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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 @vivtulloch: My new paper w/ all-star cast of #women-only coauthors highlights rapid approach for #ecosystem-based #riskassessment of cu…
saverygo RT @yoon_ad: me still working on a paper from data collected back in 2016 https://t.co/wGuhjyi3mu
saverygo @smacmccreanor I tuned in for bird content. You don’t disappoint. https://t.co/ZckpZRQpUJ
saverygo Field work last week was great - beautiful location, great crew. We didn’t catch as many eiders as we’d hoped but t… https://t.co/7xHPzVE9im
saverygo I stopped monitoring #COVID19 news while I was in the field for a week, and now I learn we have even more Omicron s… https://t.co/UdzCukmE6W
saverygo RT @RicSchuster: New paper by @UNBC's Kristen Hirsh-Pearson et al. A useful tool for #conservation work in #Canada: Nation wide 300m resolu…
saverygo RT @smacmccreanor: Choreo by Birds, ft. me and Malia Baker 👌 https://t.co/GmBSdgVOwZ
saverygo Eiders are in decline across the Maritimes. Next week, I'll be helping the team trying to figure out why! We start… https://t.co/iSVlnd6L9X
saverygo RT @MacKnightRox: There is no shame in reversing the mask policy for schools when transmission rates are still high. Kudos to NS, PEI and N…
MariaBeger RT @hullbams: We're hiring! Two permanent positions, one in Biology and one in Zoology, come and join our team! Contact @domino_joyce for m…
MariaBeger RT @JDReimer: Some more Terpios images; MISE is researching the causes of outbreaks in Okinawa. #thishowMISErolls https://t.co/fE4Of729uL
MariaBeger RT @Acanthoplus: Home is where the hollow is: Revealing vertebrate tree hollow user biodiversity with eDNA metabarcoding https://t.co/4zt2C
MariaBeger RT @JDReimer: #Marinelitter along #seawalls is a serious issue in Okinawa, given that >60% of the coastline is altered/landfilled/concreted…
MariaBeger RT @bluecology: There's been a lot of attention on biodiversity maps recently, most recently on the importance of mapping uncertainty in th…
MariaBeger @seebeneathesea You need to test your gear! Then yes 🤣
MariaBeger RT @_Seasearch: A busy summer of @_Seasearch survey diving is well on its way. If you want to get involved, there are plenty of trips hap…
MariaBeger RT @seebeneathesea: Best way to spend the weekend? Going diving and on adventures with puppies! See you guys soon! @MariaBeger @BettyBoyse
AChauvenet @EuanRitchie1 I feel the same. So much anxiety about Saturday!
AChauvenet RT @KateHelmstedt: Took a mental health break in my workday to pre-poll to vote out the PM 😍😍😍 I made sure my vote counts for the climate b…
AChauvenet RT @china_geography: Do this survey on academic workload and weep for your employment conditions https://t.co/vb1GHajZ0r
AChauvenet RT @ElisaBayra: My official guide for my first time elections this Saturday: How to preference your ballot so you VOTE SCOTT OUT! | First…
AChauvenet RT @AlannaCollen: From my crappy position of widowed wisdom, I offer you these six life insurance tips: #planif 1/9 @Ben_Collen @CBNtweets
AChauvenet RT @WaspWoman: In Jan 2020 I started a book about wasps. It's out on 26 May. It's not been easy. I worried no-one'd want to read about was…
AChauvenet RT @jsplorimer: We are recruiting! 3 new social science postdocs to join the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery at Oxford. Come and joi…
AChauvenet RT @markhumphries: For an even longer list than Tracy Grimshaw’s, there’s this.
AChauvenet RT @adele_pavlidis: Proud to support @SkateAustralia today #IDAHOBIT in releasing this statement. #putpeoplefirst @indigowilling @sportaust
AChauvenet @ElisaBayra @Ecomares_ONG @saunders_meg @HugePossum Thanks for sharing your story! What a brilliant human being you are🤩
biodiversityBD @UniofOxford Oxford is a hoax! There's no such thing as WIZARDS!
