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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 @NBCKC_CNSCB: The Alberta Regional Caribou Knowledge Network is currently accepting proposals for two #ResearchOpportunities exploring h…
saverygo RT @SJC_fishy: Apply to @CarletonScience for a tenure track assistant prof position in conservation science https://t.co/vBPdiZ1xHK so u ca…
saverygo Urban beekeeping can be bad for wild bees! https://t.co/0AQkwpP83L
saverygo RT @txominhermos: Free and #openaccess to the long-term #Landsat archive enabled the detection and analysis of multiple #forest disturbance…
saverygo RT @HugePossum: Ecological Solutions and Evidence is a brand new journal for conservation practitioners and applied ecologists. People in e…
saverygo RT @eyeonthefly: .@WBU_Inc sells collision deterrents that are outdated and not very effective. These include silhouettes of birds of prey,…
saverygo I just signed this petition - please check it out and consider signing as well! Let’s do whatever we can to help bi… https://t.co/03wDeDMgJC
saverygo @TheLabAndField @LGBTSTEM Congratulations!
saverygo RT @SinjaRist: I am glad to share our last paper on microplastic contamination in West Greenland! With our new plastic-free pump-filter sys…
saverygo RT @katejhelms: Women in math: considering applying for a DECRA fellowship at QUT? I want to help! Hit me up. I can commit to a couple of m…
MariaBeger @katatrepsis ...we laugh at having 100 + tasks on our todo list!
MariaBeger RT @JoshuaCinner: Hot off the press! Our new @nature paper highlights the global status (spoiler- overall not great, but some bright spots)…
MariaBeger RT @JBiogeography: Figures can make an impact, good or bad. The editors-in-chief and production office at JBI put our heads together to pro…
MariaBeger RT @Carsten_Rahbek: Scientific figures. If it ain’t communicated, years of work may be wasted when published. Below advice @JBiogeography.…
MariaBeger Celebrating the start of summer! Special import all the way from back in January when we could still travel... https://t.co/1wm6b1Zzni
MariaBeger RT @JDReimer: Zoantharian mtgenomes all have the same gene order and arrangement, but there are some surprises in the phylogeny. Cool colla…
MariaBeger RT @kirstyjean: Roughly my schedule this wk: - wake up late because slept badly - emails & procrastinating - somehow it's 3pm & I haven't d…
MariaBeger @DrTashaBarlow How deep are these cores into the seabed - Ailuk wants to know!
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 @katie_sizeland: Winners!!! 🙌🤗🙌 Winners of NASA's global #COVID19 virtual hackathon!!! 🤩🥳🤩 Congratulations @MitraJoon and the rest of th…
AChauvenet RT @adele_pavlidis: August is a busy month for me! As well as hosting the #sport and #violenceprevention seminar @GriffithUniSAGE @GU_Socia
AChauvenet RT @OrlyRazgour: Red list for British mammals: grey long-eared 🦇 #Endangered, barbastelle and serotine #vulnerable. Sad state of affairs. #…
AChauvenet RT @biancaxunise: So apparently the angry responses got my comic dropped from some newspapers and an apology that I did not approve of is r…
AChauvenet RT @AmyRemeikis: We didn’t name the Aspen couple. We didn’t name the 50th birthday Noosa people. We didn’t name the security guards. Stop s…
AChauvenet RT @adele_pavlidis: Happy that this paper has resonated with people working across difference sport contexts #WomenInSport #gratitude #opti
AChauvenet RT @ElisaBayra: The @ARDC_AU-funded #EcoCommons program for analytics to solve environmental problems got officially kick-started yesterday…
AChauvenet RT @aKIDemicLife: Do you know a new #parent working in #academia? They may be particularly vulnerable right now. How can you support them d…
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 @cgmedding @AOC While in an ideal world there are still wealthy CEOs, genius entrepreneurs, inventors etc, there ar… https://t.co/8TCQh6gYFP
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MattHHolden RT @john_m_dwyer: Hey @brisbanecityqld I love this white beech (Gmelina leichhardtii) you planted in Taringa! Maybe add this to your street…
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MattHHolden RT @GeologyTime: 💎 Astonishing Opal boulder from Queensland, Australia Photo: Ox'syd Minéraux. #minerals #gemstone https://t.co/Owin442Guf
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MattHHolden RT @TheHungryPhD: When you submit a paper and get two desk rejections and think the third time is a charm... but it doesn’t make it through…
MattHHolden @nadiahhusseini @AcademicChatter Agreed. it’s ok to just say no or let them know it will take a month. They always… https://t.co/yrJmuu9Pl8
MattHHolden @DisabilityStor1 @GaetaAmy For me public transport & ride share apps compliment each other. Uber/Lyft/didi in the a… https://t.co/tOH6ZIW3zI
MattHHolden @Edwards_evoeco @NikiRust Also, bonus points if X isn't actually the 1st author
MattHHolden @NikiRust That’s so annoying especially when it’s x et al 2019 when x has published many papers in 2019. Full ref as a comment is my pref.
