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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 Harsh reality. Keep cool western North America. 🥵 https://t.co/weePNfrtY3
saverygo Happened upon this #MotusArray station yesterday at the Swallowtail Lighthouse on #GrandManan Island, #NB! Visit… https://t.co/Dv1Qu8OhBp
saverygo What a MASSIVE heart bursting relief it is to get my first shot of the #COVID19 #vaccine! 💉😅 #Thank you to all thos… https://t.co/DkoMINH2nD
saverygo RT @JennaSchlener: Y’all I love gulls. #teamgull4life
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…
MariaBeger RT @BrendanGodley: ⭐️JOB OPPORTUNITY⭐️ @PlymUni are NOW HIRING for Lecturers (x3) to join @PlymUniMI Marine Science Group🌊💦🐬🦈🐠🦀 For more…
MariaBeger RT @KatieMWatson_: Very exciting #seagrass news - the #genome of #zostera capensis is going to be sequenced!!! 🥳🌱 Thanks to @inqababiotecW
MariaBeger RT @kerrie_a_wilson: 📢JOB ALERT: Is your dream research job on conservation planning and decision support for Antarctica? Do you want to ha…
MariaBeger RT @CarterL_J: 📢Job Alert📢Excited to share another #postdoc position in my group @SoGLeeds funded by an #interdisciplinary @UniversityLeeds
MariaBeger RT @I_CAN_actually: You can also check out the work behind the talk here! https://t.co/04PdcSsx9W (2/2)
MariaBeger RT @I_CAN_actually: Short-term patterns in the dynamics of subtropical coral populations offer insights into their persistence within varia…
MariaBeger RT @LiamLachs: Population dynamics insights from coral size/ population size structure over 10 years. - sporadic recruitment events - mass…
MariaBeger @gobysimon Trustworthy???? Because it’s a thing to sell fake fish skeletons?
MariaBeger RT @ChristinacHicks: Are you an economic geographer, interested in the climate and/or environment, with a critical, political, feminist, or…
MariaBeger RT @CoralReefFish: Ending harmful fisheries subsidies is a much more efficient move to protect highly migratory pelagic species (including…
AChauvenet RT @BrenWintle: 9 y.o yells into a zoom classroom while 12 y.o does dance lesson in the lounge. Please don’t hassle us if we’re late with a…
AChauvenet RT @WascherClaudia: Job opportunity. 50 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer posts across @AngliaRuskin including Environment, Conservation, Sustainabi…
AChauvenet RT @cindyeh: The Arthur Rylah Institute is looking to hire a Senior Scientist in Ecological Modelling. Apps due August 3, details here: htt…
AChauvenet RT @kerrie_a_wilson: 📢JOB ALERT: Is your dream research job on conservation planning and decision support for Antarctica? Do you want to ha…
AChauvenet RT @lis_mclellan: Ecologist, Victoria. Only 5 days left to take up this fantastic opportunity with us in Victoria! https://t.co/um0Xtdnpfu
AChauvenet RT @pauljferraro: 2 new randomized field experiments embedded in conservation outreach programs to 1000s of farmers show surprises. What pe…
AChauvenet RT @HugePossum: Congrats to the five winners of the #Queensland #WomeninSTEM Prize announced today - Chloe Yap, Christabel Webber, Sally Mc…
AChauvenet RT @AnnastaciaMP: SHARE: A public health alert is being issued for more contact tracing locations in Aspley, Chermside, Kippa-Ring, Redclif…
AChauvenet RT @breeput: Please RT: we are hiring a Biology STEM Education Specialist at Asst Prof level. Come join our awesome department at CSUSB! ht…
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 @SitDownPee They may no longer consider themselves a mathematician, so they use classically trained to signal forma… https://t.co/dzL1u5WIiH
MattHHolden @SitDownPee They did an undergrad maths degree (or equivalent) where topics were presented in a theorem proof forma… https://t.co/sPY7nQDACu
MattHHolden RT @UCNZ: An international research paper led by @UQ_News’ @ChrisOBryan89 & @UCNZ’s @NickRPatton has shown that by uprooting carbon trapped…
MattHHolden RT @NickRPatton: Have you ever wondered about the carbon "hoofprint" of invasive wild pigs? 🐷 Check out our new paper led by @ChrisOBryan8
MattHHolden Our new paper quantifies global CO2 emissions caused by invasive wild pigs (roughly 1 million cars worth)! We also… https://t.co/kx6WHJWfmn
MattHHolden RT @ChrisOBryan89: **New Paper Alert** Invasive wild pigs disrupt soil that results in CO2 emissions equivalent to a million cars per year…
MattHHolden RT @kitesva: Dear students, I do not have an email. When contacting me, please compose a parchment scroll in Old East Slavic, preferably i…
MattHHolden I agree! Qualifying exams make no sense in the modern era with grad coursework. Similar to the French/Russian/Germa… https://t.co/KgXIR5MlvE
MattHHolden @rhymeswspecimen I like listing my preferences on what people call me with my pronouns on the first day of class. “… https://t.co/rXw9ckfHyj
MattHHolden @iismythe @rhymeswspecimen This is my preference too