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.
MattHHolden RT @LongFormMath: The fact that this tweet resonated with sooo many people is precisely why I started writing math textbooks. They need to…
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MattHHolden @VKaratayev I know from experience that there is a good chance it isn’t an author of that paper (although also a go… https://t.co/tsfa1Ooftq
MattHHolden @DrPeterBentley @creativesalam @bethmelv Perhaps, but a PhD is a full time job, so I don’t think that’s a fair comparison.
MattHHolden RT @UQ_CBCS: @HeardGW presents tomorrow's @UQ_CBCS seminar - on 20 years of worrying about #threatenedfrogs. In-person morning tea 10:30am,…
MattHHolden @creativesalam @bethmelv This is true, min wage minus tax is 36k, which is still quite a bit more than a phd stipend.
MattHHolden RT @Curly_Biologist: Finished out my first year of graduate school with a 3.8 GPA and my first B ever in a math course!!!! This is where I…
MattHHolden @AcademicChatter Conventions behind whether data ownership, collection, etc equals authorship varies depending on f… https://t.co/FF4AufD6u6
MattHHolden I realize that the open-access token for this article has expired. You can find a free preprint on the @arxiv at ht… https://t.co/oSYIbKTbcg
MattHHolden @koen_hufkens @thecrobe In my experience this is also not true in Australia or Singapore or China or North America… https://t.co/Fi3L3cYqFN
MattHHolden @AcademicChatter There’s lots of legitimate reasons to do this. One common one being a US student who’d prefer to f… https://t.co/OigtPklozV
cdkuempel @shawan_c @UQ_CBCS @UQscience Congrats Shawan! I honestly have never seen anyone with your dedication and work ethic! Well deserved!
cdkuempel RT @ChristinABuelow: Really looking forward to #nerdingout on #maps and #apps - thanks so much @fishiintheC and @cdkuempel for organising!
cdkuempel RT @RLadiesBrisbane: Join us May 26th to learn about "Mapping interactively with #RShiny" with @ChristinABuelow @Griffith! In-person at QU…
cdkuempel @RLadiesBrisbane @Meetup Ugh we're having so many problems with Meetup! Wish I could help 😬
cdkuempel @fishiintheC Oh no feel better! Great article though - and love the picture of you! Captures you well 😀
cdkuempel RT @turschwell: 💡NEW PAPER 💡 In our new research in @Ecology_Letters we found that the same two stressors applied to an ecosystem under di…
cdkuempel RT @MrEchs: 11 Promises from a Manager: a 🧵 1. We’ll have a weekly 1:1. I’ll never cancel this meeting, but you can cancel it whenever you…
cdkuempel RT @allison_horst: .@brunj7 and I are excited to share the lterdatasampler R pkg! It contains environmental data samples from 8 US Long Ter…
cdkuempel RT @UQ_CBCS: How can we make better #conservation decisions? @jeff_o_hanson of Carleton U, Canada, will discuss it in tomorrow's @UQ_CBCS s…
kwekings RT @straits_times: Learn about Singapore's history through pineapples, coffee and coconuts https://t.co/2EXUIUa96T
kwekings @torvaanser Looks like the sea apple, Syzygium grande
kwekings Here together Sim et al. found that it was because a leakage term was necessary, and the conditions for the Stress… https://t.co/zkySY4Czsb
kwekings They found the conditions where the hypothesis would hold for the nurse plant facilitation sub-model, but perplexin… https://t.co/jxhNJU3WvO
kwekings Lam Weng Ngai and Ryan Chisholm earlier developed a general resource-consumer model resource conversion commensalis… https://t.co/gzBOIMzQ3w
kwekings Sim Hong Jhun's Final Year Project published in Journal of Theoretical Biology! https://t.co/UpYAIJuq6y
kwekings RT @hmlfpereira: How to discuss desirable scenarios for cities using the @IPBES Nature Futures Framework? Recognising multiple values for…
kwekings RT @Martin_A_Nunez: Really Beautiful Text on EO Wilson by Dan Simberloff. “It was a relief that he didn’t mind the criticism and that he c…
kwekings @jackmtchia Wah got free pass!
