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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 @binsan5: Are you a spatial ecologist looking for a tenure-track job in Canada? @BiologieUdeM is hiring! Come join awesome colleagues @E
saverygo RT @MarkMalloryLab: OK, this is hilarious and amazing, every bit of it
saverygo *exhales*
saverygo RT @mtncypress: How can we make workshops with knowledge holders more inclusive? We’re asking ourselves this Q putting together a regional…
saverygo RT @HuntsmanMarine: Curious about the @UNBSJ Marine Semester on the Huntsman campus? (PS - The video was done aboard our research vessel, t…
saverygo @rowdyscience @UNBSaintJohn I heard your talk was excellent!
saverygo RT @barbalink: Ok quantitative birders - where can I find a shape file of the entire Atlantic flyway - not just the US?? #rstat #birdsci #h
saverygo RT @MaxLiboiron: I'm giving a free, public workshop on how we decided on @CLEAR_Lab_ 's values to guide our research. You can register for…
saverygo RT @amilaods: Be sure to check out @SonyaBuyting @CBCQuirks three part series on PFAS! In part 2, we were able to highlight the frontlines…
MariaBeger RT @ConversationEDU: There’s a big problem with the Murdoch media no one is talking about — how it treats women leaders, writes @ANUmedia '…
MariaBeger RT @reef_scientist: @AmeliaWenger Ooh @StephGGardner and I actually took our research on how @CoralCOE leadership positions are still domin…
MariaBeger RT @tamram: Looking for a female mentor? 🤓 I have an NSF-funded PhD position available Fall '21 to study sexual signaling in darters. Resea…
MariaBeger RT @AmandaEBates: PLS RETWEET: Sign to be a signatory on a response to https://t.co/f9PsMgxwDE & document mentoring experience here: https:…
MariaBeger Collecting long term data is important but rarely funded, and life gets in the way of doing extra things on the sid… https://t.co/ON3lVS14PU
MariaBeger RT @DrBFreeman: Not a good week for women in academia. Near total lack of women on highly cited researchers lists and that terrible article…
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 @awegalloway: I can’t believe I have to say this, but we don’t need special recognitions or awards for authors who are already the most…
AChauvenet @jamespwr @cdkuempel Quick let's do an analysis using altmetrics has a measure of paper quality! 🙃
AChauvenet @LizyLowe I am not admitting to anything but, I don't think you're the only one who still has to upload their talk... 😅
AChauvenet RT @AmandaEBates: PLS RETWEET: Sign to be a signatory on a response to https://t.co/f9PsMgxwDE & document mentoring experience here: https:…
AChauvenet RT @perkinsparasite: Ecology/Zoology position available at Cardiff Uni #ecology #conservation Come join a friendly group in a vibrant city…
AChauvenet RT @hormiga: The bizarre @NatureComms paper shouldn't be retracted because we don't like the conclusions. It should be retracted because th…
AChauvenet So many along the way, and I am sure many in the future @Pettorelli @SarahMDurant @kerrie_a_wilson @McMadLabhttps://t.co/oiQ9aWOGyi
AChauvenet RT @pollyp1: Open letter to the Editor-in-Chief of @NatureComms about the AlShebli paper, which claims that training with #WomenInSTEM dama…
AChauvenet @AmeliaWenger Well said Amelia. It's incredible that there are still people who don't believe in the systemic bias… https://t.co/GJGGl4fyll
AChauvenet RT @whitehead_ja: 3 marine science positions now recruiting @ucdavis @bodegamarinelab! Asst Prof Sustainable Aquaculture & Coastal System…
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 @cbaker_research @rob_cope_c @katejhelms @InvasionEcology Yeah, that is happening for sure - postdocs writing thems… https://t.co/s1nUiQpNlT
MattHHolden @rob_cope_c @katejhelms @InvasionEcology A compromise: let a max of 10% of the funding be allowed to go to projects… https://t.co/SYc9mBO9eZ
MattHHolden @katejhelms @InvasionEcology For the past decade Lead Level E men make up 50% of all funded proposals! All women an… https://t.co/2PlAXrCI4O
MattHHolden @seb_schreiber For say a Lepidoptera or anything else with stages feeding on different resources you could use dens… https://t.co/i6uR0iWzpw
MattHHolden @seb_schreiber Nice! Fecundity is my go-to choice as well. What would be the most parsimonious way to include DD in… https://t.co/ewkTsDib9D
MattHHolden RT @TrevorABranch: Seems like a conflict of interest to me...
