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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 @chazhutton: Today’s Comic: We are all, in our own little way, that ship. https://t.co/GVDjLxzErX
saverygo RT @ubcires: From conservation knowledge📚 to conservation action👏: In a Canadian case study, experts including IRES/@UBCoceans's @KaiChanUB
saverygo @amazon Why do you ship small items, sold only in quantities of two or more in separate boxes? With plastic bags? W… https://t.co/sue8O9T0yE
saverygo RT @idylwyld: So happy to see my former colleague @Monsauce featured by @environmentca !! Congrats! She’s also one of the most passionate #…
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…
MariaBeger RT @juliapgjones: wow-amazing funded PhD (UK students only sadly)
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MariaBeger RT @LIFEprogramme: 🆕 It's official❗ The @EU_Commission will invest 💶 €5.4 billion in new #LIFEprojects - 60% more than the previous perio…
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MariaBeger RT @lu_pez_lopez: Our 3-days workshop TUTTI "From Species Connectivity to Functional Connectivity" finished today, and we managed to look a…
MariaBeger RT @ICRSreefstudent: Are you a #graduate student or #ECR studying coral reefs? Please feel free to tag us (@ICRSreefstudent) in posts on…
MariaBeger RT @HugePossum: Since I was part of a review of AIMS ten years ago, the organisation has progressed in leaps and bounds with respect to del…
MariaBeger RT @lizard_lab: PhD student needed to work on ARC-Discovery Grant "Understanding the mechanisms underpinning complex sociality" with me, @G
MariaBeger RT @NicholasWuNZ: Geographical bias in physiological data limits predictions of global change impacts. Complied by the great minds @Craig_R
MariaBeger @DeBrauwerM @heatherkhandley the type of journal is important here. e.g. if you submitted to an open multi-discipli… https://t.co/AbS9KeTUVK
MariaBeger RT @Martin_Thib: (1/4) #WSTC7 #ConsSesh1. Les #iles du #ParcNaturelMerCorail sont des #ImportantBirdAreas et des points chauds de #coraux.…
MariaBeger RT @EuanRitchie1: Researchers find frogmouth is world’s most Instagrammable bird https://t.co/2FbpwoPguy
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 What a great example of research with impact @KerstinJantke ! Very proud to be part of this work evaluating represe… https://t.co/UTFNJ7Wcc0
AChauvenet RT @KerstinJantke: Fantastic to learn that @EU_DOPA implemented our metric on ecological representation in protected area networks. More in…
AChauvenet RT @ProfEmilyOster: This comment is not supported by data. We should absolutely support parents' choices and make it possible for all par…
AChauvenet What?? Another hidden talent 🤩 https://t.co/xoc1cZiMzE
AChauvenet RT @ElisaBayra: Check out this cool book by my colleague @jennalee_wraith who empowers young girls to trust in their abilities and become e…
AChauvenet RT @BA_BreCheese: Hi friends! Your friendly disabled academic here to remind you to turn on captions for EVERY zoom meeting you run (yes I’…
AChauvenet RT @hapyresearchers: HappyResearchers is a group of Postdocs. Our goal is to spread awareness on AcademicBullying & MentalHealth. Please r…
AChauvenet RT @LisaMCollins80: Attention academic job hunters! We have THREE new lectureships in School of Biology @ScienceLeeds! First: Lecturer in #…
AChauvenet RT @EuanRitchie1: Separate Church and State. Always. https://t.co/YW7PucP4rm
AChauvenet RT @Griffith_Uni: #GriffithUni has achieved 38th spot in the world in the 2021 #THEGlobalImpact @timeshighered Ranking. Our performance in…
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 @ConnorElbe @AcademicChatter Get feedback before you think your work is good enough to do so. Do not withhold unfin… https://t.co/L9BU7xOclM
MattHHolden RT @TrevorABranch: Our Friday 7 May 12:30pm PST quantitative seminar is on using the Julia programming language for quantitative ecologists…
MattHHolden RT @UQ_CBCS: @SofiaLop11 presents tomorrow's @UQ_CBCS Tuesday seminar, on using ecosystem services for spatial planning in agricultural lan…
MattHHolden @AntoinetteWallr @AcademicChatter Forward citation searches. Have a research question idea highly related to a pape… https://t.co/3stwBtIdDp
MattHHolden @TheSchneiderPhD @AcademicChatter Not sure if reviewers should be directly paid by publishers. I’m fine with our em… https://t.co/leFfiU4bdG
MattHHolden RT @D0CT0R_Dave: A recent journal article found horses and donkeys boosted resilience in the Sonoran desert, an ecosystem where hooved anim…
MattHHolden @EcoOakes @KateHelmstedt Oi-luh first syllable is Oi as in oil. Second syllable is luh, as in lung. Lots of folks p… https://t.co/ockAZ7WUXO
MattHHolden @ciaranym @futurebird That’s a great idea!
