags: Bad news for Australia's largest Cockatoo - mining threatening habitat @ParrotOfTheDay @ANUFennerSchool @scienceANU https://…
AChauvenet RT @ICCS_updates: Your opportunity to feed into new policy around #biodiversity in the UK. https://t.co/8KdODf0D7t
AChauvenet RT @megcevans: Also adding sweetheart, darling (other women often call me these), "too emotional", irrational etc #womeninscience https://t…
NRMecon Our awesome lab at UQ! @UQ_News https://t.co/w9FWEbFJmH
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NRMecon RT @jgeldmann: Answer a few questions on: "Social equity matters in protected areas" for exciting study https://t.co/vdnfHXvzjw @Macroeco
NRMecon RT @AcademicsSay: How to find typos: 1. Click submit
NRMecon RT @jubak: Have your say! Govt asks for your opinion on the future of #biodiversity following #brexit https://t.co/4PjPiPcHWU
NRMecon @CarlaWildlife sorry for the spam Carla, meant to tag @ARC_CEED
NRMecon RT @Oceana: Women play a huge (often overlooked) role in subsistence fishing around the world https://t.co/JuHBI2fVRQ https://t.co/j9xOReO0
biodiversityBD Howard Raiffa, Mathematician Who Studied Decision Making, Dies at 92 https://t.co/7Vb0ejCks5
biodiversityBD Thanks #SCBO2016 for a week of stimulating discussions and presentations! Great work organising Vanessa Adams :-)
biodiversityBD Hamish McCallum @Griffith_ENV shows that Devil Facial Tumour affects the FITTEST individuals!?!? #SCBO2016
biodiversityBD Veronica Gama @ARC_CEED on importance of migratory status in determining threat status.Two hummingbirds could be upgraded to threatened!
biodiversityBD RT @stigner_: Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat! https://t.co/wCn
biodiversityBD Nice talk @stigner_ ! Need some space for migratory shorebirds to eat before long journey to Asia. Some dog free beaches needed #SCBO2016
biodiversityBD RT @RobHarcourt: Brendan Kelaher deconstructs the political bias that harmed NSW marine parks #SCBO2016 https://t.co/nzn2Z0h8AQ
biodiversityBD Getting good feels from "conservation goes viral" session at #SCBO2016. Thanks @MorenaMills and speakers for a positive discussion!
biodiversityBD RT @MatgoStyles: @rosie A breathtaking video showing how many people came out in London to support Orlando. https://t.co/HbUsAf0T2Y
MattHHolden RT @HugePossum: Land clearing is still the greatest cause of extinctions - and leaves a huge extinction debt for future generations https:/…
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MattHHolden @kerrie_a_wilson @abcnews also words to avoid when writing women academic letters of rec: hard-working, caring ... https://t.co/LTBelSYCUX
MattHHolden Very cool #research idea on #manuscript flow and #publishing in #ecology by Tim Paine cant wait to read the results https://t.co/hbCuBvtRB0
MattHHolden RT @Bill_Sutherland: Recently established cougars in South Dakota save $1.1 million annually in collision costs with deer. Cons Lett. https…
MattHHolden Noam Levin discusses quantifying land use change from historical maps & GIS at @ARC_CEED seminar @SalitKark https://t.co/XsDjVoG1B8
MattHHolden Interesing argument, using #evolution, to explain why we shouldn't speed near #pedestrians by @DrJuneAndrews https://t.co/4DybV4K6xC
MattHHolden RT @SofiaLop11: Learning how maths and models are very useful for #conservation. Thanks to Eve @X_EDLab, Matt @MattHHolden! https://t.co/Sc
MattHHolden RT @RichardMcLellan: Sadly ... on our doorstep ... "A vast underwater forest is roasting to death" https://t.co/xyxcbwxgzp #ClimateChange h…
cdkuempel RT @hannahchoppie: Our #Arctic #shorebird paper gets a shoutout in @NatureClimate! #climatechange = big declines in breeding habitat https:…
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cdkuempel RT @MaseykF: Chatting to future conservation scientists. SCB Brisbane at UQ Market Day @SCBBrisUQ @CEED @SCBOceania https://t.co/FDZDHpiEi9
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cdkuempel RT @newscientist: Deepest-ever reef survey by divers discovers new fish species https://t.co/IEDgHHavnK https://t.co/OzdfH3a59t
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cdkuempel Come on @Migaloo1 make it up to the Sunshine Coast by Thurs! Would be so cool to see https://t.co/GlHwSOciAa
cdkuempel RT @YumMusings: No more rats: New Zealand to exterminate all introduced predators #invasivespecies #conservation https://t.co/k6fvupVuIe @M
cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: Conservation and ecology journal ranks for 2015 https://t.co/HFzUs54rHb via @conservbytes
cdkuempel Come say hi tomorrow at market day and here about our great #UQ club! https://t.co/cMxBVLNAQG
cdkuempel RT @BrendanGodley: Young people put their Vision for Nature. Please Read, RT and talk about this! https://t.co/vYWKAmTjh1 https://t.co/6ysa
cdkuempel RT @RichardMcLellan: Planet Earth, the half-empty zoo https://t.co/W1NEsyz0NQ 2014 Living Planet Report #biodiversity -52% https://t.co/eE
kwekings Next @floramalesiana symposium in Borneo in 2019, but where in Borneo?
