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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: Kia ora #ICCB2017! Come see my talk about the impacts of multiple marine threats to #seabirds: Thursday 11.30am in Arse…
saverygo Will be sorry to miss the Ocean Lovers meetup tonight at #ICCB2017! Check it out! @WhySharksMatter
saverygo Making nature and #conservation accessible through #VirtualReality #Drones & #Games - excited for this #ICCB2017 se…
saverygo .@ARC_CEED Director Prof @kerrie_a_Wilson on opportunities for considering return on investment & risk in…
saverygo Live at #ICCB2017: @Kerrie_a_Wilson on integrating social and ecological information into environmental decision ma…
saverygo #iccb2017 Here comes my first attempt with @PeriscopeCo!
saverygo RT @NRMecon: Pick your language of choice. Impressive setup for the opening plenary of #ICCB2017 In Cartagena @ARC_CEED @MorenaMills https:…
saverygo Where is Colombian Biodiversity? Who is in charge? #ICCB2017 #conservation #nature #protectedareas
saverygo Conservation must be interdisciplinary way & incl political + social science- Baptiste plenary at #ICCB2017
saverygo @FancyScientist I hear you!
MariaBeger RT @ReefConsUK: Fancy a #Hogwarts style banquet to celebrate 20 years of @ReefConsUK @ #ECRS2017?? Conf dinner tickets now online! https:/…
MariaBeger RT @ChasingCoral: Why Watching Chasing Coral Can Help Save the Planet. … — @WWF #ChasingCoral #WWF #SaveOurOceans #…
MariaBeger RT @PLOS: New @PLOSPaleo | Why Precambrian life suddenly got big by Dr. Isabel Torres
MariaBeger RT @arieannabalbar: A great article about science communication!
MariaBeger @j_a_mcgowan @RobHarcourt @HugePossum decision point is almost a telemetry-in-conservation journal with heaps of ar…
MariaBeger RT @ARC_CEED: Get excited for July edition of #DecisionPoint! @CarlaWildlife @m_dimarco @laura_mumaw @j_a_mcgowan @DavidLindenmaye https://…
MariaBeger RT @j_a_mcgowan: What is the value of our data for decision-making? A message from the field of animal telemetry ht…
MariaBeger RT @UQ_News: Also on this 1405 Chinese mariner Zheng He set sail to explore the world for the first time
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!
BeyerHawthorne A major problem in conservation planning is finding ways of accounting for myopic reversals of protection. E.g.
BeyerHawthorne Slam on the breaks. We have it all wrong: Tony Abbott adviser warns of threat of 'global cooling'. No, not Apr 1st.
BeyerHawthorne Happy to see a woman has won this years Fields medal for the first time.
AChauvenet RT @cdkuempel: Hi! I'm Caitie & I'm interested in #protectedarea effectiveness & measuring #conservation progress. #meetICCB2017 #ICCB2017
AChauvenet RT @ZSLScience: Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs? #hotdogs #climatechange #Gl
AChauvenet RT @andyjstapleton: Another tenure-track scientist bites the dust #science #career
AChauvenet RT @conservbytes: Two new postdoctoral positions in ecological network & vegetation modelling announced https://t.c…
AChauvenet RT @SarahMDurant: Our article on the global decline in cheetah is now open access, thanks to @PNASNews 6 month open access policy https://t…
AChauvenet RT @UQ_News: #UQ’s Graham Fulton is unlocking the secrets of the boobook owl.
AChauvenet RT @AtheneDonald: Harassment & discrimination towards women can come from women as well as men, as this article makes all too clear https:/…
AChauvenet RT @arielwaldman: Plz help me get the word out about this grant to women/of color doing science/engineering/tech. Email the link & nudge pe…
AChauvenet RT @ConLetters: Presenting at #ICCB2017? @ConLetters & @ConBiology will publish the best research at @ICCB2017 in a special issue! https://…
AChauvenet RT @AmelieSaintonge: If you can, encourage promising young scientists to apply! My URF was career changing, but I wouldn’t have applied wit…
NRMecon #Agriculture is both an enormous threat and an essential habitat for #biodiversity #ICCB2017 #NicholasMacFarlane
NRMecon RT @KevinGSmith2: People equate the word sloth with laziness, but this one was out picking up litter in Parque Centenario. On a Sunday! #IC
NRMecon RT @saverygo: Live at #ICCB2017: @Kerrie_a_Wilson on integrating social and ecological information into environmental decision ma… https://…
NRMecon Get all the details on successful #invasivespecies management tomorrow from 4pm @hgcaceres @HugePossum @ARC_CEED
NRMecon We need to quantify the trade offs between #conservation and #development goals @kerrie_a_wilson @ARC_CEED #ICCB2017
NRMecon RT @ARC_CEED: Visit our #ICCB2017 booth & Learn more about what we do at CEED! #DecisionPoint español available @ICCB2017
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 @Nicki__S #TheProjectTV
biodiversityBD And the winner for "best moustache and dancing gorilla-man" @Eurovision 2017 is... ITALIA!!! Good luck Francesco!!!