MattHHolden RT @McMadLab: "The Seaweed Revolution". Well done to our PhD student Scott Spillias for winning both 1st Place AND People's Choice awards i…
MattHHolden @PhDiminishing @ramencult Yep that is true. My biggest miss from matlab is to play around with a figure in the GUI… https://t.co/SxbTbYwbJb
cdkuempel RT @Curly_Biologist: If you had to choose a side in the #TeamBird vs #TeamFish debate, which side would you choose and why would it be #Tea
cdkuempel RT @ClementYChow: reading my own grant 1 second after submitting it https://t.co/5xzFhWwX5s
cdkuempel RT @allison_horst: I've added "blank" versions of a number of R-related illustrations so it's easier for you to add custom text and /or upd…
cdkuempel RT @fishiintheC: Thank you @AmeliaWenger for the great talk quantifying the downstream effects of #logging on #coralreefs!🌱🐟 Great figure f…
cdkuempel Family in the U.S., family-in-law in France/Switzerland and a partner in Turkey..... https://t.co/mMEEOnvcNd
cdkuempel RT @ProfSecchi: One of my favorite maps is Chief No Heart (Na’je Niŋe) Iowa's map. The Iowa used it to show their claim to the land between…
cdkuempel @HugoDPerdomo @SassanAsgari Congrats let’s celebrate 🎉
cdkuempel RT @HelenBostock5: Congratulations to all the future fellows including @UQ_sees @UQ_CBCS Dr carissa Klein and prof Jonathan Rhodes.
cdkuempel RT @n_ylime: Congratulations @CarissaJoyKlein on your #arc Future fellowship! Fabulous news! And very well deserved.
kwekings RT @NTU_ASE: CNA commentary by Janice Lee @JaniceSHLee on the role of forests and land use change in climate change @NTU_ASE @EOS_SG @Scie
kwekings Second paper from the Mandai tree falls study. We found that recruitment was higher by light-wooded species when th… https://t.co/hZoEQOOcLu
kwekings RT @PrimateWatching: A group of Dusky Langurs from Malaysia dispersed to Singapore, where the Raffles’ Banded Langurs are found. Monitoring…
kwekings A bit late to this but here's the back story of how we got to study a massive tree fall landscape in Singapore's Ce… https://t.co/5fHw3jGU34
kwekings RT @NadiahKrist: We estimate that 30-38% of plant species have gone locally extinct in Singapore since 1822. Our estimate includes ~350+ sp…
kwekings Helped many undergrads (not my mentees) and peers with analyses in postgrad/postdoc days. None led to coauthorships… https://t.co/QL1ectGfIy
kwekings RT @YumMusings: How the coronavirus pandemic slashed carbon emissions — in five graphs https://t.co/bflfAHBcx1 via @NatureNews #climatechan
kwekings Very nice open-access article on teaching in ecology and evolution for ECRs https://t.co/oUeH3moB0H @maxinemowehttps://t.co/B5FH9O1izA
kwekings New species of maritime trap-jaw ant from Singapore by Dr Wendy Wang @lkcnhm et al. https://t.co/7zAJckV0Mj
BonMappin Government stimulus spending presents an opportunity to spend on #clycling and #walking #infrastructure especially… https://t.co/YQQtNG2n87
BonMappin RT @manammichelle: Check out our latest paper highlighting the impact of 2019–2020 mega-fires on Australian fauna habitat: https://t.co/e84
BonMappin RT @m_dimarco: In this report, brilliantly led by Anthony Waldron, we show the economic benefits of nature conservation. Conservation actio…
BonMappin RT @m_ddlvoigt: @emeijaard @Diego_J_B @CurrentBiology Lack of guidance on #environmentalimpacts of crops prevents conscientious consumers f…
BonMappin RT @KatrinaJDavis: Read our new #openaccess @OneEarth_CP paper describing how to prioritise global #ecoregion protection to meet current an…
BonMappin RT @OneEarth_CP: New preview article by @Tom_Lovejoy discusses the study by @AChauvenet et al in our May issue and opportunities to maximiz…
BonMappin RT @OneEarth_CP: How can limited resources be allocated over the next decade to expand protected areas while conserving terrestrial #biodiv
BonMappin RT @Bill_Sutherland: A team of us are listing the possible non-clinical options for dealing with COVID-19. Please tell us the non-obvious p…