kwekings "When in doubt, say Euphorbiaceae" originator is dedication incarnate, stands from wheelchair to talk @fmalesiana10 https://t.co/RVoil0T75z
kwekings #Pterospermum javanicum paraphylectic, Malayan and #floraSG taxon to be renamed; lancifolium is grewiifolium instead: Ganesan @fmalesiana10
kwekings Oldfield: 25% of IUCN red spp. are trees, should be allocated with 25% of spp. conservation resources? @fmalesiana10 https://t.co/yO40J02Leh
kwekings Phrase "Think global, act local" actually came from a Scottish botanist #fmalesiana10 takeaways https://t.co/jKnrcWt7JF
kwekings Retweeted floramalesiana10 (@fmalesiana10): Latest vol. of Flora Malesiana on Lythraceae has been recently... https://t.co/Fq541ELBkY
kwekings Retweeted floramalesiana10 (@fmalesiana10): Dr Saw Leng Guan has been awarded the Botanics Medal for his... https://t.co/iFYLdX4grb
kwekings RT @fmalesiana10: Latest vol. of Flora Malesiana on Lythraceae has been recently published with Lamiaceae & Alangiaceae next expected https…
kwekings RT @fmalesiana10: Dr Saw Leng Guan has been awarded the Botanics Medal for his contribution to taxonomy and work in the region https://t.co
BonMappin No more eating bluefin tuna. Ever. If you want to eat tuna choose skipjack, a fast-growing species. https://t.co/7ERjSTSKYQ
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BonMappin RT @mongabay: Sri Lanka set to become first nation to protect all mangroves ~ https://t.co/SI706FLbUC #WorldMangroveDay
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BonMappin RT @cyclonewatson: great article by @jamesecology on what is needed to save one of Southern Africa's conservation jewels https://t.co/gZT3y
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BonMappin RT @OECD: #Chile plans the largest marine reserve in the Americas, w/Nazca-Desventuradas park; read https://t.co/tVTyYrEesb https://t.co/UM
BonMappin RT @TSR_Hub: Great interview w/@RadioNational about translocation of 11 endangered southern brown bandicoots. #threatenedspecies https://t…
BonMappin Qld moves towards introducing cash back scheme for #recycling cans and containers @UQ_News https://t.co/iGGI4e1WUl
BonMappin RT @globalforests: #DidYouKnow: #SouthKorea doubled its tree cover through a #restoration program? Click here to learn more https://t.co/5
BonMappin RT @OECD_ENV: Is your city walkable? Watch: reasons to #walkitout : https://t.co/pIRspjvStJ https://t.co/JePBpDq7Hm
mainambui Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat! https://t.co/c64fdYp6RL
mainambui RT @JoshuaCinner: How coral reefs can thrive in the Anthropocene https://t.co/pptsbtspvT
mainambui Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs https://t.co/62Ik39mNVr
mainambui Impact on illegal trade of Kenya’s ivory burning should be measured: UQ scientists https://t.co/BgsYcWAREK
mainambui #PLOSONE: Modeling Reef Fish Biomass, Recovery Potential, and Management Priorities in the Western Indian Oce ... https://t.co/aXU0dkvKi9
mainambui #mdpiremotesensing Designing Climate-Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks by Combining https://t.co/ExBbd6Q45O
mainambui RT @EricHolthaus: The warmth of Earth’s oceans is now literally off the charts. https://t.co/XfWVi5DcGQ https://t.co/g1orZHHXbL
mainambui New study tackles conflicting goals in the Coral Triangle http://t.co/PpZWQe8wgd via @physorg_com
mainambui A Fisherman and Conservationist: A Kenyan Fisherman Restores Corals for 40 Years http://t.co/Ry48qx8t28 via @NatGeo
mainambui Dbytes #206 (4 August 2015): http://t.co/OxCJZM3hdm
j_a_mcgowan @ChrisOCEARCH- I profile the @OCEARCH program's public outreach impact in this paper. @MaryLeeShark https://t.co/CnniZ3QBov
