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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 @gall_adri: Know a #fish #aquatic #hydrology #scientist looking for a #job with a spunky little company in #Alaska? Send them my way! ht…
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saverygo RT @valedisanto: #Ocean acidification increases mineralization of the skeleton in a marine #fish, while warming decreases mineralization bu…
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saverygo RT @LandSciTech: Is habitat fragmentation actually bad for biodiversity? Get caught up on the debate in a new paper co-authored by @LandSci
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saverygo RT @TheCottagesIre: We had the pleasure of witnessing one of Winter's true spectacles this evening, the starling #murmuration in Nobber. No…
saverygo RT @MACecohydrology: I have a PDF opportunity in wetland / peatland ecohydrology, wildfire and knowledge mobilization with our @BWF_BorealW
saverygo RT @MarkMalloryLab: Here's a sobering but really useful review on #plasticpollution https://t.co/QyJXYVKANn
saverygo RT @CanadaAdapts: A set of new online tools will allow you to search historical Canadian #climate data (including temperature, precipitatio…
saverygo My oh my, Ottawa sure is frosty! 🥶 https://t.co/rv6sMOQKj8
saverygo @WhySharksMatter @jenni_pro Admittedly I haven’t read the whole whole thread, but are thresher, porbeagle and white tip near the top? 🦈
saverygo RT @TheLabAndField: Paper accepted! A huge collaborative effort and one that I've been VERY much looking forward to. Huzzah @jenni_pro @Pet
MariaBeger RT @SharonLand13: Isn't nature AMAZING? https://t.co/AnPZEAFshd
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MariaBeger RT @PriestleyCentre: If we stopped building new fossil fuel infrastructure and started phasing out existing infrastructure right now, there…
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MariaBeger RT @MiriamaKamo: New World is trialling bring your own containers in selected stores 😀 #zerowaste #themonthofjan https://t.co/urrMfg2yOA
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MariaBeger RT @bellwoodlab: The meaning of the term ‘function’ in ecology: A coral reef perspective. New paper out today, check it out! @SB_Tebbett @r
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MariaBeger RT @Alharborne: That's the first time I've seen Jar Jar Binks mentioned in the first paragraph of a paper... Must remember to get more Star…
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MariaBeger RT @JohnFBruno: Hmmm. Salary range is £40,792-£51,630. Lower range=a post doc salary in the US, upper range=a post doc in Australia. This…
MariaBeger RT @GrettaPecl: What is the role of large-scale #fisheries in achieving #SDG 14? Innovative study from @Bianca_haas23 & @AyshaFleming of @C
MariaBeger RT @DaveGoulson: We need a proper explanation from Natural England as to why, for example, it was necessary to kill 1,022 starlings. https:…
MariaBeger RT @jeff_o_hanson: Pleased to announce that the wdpar #rstats package is now on CRAN. You can use this package to automatically download an…
MariaBeger RT @OpenResLeeds: 7. Gravity of human impacts mediates coral reef conservation gains https://t.co/Mw4hhK9CBR @JoshuaCinner @naj_graham @Mar
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 @april_reside: Dear twitter, if anyone would like to support the very amazing @EDOQldLaw via my swimming efforts, please throw some spar…
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AChauvenet RT @SoapboxScience: Meet the Soapbox Science Berlin team! "when it comes to women in science, Berlin has a surprisingly low percentage. The…
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AChauvenet RT @sciencegurlz0: One of the problems in academia is that ALL of our evaluations focus on what we did wrong. Grant reviews: Here is what y…
AChauvenet RT @SoapboxScience: Soapbox Science will be running in 42 cities in 2019! Find your nearest event and apply: https://t.co/i22U1M9wb4 #women
AChauvenet RT @j_ringma: Want to know where to build a fence and what mammal species to put in there ? Our new paper is a handy guide for picking wher…
AChauvenet RT @SoapboxScience: Meet the Arusha team! "A brilliant opportunity for our researchers and other scientists in this region to reach out to…
AChauvenet RT @westgatecology: Dream job for someone here! I don’t envy the people who have to select the successful candidate though; this is going t…
AChauvenet RT @andevers: I just paid my first two months "security" on my bookshop and that is just over £2,000 and I am whistling loudly, so please c…
AChauvenet RT @Mammals_Suck: I'm just saying, getting published in Nature used to be way easier. https://t.co/r8M6k3QSaU
AChauvenet RT @D0CT0R_Dave: As we brace for another scorcher, spare a thought for our wildlife that also struggle in extreme heat. Making sure animal…
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
biodiversityBD And the winner for "best moustache and dancing gorilla-man" @Eurovision 2017 is... ITALIA!!! Good luck Francesco!!! https://t.co/UmYTtVFAfv
