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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 @graeme_sr This is very cool :)
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saverygo @kat_cary This + ☕️ ☕️ ☕️ https://t.co/t9vjoT99xF
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saverygo RT @LetsFishSmarter: This theme comes up again and again in low-carbon travel: the journey itself is part of the adventure. We need policie…
saverygo First trip to Montreal and travelling by train! so scenic, and much more environmentally friendly than flying! 🚞 👍🏻😁 https://t.co/ylbe9m8qeX
saverygo RT @GeraldKutney: GOOD MORNING ☀️ friends of #climatebrawl: a serious matter has arisen as the alt-right are mounting slanderous and even t…
saverygo RT @KorrynBodner: "Prediction in the Anthropocene" symposium is less than a week away! Be sure to check it out @CSEE_Meetings and hear our…
saverygo RT @SteveStuWill: This is what your childhood home videos look like when your dad's a Hollywood special-effects artist... https://t.co/U1or
saverygo @JacquelynGill @ESA_org I love the idea of remote attendance!! I have so many ideas. But in answer to your questio… https://t.co/mlTKBGa5yG
saverygo @aijawhite @BamfieldMSC @BoecknerMatthew @jenni_pro Nice!! Finally, an answer! I wouldn’t normally characterize Bam… https://t.co/ImndDsFfMA
MariaBeger RT @ZoeR_Coral: Western Australia's EPA is revising the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guidelines and they are seeking expert submissions (closes…
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MariaBeger RT @HugePossum: WWF, TNC @nature_org and UC Berkley scientists argue that to protect the world’s last wild rivers we need to rethink how we…
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MariaBeger RT @TaotaoTasi: The USA conducted Nazi-esqe human tests on the Marshallese people for decades to see what would happen by exposing them to…
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MariaBeger RT @TaotaoTasi: The Manhattan Project Beer Company @mpbeerco is selling a Bikini Atoll beer and all of Pacific social media is on fire. To…
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MariaBeger RT @DanExton: If you want to learn how to make awesome plots using #ggplot #rstats I can’t recommend this blog by @CedScherer enough. Clear…
MariaBeger RT @vonderHeydenlab: Please RT this advert for an awesome postdoctoral fellowship opportunity on ecological genomics, climate change resili…
MariaBeger RT @emilysdarling: And whew! If you made it this far, thanks! Check out the actual paper (possibly fewer words than this Twitter thread!)…
MariaBeger RT @emilysdarling: @StacyDJupiter Incredibly, more than 100 coral reef scientists generously sent me their hard-earned data! From across th…
MariaBeger RT @emilysdarling: After 2,584 study sites, 100+ data contributors, 81 coauthors, 70 affiliations, 6 years, and 2 postdocs, our latest pape…
MariaBeger RT @luke_earl: Are you interested in using #eDNA #metabarcoding to monitor #biodiversity or detect #invasive species? Some key findings fro…
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 @SeabirdSentinel: "Contrarians are featured in 49% more media articles than scientists [on #climatechange]. [This] contributes to the pr…
AChauvenet RT @leahruppanner: Here is an article I wrote busting the myth that women are better multitaskers than men They are not — they're just doi…
AChauvenet RT @ElisaBayra: Please come and support us fantastic women in #Science, #Technology, #Engineering, #Medicine and #Mathematics when we talk…
AChauvenet RT @AngelaSocSci: This looks like a great postdoc opportunity! https://t.co/C4xdCCMJZp
AChauvenet RT @GriffithJellies: Wow, what a fantastic day! Thanks to #SeaWorldOz for providing @Griffith_Uni students the opportunity to study whales…
AChauvenet RT @cdkuempel: Trying to deal with large spatial rasters in R has been the bane of my existence over the past 11 months. Thankfully @JaredK
AChauvenet @megcevans Probably not helpful, but I can't imagine biodiversity conservation without science. For me they are one… https://t.co/g8LmRHASTv
AChauvenet RT @adele_pavlidis: #Embodied #methods for #wellbeing workshop in full swing. Trying out ideas, thinking through the multiple ontologies of…
AChauvenet RT @LauraCMcCaughey: August 10th 12-3pm @the_rocks is Sydney’s inaugural @SoapboxScience event @SoapboxSydney Our 12-1pm session is ri…
AChauvenet RT @doc_magni: -3 days to my Sydney bound for @SoapboxScience @SoapboxSydney #scienceweek! I can't wait to see you guys!! @DilanSeckiner1
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 RT @TheSIAMNews: SIAM Conference on Mathematics of Data Science (MDS20) Call for Presentations is posted. Submit now! https://t.co/bI48Ygrh
MattHHolden RT @KerrieMengersen: Huge congratulations Aswi for tackling new spatial methods to address the important problem of dengue in Makassar, Ind…
MattHHolden Contingencies, decisions we made in the past, which everything builds off of, are pervasive in #conservation,… https://t.co/hv0cqo2hxm
MattHHolden Great resources for those with, or planning to have, kids in academia here @aKIDemicLife. Lots of sources for getti… https://t.co/UBqUA0a04Y
MattHHolden @hgcaceres @Cambridge_Uni @UZH_en wow they deleted the tweet. Maybe they are reconsidering.
