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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 @PetrelStation: Happy #EarthDay2019! I’m celebrating the awesome force of nature at #NiagaraFalls - we need to do better to protect our…
saverygo RT @ChelseaRochman: For my favorite holiday, #EarthDay, my friend and colleague @DianeOrihel invited me to write a piece with her about #pl
saverygo RT @WordsFromWez: Do yourself a favour folks, at some point this long weekend, take a 30 minute walk and don't allow yourself to think abou…
saverygo RT @DianeOrihel: Just out! “Cities and countries aim to slash plastic waste within a decade” by @ChelseaRochman and me https://t.co/zXdAUEQ
saverygo RT @RicSchuster: Why is this research important? Migratory birds breed in one place, overwinter in another, and have to travel between th…
saverygo RT @TaraGMartin: Thrilled to receive an #NSERCDG award! Thank you @NSERC_CRSNG, reviewers and the panel for supporting my research 'Predict…
saverygo @PetrelStation Yeaaaah I’m fine 👍
saverygo Recap. 1. Send final draft to coauthors! #tinydance 2. Make dinner 3. Use new food processor. 4. Damage digit.👎 5… https://t.co/OuOOJIBEcS
saverygo RT @PetrelStation: #TFW you have an amazing group of collaborators who are keen beans to get things done! @PlasticPEGroup #tinydance (Pin…
MariaBeger RT @CoralReefFish: Today in @sciencemagazine: Protected area targets post-2020: Outcome-based (NOT AREA) targets are needed to achieve biod…
MariaBeger RT @DrTashaBarlow: Thank you to both the @BBCOne and so many outstanding #climate colleagues for such a powerful programme. Feeling quite e…
MariaBeger RT @RMBouton: Hey #sciencetwitter, check out this insanely awesome opportunity! If you're a student pursuing a degree in conservation, ecol…
MariaBeger RT @HugePossum: Expanding our protected area system is considered the cornerstone of nature conservation, but have we forgotten to invest e…
MariaBeger RT @JezRoff: Octopus gets eaten alive by a school of leatherjackets #predatorpreysunday https://t.co/c0z1348nrQ
MariaBeger RT @ProfTerryHughes: A hectare of reef habitat in reasonable condition has about half a million corals larger than 1-2cm in size..... there…
MariaBeger @JezRoff I know what their sewage outfall looks like... it happened to be on my transect. Lots of fish!
MariaBeger RT @HugePossum: The modern face of environmental problem-solving - @nature_org @TheWCS @nceas - join us in trying to save the planet with…
MariaBeger RT @Aurore_Maureaud: Some great PhD positions at DTU Aqua and the Centre for Ocean Life, deadlines soon! @DTUtweet @OceanLifeCentre #Ecolog
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 @thesiswhisperer: One of the best academic #quitlit threads I’ve read. Thank you for your honesty Chris https://t.co/UwqDyUW0Nl
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AChauvenet RT @marmotqueen: My department is recruiting a permanent researcher in ecology & biodiversity - apply if you're interested in pollination e…
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AChauvenet RT @ayeshatulloch: Want to know how to include infrastructure impacts into cons planning + strategic #EIA? See our new @ConLetters paper- w…
AChauvenet RT @TimBlackburn66: “Forests are my cathedrals” https://t.co/r2u9MY6uk5
AChauvenet @cdkuempel Already?! You rock! Well done @cdkuempel
AChauvenet RT @ellle_em: While we mourn Notre Dame remember how often this kind of thing happens and how often it is ignored because it's happening to…
AChauvenet @UQ_News @nicole__nelson @PsychToday @UQHealth @UQPsych Hey @UQ_News, I think you have the wrong Barnaby Dixson! Co… https://t.co/6HprrtJSOr
AChauvenet RT @BonMappin: Almost a third of terrestrial ecoregions, across all seven biogeographical realms, 12 biomes, and 114 countries, have a shor…
AChauvenet RT @jesswade: A/Prof Katie Bouman first learned about the @ehtelescope whilst at high school. Her algorithm, Continuous High-resolution Ima…
AChauvenet @DrNatOsborne @cooke_ben12 Put me down for a couple of hours worth! Hope you get some interest :)
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 @MathBioPaul Hmmm ... interesting. Have you ever seen this at a maths, or ecology conference? Maybe SACNAS is being… https://t.co/lRLBG9j9uP