MattHHolden @KateHelmstedt I had a professor pronounce Euler for the whole semester as yoo-ler. I was too afraid to correct him… https://t.co/QVKTvIg2Ba
MattHHolden Mine looks like this too, except the first box isn't checked https://t.co/5ZHxGd07Wi
cdkuempel Happy Earth Day 🥳 https://t.co/vvv8b3ytOS
cdkuempel RT @j_r_rhodes: I have a PhD scholarship available to work with myself (University of Queensland) and Brett Day (University of Exeter) on e…
cdkuempel RT @KylieScales: 🚨 2 PhD SCHOLARSHIPS 🚨 Come work with us, here👇! 🏄‍♀️☕️🧠💻🏖️☀️🍺 🔎MARINE SCIENCE 💡Predicting fisheries bycatch of non-targ…
cdkuempel RT @PetrelStation: There are good papers in “bad” (low impact factor) journals. There are bad papers in “good” (high impact factor) journa…
cdkuempel RT @ChelseaParlett: Scientific rigor is exhausting 😴🐝 https://t.co/BZJ2M58T8y
cdkuempel RT @chrisalbon: Don't aim for job security. There are 10,000 reasons you can lose your job. Aim for career security - your ability to get t…
cdkuempel RT @smangubhai: Thanks Daniel Pauly for explaining that "Giving up seafood isn’t the best way to save the oceans." I watched on the weekend…
cdkuempel RT @sowylie: BIRD BEATS: CANYON WREN. This was the biggest challenge yet, this tiny cutie had me confused but I think we got there 😅 https:…
cdkuempel RT @skyetetra: I'm excited to announce my new R package! The package {ggirl} creates GGplots In Real Life. In v1.0.0 you can take a ggplot2…
kwekings RT @BritishEcolSoc: We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Professor J. Philip Grime’s passing. He was one of the world's most influent…
kwekings RT @Martin_A_Nunez: Really Really Really Good Opportunity to become a Senior Editor (for 1 year) at @JAppliedEcology https://t.co/0IegpeH
kwekings RT @almeida_rafaelm: The Amazon River system pulses like a heart. Amazing animation by @AyanFleischmann @ConexAmazonicas https://t.co/nvBZv
kwekings RT @hcteohc: Latest research from @NUSCNCS : planting trees in cities can help fight climate change. Urban reforestation can offset at leas…
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
BonMappin RT @DonADriscoll: WA 'biodiversity' dpt incinerates endangered numbat habitats. https://t.co/mkmkCCI2fj
BonMappin @salty_daSilva @lilybentley Sadly I think your interpretation is correct. I didn't pass the work test, and didn't q… https://t.co/j2h1bsLmax
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…
mainambui RT @StacyDJupiter: Really happy to see this paper out. Lots of thought was put into this by @LauricThiault @JoachimClaudet @JoshuaCinner @b
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
j_a_mcgowan RT @Yale_BGC: 🚨JOB ALERT🚨 Come and work with us @Yale_BGC and @moldotorg as a Postgrad Associate in the fall/summer 2021 on #biodiversity,…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Marxan_Planning: #Marxan community spotlight: How to conduct and evaluate multi-objective zoning for aquaculture and biodiversity @ChiV
j_a_mcgowan RT @EU_DOPA: Wondering what the new Representation Achievement Score is in DOPA Explorer 4.1.? We worked with @j_a_mcgowan and @HugePossu
j_a_mcgowan RT @Sylvaine_G: Our article "Persistent gender bias in marine science and conservation calls for action to achieve equity" just published i…
j_a_mcgowan Co-optimization of aquaculture & biodiversity is more efficient than sector by sector planning for the Ionian-Adria… https://t.co/1Ldib6c2fm
j_a_mcgowan RT @MariaBeger: Come and work with me + @LeedsEcoEvo colleagues!! Two lectureships in Conservation Science and Ecology at Leeds! https://…
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: The planetary computer https://t.co/R28yfnBD36 is now helping to deliver conservation outcomes using #Marxan https://t.co/i
j_a_mcgowan RT @Marxan_Planning: We are thrilled to publicly announce our partnership with @Microsoft @nature_org to help bring #Marxan to the #Planeta
j_a_mcgowan RT @moldotorg: 🚨Job Alert!!🚨 We are looking for a #Research Associate to join our team and contribute to global #biodiversity #data product…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GlobalFishWatch: In 2018, we published the first-ever global assessment of commercial fishing activity in Science. Now, we've released…
MorenaMills RT @RebeccaGruby: Guest editing a special issue of "Conservation Science and Practice" focused on Conservation Philanthropy w/ @daniel_c_mi
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MorenaMills @april_reside @martine_maron @eyre_teresa @UQscience So wonderful April! Congratulations!!!