MattHHolden @btobias7 @mtnuan93 Nope. Numbers are out, $25 million lost due to lack of student attendance, $10 million saved b… https://t.co/CsP36Ztj7s
MattHHolden @bode_e @Rach_L_White I think it's worth talking about what place animal welfare has in environmental management (E… https://t.co/nvWEdgcPqa
MattHHolden RT @ADalmauNur: Happy to share our new letter. Catalonia's red corals are on the verge of collapse and need immediate protection. Politic…
MattHHolden RT @hormiga: Universities often require Diversity Statements in job applications, but this is outdated terminology. How about Equity and In…
MattHHolden RT @stevenstrogatz: This is magnificent! Equally amazing: Archimedes proved pi < 22/7 without the help of the powerful tools used here, and…
MattHHolden RT @johncarlosbaez: pi = 3.14159... while 22/7 = 3.14285... so 22/7 is bigger. But here's a cute proof that 22/7 is bigger. The integr…
MattHHolden RT @stevenstrogatz: One of the world's greatest mathematicians -- and a terrific writer, teacher, explainer, and blogger -- has just joined…
MattHHolden RT @stevenstrogatz: An excerpt from my favorite preface to a math book (George Simmons, "Differential Equations with Applications and Histo…
MattHHolden Global distribution of @JAppliedEcology research. @Martin_A_Nunez et al show EU, N. Am. & Aus papers frequently acc… https://t.co/I9i2XqjdzD
MattHHolden RT @hormiga: The only national emergency at the moment is the massive amount of CO2 that we are dumping into the atmosphere as if it was an…
cdkuempel RT @wcsmelanesia: Job vacancy: Opportunity to work with @StacyDJupiter @smangubhai @wcsfiji @wcsmelanesia @WCSPNG and WCS Solomon Islands a…
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cdkuempel RT @OrsiWilliam: One of my students just presented this amazing cartoon in class #hydrothermalvents #geobiology #deepbiosphere https://t.co
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cdkuempel RT @dartybh: "Nobody could have planned for this drought" Yes you could have, and you'll need to plan for them to last longer and be more…
cdkuempel RT @allimoberger: "You shouldn't feel ashamed about your code - if it solves the problem, it's perfect just the way it is. But also, it cou…
cdkuempel RT @WaittInstitute: If you are interested in joining our team as we roll out our new Blue Prosperity Coalition you have one week left to ma…
cdkuempel RT @BSHalpern: New job posting @NCEAS with @DocFroehlich and me on aquaculture and climate change. Research analyst position. See link for…
cdkuempel RT @nceas: Job Opportunity: Assistant specialist for a project to quantify climate change impacts on #aquaculture. Join our @CARTSci team t…
cdkuempel 🤯🤯🤯 thinking of all the hours that will be saved! @jeff_o_hanson you’re a rockstar! https://t.co/wEoZBxT79s
cdkuempel RT @JaszzyJas: Asking the experts - what can an individual do about #climatechange?? Hands down - we need to speak up to governments and sp…
cdkuempel RT @SarahKnutie: Writing a manuscript can be hard, overwhelming, and a lot of work. One things that helps me is a structured checklist th…
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
kwekings RT @xingli_giam: Looking for talented and driven MS/PhD students to join my lab and the Conserv Sci initiative @UTK_EEB. Potential topics:…
kwekings RT @JEcology: Thinking about writing a review paper? Read 'The anatomy of an excellent review paper' by @panemma published in @FunEcology f…
kwekings Check out the .gif showing an R function being called in an Excel cell https://t.co/RvBCNOuvzV
kwekings Academia should aim "to improve society, not chase citations" nor grant money/patents https://t.co/Hy25ZeipPo
kwekings Education for the future https://t.co/QWBGceda9H
kwekings Meat consumption, health, and the environment: a review https://t.co/vstrX0QyX1
kwekings Paying it forward as a mentor https://t.co/R5S83rsz2Y
kwekings @marcuschua whyamiafternoonofday5why?? #conferenceproblems
BonMappin RT @wellcometrust: The #malaria data re-use prize will support researchers who can generate a new insight, tool, or health application from…
BonMappin RT @saverygo: Across the globe thousands of species are #endangered - but $$ for #conservation is limited. Managers face some very tough de…
BonMappin RT @ConBiology: Our editor's pick for October 2018 is "Standardized reporting of the costs of management interventions for biodiversity con…
BonMappin RT @greensjeremy: Today we get the shocking news that Coles has backflipped on the plastic bag ban. Don't let them get away with it. RT i…
BonMappin RT @dszim: This analysis should spark a much-needed discussion and progress on how we transparently and consistently report on the costs of…
BonMappin RT @j_a_mcgowan: New Paper in Cons Bio: We provide a framework to account for the co$ts of conservation and management. Our hope is to bol…
BonMappin RT @adriantmurdock: Great turnout for #nationaltreeday at Waverton Park in North #Sydney @BonMappin @PlanetArk @NthSydCouncil https://t.c…
BonMappin @DRobcito @WythamWoods1 Actually looking through to the next quad.. I think I’m wrong!