MattHHolden @hgcaceres @Cambridge_Uni @UZH_en To add insult to injury, the 300€ they contribute towards plane flights is reimbu… https://t.co/1B7A8pspPG
MattHHolden @Rob_SalGo @ftmaestre At first, I really thought my Spanish had gone down the toilet, because I read the quote as "… https://t.co/BbCajvZzEJ
MattHHolden RT @Rob_SalGo: Translating this to English bc it is worth spreading further "Labs should form researchers, they should not destroy people"…
MattHHolden RT @manammichelle: Huge crowds @SCBBrisUQ Science on Tap event to see these two superstars in action! @CarissaJoyKlein @HugePossum Take hom…
MattHHolden @NikiRust @Shivviness That's how I interpret the two features, but thave no idea how others do
cdkuempel RT @jamesecology: Each year, more people are killed defending the environment than British or Australian soldiers in overseas deployments..…
cdkuempel RT @DocFroehlich: It's official! The Froehlich Lab has a website! I'm accepting students Fall 2020, in case you were wondering 🐟 Hot tip, v…
cdkuempel RT @TheTenaciousG: #TBT Rooftop happy hours have become a festive NCEAS tradition! #6thFloorBalcony #AwesomeViews #CelebrateGoodTimes #BYO
cdkuempel RT @BSHalpern: Two new post-docs as part of The Iterative Eden Project. Up to $65k/yr plus great benefits and additional resources. Highly…
cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: Check out this exciting post-doc opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on conservation interventions and climat…
cdkuempel @DocFroehlich Oops typo - wine-y* 🍷💁‍♀️
cdkuempel @DocFroehlich Your favorite whiny post-doc ;) https://t.co/x8J4duBIEV
cdkuempel RT @jagephart: 🚨New job posting: Fisheries & Food Security Data Scientist (link: https://t.co/2xpPQC8Qw4) Position based in DC, working w…
cdkuempel Trying to deal with large spatial rasters in R has been the bane of my existence over the past 11 months. Thankfull… https://t.co/eNJshcwLDC
kwekings RT @DanRRichards: Do you need a map of vegetation for Singapore? Leon's new data paper https://t.co/URcQY4LN5e @NatCapSG @_FCL https://t.co
kwekings RT @FIB_NUS: .@MethodsEcolEvol paper by Jia Huan, Kenny & @erarsenault #isotopeanalysis of amino acids consistently distinguished between…
kwekings There is an R package called DHARMa. No, it does not randomly generate yogic mantras. https://t.co/4TwrdOkJJ1
kwekings No kidding?? Matthew Lim https://t.co/EPLVyEMhZi
kwekings Mangroves in a Changing World: From Population Genetics to Ecological Genomics by Alison Wee 19 Jul Fri 10 am NUS D… https://t.co/NlCAGuNFMp
kwekings RT @winstontlchow: A great review on the divide separating top and bottom of the current academic pyramid. https://t.co/1tp0gmUq1q
kwekings The work of Alan Krueger and his colleagues challenged a bedrock belief of labour economics: they showed that raisi… https://t.co/Kv0skXeBli
kwekings NUS #LSM and #BES #FYP #poster day 28 Mar (Thu) @ UHall link bridge https://t.co/ieBb4pT2NN
kwekings RT @JEcology: New on the blog: our blog editor @PierreMariotte shares some thoughts and his personal experiences on what it means to be an…
kwekings RT @DLNarango: Check out our new paper in @PNASNews! With help from DC-area homeowners we found that your yard needs at least 70% #nativepl
BonMappin RT @jamesecology: Attending #ICCB2019? Check out our "action mapping" symposium where @HugePossum @j_a_mcgowan @manammichelle @ChrisOBryan8
BonMappin RT @battle_kt: My @MalariaAtlas paper on P vivax #malaria burden is out in @TheLancet showing a 46% decline in Pv cases from 2005 to 2017 a…
BonMappin RT @april_reside: I’ve been involved in Black-throated finch research for >10yrs. Today I’m devastated by the decision by Qld Govt to appro…
BonMappin Almost a third of terrestrial ecoregions, across all seven biogeographical realms, 12 biomes, and 114 countries, ha… https://t.co/pO414uxkOz
BonMappin @oschoettker @ConLetters Thanks! Glad to hear you found it interesting!