MattHHolden @seb_schreiber Really like the idea of 2d stage structure models. One thing that would be interesting is comparing… https://t.co/TWQqBKzMSG
MattHHolden RT @sachiefsci: “Using sport science or a maths approach makes a lasting memory.” Katie Gloede, 2020 #SAScienceAwards STEMM Educator of th…
MattHHolden @theoreticalwzrd @gknave @ucdavis required all students take a 3rd year writing course which had multiple options f… https://t.co/L3taU8W1kB
MattHHolden @monsoon0 I wonder if you put only equations in the log what would happen
cdkuempel RT @valfrogkamen: sea urchins protect themselves by putting rocks and shells on their "heads" so apparently if u give them tiny hats they w…
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cdkuempel Interesting idea! I like it https://t.co/RwPljL1JUU
cdkuempel @HugoDPerdomo Looking sharp Dr Perdomo
cdkuempel Checking this out later! https://t.co/oym3hmfRYs
cdkuempel RT @awegalloway: I can’t believe I have to say this, but we don’t need special recognitions or awards for authors who are already the most…
cdkuempel RT @jamespwr: new @NatureComms blowing up the altmetrics, but what does that tell us about success in academia? 🧐 https://t.co/Xjm2XNQsKc
cdkuempel RT @HolliePutnam: Up at 3am to continue typing out the fight against the system that allows for publication of such inaccurate and harmful…
cdkuempel @DocFroehlich You were one of the amazing woman mentors that came to my mind when seeing that paper. Thanks for you… https://t.co/un8iJ6Gt2i
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
kwekings Shell Singapore to repurpose core business, downsize Pulau Bukom refinery in low-carbon shift https://t.co/Ycf7tNAyzx
kwekings Reforestation Grants | Projects | WWF https://t.co/7VAvaXRgGr
kwekings RT @STcom: Singapore launches first institute focused on green finance research and talent development https://t.co/YxudTNqpTj
kwekings RT @Tomswinfield: Is private enterprise a viable way to restore degraded forests? Here we review the situation across Ecosystem Restoration…
kwekings Warming and drought killing plantations in Thailand, including those of the valuable agarwood https://t.co/HrA1fCseQy
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…
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
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
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…
j_a_mcgowan Biodiversity job opportunities with a great team. https://t.co/FNIddoX1Aw
j_a_mcgowan Open access conservation images! Thanks @GregoireDubois https://t.co/1RVFLaE7qi
j_a_mcgowan Decision science post-doc opportunity! https://t.co/GmpZViyIDO
j_a_mcgowan Join us tomorrow for an inspiring day of programs- science, education, and activism with special guests Paul Simon,… https://t.co/pSYuYf0d9H
j_a_mcgowan RT @justine_d_shaw: #Antarctic Peninsula wildlife at risk from cumulative impacts, including #climatechange. A call for action to act now t…
j_a_mcgowan RT @tori_saylor: I am the Governor's Deputy Digital Director. I see everything that is said about and to her online. Every single time th…
j_a_mcgowan RT @WaittFdn: Samoa just took a big step toward a healthy ocean. Congratulations to @samoagovt for committing to protect 30% of its ocean b…
j_a_mcgowan RT @JonnyEcology: Thh challenges of understanding the effectiveness of protected areas https://t.co/2acWPLizP2
j_a_mcgowan RT @ProjectDrawdown: Today we are thrilled to launch Drawdown Labs, a new consortium of visionary private sector partners working to go bey…
MorenaMills RT @_JessicaBlythe: New research finds that 75% of households in Langalanga Lagoon, #SolomonIslands report moderate or severe food insecuri…
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MorenaMills RT @LancasterUni: We have declared a climate emergency and are announcing our aim to become carbon neutral by 2035 https://t.co/olfP5VzsAv
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MorenaMills RT @EJMilnerGulland: This is hard-hitting, but also very helpful and constructive, blog by #African #women on endemic #racism in #conservat