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MattHHolden @MathBioPaul I've never seen someone kicked out at a single talk. The usual practice of conferences not making a bi… https://t.co/i21Al9l7h2
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MattHHolden Great modern applications of multivariable #calculus. This thread is a great resource for teachers Ping… https://t.co/XzVuo6Sddp
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MattHHolden @MathBioPaul I’ve been to many conferences where the coolest/most popular field trips (clearly planned by local uni… https://t.co/d4RrzC6hGW
MattHHolden @MathBioPaul One option would be to heavily reduce fees for volunteers. Faculty/students volunteering to create soc… https://t.co/6r1hcTwoQL
MattHHolden RT @ayeshatulloch: Want to know how to include infrastructure impacts into cons planning + strategic #EIA? See our new @ConLetters paper- w…
MattHHolden RT @Rainmaker1973: Crown shyness, the phenomenon in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, is usually shown from…
MattHHolden Paraphrased quote from Herb Childress - ht Andrew Krause from the comments of @DynamicEcology
MattHHolden Scholars make an entire career finding issues in perceived settled knowledge, carve out tiny bubbles at the edge of… https://t.co/gAI7BDbF2o
MattHHolden RT @stevenstrogatz: Paul Greengard was a Nobel-prize winning neuroscientist who helped reveal how brain cells talk to each other chemically…
cdkuempel RT @JoeWalston_WCS: Pick your graphic, but the numbers remain staggering. https://t.co/rDoU1ow7qG
cdkuempel RT @grantstent: By 2050, 70% of our seafood will be from farmed sources. Really important that a. This is globally acknowledged and b. We c…
cdkuempel RT @RLadiesSB: Our next event is on May 15th, 2019 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at @nceas! Join us for an "Intro to the tidyverse" for data wrangli…
cdkuempel My postdoc transition has brought a lot of challenges (many of them personal), but I just submitted my first ms fro… https://t.co/APxqHw4T9n
cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: Expanding our protected area system is considered the cornerstone of nature conservation, but have we forgotten to invest e…
cdkuempel RT @BonMappin: Almost a third of terrestrial ecoregions, across all seven biogeographical realms, 12 biomes, and 114 countries, have a shor…
cdkuempel @PetrelStation That’s what the ad would look like for my remaining PhD chapters too 😣
cdkuempel @PetrelStation You’re really selling this position 😂
cdkuempel RT @socketwench: I don't want self driving cars. I want boring things like public transit that comes so regularly I don't need to check a…
cdkuempel RT @aatishb: Absolutely delightful TED talk by Katie Bouman explaining how you can take a picture of a black hole https://t.co/62SDFEGDcO
kwekings The work of Alan Krueger and his colleagues challenged a bedrock belief of labour economics: they showed that raisi… https://t.co/Kv0skXeBli
kwekings NUS #LSM and #BES #FYP #poster day 28 Mar (Thu) @ UHall link bridge https://t.co/ieBb4pT2NN
kwekings RT @JEcology: New on the blog: our blog editor @PierreMariotte shares some thoughts and his personal experiences on what it means to be an…
kwekings RT @DLNarango: Check out our new paper in @PNASNews! With help from DC-area homeowners we found that your yard needs at least 70% #nativepl
kwekings RT @xingli_giam: Looking for talented and driven MS/PhD students to join my lab and the Conserv Sci initiative @UTK_EEB. Potential topics:…
kwekings RT @JEcology: Thinking about writing a review paper? Read 'The anatomy of an excellent review paper' by @panemma published in @FunEcology f…
kwekings Check out the .gif showing an R function being called in an Excel cell https://t.co/RvBCNOuvzV
kwekings Academia should aim "to improve society, not chase citations" nor grant money/patents https://t.co/Hy25ZeipPo
kwekings Education for the future https://t.co/QWBGceda9H
kwekings Meat consumption, health, and the environment: a review https://t.co/vstrX0QyX1
BonMappin Almost a third of terrestrial ecoregions, across all seven biogeographical realms, 12 biomes, and 114 countries, ha… https://t.co/pO414uxkOz
BonMappin @oschoettker @ConLetters Thanks! Glad to hear you found it interesting!
