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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 @CBCWorldatSix The episode uploaded for today's news is an old podcast from last week. Can you please update it? Thanks!
saverygo RT @saverygo: July 3rd will be #WorldSeabirdDay. Also the last time the Great Auk was ever seen... #timetoconserve!
saverygo RT @AvianBiology: Surprisingly simple explanation for bird egg shape - It depends on how much the species flies! #ornithology
saverygo RT @sjurdur: Little did they know that this little bundle of cuteness would one day be the bad motherfucker…
saverygo A beautiful song called Arctic Tern just came on. Check it out #seabird-ers!
saverygo RT @NRMecon: Looking forward to presenting #MoretonBay @ARC_CEED @AREatUWA research @Leep_Institute @ianbateman14 @j_r_rhodes
saverygo RT @NRMecon: Soapbox Science of the world unite! @AChauvenet @ARC_CEED
saverygo RT @JaszzyJas: Westward range extension of Short-tailed Shearwaters into the Atlantic! The first paper from the @ACE_Expedition! https://t.…
saverygo RT @CAULHub: Ecological traps can cause urban animals to make bad decisions
MariaBeger RT @kerrie_a_wilson: A fantastic new children's book -- @sbekessy how do I get copies?
MariaBeger RT @RobHarcourt: And we're off #4thICFT first up the fabulous Dr Christine Dudgeon #womeninSTEM @SJC_fishy @MichelleHeupel @IMOS_AUS https:…
MariaBeger RT @kristianteleki: Hawaiian @HokuleaWWV canoe makes it round the world spreading the word of #Sustainability & #SaveOurOcean
MariaBeger RT @CoralReefFish: Attention coral people, this is a great opportunity!
MariaBeger RT @HugePossum: From #Marxan to Management in Sabah: #WWF and @ARC_CEED deliver outcomes in the sea via @wordpressd
MariaBeger RT @wateratleeds: Another reason to collaborate and visit @UniversityLeeds: Leeds ranked 5th Lonely Planet's Best In Europe 2017 list https…
MariaBeger RT @MarkEakin: Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they're made out to be. Here's why via @ConversationEDU
MariaBeger RT @atiretoo: Wherein I express an opinion on model averaging.
MariaBeger keep the tweets coming - its great to see whats going on in the coral reef world from afar! @coralcoe @shinedome #CORAL17
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 @AnotherBobSmith: Our @ConversationUS article is out! "Even ugly animals can win hearts and dollars" @verissimod
AChauvenet Maybe we should redecorate the tea room @ARC_CEED? @DRobcito @MattHHolden @kerrie_a_wilson
AChauvenet RT @cochl: Greens Senator Larissa Waters putting forward a motion on Black Lung while breastfeeding in the Senate #auspol
AChauvenet RT @WOWTweetAus: Gender stereotypes are defined between 5 and 7 years of age. Thanks for sharing @ourFemeconomy
AChauvenet RT @thewisecampaign: How can we engage men in increasing gender diversity in #STEM? Event open to WISE members only #WomenInSTEM https://…
AChauvenet RT @SciGenderEquity: National survey into flex work shows Aus workplaces/employees still quite inflexible with flex work arrangements https…
AChauvenet RT @KJonesJamtgaard: I would love it if gender violence/harassment prevention training & education were required to be in academic leadersh…
AChauvenet RT @ayeshatulloch: Great article showing Australian clearing on the rise from legal 'thinning' via @ConversationEDU
AChauvenet RT @NRMecon: Soapbox Science of the world unite! @AChauvenet @ARC_CEED
NRMecon RT @matjhardy: Our recent paper on why it's important to consider politics and context when developing conservation policy
NRMecon You do not need to work 80 hours a week to succeed in academia via @timeshighered
NRMecon Historic Landscape Characterisation | Historic England via @HistoricEngland
NRMecon Great start to our workshop exploring #culturalheritage on the Nth Devon Coast @Yates_KL @Leep_Institute @SalfordUni
NRMecon Looking forward to the South West Marine Natural Capital Conference @SW_EEP @Leep_Institute @ianbateman14
NRMecon Open-ended questions - Don't take the bait! @saverygo @ARC_CEED
NRMecon Soapbox Science of the world unite! @AChauvenet @ARC_CEED
NRMecon RT @SCBMarine: Large scale Marine Protected Areas: Lessons shared by the Pacific | Biodiversity & Ecosystems Management
NRMecon RT @matjhardy: Could flexibility in biodiversity offset policies be useful for conserving priority species or communities?
