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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 @JaneMurphie @thewrightpage Sounds great! I’d love to see a photo of the view
saverygo @JaneMurphie @thewrightpage Perfect 👍We zipped up Bald Head today which was pretty great but I’ll check out some of… https://t.co/svzs7qVpHc
saverygo @thewrightpage Good morning! I'm trying to recall all the great hiking locations recommended on the nature segment… https://t.co/vPBKxGhqTD
saverygo RT @v_hemming: Can #decision #analysis help to achieve #environmental #sustainability #goals? What are its strengths (or limitations)? If y…
saverygo RT @jenni_pro: Super excited to have the latest report on #monitoring #plasticpollution in the #Arctic come out from @AMAP_Arctic today! Yo…
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
MariaBeger RT @carstmey: Last chance: Postdoc on mapping ~30yrs of global wood-harvesting & effects on vertebrate diversity. Come work with us @iDiv!…
MariaBeger RT @Guida_Santos7: 📢📢JOB ALERT The Spanish postdoctoral call "Juan de la Cierva (Incorporación)" should open soon. Contact me if you are in…
MariaBeger RT @Marxan_Planning: Are you registered for @ICCB2021? @j_a_mcgowan, @HugePossum, @BrookeWEcology, and @Diego_J_B are running a pre-congres…
MariaBeger How can we identify and protect coral reef adaptive potential? We looking for a PhD student who wants to help find… https://t.co/mUWr4P8gZM
MariaBeger RT @danieljhartley: On the @leedsucu picket line this morning. Missed this place! https://t.co/44sH1nu6cJ
MariaBeger RT @PriestleyCentre: "While delegates have left Glasgow, the UK’s responsibilities as COP president are far from over" Professor @piersfor
MariaBeger RT @SmithCoralReef: Looking for a new #postdoc in #Phycology & #Seaweed research on the methane mitigating #Asparagopsis @Scripps_Ocean P…
AChauvenet RT @DrTanyaMSmith: Anyone keen to escape winter for good? Check out this new #aDNA position in @Griffith_SciEnv @Griffith_Uni. #Brisbane is…
AChauvenet RT @emma__jayne14: Rachelle Miller delivered a press conference alleging that Allan Tudge emotionally and physically abused her, and there…
AChauvenet RT @TamePunk: “I have experienced perhaps more of the harshness of politics than most,” he said, the day after the Jenkins Review. He exis…
AChauvenet RT @EuanRitchie1: Greg Hunt does not leave a legacy to be proud of. He celebrated killing off putting a price on carbon as the climate cris…
AChauvenet RT @pelentini: Really great to see an empirical assessment of the impact of tracking devices - this one shows body mass loss equivalent to…
AChauvenet RT @BiodiversityGuy: "A recent report by The Australia Institute calculated more than 40,000 university jobs were lost in the year to May 2…
AChauvenet RT @ARU_Biology: 📢 Job opportunity: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Ecology, Conservation and Sustainability. Please RT! https://t.co/30VnN6lBiz
AChauvenet RT @Asher_Wolf: Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick is a climate scientist at UNSW, but ⁦@newscomauHQ⁩ labels her “mum” in a headline https://t.c…
AChauvenet RT @AlboMP: The Prime Minister has had more than a year to realise hotels were not built for quarantine and build new facilities. He has b…
AChauvenet RT @AdamBandt: BREAKING: Labor just voted with Libs to give $50m of public money to open up the Beetaloo gas fields, blocking the Greens’ m…
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 @Jon_Chase03 If the authors are asking, expecting additional collaboration with the reviewer this is fine, but the… https://t.co/WdSavVdoqw