BonMappin RT @GreeningAust: A study commissioned by the Federal Department of Environment found that regenerative management practices "have the pote…
BonMappin RT @WCSNewsroom: Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target | Important new paper in @ConLetters https://t.co/SYDoA
BonMappin RT @ConLetters: Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target by @BonMappin et al. https://t.co/0H6jYvXHJi #Ecologica
BonMappin RT @sccs_aus: Last chance to register and submit your abstract for #SCCSAus2019! Registration closes next week (Feb 28th). With inspiration…
BonMappin Scientists investigation into the cause of mass fish kills #MurrayDarling finds excess water extraction upstream i… https://t.co/m0u9Ec7D7u
BonMappin RT @wellcometrust: The #malaria data re-use prize will support researchers who can generate a new insight, tool, or health application from…
BonMappin RT @saverygo: Across the globe thousands of species are #endangered - but $$ for #conservation is limited. Managers face some very tough de…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Expanding our protected area system is considered the cornerstone of nature conservation, but have we forgotten to invest e…
mainambui RT @wiomsa: Job Opportunity: Co-funded MQ DVCR and WIOMSA Postdoctoral Fellowship! This position is tailored towards an enterprising Postd…
mainambui @wiomsa & @macquarie_uni are recruiting a postdoctoral research fellow within the themes of science and policy, pri… https://t.co/3E0Gus50Hn
mainambui RT @wiomsa: Video and article from the GIS training workshop currently taking place in Mauritius. Une formation sur les données spatiales d…
mainambui RT @UNEnvironment: We need marine protected areas 🌊 To avoid overfishing To allow degraded oceans to recover To build resilience to #clima
mainambui RT @EnvScMQ: Our Spatial Information expert Maina Mbui (@mainambui) and Will Farebrother are currently in stunning Mauritius teaching a #GI
mainambui #mdpiremotesensing Earth Observation Technology Applied to Coral Reefs https://t.co/jmAOeIEBQl @RemoteSens_MDPI
mainambui Madagascar agrees to a 10 year fisheries agreement with Chinese consortium https://t.co/KfOF0RosB6
mainambui RT @EnvScMQ @wiomsa @NCSecretariat New paper published in @MEPS_IR shows incorporating management feasibility & col… https://t.co/eFDx3iZ6sb
mainambui RT @HighSeasAllianc: In 1982, the UN adopted the Convention on the Law of the Sea, but left the #highseas free from restrictions. Now, nego…
j_a_mcgowan RT @AustMarConsSoc: "Sustainably sourced fish will be top of the menu in some of Australia’s best restaurants after 40 well-known chefs sig…
j_a_mcgowan RT @eatguineapigs: Expanding protected areas seems like a conservation no brainer, but often the best investment is better protecting the a…
j_a_mcgowan RT @charlottekaiser: I love the ocean. I’m supporting The Nature Conservancy to create marine conservation plans that work for nature and t…
j_a_mcgowan RT @MarkTercek: Last night @nature_org’s Blue Bond proposal was named an #AudaciousProject (part of @TEDTalks). I am very proud of the team…
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: Expanding our protected area system is considered the cornerstone of nature conservation, but have we forgotten to invest e…
j_a_mcgowan @RubenPortasP @MendelsonImages You may find this forum piece in @JAppliedEcology helpful. We discuss this issue and… https://t.co/CUsrqbikl9
j_a_mcgowan RT @WCSNewsroom: STUDY: Scientists Say World’s Protected Areas Need a Re-Boot https://t.co/GcUMhBzm5U @TheWCS @UQ_News @cyclonewatson https…
j_a_mcgowan #Marxan continues to inform planning of the land and sea. See it’s latest application for a high seas network of MP… https://t.co/gZNNEMbEjR
j_a_mcgowan RT @juliapgjones: Yeah! The wonderful EJ Miller Gulland will get the SCB distinguished service award. She is SUCH a fabulous scientist, eff…
j_a_mcgowan RT @JendallKones: @jamesecology's new paper presents a conservation plan that considers the complex geopolitics of the Nile basin. Great re…
MorenaMills RT @cicawey: As principais causas do desmatamento no Brasil: gado, plantações e especulação de terra https://t.co/1ZqAyEKXg1 via @mongabay_
MorenaMills RT @HugePossum: Expanding our protected area system is considered the cornerstone of nature conservation, but have we forgotten to invest e…
MorenaMills RT @meredithgore: #Illegal #ivory in the #UK: what do #traders need to comply with #regulations? Food for thought about some #stakeholders
MorenaMills @MatildaDunn_ Happy birthday!!!