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MorenaMills RT @PipCohen: Fish nourish kids close to fisheries, but don’t reach 1000’s of micronutrient deficient children across sub-Saharan #Africa h…
MorenaMills RT @bbcnickholland: The power of listening! Scientists are checking up on the health of rainforests by listening to the noises and call pa…
MorenaMills RT @IC_CEP: If you have a #PhD (or equivalent) in one of the following subject areas mentioned in the job post, we’re recruiting for a #Lec
MorenaMills ‘30 by 30’ is a distraction, keep the focus on Indigenous and locally-led holistic ocean stewardship | Article | IC… https://t.co/nhd81bk3dE
MorenaMills RT @JoshuaCinner: check out our new paper "Evaluating outcomes of conservation with multidimensional indicators of well‐being" in @ConBiolo
HugePossum RT @RedmapMarine: Look! It’s a fish! Today our team from QLD got to meet up with QLD #ChiefScientist Hugh Possingham (@HugePossum) to talk…
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HugePossum RT @martine_maron: Celebrating the quite fabulous @april_reside who is soon to join #UQ Gatton as Lecturer in Agroecology! Congrats April -…
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HugePossum RT @april_reside: Thanks @martine_maron! Thank you & @eyre_teresa & everyone who has supported me so much, particularly as it got tough f…
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HugePossum I found a big peacock spider at the Museum of Tropical Queensland today - maybe it will still be there tomorrow?… https://t.co/xZNqPf4mfh
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HugePossum What marine species are changing in your area - find out and join @RedmapMarine https://t.co/tvO7S09Eso
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HugePossum Since I was part of a review of AIMS ten years ago, the organisation has progressed in leaps and bounds with respec… https://t.co/mCprvMC5tG
HugePossum RT @UNBiodiversity: Happy #AfricanWorldHeritageDay! Africa's extraordinary #biodiversity is an essential component of the continent's heri…
HugePossum RT @_jezbird: 1-4 #WSTC7 #CoMaSesh1 Coastal slopes on @TasmaniaParks #MacquarieIsland provide optimal habitat for burrowing #petrels. Forme…
HugePossum RT @rihickson: @AITropHealthMed @jcu @AdvanceQld @HugePossum @qldmuseum @ScienceGovAu Was great to have the chance to chat about the import…
RKRunting Funded PhD opportunity! Join me and @ProfLesleyHead at #geogmelb @SciMelb to explore landholder management behavior… https://t.co/TcxKdwnble
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 @anaifsousa: Check out "Opportunities for improving recognition of #coastal #wetlands in global ecosystem assessment frameworks", led by…
vivtulloch RT @NYTScience: Many women had a tough time in academic research to begin with. The pandemic has raised additional obstacles.  https://t.co
vivtulloch @v_hemming @mcr_evpi This is great - hadn’t read the paper yet thanks for pointing me to it!
vivtulloch Our new paper just out led by @blueecology looks at opportunities for improving recognition of coastal #wetlands (… https://t.co/oDbkyXX9nT
vivtulloch @AFredston 😂😂😂 I refuse to give up my dreams of becoming a pro athlete 😂😂😂
vivtulloch @AFredston Ha. I have this. Both knees stuffed now. Just wait another 10 years it gets even better. I’ve moved onto… https://t.co/4U1DjK5MfG
vivtulloch @EPlaganyi Was so lovely! So lucky to get to see my wonderful #MICE mentor - I’ve missed you!
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
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
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…

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