kwekings @Varanussalvator Impacts of feral cats might just be far less visible, though? Since they're silent killers rather… https://t.co/hFyIc6mJTP
BonMappin The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists is seeking a Program Manager for Healthy Landscapes to oversee our work… https://t.co/rUwg8WwHVW
BonMappin @aithernews The link here is for a previous webinar?
BonMappin Over 100 world leaders, including @ScottMorrisonMP commit to end #deforestation & land degradation by 2030 at… https://t.co/uUMOEa4Rk3
BonMappin RT @naturensw: Land clearing in NSW must end for Australia to meet its new COP26 deforestation pledge https://t.co/fvRSWoRFsU
BonMappin RT @BBCBreaking: First major deal at COP26 climate summit sees 100 nations promise to end deforestation by 2030 and protect "lungs of our p…
BonMappin This week 200 countries are meeting at the @UNBiodiversity #COP15. What does this mean for Australia? Great summary… https://t.co/XwJkaiLzyq
BonMappin RT @NathanielPelle: Next week at #COP15 countries come together to decide whether we'll do what's needed to reverse the biodiversity crisis…
BonMappin This program offers great potential for improving the health of Australia's ecosystems. Our research shows it shoul… https://t.co/P5AR9BvThP
BonMappin Australia can restore 30% of native vegetation cover across almost all degraded ecosystems on Australia’s marginal… https://t.co/s4qdCkLddt
BonMappin RT @martine_maron: Into remote sensing and enviro policy? Brilliant job opportunity to lead a new project working with fabulous people to i…
mainambui RT @Pthoya: 1/3 I am proud to share our recently published paper on the environmental controls and distribution of billfish in the Indian o…
mainambui @freygan Because some of the things u you will struggle with in r as a beginner can be done in 5s in excel
mainambui @freygan Excel is about to become your no.1 enemy of progress
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: With the global push to protect our world’s oceans well underway, a new study led by @Macquarie_Uni researchers looks at how…
mainambui RT @gpaul_savage: Looking for a #postdocjobs position? Australia’s National science agency, @CSIRO, is now hiring. 49 Postdoc positions cur…
mainambui RT @OneEarth_CP: What are the priorities for plant biomass? Hear insights from an outstanding panel of experts @UTAS_ @Macquarie_Uni @Imper
mainambui @JoshuaCinner @steph_dagata @mcleamj @ElizMadin @dbarneche Thanks, @Cinner, SERF provided inspiration
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: Our new paper investigates the role of connectivity on coral reef ecosystem services https://t.co/8wgzkPcenS Last chap…
mainambui @steph_dagata Here is the correct link: https://t.co/PgX8ZrE9xy
mainambui RT @VeraHorigue: New paper out by @EF_Asamoah @mainambui in @NatureClimate shows that 64% of global #ProtectedAreas may experience high ra…
j_a_mcgowan RT @KateHelmstedt: Love maths and sick of watching the environment fall apart? I'm hiring a postdoc! New maths/stats methods for analysing…
j_a_mcgowan RT @pvisconbio: #JobAlert one 2-year position on spatial planning for biodiversity conservation and restoration still open @IIASAVienna. Fo…
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_press: “It’s not just technological fixes, it’s not just shifting away from fossil fuels— we need all of that AND a deeper inves…
j_a_mcgowan RT @sgkearney: Excited to share our new paper quantifying the overlap of threatened species distributions with land tenure across Australia…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GregoireDubois: Annual reminder 😉 My #wildlife pictures can be freely used for no commercial purposes for web sites, reports, social me…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Raabulha: Hoping to produce more Maldives #Datavisualization in 2022. Here is one I made last year, experimenting a #dataviz type to de…