MorenaMills RT @MayorofLondon: A world first today — our Ultra Low Emission Zone is now in effect in central London, making our air safer for everyone.…
MorenaMills RT @gotonura: Striking figures from @sciencemagazine : Just 1% scientists (~150K)publish a paper/year! They have name on 41% of pubs!! V.…
MorenaMills RT @EJMilnerGulland: Must-view: We can change the world for the better with #renewables, less #meat, #ocean management, #rewilding, if we o…
MorenaMills RT @FLAREglobal: Have a collaborative research project you want to share? Want to have debates with colleagues on similar topics? Consider…
MorenaMills RT @Steve__Kelly: Cuttlefish = not fish Starfish = not fish Jellyfish = not fish Silverfish = not fish Shellfish = not fish Seahorse = fish
MorenaMills RT @SCB_SSWG: Call for Nominations: SCB Social Science Working Group Board due by 13 April, 2019. Please consider nominating someone or run…
HugePossum RT @sydnets: So what do we think, NSW? "If the people of NSW want biodiversity, it's time they picked up the cheque." https://t.co/Mr0CkQ
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HugePossum RT @nature_org: Thank you, @Microsoft for helping us to protect the world's forests! https://t.co/EB5Lp4ce1e
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HugePossum RT @Rob_SalGo: In this @PNASNews paper led by @DaliaAConde we evidence the lack of demographic data, even among charismatic taxa https://t.…
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HugePossum RT @CropLifeIntl: "Improving the efficiency of #agriculture per hectare reduces the pressure to clear more land for agriculture" - @HugePos
HugePossum RT @wing_threads: Happy #WorldCurlewDay! Today aims to raise awareness for all Curlew species and encourage activities to help them, like…
HugePossum RT @jamisonervin: Lovely article by @MargaretRenkl on nurturing #nature by neglecting lawns. Imagine if instead of dumping pesticides on ou…
HugePossum RT @justinehausheer: Can we better conserve our ecosystems and biodiversity by placing an economic value on them? Listen to @HugePossum dis…
HugePossum RT @j_r_rhodes: Come and work with Brett Day, @KatrinaJDavis and @j_r_rhodes on environmental decision making under uncertainty. PhD Schola…
HugePossum RT @UQ_CBCS: Bio Acoustics and understanding the calls of the south-east subspecies of the red-tailed black cockatoos with @daniteixeira___
HugePossum RT @Rob_SalGo: In a couple of wks we'll be releasing new versions of @compadreDB @comadreDB. Get ready for thousands of matrix population m…
RKRunting @ResPlat @unimelb @nikkirubinstein Thanks for the opportunity to participate in a wonderful initiative #ResBaz
RKRunting How does #forest sparing vs sharing stack up against improving management in tropical forests? Our new paper shows… https://t.co/nxHQqaFMVf
RKRunting RT @brettabryan: If you are a senior researcher interested in working with a great team on simulating Australian land-use change and it's i…
RKRunting Excited to announce I will be joining the School of Geography at @unimelb as a Lecturer in Spatial Science from Jan… https://t.co/ZT1TveYMKM
RKRunting RT @ARC_CEED: How #economic theory can help maximise benefits and decrease risk in #conservation planning. https://t.co/fjCJ8gsgIJ @RKRunti
RKRunting RT @j_a_mcgowan: New paper: Addressing transboundary conservation challenges through marine spatial prioritization in Cons Bio. We examined…
RKRunting I really enjoyed participating in the @ARC_CEED twitter conference today #CEEDTC2018! To commemorate the occasion,… https://t.co/FEI9DHzmIi
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology In the future we are also looking at using diff… https://t.co/50O8k8FDFs
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology We applied a whole range of different risk aver… https://t.co/YBfth2apPj
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 @ayeshatulloch: I’m helping @Science_Academy to understand use of Aus data ecosystem: if ur an Aus researcher pls let me know if you use…
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: "Effective conservation requires science-based decisions" New feature from @GMMace highlights how evidence should inform wh…
vivtulloch Best “in the field” photo used for media ever...snorkeling in New Caledonia https://t.co/4ZiG8aCgeu via @abcnews
vivtulloch RT @RobHarcourt: A year of #Discovery- #seals A’s #oceanographers revealing the secrets of the Southern Ocean ⁦@IMOSAnimalTrack⁩ ⁦@SydneyM
vivtulloch RT @oceana: #URGENT: Use your voice to help #DefendMarineMammals. Tell your member of Congress: Defend whales, dolphins and other marine m…
vivtulloch @redlipblenny I think I need to get there! Only 2 hours drive from where I live now!
vivtulloch @PaulineSkarrott @m_dimarco There is very little data on the extent of micro plastics in Antarctic waters and the i… https://t.co/ca6JIDMPyC
vivtulloch Check out the video by @CSIROnews of our new research linking climate change with future whale and krill declines.… https://t.co/fBI6Iz2uOK
vivtulloch @CSIROnews Research conducted by @vivtulloch and @bluecology!
vivtulloch Great blog on our new research linking whales, krill and climate change #CSIRO https://t.co/0caiQd9zn0
rubenvli RT @MattIDCarter: New #OA research out today in @SciReports. Sex and region differences in the ontogeny of early-life at-sea behaviours in…
rubenvli @m_pasku @ARC_CEED Hi Marta, you can find it here https://t.co/GNuJLngRv0
rubenvli RT @j_a_mcgowan: Best practice for using marine IBAs in spatial prioritisation new @ConLetters research from @ARC_CEED @DICE_Kent https://t…
rubenvli RT @BrendanGodley: Pls RT. Can companies eg @sainsburys be influenced by RT's of images of ridiculous excessive #plastic ? Aubergines have…
rubenvli RT @HugePossum: If you thought natural world heritage sites were safe, think again @cyclonewatson @jamesecology https://t.co/4S0ORdUDLf
rubenvli Complementing expert priorities and stakeholder preferences for marine management of Moreton Bay #MBQR2016.@NRMecon https://t.co/Oh0jMVVbOL
rubenvli RT @JAppliedEcology: Coarse spatial resolutions ⬇ commission errors in species ranges but ⬆ #conservation planning costs https://t.co/Jp8y7

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