cdkuempel RT @RLadiesBrisbane: if you are joining the tidytuesday meetup we recommend you download and install the tidytuesdayR package https://t.co/
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cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: How do you build #MPA systems while accommodating climate change? This paper has some suggestions
cdkuempel RT @kerrie_a_wilson: Check out this scholarship opportunity! You'll get to work with Dr Kate Helmstedt, be part of a great research centre,…
cdkuempel RT @CoralRescue: This decade offers an opportunity to change the trajectory of coral reefs from collapse to slow, steady recovery. This pap…
cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: #Marxan with probability fully described and downloadable at https://t.co/EzH9oMHQqF. You can do your spatial planning and…
cdkuempel RT @JEmmettDuffy: Please spread the word - or apply! 2 new scientist positions at Smithsonian Environmental Research Ctr: LAND OR SEASCAPE…
cdkuempel RT @BonMappin: Feral pigs are releasing about 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide across the globe annually with 60% in Australia a…
cdkuempel RT @Marxan_Planning: #Marxan with Probability is now officially out in @ConBiology https://t.co/i8JIrM9cIG Methods for incorporating uncer…
cdkuempel @murryloub Bumble BFF 👯‍♀️ like the dating app but for meeting friends! Check it out :)
cdkuempel Participated in a panel on working with "big data" in biological sciences this morning. For those starting out, p… https://t.co/zBu86kZm50
kwekings Wanna experiment with your addiction @DarrenCJYeo? https://t.co/cuc2krrjPX
kwekings RT @Alison3ee: Our grant proposal for eDNA work in Southeast Asian mangroves just got approved by @APN4GCR ! 🥳 1 PhD position now availab…
kwekings RT @Nalini_DrP: From ASEAN and interested in postdoc experience in Singapore? Apply for the ASEAN Fellowship Programme. https://t.co/21s0jS
kwekings Women and Global South strikingly underrepresented among top‐publishing ecologists https://t.co/Y5Fz6B6Ddn
kwekings @marcuschua @PrimateWatching Promising nonetheless. If they can get to BTNR, there'll be hope that they can get to… https://t.co/l8wAbT3d4I
kwekings @marcuschua So the Eco-link worked?
kwekings RT @HugePossum: You can't prioritise a place, only an action in a place, because you can't "do" a place, you can only "do" an action. This…
kwekings Another thing I would have added to the slides of LSM2251 if I were still teaching it next year. https://t.co/iSd7VltLz6
kwekings Two Research Assistant positions open on urban ecosystem services at the Department of Architecture, NUS https://t.co/2hQcl4zKAl
kwekings Feeding animals changes animal behaviour, which can create human-wildlife conflict. This study shows that it also i… https://t.co/kAMlvx0SQY
BonMappin Feral pigs are releasing about 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide across the globe annually with 60% in Au… https://t.co/pKWcQib8pX
BonMappin RT @restoreforward: Assisted natural regeneration is a cost-effective, nature-based solution for restoring millions of hectares of land. B…
BonMappin Tropical forests are incredibly effective at storing carbon, providing at least a third of the mitigation action ne… https://t.co/2tZand2KbP
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…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: #Marxan with probability fully described and downloadable at https://t.co/EzH9oMHQqF. You can do your spatial planning and…
mainambui RT @VeraHorigue: ⁦Check-out our 👇 #storymaps summarising the MPA Outlook Report created by ⁦@wiomsa⁩ & UNEP Nairobi Convention ⁦@NCSecretar
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…
j_a_mcgowan RT @kerrie_a_wilson: 📢JOB ALERT: Is your dream research job on conservation planning and decision support for Antarctica? Do you want to ha…
j_a_mcgowan Catastrophes, climate change, and uncertainty can all be considered in #marxan. New methods to include probabilitie… https://t.co/SXSpexLsIT
j_a_mcgowan RT @LauraEllenDee: As society turns to forests to help with climate change, we review the evidence. Are improved forest management strategi…
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_org: How will we achieve the swift #naturepositive transformation needed across global food systems? Register to learn more abou…
j_a_mcgowan RT @IIED: DOWNLOAD: Whose debt is it anyway? A sustainable route out of the crisis for low-income countries --> https://t.co/9vOlZ4yhWX Th…
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_org: What makes an animal charismatic? How do we get people to be enthusiastic about animals that they’ve been taught to fear or…
j_a_mcgowan #Marxan & #prioritzr can be applied to non-spatial optimisation as well. Seed attribute selection for restoration c… https://t.co/ojMmbVrQri