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MattHHolden @Fish_Baetz @AcademicChatter @DearGradStudent You can always get a PhD later, after working. Working first will giv… https://t.co/LWEdv0bXyd
MattHHolden @algebrandis is it possible to analyze the performance of students in calculus vs their precalc score? If the major… https://t.co/riDjF0p2u3
MattHHolden Racism at its finest! https://t.co/zLZfO66tWU
MattHHolden RT @sallycol: the WHO is gonna run out of greek letters for covid variants soon & then it'll be really be time for mathematicians, whose ta…
MattHHolden @maddi_pow To be fair it was the best "I get drunk sometimes" tweet of 2021
MattHHolden RT @maddi_pow: I've now reached the stage of life where I don't get drunk and text an ex, I get drunk and accept peer review requests 💁‍♀️
MattHHolden RT @solidangles: that bus meme except it's about mathematics https://t.co/4Z0orguqIc
MattHHolden RT @GMonsalvebravo: I am so happy to have received the 2019 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses! It was an aweso…
MattHHolden RT @GlobalChangeBio: RESPONSE TO THE EDITOR 📬 Invasive wild pigs (Sus scrofa) as a human‐mediated source of soil carbon emissions: uncertai…
cdkuempel RT @TrevorABranch: For all those previously commenting about @UW_SAFS advertising a 75% grant-funded position with 3 mo salary support... h…
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cdkuempel RT @Marxan_Planning: Are you registered for @ICCB2021? @j_a_mcgowan, @HugePossum, @BrookeWEcology, and @Diego_J_B are running a pre-congres…
cdkuempel @AmeliaWenger @AcademicChatter I've never done it but have read some that use LexisNexis (e.g.,… https://t.co/vPNvmCLaKv
cdkuempel Reading a cover letter I wrote a few years back thinking "Dang this person sounds really good!" 🤣
cdkuempel Today’s pet peeve: when you go through the trouble to add the dimensions of the table to the FB marketplace ad… and… https://t.co/xJQGKdxuUF
cdkuempel Someone make an R color palette stat! https://t.co/ANK0P6ZkGi
cdkuempel RT @EPlaganyi: Come work with us @CSIRO! We are excited to be advertising for a Research Scientist - Quantitative Coastal Ecologist to join…
kwekings Centre for Urban Greenery & Ecology @nparksbuzz looking for postgraduate researcher of urban forestry and urban tre… https://t.co/eJ9I0e18pg
kwekings RT @biobartholomew: The Red List of Bornean Endemic Dipterocarps is published today. Alarmingly 62% are threatened with extinction! We hig…
kwekings RT @IUCN_ASAP: To halt species extinction within the region, ASAP recommends increasing targeted investment, strengthening the effectivenes…
kwekings RT @ForrestFleisch1: In the last week I've started to receive inquiries from people running tree planting programs wanting my help. I am su…
kwekings RT @herrfischer: Why do Jane Goodall or Marc Benioff think that the world needs a #TrillionTrees? It's a weird story about made up figures,…
kwekings Norman Lim and I share about the animals and plants in the different types of forests in Singapore https://t.co/45NH3TFdSX
kwekings @g33k5p34k @barisanhantu @hawchuan Okay just one more: (3) it seems intuitive that if you have trees that provide f… https://t.co/sEOSA7IKd3
kwekings @g33k5p34k @barisanhantu @hawchuan (2) and this one showing that the effects of roads and natural greenery come fro… https://t.co/rG1jLVrW8z
kwekings @g33k5p34k @barisanhantu @hawchuan Two more from me: (1) this one showing that natural greenery trumps managed gree… https://t.co/f3LPW3OT1J
kwekings RT @song_xiaoping: More recent news on green spaces in cities https://t.co/izwcd9IqIN We need better ways to measure quantitatively our acc…
BonMappin Over 100 world leaders, including @ScottMorrisonMP commit to end #deforestation & land degradation by 2030 at… https://t.co/uUMOEa4Rk3