BonMappin RT @GreeningAust: A study commissioned by the Federal Department of Environment found that regenerative management practices "have the pote…
BonMappin RT @WCSNewsroom: Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target | Important new paper in @ConLetters https://t.co/SYDoA
BonMappin RT @ConLetters: Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target by @BonMappin et al. https://t.co/0H6jYvXHJi #Ecologica
BonMappin RT @sccs_aus: Last chance to register and submit your abstract for #SCCSAus2019! Registration closes next week (Feb 28th). With inspiration…
mainambui RT @cyclonewatson: a possible smoking gun? @Pablo_Negret @martine_maron @LauraSonter discover emerging evidence that armed conflict and ill…
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: 450 coral reefs in Indo-Pacific survive in climate “cool spots”, scientists including @EnvScMQ’s Joseph Maina @mainambui repo…
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: @EnvScMQ @mainambui @NatureEcoEvo @jcu @aims_gov_au @CoralCoE @SydneyMarine Researchers suggest 3 strategic choices for reef…
mainambui @emilysdarling @NatureEcoEvo Kudos! Being able to allocate spatially explicit strategies to save reefs is a big lea… https://t.co/0eO8zigq57
mainambui RT @AndrewKSkidmore: 3 #phd #jobs #vacancies available at @UTwente @LibITC under @ERC_Research grant “Monitoring Biodiversity from Space” u…
mainambui RT @eumetsat: #DYK that you can learn about how we monitor the oceans from #space with #satellites? All the material from our #oceansfromsp
mainambui RT @spatialsource: Corals cross-bred for heat tolerance show promising results after reef transplant. https://t.co/Oy49wmemA7
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Protected areas may not be the “biodiversity in the bank” we once thought - management and other investments are essential…
mainambui RT @aboudjumbe: We are creating ecological debts with little liability of the economy to its impacts on Ecosystems - J.L. Weber on Ecosyste…
mainambui RT @billfishExpert: Additional key points: why Africa should fight harmful subsidies? Undermines Smallscale fisheries viability, drives gen…
j_a_mcgowan RT @JendallKones: Armed conflict and proximity to coca plantations increase deforestation pressure in Colombia. Careful conservation interv…
j_a_mcgowan RT @EnvPolicyCenter: How Tragic is the Tragedy of the Commons? A Birthday Appreciation of Elinor Ostrom https://t.co/0TBl9PNgEo
j_a_mcgowan RT @htallis: New paper today in Science on alternatives to crop residue burning in India. A specific way we can reduce climate pressure via…
j_a_mcgowan RT @martine_maron: James Rakotovao: deforestation reduced in the Ankerana forest once it became an offset for the Ambatovy mine, but cleari…
j_a_mcgowan Job well done to ensure traditional knowledge and fisheries areas are maintained alongside priorities for conservat… https://t.co/TaYAgOhKYA
j_a_mcgowan RT @unepwcmc: WCMC are hiring - for five roles! Whether you're into #DataModelling, contracts, business or finance, check out how you could…
j_a_mcgowan RT @mij_matt: 📢We're hiring an early career candidate who understands different perspectives, can use research to persuade, and who wants t…
j_a_mcgowan RT @prueaddison: Missed our #ICCB2019 symposium on 'Advancing private sector biodiversity accountability' this week? No problems! Here are…
j_a_mcgowan @cyclonewatson shows @JendallKones important work @ICCB2019 while rallying us to act more collectively to stop degr… https://t.co/3Iqzk4k2iT
MorenaMills RT @KatrinaJDavis: Come and hear about fisher motivations for #conflict with #sealions in Peru & Chile - today @ICCB2019 at 17:30, Plenary…
MorenaMills RT @YumMusings: Very excited to see a #qualitative approach to posthoc #impactevaluation of campaign to boost Lora population on Bonaire. G…
MorenaMills RT @evidence4nature: We will be at #ICCB2019 sharing the ACES model: A collaborative, theory-driven approach exploring the emergence, impac…
MorenaMills RT @pvisconbio: Twitter, any advice for funding opportunities to organize workshops in the field of natural resource management, ecology an…
MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: Marine protected areas set up to provide the most benefit to local ecosystems also benefit human wellbeing the most, finds…
MorenaMills RT @CarlosPeres_: Brazilian legislator Flavio Bolsonaro proposed a Bill to extinguish natural vegetation set-asides within private properti…
HugePossum RT @CoorongDan1: For those who are interested, I’ve just co-authored a paper with ⁦@taaprowse⁩, Patrick O’Connor & Stu Collard. It’s about…