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 RT @NRMecon: Open-ended questions - Don't take the bait! @saverygo @ARC_CEED
MattHHolden RT @ayeshatulloch: Great article showing Australian clearing on the rise from legal 'thinning' via @ConversationEDU
MattHHolden RT @paulcoxon: Woah! Mathematician and Fields Medallist Cédric Villani just got elected to the French National Assembly
MattHHolden RT @extremefriday: At the local deli. What could have happened to make them put up that sign??
MattHHolden .@aggwarrior talks about accounting for social-ecological complexity in #conservation @ARC_CEED @kerrie_a_wilson
MattHHolden RT @EcoOakes: Thanks for a fascinating workshop on differential equations in R @MattHHolden @ARC_CEED
MattHHolden RT @klholden: Came across this random and delightful sign and wanted to share the positive vibe. #GoodJob everyone!
MattHHolden Best fraud excuse ever given! #math
MattHHolden RT @TrevorABranch: Probably my most frequent reviewer comment: spell out the acronyms unless they are so well known everyone in the field u…
MattHHolden RT @YumMusings: This is what we all need on a Monday morning - #comedywildlife. @FunnyPhotoAward opens 2017 competition on June 1st! https:…
cdkuempel RT @SCBBrisUQ: **Due to high demand tickets to tomorrow's Jane Goodall Webinar have been opened up to the public** Get your ticket https://…
cdkuempel RT @AlistairDove: #DYK that underneath that orange bit of paper, filters in cigarette butts are made of plastic? When discarded they do not…
cdkuempel RT @ICCB2017: Attending #ICCB2017? Bring an auction item to donate at SCB booth for the Chapter Silent Auction! More info:
cdkuempel RT @saunders_meg: Look out for the #QLDStars #scicomm #womeninSTEM team visiting regional QLD this aug! @UQ_EAIT @UQ_sees @GCITweet @ARC_CE
cdkuempel RT @UQ_News: #UQ graduate @TheCaseyFung brings endangered species to life in new #AugmentedReality app. @AR_Shift BLOG:
cdkuempel RT @DaniellaBostrom: Polluted water popsicles with taste of waste, plastic and nitrate. Students highlight quality of their water: https://…
cdkuempel RT @GCITweet: Dr Emma Kennedy: research scientist working on the @50Reefs initiative @reef_scientist
cdkuempel RT @AlistairDove: See that hook on the head of the male Kurtus fish? He uses it to carry her eggs like a bunch of grapes on his forehead #F
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...
kwekings RT @Trends_Ecol_Evo: New Review from Willis et al. Old Plants, New Tricks: Phenological Research Using Herbarium Specimens
kwekings Conservation biologists report more exhaustion than care workers, want to quit, and who doesn't like fieldwork??
BonMappin RT @lizzieking82: Over 300 hectares of revegetation happening in the #Yarra Yarra catchment over the next few weeks including this site #20…
BonMappin RT @trustfornature: What is 'private land conservation'? We penned a piece about it all for our colleagues at @bankaust
BonMappin RT @ARC_CEED: Visiting fellow Paul Armsworth @UTK_EEB discusses how #ROI w/cost & #biodiversity affects #Conservation planning
BonMappin #Adani green light raises more questions than answers #qldpol
BonMappin RT @ConservationWA: Gained more than lost - how the battle to stop the Perth Freight Link will shape the future of WA for decades: https://…
BonMappin RT @TSR_Hub: At 101 Australia's oldest scientist continues a legacy: Nick Leseberg receiving Max Day Award to study night parrots https://t…
BonMappin RT @alisonlritchie: Buried audit shows WA species plunging into #extinction via @watoday
BonMappin RT @AmeliaWenger: Congrats @jamesecology on your @ElsevierConnect award for your outstanding paper on human pressures in world heritage sit…
BonMappin RT @_WABSI: "An estimated 200 western ringtail possums are injured or killed every year in the Busselton area" @WAParksWildlife @kingspark_
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 RT @ReutersScience: Norway cuts forest protection payments to Brazil to $35 million
j_a_mcgowan RT @AnotherBobSmith: Our @ConversationUS article is out! "Even ugly animals can win hearts and dollars" @verissimod
j_a_mcgowan RT @pvisconbio: Mainstraiming the odd and endangered works for conservation @EDGEofExistence
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: From #Marxan to Management in Sabah: #WWF and @ARC_CEED deliver outcomes in the sea via @wordpressd
j_a_mcgowan RT @matthewgburgess: Sometimes what seems inefficient is actually efficient when considering larger sets of objectives
j_a_mcgowan RT @SCBConsMark: Stunning images as part of the #savetogether campaign seeking to raise awareness of #endangered species
j_a_mcgowan RT @ARC_CEED: CEED PhD @j_a_mcgowan has joined @wild_ark working on a global project 2 protect, manage, restore ranges of 100 spp! https://…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Society4ConBio: A big opportunity to conserve Australia’s marine natural heritage #SaveOurOcean #WorldOceansDay
j_a_mcgowan RT @wild_ark: Meet WildArk's scientist in residence Jennifer McGowan who is working with us to develop the scientific strategy... https://t…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Pew_EU: New @PNASNews research by @Prof_CallumYork & team: 8 ways marine reserves can mitigate #ClimateChange.