BonMappin RT @naturensw: Land clearing in NSW must end for Australia to meet its new COP26 deforestation pledge https://t.co/fvRSWoRFsU
BonMappin RT @BBCBreaking: First major deal at COP26 climate summit sees 100 nations promise to end deforestation by 2030 and protect "lungs of our p…
BonMappin This week 200 countries are meeting at the @UNBiodiversity #COP15. What does this mean for Australia? Great summary… https://t.co/XwJkaiLzyq
BonMappin RT @NathanielPelle: Next week at #COP15 countries come together to decide whether we'll do what's needed to reverse the biodiversity crisis…
BonMappin This program offers great potential for improving the health of Australia's ecosystems. Our research shows it shoul… https://t.co/P5AR9BvThP
BonMappin Australia can restore 30% of native vegetation cover across almost all degraded ecosystems on Australia’s marginal… https://t.co/s4qdCkLddt
BonMappin RT @martine_maron: Into remote sensing and enviro policy? Brilliant job opportunity to lead a new project working with fabulous people to i…
BonMappin @luizebg @RajaoPhD @gcamara @dsrinpe @mapbiomas Translated from Portuguese by Au$41 Bi to restore degraded areas in… https://t.co/kmhnYcv7WH
BonMappin RT @luizebg: Au$ 41 Bi para restaurar áreas degradadas na Austrália, quanto seria no Brasil? @RajaoPhD @gcamara @dsrinpe @mapbiomas Alguém…
mainambui RT @VeraHorigue: New paper out by @EF_Asamoah @mainambui in @NatureClimate shows that 64% of global #ProtectedAreas may experience high ra…
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…
j_a_mcgowan RT @saunders_meg: New Research Scientist position - Quantitative Coastal Ecologist. Join our team @CSIRO #GenerationRestoration #NbS coasta…
j_a_mcgowan @tashcadenhead @wildbusiness @megcevans I’d like the recording as well plz and thank you.
j_a_mcgowan #MarxanZones application to explore potential tradeoffs w conservation and food production, globally. Congrats to… https://t.co/YZsRytpQWS
j_a_mcgowan RT @martine_maron: Interested in applied research on emerging environmental markets - esp. biodiversity aspects? Postdoctoral fellowships a…
j_a_mcgowan Amazing PhD opportunity ! https://t.co/JcPyXUjGuK
j_a_mcgowan @megcevans @cdkuempel ❤️❤️ to you both
j_a_mcgowan RT @m_dimarco: Huge call for "green" PhD positions open at @SapienzaRoma This includes 30 positions in our PhD School of Environmental Bio…
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_org: President Xi’s US$232M commitment (1.5B yuan) is a hopeful sign of China’s emerging leadership on finance for #NatureNow.…
j_a_mcgowan RT @deepseadawn: Our hearts were broken by 23 species recently declared extinct. In this post, we focus on the @EOWilsonFndtn's Half-Earth…
MorenaMills I'm so proud of @yshennan who submitted a wonderful PhD this week. #Equity, #restoration, #livelihoods insane model… https://t.co/wiFNlkp7PG
MorenaMills Loving Kart el Shockington. Please add a bit of sarcasm to your day, it makes the world a bit more sane.… https://t.co/Yu93HW9ZFO
MorenaMills Chatting about nature, protected areas, participation and equity in a few minutes. Join us! https://t.co/SWGq25Bnm5
MorenaMills RT @saunders_meg: “It’s important to help privileged scientists recognize their own privilege.” The perspective of a scientist from the Glo…
MorenaMills RT @meredithgore: E.U. seeks to block import of commodities that drive deforestation https://t.co/ifw8PQ4LMi
MorenaMills RT @bluecology: We're hiring a research fellow in socioecological science to work with WWF, @ThinkDeepReef and @globalwetlands on the soc…
MorenaMills @MarineCons @NSERC_CRSNG @UVicENVI @UVicSocialSci @UVicResearch Congratulations Natalie! So we’ll deserved!!!