biodiversityBD Wow! As a teen, @BrittanyMWenger created a neural network to improve breast cancer diagnosis. So inspiring!
biodiversityBD RT @SenatorMRoberts: How should government spend $5 billion of taxpayer money currently used on green energy
biodiversityBD @YumMusings But we remembered another notable birthday! Right? Right? :-D
biodiversityBD Malthus introduced the geometric growth concept to legitimise removal of social welfare. Iniquitous in social science, indelible in ecology
biodiversityBD @YumMusings oh-mah-gersh, look at him! *gush*
biodiversityBD RT @TaraGMartin: Observed impacts of climate change - from genes to biomes to people @cyclonewatson @BrettScheffers
biodiversityBD RT @TSCommissioner: Awesome to spend time with 300 Australians fighting #extinction driven by invasive species today. Thanks for having me…
MattHHolden .@hgcaceres answers question -how to engage stakeholders? 1. Build trust 2. Ask what they want 3. address their needs. @ARC_CEED #iccb2017
MattHHolden Plan w communities, empower them, increase buy-in, combine w quant analysis to generate better conservation outcome…
MattHHolden 50% of #Colombia protected areas, & 36% of mining concessions are in post-conflict zones. #ICCB2017
MattHHolden #Colombia has 10% of globes #biodiversity, & many armed conflicts, peace may open areas to deforestation…
MattHHolden Conservation in post #conflict zones poses unique challenges & opportunities @duanbiggs #ICCB2017 @ARC_CEED
MattHHolden RT @HugePossum: Australia's proposed marine parks have never been science based - bad planning for nature and people #ICCB2017
MattHHolden RT @verissimodiogo: Lost & Found launched 2 weeks ago to tell tales of rediscovered species. Just got our 1000th visitor!
MattHHolden #ICCB2017 folks - there are also Tamarin #monkeys in El Parque Centenario by the convention center as well!…
MattHHolden RT @ICCB2017: #ICCB2017 attendees - there are sloths in El Parque Centenario near the convention center! #UrbanWildlife
MattHHolden RT @wilsonianwild: Heyo @ICCB2017 Eager to #meetICCB2017 as many interdisc scientists interested in #wildlifetrade as I can! Hit me up - I'…
cdkuempel We need to remove barriers and start asking "what problem do you want to solve?" not "what is your degree" @conservationx #ICCB2017
cdkuempel RT @CarlaWildlife: Jen Chapman is reframing perceptions about lionfish and promoting lionshish fisheries @BlueVentures pic:Lionfish Hunting…
cdkuempel RT @GAhmadia: Carly Cook: does growth equate with progress in protected areas? Indicators beyond total area needed #ICCB2017
cdkuempel RT @DavidGillMarine: Conventional MPA evals are useful, but need matched impact evaluation to talk about causal effects @thinkdeepreef @ICC
cdkuempel RT @CarlaWildlife: Permanent PAs & stewardship on private land will play an important role for conservation in Aus @april_reside #ICCB2017
cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: Pablo Negret provides data showing that armed conflict slows deforestation in Colombia - but there are exceptions #ICCB2017
cdkuempel RT @JCSvenning: Open 2-yr postdoc position on #rewilding in my lab @EcoinfAU - dead-line August 30 #metaanalysis #m
cdkuempel RT @CarlaWildlife: Unprotected areas are such an opportunity for conservation, we need to think beyond the protected area bubble #ICCB2017
cdkuempel Come check out the @ARC_CEED booth at #ICCB2017 Decision point magazine in English AND Spanish, info on our masters…
cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: Australia's proposed marine parks have never been science based - bad planning for nature and people #ICCB2017
kwekings China’s Religious Revival Fuels Environmental Activism
kwekings "...separating shoddy work from solid work is much more straightforward than distinguishing the top 5%..."
kwekings Both positive and negative experiences as mentees help us become better mentors
kwekings The life of Hook.f.
kwekings Oil firms could waste trillions if climate targets reached: report
kwekings Five new species of #Syzygium on Sulawesi
kwekings Retweeted LKCNHM (@lkcnhm): [Nature in SG] Next time you’re at St. John’s or the Sisters’ Islands, check out the...
kwekings RT @lkcnhm: [Nature in SG] Next time you’re at St. John’s or the Sisters’ Islands, check out the plants https://t.c…
kwekings Academic freedom essential for advancing knowledge, checks and balances in public policy, and innovation
kwekings Retweeted TREE (@Trends_Ecol_Evo): New Review from Willis et al. Old Plants, New Tricks: Phenological Research...