BonMappin RT @cdkuempel: Unified, general models of #conservation system states & pathways help decision makers identify the full suite of actions an…
BonMappin RT @BrenWintle: Thanks to John Woinarski @EuanRitchie1 @martine_maron @DonADriscoll @cyclonewatson and @TSR_Hub for delivering an insightfu…
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
mainambui Our study out today in @ScienceMagazine used #Bigdata from ~1800 reefs across 41 countries to test how management t… https://t.co/2WZO7sRhdb
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: 1) Market isolation and climate stress are detrimental to social adaptive capacity and a higher level of education positi…
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: Please to share our new paper investigating the multiscale socio-ecological determinants of social adaptive capacity in s…
mainambui @gerlame The words in bold face here are ‘as an object’
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: Functional connectivity is a key factor in guiding the identification of suitable areas for MPA network across maritime j…
j_a_mcgowan RT @PADDDtracker: New paper in @ConLetters underscores the importance of avoiding harmful rollbacks to protected areas - including #PADDD e…
j_a_mcgowan RT @m_dimarco: JOB ALERT: 2-yr postdoc part of #sRedList project to accelerate #IUCN Red List assessments https://t.co/aXnK6Jf7C2 Ask me &…
j_a_mcgowan RT @vivtulloch: Conservation conferences do not have consistent procedures for ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion, resulting in barri…
j_a_mcgowan RT @katejhelms: Women in math: considering applying for a DECRA fellowship at QUT? I want to help! Hit me up. I can commit to a couple of m…
j_a_mcgowan RT @TSR_Hub: Our #biodiversityimpact webinar lineup is looking fantastic! Join us 4.30pm AEST 4 August for a cracking final installment in…
j_a_mcgowan RT @TBCbiodiversity: We are #hiring! Do you have passion for #biodiversity and a head for business? If so, we have a great opportunity for…
j_a_mcgowan RT @cdkuempel: A better understanding of the location and magnitude of food production is needed to reduce food’s environmental footprint.…
j_a_mcgowan RT @DiplomaticIfe: The wait is over! Our new paper on the #BlueEconomy: The #AfriCan Experience is out! Thankful to co-authors, @billfishEx
j_a_mcgowan 40% of our lands and 70% of our freshwater go to crops and grazing. @nature_org is helping companies improve their… https://t.co/bDfKsIugH4
j_a_mcgowan RT @manammichelle: Check out our latest paper highlighting the impact of 2019–2020 mega-fires on Australian fauna habitat: https://t.co/e84
MorenaMills RT @gbigbookclub: #ElonMusk incinerates the moon & humans locked out of the web... @thesimonbot shares his book #SetMyHeartToFive. It's qui…
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MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: Catch up on last week's #ImperialLates thought-provoking discussion between @JoeriRogelj, @MorenaMills, @ling_judy and @Ga
MorenaMills RT @emiel_delange: You may be thinking about intervening to change people’s behaviour. Communication is key! But how do your messages reac…
MorenaMills RT @rhtardin: @rafael_magris @MorenaMills Awesome work! Just read some parts now. Congrats to all authos
MorenaMills RT @EJMilnerGulland: Brilliant resource aimed at young people on #COVID19, #wildlife, #nature, coping with #ecoanxiety & lockdown, and more…
MorenaMills @TEDchris, I’m just watching your interview with Bill Gates and saw your question re: dealing with conspiracy theor… https://t.co/ljjC6CQ3C9
MorenaMills RT @rafael_magris: MPAs in Brazil increased sharply in the last few years. But how well are they implemented? here, we discuss ways of imp…
MorenaMills RT @ChristinacHicks: Lancaster University students asking ‘Why is my curriculum so white’ and articulating so well why we need to ask.