MorenaMills RT @AmbascienceUK: 🎙️"We’re past the point of making profit from losing biodiversity. We will gain more from conserving it" said 🗣️@richjgi
MorenaMills RT @CellPressNews: "Integrated spatial planning for biodiversity conservation and food production" - Read more from this @OneEarth_CP artic…
MorenaMills RT @ProfTerryHughes: I think of this image every time some journalist complains about climate change protesters disrupting traffic….. https…
HugePossum RT @QuestaGame: Congrats to DJFirestar who has won Novice @QuestaGame #PlayeroftheDay today & earned 1000 bonus gold! 100 gold goes to the…
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HugePossum RT @QIMRBerghofer: Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Hugh Possingham (@HugePossum) delivered the Derrick Mackerras Memorial Lecture toda…
HugePossum RT @QReconstruction: Disaster assistance has been extended for eight local government areas in Central, Southern and Western Queensland tha…
HugePossum RT @Marxan_Planning: Are you registered for @ICCB2021? @j_a_mcgowan, @HugePossum, @BrookeWEcology, and @Diego_J_B are running a pre-congres…
HugePossum RT @leanahosea: How do we lock away as much carbon as possible in wetlands? A new study draws together research from around the world to…
HugePossum This is an amazing piece of work by Stephen Garnett and friends - it tells us how much we are losing and how easy… https://t.co/UAOBDHIAlp
HugePossum RT @Neilham2007: Legendary New Zealand giant eagle was a killer that ate like a vulture https://t.co/KWfnEbVWEa
HugePossum RT @takapodigs: 1. #BOUsci21 #kakapo are one of the world's most unusual and rarest birds: the heaviest and the only flightless and lek-bre…
HugePossum @CratesRoss @Twitchathon @D0CT0R_Dave @martine_maron @EuanRitchie1 The abundances I am getting in 2ha counts for bi… https://t.co/g5xa4e2fdb
HugePossum @DoktrNick Floofy is as floofy does
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: Australia has a rich marine transboundary fauna and the #Escazú agreement can inspire this country to collaborate among nat…
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: The landmark #Escazú Agreement fosters env democracy, cooperation, and human rights in LAC. We propose three mechanisms to…
RKRunting RT @leslieamlwch: Love Thy Neighbour (or at least Collaborate With Thy Neighbour) key for ocean conservation More than 90% of mapped marin…
RKRunting @cdkuempel @AFredston @MariaBeger Not sure if this is what you're looking for but I've done this for coastal wetlan… https://t.co/f8v37D3dTe
RKRunting Funded PhD opportunity! Join me and @ProfLesleyHead at #geogmelb @SciMelb to explore landholder management behavio… https://t.co/33CuVDtvey
RKRunting RT @tessamazor: ⭐️#Newpaper⭐️Urban Areas with High Conservation Potential for #CoastalHabitats in the Tropic-Subtropic Available: https://t…
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
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 @cdkuempel: New paper out in @ConsBio! We assessed opportunities to manage threats across less climate exposed coral reefs (1/n). https:…
vivtulloch RT @BAlexSimmons: Our new paper led by @cdkuempel in @ConBiology quantifies human impacts on 50 coral #reefs that are less exposed to #clim
vivtulloch RT @GriffithARI: "With fisheries for example, seagrasses provide nursery habitat for juvenile fish and foraging grounds for about 25% of th…
vivtulloch RT @globalwetlands: Conservation relies on ecosystem indicators to track progress - studying interrelationships between 34 indicators for #…
vivtulloch RT @GriffithARI: “We identified associations between pressures and measured changes in seagrass extent and found that seagrasses are especi…
vivtulloch RT @globalwetlands: 🚨New paper led by @turschwell models trajectories of #seagrass change at a global scale & shows how they relate to mult…
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…
rubenvli RT @fsuarezca: After #ClimateChange, poor water quality is one of the most serious threats for coastal ecosystems. We have a new paper wher…
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

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