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HugePossum RT @nature_org: 253,000 acres of Appalachian forest protected, safeguarding climate change "escape route" for thousands of plant & animal s…
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HugePossum Slow TV #echidna style. Near Beloka SW of Cooma. (Taken with iPhone). https://t.co/AlXkT4xoj5
HugePossum WWF, TNC @nature_org and UC Berkley scientists argue that to protect the world’s last wild rivers we need to rethin… https://t.co/Vn0Fh8J9KR
HugePossum I had a four robin morning: scarlet (pictured), flame, hooded and eastern yellow - in apple box woodland south west… https://t.co/AlW4HQq96G
HugePossum RT @GlobalChangeBio: Managing the middle: A shift in conservation priorities based on the global human modification gradient @TNCLandsScien
HugePossum RT @TNCLandsScience: New evidence that moratoria on land acquisitions reduce tropical deforestation & resulting carbon emissions. See our l…
HugePossum RT @TNCLandsScience: Energy Sprawl has found its way onto the American West’s wide-open spaces - Will local communities have a say in the f…
HugePossum RT @IlesDT: "Effects of Climate Change on Birds" 2nd edition is out! In chapter 12, we compile a list of studies that used IPCC climate mo…
HugePossum RT @TomBonnot: Not going to lie. I'm really proud of this work! I hope agencies like @USFWS and @forestservice find it useful in their p…
RKRunting @LauraEllenDee @CUBoulder Congratulations! Your lab sounds awesome :)
RKRunting Huge congratulations to Sofia @SofiaLop11 for winning the SCBO prize for best student presentation! #ICCB2019 Resto… https://t.co/KZ57XNl76W
RKRunting An alarming talk by @leslieamlwch on the extent of industrial fishing of endangered marine species. Europe is impli… https://t.co/OVt4CnVfFy
RKRunting @jp_metzger explains that landscape context is extremely important, but often ignored, when modelling ecosystem ser… https://t.co/xcQGwer1Iq
RKRunting Sofia @SofiaLop11 got our attention with her presentation on optimal restoration for pollination services #ICCB2019 https://t.co/HEMMy4R82t
RKRunting Great presentation by @manammichelle at #ICCB2019 on optimising the selection of umbrella species across Australia https://t.co/XOxWfpn6Zg
RKRunting I highly recommend this new paper showing the outcomes of community forestry in Indonesian Borneo:… https://t.co/Qp52FOpbHs
RKRunting @ResPlat @unimelb @nikkirubinstein Thanks for the opportunity to participate in a wonderful initiative #ResBaz
RKRunting How does #forest sparing vs sharing stack up against improving management in tropical forests? Our new paper shows… https://t.co/nxHQqaFMVf
RKRunting RT @brettabryan: If you are a senior researcher interested in working with a great team on simulating Australian land-use change and it's i…
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 @ChrisDarimont @UVicGeog @CanGeographers Look at ESA - they have a great code of conduct and special protocol for diversity
vivtulloch RT @LynnScarlett1: “We have a choice: do we balance the needs of human development and nature, or do we sleepwalk into a future of failing…
vivtulloch RT @JennSunday: Velocity of Climate Change R-package. Great timing - we'll be using this! thanks @molinos_jorge et al! https://t.co/1E5dW9J
vivtulloch @AlexaLFH @SpeciesOnTheMov Wish I could’ve been there!
vivtulloch RT @dpcmicheli: Great talk by @april_reside on climate refugia in Australia @SpeciesOnTheMov https://t.co/DVxLJrHPFX
vivtulloch RT @GAhmadia: .@turschwell @globalwetlands shares massive potential massive environmental impacts of #infrastructure planned for #beltroad
vivtulloch RT @jamesecology: If conferences had a best soundtrack award @ayeshatulloch would win hands down. Great presentation on data for monitoring…
vivtulloch RT @reef_scientist: #Climatechange is also threatening #dolphin futures via habitat loss. @vivtulloch & @bluecology recently showed many sp…
vivtulloch Amazing work @ayeshatulloch turning a bad cold and laryngitis into a fabulous presentation on prioritising investme… https://t.co/929cXSkmUe
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…
rubenvli RT @HugePossum: If you thought natural world heritage sites were safe, think again @cyclonewatson @jamesecology https://t.co/4S0ORdUDLf
rubenvli Complementing expert priorities and stakeholder preferences for marine management of Moreton Bay #MBQR2016.@NRMecon https://t.co/Oh0jMVVbOL
rubenvli RT @JAppliedEcology: Coarse spatial resolutions ⬇ commission errors in species ranges but ⬆ #conservation planning costs https://t.co/Jp8y7

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