MorenaMills RT @GMMace: Quarter of England’s rivers at risk of running dry, finds WWF
MorenaMills RT @galka_max: Where are forests being gained / lost? Map by @tkb
MorenaMills RT @ICMBio: Seminário abre inscrições para trabalhos científicos. Participe!
MorenaMills RT @SCBConsMark: The International Congress for Conservation Biology @ICCB2017 is just a month away! Hope to see you there.
MorenaMills Applications 4 the British Ecological Society Policy Fellowships open now
MorenaMills ECRs, interested in the marine environment and Sustainable Development Goals, this looks fun:
MorenaMills @CarlaWildlife @YumMusings loved the teaser! Can't wait for the full episodes!
MorenaMills RT @natmoss: Nine of world's biggest fishing firms sign up to protect oceans
MorenaMills RT @ICCS_updates: Join us in Oxford this Autumn. ICCS has launched the call for applications for its Biodiversity Fellows programme: https:…
MorenaMills RT @SCBOceania: Smith Fellows 2018 Call for Proposals Announced @smithfellows @Society4ConBio
HugePossum Zoos could use decision science tools to prioritise which species to help to conserve via @ConversationUS
HugePossum RT @MarineGenomics: mt #marine #conservation New marine protected area designated in Costa Rica, see more https://t…
HugePossum RT @MaryNicholsCA: #CAinChina not just ceremonies & speeches -- @JerryBrownGov backs it up: CA pollution ⬇️ while our economy thrives https…
HugePossum RT @OEHmedia: #NPWS staff got a surprise 'battle of the bush' while #SavingOurSpecies. Will the monster moth meet its match as antechinus u…
HugePossum RT @MarkTercek: India is tackling climate change by investing in low carbon & renewable energy solutions. Let’s keep at it globally. https:…
HugePossum RT @bjenquist: Kicking off a big new global @BIEN_data effort to help forecast future of biodiversity @ConservationOrg #EnquistLab https:/…
HugePossum RT @AnotherBobSmith: Our new article shows marketing could help raise funds for any species. Open access for 4 weeks
HugePossum RT @LeahLeopold: The @USFWSEndsp is grossly underfunded. Prioritization is a way to save as many species as possible.
HugePossum RT @HelenTaylor_TNC: #invasivespecies = #1 threat to the #GreatLakes. Call your Reps/Sens; tell them: Support the #StopAsianCarpNow bill. h…
HugePossum RT @nature_brains: When you look closely, everything about this tiny, inconspicuous snail is remarkable. @eatguineapigs reports. https://t.…
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
RKRunting Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat!
christhebirder RT @CarlaWildlife: Jane Goodall calls on the QLD government to #StopAdani and save #TheGreatBarrierReef #ThinkGoodall #auspol #qldpol https…
christhebirder RT @AusSocHerp: The deadline for the *Paul Webber Research Fund for Herpetology* has been extended to this Wednesday! Get your applications…
christhebirder RT @BioInFocus: "Dear taxonomists, you are doing it wrong, but don't worry, conservation biology will save you & the world!" 🖕🏻🖕🏻 https://…
christhebirder RT @grnfirescience: Green Fire Science PhD student James Allan is being awarded the Elsevier Atlas Award here at UQ
christhebirder RT @TSR_Hub: Check out the latest news from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the National Environmental Science Programme. https://t…
christhebirder RT @CarlaWildlife: So many people in Brisbane marching for science!! #marchforscience
christhebirder RT @saswisch: #WSTC3 abstracts & schedule are ONLINE! AMAZING line-up & more surprises to come! #seabirdersaturday #ornithology https://t.…
christhebirder RT @PetrelStation: In just a couple of hours #WSTC3 kicks off, #seabird goodness for 3 days! I'm on at 17.30 NZT on seabird #conservation p…
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 @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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