BonMappin @DRobcito @WythamWoods1 Looks like St Edmunds hall?
BonMappin This weekend is #NationalTreeDay. Get along to your local event and plant a tree! https://t.co/MZn2CT8nvT https://t.co/xfXp7z7km8
mainambui #mdpiremotesensing Earth Observation Technology Applied to Coral Reefs https://t.co/jmAOeIEBQl @RemoteSens_MDPI
mainambui Madagascar agrees to a 10 year fisheries agreement with Chinese consortium https://t.co/KfOF0RosB6
mainambui RT @EnvScMQ @wiomsa @NCSecretariat New paper published in @MEPS_IR shows incorporating management feasibility & col… https://t.co/eFDx3iZ6sb
mainambui RT @HighSeasAllianc: In 1982, the UN adopted the Convention on the Law of the Sea, but left the #highseas free from restrictions. Now, nego…
mainambui RT @aboudjumbe: .@dobura @cordioea Ocean diamonds: Africa's 'blue economy' @AJEnglish https://t.co/sLxGD3bwny
mainambui RT @aboudjumbe: A family photo of Governmental, Inter-Governmental, Research, Academic, Legal, Conservation and other NGOs Experts meeting…
mainambui RT @aboudjumbe: Jospeh Maina of @Macquarie_Uni working for the @NCSecretariat program on connectivity, environmental flows, and marine spat…
mainambui RT @JendallKones: 4 #CEEDTC2018 Large, strict (IUCN I-II) PAs are less likely to face high human pressure (although many still do). Since 1…
mainambui RT @EOMAP: SDB Day 2018 - Satellite-Derived Bathymetry Technology and User Forum Register now: https://t.co/aXDuKVm2mY #satellite #bathyme
mainambui RT @ChristinacHicks: What an inspirational team. I know their excellence well, as do all the scientists they have mentored over the years h…
j_a_mcgowan RT @bunnefeld: Postdoc available in our interdisciplinary project on human wolf coexistence intersecting social science, ecology and media…
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j_a_mcgowan RT @BSHalpern: New job posting @NCEAS with @DocFroehlich and me on aquaculture and climate change. Research analyst position. See link for…
j_a_mcgowan RT @RKRunting: How does #forest sparing vs sharing stack up against improving management in tropical forests? Our new paper shows improved…
j_a_mcgowan RT @camanpour: “We fear the solutions [to climate change] more than we fear the impacts,” says climate scientist @KHayhoe. She told me how…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GregoireDubois: Map of security and political risks forecasts for 2019 https://t.co/kfhaEkCMVX https://t.co/R1VoeaHudb
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: #Marxan and Marxan with Zones training in February - for conservation planning https://t.co/QTYRRJ6adQ
j_a_mcgowan RT @unepwcmc: Could you be our next Senior Programme Officer? Apply now to join our Species Team and help secure a future for wildlife! Dea…
j_a_mcgowan RT @EU_ScienceHub: How much do you know about protected areas? Take a look 👀 at the latest version of our digital tool DOPA Explorer 3.0 -…
j_a_mcgowan RT @ARC_CEED: Does more data necessarily lead to better outcomes? @j_r_rhodes in #DecisionPoint magazine. https://t.co/h3pMajPeYV https://t…
MorenaMills RT @meredithgore: #Ivory #trafficking in the #UK? #compliance could be improved by #regulations that facilitate #detection and stronger #pr
MorenaMills RT @TrevorABranch: What basic statistical test should I use on my data? A flowchart! (by Robert Gerwien available here: https://t.co/A0xB
MorenaMills RT @ImperialSpark: "A great example of a forest restoration plan which is both good for the people and for nature" @MorenaMills on a new ap…
MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: Using a new approach to restoring #Brazil’s Atlantic Forest could triple #biodiversity gains while reducing costs by US$28…
MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: New approach to restoring #Brazil’s forest could triple #biodiversity gains & reduce costs by US$28 billion - "Our study g…
MorenaMills Very excited to share this example of cutting edge science informing policy. We optimised restoration across the At… https://t.co/AwEgG0RT5k
MorenaMills Very excited to share this example of cutting edge science informing policy. We optimised restoration across the At… https://t.co/RRbt7U3VDg
MorenaMills RT @verissimodiogo: GREAT OPPORTUNITY: Postdoctoral Fellow in Field Experiments for Public Policy https://t.co/mNPgYM4mVi Working with the…
MorenaMills RT @ImperialSci: Social marketing campaigns can help threatened wildlife species recover by encouraging people to change their behavior: ht…