j_a_mcgowan RT @OxfordBiology: We are looking for three (yes THREE) new Associate Professors to join the Department! Closing dates in early Feb 2022. S…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GAhmadia: #jobalert WWF-US is hiring a Marine Conservation Scientist to support #Monitoring and Evaluation in Coastal Ecosystems and Co…
j_a_mcgowan RT @M_Selinske: This is happening today @ICCB2021! Join us 4 - 6 pm GMT for a summary of our presentations followed by a discussion explori…
MorenaMills RT @HarrietIbbett: Hot off the press!📢 Are you a #conservation #researcher who uses Specialised Questioning Techniques to ask about sensit…
MorenaMills RT @juliapgjones: I'm in the process of pulling together a large collaboration for a big grant proposal. This comment on how to pick scient…
MorenaMills RT @InCommonPod: New episode with @mikealbertus about property right gaps in Latin American agrarian reforms: https://t.co/QhrlEAb5NZ
MorenaMills RT @pauljferraro: Conservation Impact Evaluation and Implementation Science Virtual Seminar Series continues on June 7 w/@juliapgjones from…
MorenaMills RT @shaunamahajan: How can we create the right conditions to effectively “dance” with #evidence & make better decisions? Join us this week…
MorenaMills RT @crisbanksleite: This week myself, @MattBetts11, @alex_pigot, Rob Ewers and David Orme published in @Trends_Ecol_Evo an opinion paper on…
MorenaMills RT @Fuentes_MMPB: Come work with us! We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher in marine spatial ecology to jo…
MorenaMills @Bill_Sutherland Congratulations Bill! Very well deserved!
MorenaMills RT @Bill_Sutherland: That was such a curious, entertaining and pleasant afternoon receiving this "For services to evidence-based Conservati…
MorenaMills RT @DrRebeccaShaw: 'Making better decisions' requires creating the right conditions for decision makers to engage with different forms of k…
HugePossum RT @CapsCoalition: From King Cobras to Geckos, 20% of Reptiles Risk Extinction: The first global analysis of its kind found that logging &…
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HugePossum RT @EuanRitchie1: Are you still undecided about how you'll vote but you know that action on climate change and the environment are importan…
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HugePossum RT @EuanRitchie1: What condition is the environment in and how well has government performed in the last ~10 years? If we had the 2021 Stat…
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HugePossum RT @joelgilmore: I also got to spend an amazing morning with Chief Scientist of Queensland @HugePossum, discovering Mistletoe bird toilet b…
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HugePossum RT @DrKatieOConnor: I am VERY pleased to announce that my PhD work exploring #GenomicSelection in #Macadamia has been published in #BMCGeno
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HugePossum @DrKatieOConnor @joelgilmore My next walk is Sunday 29th of May 6:30am at Oxley Creek Common, Rockleigh, Brisbane
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HugePossum RT @nature_AK: We’re sharing a 🧵on new research published by @sophielgilbert, Daniel Eacker, Bonnie Bennetsen, Conor Reynolds and @nature_a
HugePossum RT @blackgull: on media, death of ‘eco-nuance’ and ability to think for ourselves. plus an invite (apologies re length) https://t.co/aDOzq0
HugePossum RT @kirsty_costa: Spoke to some 20 year-old uni students. They confessed that, instead of going to lectures, they go to the library & watch…
HugePossum RT @QWaLC: #Bird Walks in #Brisbane’s Inner West from #Cubberla #Witton Catchment Network upcoming Saturdays with Lyn Cole as guide through…
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: 1/5 Payment for Ecosystem Services have a big potential to protect biodiversity while achieving social and economic benefit…
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: Australia has a rich marine transboundary fauna and the #Escazú agreement can inspire this country to collaborate among nat…