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j_a_mcgowan RT @sebpardo: Shark telemetry peeps, please read this ASAP!!! https://t.co/yZremExqDV
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j_a_mcgowan RT @seamap: First #IMCC4 workshop starting soon @MemorialU! Marxan course for conservation planners by @j_a_mcgowan & @PacMARA https://t.co
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j_a_mcgowan RT @fiskeforbrains: In relation to conservation & the use of telemetry data this paper by @j_a_mcgowan is worth reading in depth! https://t…
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j_a_mcgowan RT @ellycknight: A framework for assessing whether animal-borne telemetry is necessary for conservation management https://t.co/AtpLqjtFsL
j_a_mcgowan RT @ARC_CEED: Animal-borned telemetry can improve ecological understandinf of endangered spp, but is it worth the time & money? https://t.c…
j_a_mcgowan RT @fiskeforbrains: Going to spend my morning reading this...looks like a good one. https://t.co/4Ah2pUxlnO
j_a_mcgowan RT @jamesburnham: 47 variables across 56 lakes over 5 years to say that 3 species of #waterbirds are correlated to ... (wait for it) wat…
j_a_mcgowan RT @jamesburnham: Nice to see the accepted paper from @j_a_mcgowan hit the internets so soon after her talk at #NACCB2016 ! https://t.co/L4
MorenaMills RT @Oceana: Women play a huge (often overlooked) role in subsistence fishing around the world https://t.co/JuHBI2fVRQ https://t.co/j9xOReO0
MorenaMills RT @HugePossum: The Nature Conservancy is looking for a lead economist to help them save the planet https://t.co/CxzPWSFgT3
MorenaMills RT @Mike_Mascia: Premium for certified organic drives farm practices. Why not other eco-certification schemes? https://t.co/E9HAB74X1x #org
MorenaMills RT @bec_colvin: Religion balances out conservatism in shaping environmental consumer behaviours https://t.co/vvPGcwzc7v @KirstiJylhae @Mark
MorenaMills RT @rini_rants: .@LucHoffmannInst is looking for a science-policy expert for a short term consultancy https://t.co/GOW5gEtZ1b
MorenaMills RT @glennalthor: My wonderful and talented lab mate @cromerodd just gave a fantastic talk on wolf conflicts & conservation #SCBO2016 https:…
MorenaMills #LMMA network recognised for their amazing conservation & resource management achievements in the Pacific #SCBO2016 https://t.co/YxSJUrdsfs
MorenaMills Congrats @JaszzyJas for the best student presentation award at #SCBO2016 !!! https://t.co/HOUqoFrZY9
MorenaMills Gama: Bird threat assessment need better data on migration for good conservation decisions #SCBO2016 https://t.co/715fou85TJ
MorenaMills Romero: wolf conservation has social impacts. We need conflict resolution mechanisms #scbo2016 https://t.co/PsOaYsaEDo
HugePossum RT @qldscience: .@DrMaggieHardy joins Qlders in Conversation 4Aug to talk land & farming Book: https://t.co/vX8DP5FVTc @slqld https://t.co/
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HugePossum RT @teamswiftparrot: These guys literally just cut down a swifty nest tree and stole our cameras https://t.co/a9aSSfs9Dg
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HugePossum Land clearing is still the greatest cause of extinctions - and leaves a huge extinction debt for future generations https://t.co/eqRfOOFLX2
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HugePossum RT @UQ_News: What does #PokemonGo mean for wildlife conservation? #UQ's @CarlaWildlife&@megcevans discuss https://t.co/c9ChwQW3BG https://t…
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HugePossum RT @ConservResearch: Lectureship in conservation at @BangorUni https://t.co/pI1zGwbYBy Great team, great location, great place to work!