BonMappin RT @JessicaMillerAU: Adani 'spinning roulette wheel' with black-throated finch #stopadani #conservation #sustainability #Auspol https://t.c…
BonMappin Overgrazed/ecological destruction or wilderness? #UNESCOWorldHeritage
BonMappin RT @m_dimarco: Out in @PNASNews: Quantification of habitat fragmentation reveals extinction risk in terrestrial mammals
BonMappin RT @jamesecology: New Nature paper on Antarctic conservation by UQ PhD student @JaszzyJas, what an amazing achievement!
BonMappin RT @GCITweet: Consumers should know environmental impacts & ethical consequences of their food choices
BonMappin RT @HugePossum: Zoos could use decision science tools to prioritise which species to help to conserve via @Convers
mainambui RT @qeemq: Presenting at Australia's Parliament
mainambui RT @AndrewKSkidmore: New #remotesensing vegetation index for GPP in @sciencemagazine Advances - an adjustment of NDVI using scene NIR https…
mainambui RT @AndrewKSkidmore: Scholarships for #PhD #postdoc researchers @EUFAR_science 2 wk course on #remotesensing essential biodiversity variabl…
mainambui RT @mainambui: @ITCAlumni @SIS_MQ great to reconnect with @AndrewKSkidmore during his talk @EnvScMQ on 'Remote sensing of Essential Biodive…
mainambui @ITCAlumni @SIS_MQ great to reconnect with @AndrewKSkidmore during his talk @EnvScMQ on 'Remote sensing of Essentia…
mainambui RT @NOAAClimate: What happens when ENSO's influence combines with other climate phenomena?
mainambui RT @emilysdarling: Mark your calendars, the next @WIOMSA Symposium is in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2017 #coral #seagrass #man
mainambui @bluecology perhaps package 'sjPlot'?
mainambui @TheWCS @EnvScMQ @ARC_CEED training hydrologists & water managers in Iringa - S. Tanzania on using R for hydrologic…
mainambui @ITCAlumni @LibITC I dont..cant' access my own pdf
j_a_mcgowan @prueaddison challenges us to translate biodiversity policies into "clear as day" actions for businesses to protect…
j_a_mcgowan Just a few of the international organisations gathering @ICCB2017 to discuss "Conservation in areas of armed confli…
j_a_mcgowan RT @ICCB2017: #ICCB2017 online program is now available! Share far and wide!
j_a_mcgowan It's a full house in our pre- #ICCB2017 Conservation Planning course in Bogota! @ARC_CEED @HugePossum
j_a_mcgowan @mopoke @Hamish_Dr is the man in the picture. He may be able to....
j_a_mcgowan What is the value of our data for decision-making? A message from the field of animal telemetry…
j_a_mcgowan RT @ARC_CEED: Get excited for July edition of #DecisionPoint! @CarlaWildlife @m_dimarco @laura_mumaw @j_a_mcgowan @DavidLindenmaye https://…
j_a_mcgowan RT @sesync: We have an opening for a Research Assistant @sesync to help with computational research. Apply by July 14!
j_a_mcgowan RT @ICCB2017: Attending #ICCB2017 and presenting new research? Write and submit a press release of your work! Plz RT
MorenaMills RT @ElisaBayra: Plenary talk at #ICCB2017 : Brigitte Baptiste advocating for #conservation solutions designed FOR the Anthropocene https://…
MorenaMills RT @ICCB2017: We'll be using the hashtag #ICCB2017equity to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in #conservation! #ICCB2017
MorenaMills RT @ICCB2017: #ICCB2017 attendees - there are sloths in El Parque Centenario near the convention center! #UrbanWildlife
MorenaMills #ICCB2017 short course participants. @Cartagena uni there are hostesses and volunteers onsite to guide u 2 your courses! Enjoy! @ICCB2017
MorenaMills Can't wait tor the Conservation Entrepreneurs Forum Discussion @ #ICCB2017? Check out @lemurwrangler's TED talk!
MorenaMills RT @ConLetters: Presenting at #ICCB2017? @ConLetters & @ConBiology will publish the best research at @ICCB2017 in a special issue! https://…
MorenaMills RT @ICCB2017: Download Questagame & compete with other #ICCB2017 delegates for prizes. Like PokemonGo but for real #biodiversity! https://t…
MorenaMills @ConnectedWaters Shearwater chicks huh? That sounds pretty good too. Let me know when you get here so we can catch up. xx
MorenaMills Full #ICCB2017 program in pdf format is online! What are you most excited to watch?