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: The landmark #Escazú Agreement fosters env democracy, cooperation, and human rights in LAC. We propose three mechanisms to…
RKRunting RT @leslieamlwch: Love Thy Neighbour (or at least Collaborate With Thy Neighbour) key for ocean conservation More than 90% of mapped marin…
RKRunting @cdkuempel @AFredston @MariaBeger Not sure if this is what you're looking for but I've done this for coastal wetlan… https://t.co/f8v37D3dTe
RKRunting Funded PhD opportunity! Join me and @ProfLesleyHead at #geogmelb @SciMelb to explore landholder management behavio… https://t.co/33CuVDtvey
RKRunting RT @tessamazor: ⭐️#Newpaper⭐️Urban Areas with High Conservation Potential for #CoastalHabitats in the Tropic-Subtropic Available: https://t…
RKRunting RT @yiwen1987: Excited that our paper is finally out! Find out how telecoupled #EnvironmentalImpacts are embedded within the #SDGs, and wha…
RKRunting RT @JaramarV: We need to consider processes at the landscape scale when assessing ecosystem services, check out the new paper led by @jp_me
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: Attention coffee lovers, you should be also loving bees! Using systematic planning, we show how pollination services can r…
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 @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 @bluecology Thanks Chris - although the actual hard part hasn’t even started yet (the dynamic ecosystem model) - I… https://t.co/DZBPBqFQFi
vivtulloch @ayeshatulloch @mtncypress @TaraGMartin @saverygo and thanks also to co-author @RMartone75 who I couldn't tag yeste… https://t.co/4XFuhcI7ja
vivtulloch RT @RMartone75: Proud of this work with a great group of scientists, applying a rapid #ecosystembased #riskassessment approach to account f…
vivtulloch Cumulative risks of human activities affecting #salmon and their dependent #predators in Canada’s Great Bear Rainfo… https://t.co/rdmD24aoVm
vivtulloch RT @JacobGDRogers: 1st PhD paper! The #GreatBarrierReef is subject to ongoing bleaching and predation by #CoTS. We use #MICE #EcosystemMod
vivtulloch Our ecosystem-based approach accounts for direct and indirect pressures to #salmon- & #herring-linked species… https://t.co/UCpymQqkvg
vivtulloch My new paper w/ all-star cast of #women-only coauthors highlights rapid approach for #ecosystem-based… https://t.co/fvknNcCwL0
vivtulloch @JaramarV @HugePossum If you can get a job in research, the pay is amazing compared to overseas. The truck is getti… https://t.co/RWeCDKvxcR
vivtulloch @AnaKSpalding @united Worst airline ever
rubenvli RT @fsuarezca: After #ClimateChange, poor water quality is one of the most serious threats for coastal ecosystems. We have a new paper wher…
rubenvli RT @Joan_Gimenez: 📢New publication📢"Inequitable #protection of multidimensional biogeochemical regions in the #MediterraneanSea" #MPAs #Mar
rubenvli RT @hcheung7: Banning #wildlifetrade is at the center of the current approach to #rhino #conservation. How effective is this? We surveyed #…
rubenvli RT @ballenaschile: THREAD Are U stressed? Animation by @BedrinanaLuis shows 1 difficult week in the life of 1 #whale. BLUE DOT is 1 whale t…
rubenvli RT @GabbyCarmine: Our recent paper "Who is the high seas fishing industry?" connecting 1,120 corporate actors to ~70% of high seas fishing…
rubenvli RT @Society4ConBio: Just 1 hour of videoconferencing or streaming emits 150-1,000 grams of carbon dioxide (a gallon of gasoline burned from…
rubenvli RT @brettabryan: Wall-to-wall mapping 30 years of Australian land-cover change at 30m resolution via #remotesensing with @GoogleEE. Fantast…
rubenvli RT @MapScaping: This simple gif by Jakub Nowosad shows the effect of the Mercator projection on the real size of continents and countries o…
rubenvli RT @JezRoff: Heavy rains and algal blooms in lakes leads to population explosions of cane toads 🐸💦💉💉 https://t.co/lTxJVQ2GMw

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