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HugePossum RT @fiskeforbrains: @j_a_mcgowan @HugePossum had a proper read today: very interesting+ raises lots of points that ill have to go away & gr…
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HugePossum RT @PetrelStation: The excitement dust settles & the realities of achieving #PFNZ are aired #conservation https://t.co/Z0hCBThJKS https://t…
HugePossum RT @ocean_wealth: Mangroves store carbon, make fish, attract tourists & protect communities. https://t.co/9ZHK3myA4r #WorldMangroveDay http…
HugePossum Conservation and ecology journal ranks for 2015 https://t.co/HFzUs54rHb via @conservbytes
HugePossum RT @MarkSpeakman: NSW gov't makes $1m investment to protect endangered #SwiftParrot in Central Coast, Riverina https://t.co/iBpfn1yAnV http…
RKRunting Great new #ECR paper on incorporating socio-ecological systems into restoration planning https://t.co/wT8U7KcnSZ @ARC_CEED
RKRunting Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat! https://t.co/BebIpzDRcN
RKRunting RT @megcevans: New paper by the always impressive Jessie Wells: mapping impacts and perceptions of flooding in #Borneo @emeijaard https://t…
RKRunting Great new paper: #carbon can financially out-compete #OilPalm in floodplain landscapes. https://t.co/zftG44fZIn
RKRunting RT @j_r_rhodes: Ecosystem service payments offset conservation costs under sea level rise @RKRunting @CathLovelock @BeyerHawthorne https://…
RKRunting @megcevans Thanks!!!
RKRunting A great new method by @BeyerHawthorne et al for solving #conservation planning problems https://t.co/L0vIVuQXfR. It's super fast & accurate!
RKRunting Which policy option achieves BOTH #biodiversity and #carbon outcomes? Find out https://t.co/djWLQDvK48 @CSIROnews @ARC_CEED @kerrie_a_wilson
RKRunting And thanks for your contribution @LisaAMandle !
RKRunting Turns out we're not forgetful, just outsourcing our memory https://t.co/vpAXwixnBQ via @ConversationUK
christhebirder @gregrobertsqld @staffo_sez the Queensland Ornithological Conference was on Greg. Steve Murphy gave a great talk about Night Parrot ecology
christhebirder @staffo_sezh Happy to chat about it at some point, was a great talk with lots of juicy ecology details
christhebirder GPS tracking confirms Night Parrots do visit water points! #2016QOC
christhebirder There have been 3 Night Parrot nests discovered now! And the one that failed as eggs was predated by Mulga Snake #2016QOC
christhebirder RT @martine_maron: Biodiversity protection can be lost very quickly; we need an independent umpire for the environment: @EuanRitchie1 #SCBO
christhebirder Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat! https://t.co/sJsCQs9q4v
christhebirder RT @PetrelStation: Excellent talk by @TimDoherty_ on invasives predators influence on #extinctions - cant wait for the impending publicatio…
christhebirder RT @MattHHolden: Wanted dead: invasive species control on #straddie Great poster @hgcacerese #SCBO2016 @ARC_CEED @NRMecon @SalitKark https:…
christhebirder RT @drmparrott: @christhebirder Problematic feedback loops for reptiles-great ideas for fixing issues coming from #SCBO2016 https://t.co/3J
vivtulloch @HugePossum we need actions not hotspots maps, translates humans hopes dreams and fears about coral reef management into maths #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Oil palm expansion is huge in tropics - potential massive #ridgetoreef impact on coral reefs @vivtulloch #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Marine protected areas have been key mgmt approach for coral reefs, but don't stop pollution! Need #ridgetoreef mgmt @vivtu
vivtulloch Need to act now with the best data available to guide management action and prevent further reef decline @bluecology #ICRS2016
vivtulloch @bluecology new ridge-to-reef approach solves disconnect btw academic & applied management needs #ICRS2016 https://t.co/RYQOWxEsUc
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Current 'best practice' guidelines for oil palm development not good enough to conserve coral reefs @vivtulloch #ICRS2016 #…
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: We should account for past history of sediment exposure when modelling reef response to land-clearing @vivtulloch #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @OlesonLab: @vivtulloch links palm oil land use to reef degradation finding different response based on reef characteristics #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @ultimatemegs: We can reduce impacts of oil plan but existing best practices ignore ocean impacts #ICRS2016 @vivtulloch https://t.co/D7
vivtulloch RT @j_a_mcgowan: @vivtulloch shows how strategic planning for palm oil can deliver substantial benefits to reefs in PNG. #ICRS2016

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