HugePossum "Seeing is believing - hearing is believing" - what is truth? #birds @BirdlifeOz @AudubonMag @Natures_Voicehttps://t.co/HxnKWDgkDR
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HugePossum RT @eatguineapigs: Obsessive birder (and @nature_org Chief Scientist) @HugePossum issued his order: Put the binoculars down. A crash course…
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HugePossum RT @WyssCampaign: NEWS: In 2018 Wyss #CampaignForNature partnerships with local communities and conservation organizations protected 12.2 m…
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HugePossum RT @damanaki: What gets measured gets managed and improved. When communities can measure the economic value of coral reefs, they have even…
HugePossum @nature_brains discussion about identifying unexpected ducks in your area. What’s That Weird Duck In The Local Pond? https://t.co/R6hD1prMxC
HugePossum RT @MarkTercek: Calling all tech entrepreneurs who want to save the planet! Applications to the Sustainability Accelerator are open. @Natur
HugePossum RT @shefalivm: I learned about the potential for #pollinator habitat near solar panels at @WildlifeHC Annual meeting. There are so many way…
HugePossum RT @WCSAdapts: Forest composition in the Great Lakes is becoming more homogenized due to harvesting practices. Our grant partner, @Nature_M
HugePossum RT @Nature_MN: It’s been over 100 days since #LWCF expired, and the continued loss of funds impacts real places, from local playgrounds to…
HugePossum RT @jeff_o_hanson: Pleased to announce that the wdpar #rstats package is now on CRAN. You can use this package to automatically download an…
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…
RKRunting Excited to announce I will be joining the School of Geography at @unimelb as a Lecturer in Spatial Science from Jan… https://t.co/ZT1TveYMKM
RKRunting RT @ARC_CEED: How #economic theory can help maximise benefits and decrease risk in #conservation planning. https://t.co/fjCJ8gsgIJ @RKRunti
RKRunting RT @j_a_mcgowan: New paper: Addressing transboundary conservation challenges through marine spatial prioritization in Cons Bio. We examined…
RKRunting I really enjoyed participating in the @ARC_CEED twitter conference today #CEEDTC2018! To commemorate the occasion,… https://t.co/FEI9DHzmIi
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology In the future we are also looking at using diff… https://t.co/50O8k8FDFs
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology We applied a whole range of different risk aver… https://t.co/YBfth2apPj
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology Thanks David! It was a really fun project to work on.
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 To prevent loss of all our forests, 2 Billion people across Canada, US, Russia, Brazil need to cut beef & lamb cons… https://t.co/qlET5O76Fr
vivtulloch @Sci_Officer @marinemammalogy @katie_at_sea @Sci_Officer Maybe bycatch threat is lower with herring fishing but wha… https://t.co/8IL051mTm4
vivtulloch RT @ayeshatulloch: How to share data on species to inform conservation and avoid them being exploited by poachers https://t.co/m6gMHKtCqi h…
vivtulloch RT @leslieamlwch: What should you do with all that biodiversity data wasting away on old harddrives? Share it...if the conservation benefit…
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: New PhD projects to work on the global conservation of coastal wetlands with @ConnollyLab @fern_adame @GriffithARI @WorldI
vivtulloch RT @MattHHolden: Big benefits of sharing spatial #biodiversity data, not just risks. @ayeshatulloch produces concrete guidelines for when &…
vivtulloch RT @ayeshatulloch: When might the conservation benefits of sharing biodiversity data about the locations of populations outweigh the risks…
vivtulloch @ayeshatulloch shows important benefits of sharing spatial #biodiversity data, and risks of withholding it. Develop… https://t.co/5li2IW8MDU
vivtulloch RT @HannahSFraser: 1 #CEEDTC2018 Many standard ecological research practices increase the probability that findings are due to chance rathe…
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Can recovering whale species continue to bounce-back from whaling under climate change? @vivtulloch answers this important…
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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