HugePossum RT @ARC_CEED: We're at a fork in the road for #biodiversity #offsetting. Read more from @martine_maron et al: #ICCB
HugePossum A Cheap Fix for Climate Change? Pay People Not to Chop Down Trees #ICCB2017 - payments for ecosystem services work
HugePossum RT @PetrelStation: Kia ora #ICCB2017! Come see my talk about the impacts of multiple marine threats to #seabirds: Thursday 11.30am in Arse…
HugePossum RT @sbekessy: @BrenWintle... How to accommodate 3.5mill extra people while preserving a world biodiversity hotspot? @TSR_Hub @ARC_CEED #isc
HugePossum RT @NRMecon: Get all the details on successful #invasivespecies management tomorrow from 4pm @hgcaceres @HugePossum @ARC_CEED #ICCB2017 htt…
HugePossum @kerrie_a_wilson shows that we need careful thought about how we strategize in landscapes of risk #ICCB2017 - scale and actions matter
HugePossum RT @CarlaWildlife: Scenario planning can provide a platform for the participation of all social groups to ensure their values are heard #IC
HugePossum RT @PetrelStation: Pablo Negret: Armed conflict is 'good' for forests ~ less deforestation destruction when people are destroying each othe…
HugePossum Pablo Negret provides data showing that armed conflict slows deforestation in Colombia - but there are exceptions #ICCB2017 #UQnews
HugePossum RT @IPBES: ShoutOut to #ICCB2017: Make every moment count 4 biodiversity & ecosystems! Hope 2 see u all 4 #IPBES6 in Medellín #Colombia Mar…
RKRunting RT @kerrie_a_wilson: Bornean orangutans in decline despite conservation efforts via @uq_news
RKRunting RT @j_r_rhodes: Our review of climate change and ecosystem services shows that impacts can be both negative and positive
RKRunting Sad to see Jeffrey Beall's blog gone. Such a useful resource! Who will keep an eye on predatory publishers now?
RKRunting Having a great time at the @oceaniaesforum booth at #2016ACES
RKRunting Congrats @kerrie_a_wilson - Life Scientist of the Year!
RKRunting RT @oceaniaesforum: Hear ye! Hear ye! The call for Town Hall Meetings is now open! Town Hall Meetings offer a sounding board for... https…
RKRunting RT @kerrie_a_wilson: An overview of our research on Borneo
RKRunting RT @LauraEllenDee: Why functional diversity can help #EcosystemServices withstand more variable #temperatures: http…
RKRunting Great new #ECR paper on incorporating socio-ecological systems into restoration planning @ARC_CEED
christhebirder RT @taotaotasi: SCIENTISTS AND RESEARCHERS: Join @JimCameron @DrAndrewThaler and @jonikerr SIGN THIS: #MonumentsFo
christhebirder .@cyclonewatson opening #ICCB2017 in Cartagena. Looking forwards to the next week of conservation biology!…
christhebirder RT @saverygo: Looking forward to #ICCB2017 next week in 🇨🇴Colombia!! #ECRs and #Iccbstudents @niksroach @hollyniner @CarlaWildlife @NRMeco
christhebirder Another cool paper about Night Parrots, this time about how they use the landscape
christhebirder RT @TSR_Hub: "When value of environment is taken into account many apparent conflicts betw conservation & development disappear" https://t.…
christhebirder RT @grnfirescience: GFS PhD student @jamesecology shows #WorldHeritage Convention must prioritise #wilderness in future sites @unescowhc ht…
christhebirder RT @CarlaWildlife: Jane Goodall calls on the QLD government to #StopAdani and save #TheGreatBarrierReef #ThinkGoodall #auspol #qldpol https…
vivtulloch Unsure how to include uncertainty in planning? Don't be - use MarProb @ARC_CEED
vivtulloch New #marxan prioritisation incl. probability of vegetation variability frm #climatechange in #canada @ARC_CEED
vivtulloch RT @megcevans: Based on the volume and quality of her work I am convinced @ayeshatulloch never sleeps #ESA16 (or she has a twin...) @vivtul
vivtulloch RT @HugePossum: Which #coral reefs are a priority for #marineconservation when there are land-based threats #marxan
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
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
rubenvli Complementing expert priorities and stakeholder preferences for marine management of Moreton Bay #MBQR2016.@NRMecon
rubenvli RT @JAppliedEcology: Coarse spatial resolutions ⬇ commission errors in species ranges but ⬆ #conservation planning costs

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