HugePossum @martine_maron @BirdlifeOz @GilfedderMat bottlebrush sparrows. Myzomelas are not even real honeyeaters, super-tram… https://t.co/PIQx7UnVfp
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HugePossum @martine_maron @BirdlifeOz "It is a universally acknowledged" (Jane Austen) that black-chinned honeyeaters are the… https://t.co/1utmzdfIoF
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HugePossum RT @kerrie_a_wilson: While promotion of ESD is an object of the EPBC Act, when was it decided it "should be the overall outcome the Act see…
HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: How fantastic! Fairy-wrens, bush turkeys and currawongs feature in this wonderful story about #birdata and #birdingathome o…
HugePossum RT @RachelW_EDO: The govt just gazetted notice of its formal intent to enter into approval bilateral agreements with states and territories…
HugePossum RT @amandaahyman: New paper by my advisor, P. Armsworth, and labmate @dlebouille! Congrats! "Allocating resources for land protection usin…
HugePossum RT @LeeanneEnoch: Protect yourself and others with these 6 steps. Queenslanders have been doing a fantastic job in response to COVID-19 a…
HugePossum RT @Hayley_Geyle: So great to be a part of the 1st issue of @AER_ESE_BES! Must praise the editorial team for their excellent communication,…
HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: The @BirdlifeOz Photography Awards have closed with a record breaking 6,207 entries! Thank you to sponsors Nikon Australia,…
RKRunting Most countries are progressing well towards the environmental Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately, this ha… https://t.co/4zcuBm1Iib
RKRunting Congrats to Natalie Mason on getting her Honours research on transboundary conservation published in @NatureEcoEvohttps://t.co/F15sP7Ou83
RKRunting RT @NatalieParletta: Harnessing the "big data revolution" to help save the planet. Coupling big data and conservation https://t.co/tyef09dh
RKRunting RT @NatureComms: A comment on opportunities for big data in conservation and sustainability: https://t.co/qCozAD0LUc @RKRunting @cyclonewa
RKRunting My winning map from @bluecology 's course is Katherine G. Impressive work to produce an interactive map! I apprecia… https://t.co/UtbUdTlCZS
RKRunting @bluecology Excited to be judging this - I expect there will be some stiff competition!
RKRunting RT @JanepDyson: Our new short (19mins) film - 'Spirit' - is now available to watch online! https://t.co/vo9W9u0u0h Spirit presents an in…
RKRunting RT @ProfLesleyHead: Continuing position, closes Dec 4. LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL SCIENCE https://t.co/nYDNlUzp3l
RKRunting RT @ymalhi: Our new paper in @ScienceAdvances looks at carbon and climate impacts of the loss of intact rainforests. When lost future carbo…
RKRunting @aggwarrior @CarlaWildlife @SciMelb Yes! Definitely a hit with the students.
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 @VanessaPirotta @abcnews @RiAus @Aus_ScienceWeek Also if people are dumb enough to swim up to a whale and its calf… https://t.co/fjRgbHbORB
vivtulloch @VanessaPirotta @abcnews @RiAus @Aus_ScienceWeek So eloquent! You have a voice that’s made for tv ❤️
vivtulloch Conservation conferences do not have consistent procedures for ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion, resulting… https://t.co/WaB8WMUXL2
vivtulloch RT @NatureEcoEvo: Improving sex and gender identity equity and inclusion at conservation and ecology conferences https://t.co/U4C9IanR0q A…
vivtulloch RT @ayeshatulloch: ‘Well-meaning’ codes of conduct do not lead to conference initiatives that make a difference for #genderequity & #LGBTQ
vivtulloch Another great article by @ayeshatulloch & colleagues on the surge in backyard birding since Covid, important especi… https://t.co/SwCaEhGqVO
vivtulloch RT @TaraGMartin: Investing in conservation generates huge returns for economy, study finds https://t.co/eVeaBDUkU3
vivtulloch RT @ayeshatulloch: Birdwatching increased tenfold last lockdown. Don't stop, it's a huge help for #Australia’s #bushfire recovery https://t…
vivtulloch Super excited to have been selected as a member of the inaugural Leaders for Sea Change cohort - looks like a great… https://t.co/8U0pPQf4L6
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…
rubenvli RT @bluecology: Underappreciated role of #seagrass #mangroves #saltmarsh in conservation of marine megafauna New pub with @Trends_Ecol_Evo
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…

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