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MorenaMills RT @emollick: A new paper examining when chance meetings lead to breakthroughs & when they lead to competition: 💡When scientists with some…
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MorenaMills RT @WEP_UK: 1/4 Today marks #EqualPayDay, which represents when women effectively stop earning in the year, as a result of the pay gap. A d…
MorenaMills @gotonura Any specific name we should be looking out for? Bob? Ben? Brad? 😂
MorenaMills RT @rafael_magris: 🤷🏻‍♂️👇🏼🌊
MorenaMills RT @j_r_rhodes: Short-term postdoc opportunity to work on fire and koalas - apply here https://t.co/NBWRisuVDQ. Based in Brisbane and appl…
MorenaMills RT @jennifer_brass: A periodic reminder that you can get negative #covid test results and still HAVE COVID, as it takes a while for the vir…
MorenaMills RT @_PhilMartin: Haven't seen this tweeted anywhere, but @T_A_Worthington and @Bill_Sutherland are recruiting a post-doc to work on mangro…
HugePossum RT @KatharinaV_PH: Eroded protections threaten #US forests #Tongass @ScienceMagazine https://t.co/Sp9IH9S7cc To combat intensifying #clim
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HugePossum RT @AdvanceQld: Are you #Qld #startup or #entrepreneur looking for a funding boost? Apply now for the $50K @BolterLawAu Little Giant Startu…
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HugePossum RT @InnovationSarah: Great idea @UQventures - thank you 🙏
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HugePossum RT @carbonchoicesuk: Carbon Choices, my book on common-sense solutions to our #climate and #wildlife crises is on sale on Amazon. https://…
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HugePossum RT @UQ_CBCS: Tomorrow's @UQ_CBCS Tuesday seminar presenter is CBCSer and Uni of Washington postdoc @Gallo_Eduardo - on the governance and p…
HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: The prehistoric looking Southern Cassowary is the latest to join our bird pin flock! Wearing our pins is a great way to sup…
HugePossum RT @Bill_Sutherland: Excellent. Here are 22 studies of bridges https://t.co/pJyBKAEG9r and 55 studies of underpasses https://t.co/jJj9wedm
HugePossum RT @bluecology: Eureka prize awards ceremony tomorrow! @CarissaJoyKlein @vivtulloch @saunders_meg @HugePossum @bode_e @da_schmins https://t…
HugePossum RT @remotelysense: Our new paper published today: Myanmar’s terrestrial ecosystems: status, threats and conservation opportunities. More th…
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 😀
RKRunting @kerrie_a_wilson Thankyou!😀
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 @MegaFaunaMe: https://t.co/a3MpoPiT6I 1/7 The gender-based conclusions/recommendations of this paper are not supported by the study res…
vivtulloch RT @Reynolds_JohnD: Excellent article on lack of endangered species legislation or protection in British Columbia. https://t.co/ofBJBGyn4
vivtulloch @hmorzaria @CoralCoE @eafulton @DrJessMT @EPlaganyi Yes. Disappointing that they chose to publicize this - just a g… https://t.co/3CSJeH8y5j
vivtulloch @EPlaganyi What crap is this?! “female protégés who remain in academia reap more benefits when mentored by males ra… https://t.co/OOD66XGfd6
vivtulloch @EPlaganyi You have been the best role model and mentor for me in my whole academic career @EPlaganyi ❤️❤️❤️ I have… https://t.co/NxPy5R412h
vivtulloch @megcevans New #PNAS paper idea: predict cumulative effects of nuclear war, asteroid, and zombie apocalypse on marine fish...
vivtulloch @megcevans 😂😂😂
vivtulloch @bluecology @MattHHolden Ha - I have never thought of myself as a mathematician! Some days I can barely remember the times tables 🤦‍♀️😂
vivtulloch Marine conservation investment needs informed guidance: where do we begin? https://t.co/ohsW4pcSaS via @griffithari
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…
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…

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