j_a_mcgowan Thanks @VICENews for publishing conservation and biodiversity stories! Creepy Animals Deserve to Be Saved From Des… https://t.co/CsMaN4P6HZ
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: “Genius is 50% privilege and 50% luck” - apologies to Thomas Edison and the other geniuses
MorenaMills RT @pauljferraro: FUNDING for EARLY-CAREER CONSERVATIONISTS! Conservation Leadership Programme 2022 Team Awards support 3-12 month projects…
MorenaMills RT @yshennan: (1) The first part of my PhD research led me to question *How much is enough?* when thinking about forest cover and biodivers…
MorenaMills RT @BobPressey: Measuring conservation the wrong way? Our new paper in Trends in Ecology and Evolution says yes, and explains why. #Mismeas
MorenaMills RT @yshennan: Why do smallholders matter in #restoration planning? Studies estimate farms < 2 ha produce 30-34% of the world's food crops,…
MorenaMills RT @PolyTilly: Come and join us this evening for: Age of Extinction? How climate change causes biodiversity loss and what we can do about i…
MorenaMills RT @emiel_delange: People's beliefs, knowledge, and practices are shaped by those of their social peers and others with whom they interact…
MorenaMills RT @OrjanBodin: Important paper on how to accumulate/build deeper insights from multiple (harmonized) studies. https://t.co/XuMGTuD5up
MorenaMills RT @InCommonPod: New episode! 069: Tree planting and panaceas with @ForrestFleisch1 https://t.co/LcMzPRojb8
MorenaMills RT @pauljferraro: PNAS issue “Sustaining the Commons” reports on a set of pre-registered, harmonized RCTs in 6 countries to assess how comm…
HugePossum RT @duarteoceans: Two white rich men shot themselves to the edge of space. Yuri Gagarin did so half a century ago. Why is this news? beca…
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HugePossum RT @mjczies: “Forest burning produces around 3x more CO2 than the forest absorbs... places where deforestation is 30% or more show carbon e…
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HugePossum RT @ElisaBayra: Great article by @GuardianAus's @_LisaMCox on the recent @UNBiodiversity draft : new targets are not ambitious enough and A…
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HugePossum RT @pdrupp: I'm absolutely begging reporters to also cite the cost of inaction on climate if you're going to throw out some huge number for…
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HugePossum RT @ZoosVictoria: Join us for #ScienceWeek and tune in for a special #ACCLIMATISE forum discussing all things amphibians! From bushfires to…
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HugePossum RT @ABCscience: Move over bin chickens. Cockatoos are learning how to bust into bins and their skills are spreading across suburbia http…
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HugePossum RT @QLD_ScienceWeek: Do you work in food, agriculture or sustainability? Science Week is coming and we want you to join us! We're looking f…
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HugePossum RT @frewecologist: National Science Week is next month 🌱🍄🧬 Why not join a ‘delectable’ evening with me & others scientists as we chat wit…
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HugePossum RT @TwomeyAlice: Thanks @WOSQld for delivering such an interactive induction into the #FlyingScientists for this coming year. Excited to br…
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HugePossum RT @ADalmauNur: Happy to share our methods paper on how we can build climate-smart networks of #MPAs using climate change metrics. Great j…
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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…
RKRunting RT @tessamazor: 🌟New Paper🌟Future-proofing conservation priorities for sea level rise in coastal ... https://t.co/dOTDNN7eeZ https://t.co/u
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 🤞
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 @HugePossum: #Marxan with probability fully described and downloadable at https://t.co/EzH9oMHQqF. You can do your spatial planning and…
vivtulloch RT @Marxan_Planning: #Marxan with Probability is now officially out in @ConBiology https://t.co/i8JIrM9cIG Methods for incorporating uncer…
vivtulloch RT @LuOceano: Our new paper with results from the A12 @NESPmarinehub project led by @m_thumsy and @spottedcatshark showing the importance…
vivtulloch Board nominations for @SCBOceania are now open - I can thoroughly recommend this opportunity to get involved with… https://t.co/MbRzvNnpa3
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 😂😂😂
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
rubenvli RT @mitchest: When it comes to accuracy assessment in #remotesensing "almost 70% of sampled literature were not adhering to recommended gu…

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