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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 @invivoexvivo: This is a juvenile lumpfish. Lumpfish have modified pelvic fins under their head, which form a 'sucking' disc. This disc…
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saverygo @sjurdur Who do you want to apply?
saverygo RT @blizzardof96: Cross-polar flow will send cool air down the eastern spine of the Rockies and into the middle of the continent by the 2nd…
saverygo RT @katejhelms: Come do a PhD with me! I have multiple projects focused on developing maths for the Great Barrier Reef, Antarctica, and nov…
saverygo RT @kim_davies12: Job Alert! Davies Lab @UNBSaintJohn is hiring a postdoc to use new technology to help save #rightwhales. Recent #PhD gr…
saverygo #TFW You are in a meeting jamming on exciting new research ideas that have the potential to make a difference - and… https://t.co/J9aBs88aDS
saverygo RT @Dr_TGG: My #peerreview pet peeve is when a reviewer uses an argument from authority, asserting that my paper sucks or that a major flaw…
saverygo #COVID19 Pandemic threatens to wipe out decades of progress for working #mothers Can you relate, #WomenInSTEM?… https://t.co/9I4MxJo4L9
MariaBeger RT @Feargal_Sharkey: "There has been absolutely no progress. Every single water body monitored by the EA in England has failed". https://t…
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MariaBeger RT @HenriquesRo: And the 2nd! @erica_at_work 1st chapter of her PhD - identifying environmental drivers of population differentiation in co…
MariaBeger RT @EricHolthaus: It's 2020, the world is on fire, and rich people are taking 7-hr long "joy flights" to see the Great Barrier Reef they ar…
MariaBeger RT @mattstruebig: How to best monitor tropical forest birds by sound? New research by @perilsofbirding in Ecological Indicators shows passi…
MariaBeger RT @VulcanInc: This first-of-its-kind fund aims to raise and invest $500 million over the next 10 years in effort to protect the world's co…
MariaBeger RT @KayCritchell: If you're interested in what I do all day, here is a video, put together by @Rare_org about the process. I'm just a tiny…
MariaBeger RT @MichelleCardel: #AcademicTwitter: I used to be a horrible scientific writer. I was paralyzed by writing anxiety & it took me FOREVER to…
MariaBeger RT @mcsuk: We've been receiving lots of reports of #PPElitter ending up on our beaches 😢 We want to get a picture of how bad the issue real…
MariaBeger RT @MetOffice_Sci: Here's a look at global temperature from 1861 to 2020. Note how temperature varies and then rapidly accelerates over the…
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 @ZSLScience: Earth's 'lost species' only the tip of the iceberg. https://t.co/hAZ6nSZgnQ
AChauvenet RT @jillastark: I know Victoria is reeling but 725 cases a month ago to 41 today is extraordinary. We did that. Together. Let yourself feel…
AChauvenet RT @GriffithARI: .@GriffithARI is currently looking for PhD candidates for a number of projects! Application Link: https://t.co/ScWaNz38gt
AChauvenet RT @wild_ecology: PS: look at this beautiful map. Hire me as a postdoc! https://t.co/Kptdm4LPWd
AChauvenet RT @katejhelms: So You Want To Be A Mathematician But Forgot To Find Out Whether It's A Real Job Or Not (It Is), virtual edition: https://t…
AChauvenet RT @KirstyJPark: Come and work with us at @StirBES! 3-yr Postdoc position for an ecological modeller now open https://t.co/cTh25Z9ZCg. This…
AChauvenet My 30 seconds on how important #sustainability is for the future of #wildlife and #ecosystem #conservation #WildOz https://t.co/YBmPIg8lJ4
AChauvenet @m_dimarco Congratulations! My advice is that there are plenty of ways to do it right despite what we are told :) A… https://t.co/2nIVrBLW4F
AChauvenet RT @april_reside: Such an honour to be among these very smart scientists who are doing such great things in the world @TallpoppiesAIPS Than…
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 @PhDfriendSana @AcademicChatter @HaphdS @What2doWithTHAT We don’t have to check our mailbox on weekends. It’s our r… https://t.co/mjwFvuVvky
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MattHHolden @TedPavlic @emollick Articles should be based on secondary sources, but primary sources can and should be used (wit… https://t.co/9jBuSPW8J4
MattHHolden @Megan_Byrd23 @AcademicChatter @AcademicPain General rule is focus on the things the editor reiterated. It’s ok to… https://t.co/YHuTwWUxHy
MattHHolden @louisadifelice @AcademicChatter This is fairly common in Australia.
MattHHolden @TrevorABranch @MarineCons @AcademicChatter Oh that’s a good idea!!!!!!! At the start of every course I’ll probably… https://t.co/Cv6RQOKtAt
MattHHolden @AcademicChatter Everyones given great advice. But I’ll ad, if you ever struggle balancing all the training & teach… https://t.co/sBrhNirybo
MattHHolden @TedPavlic @emollick I’ve edited wiki quite regularly and I’ve never seen an arxiv preprint added (that wasn’t for… https://t.co/1JqW083xSJ
MattHHolden RT @wtgowers: Another mass resignation of an editorial board has happened, and this one feels like quite a big deal, as the journal in ques…
MattHHolden @TrevorABranch My experience in Aus is we are expected to publish lecture notes online (discouraged from requiring… https://t.co/MREFme0cH6
MattHHolden @TrevorABranch You wouldn’t sink the captions in this option. You just provide the script, the video, and the slide… https://t.co/DBueRfdjMx
cdkuempel RT @KatiePlaisted: Amazing work from @BrookeWEcology. A Guardian article, getting quoted by @GretaThunberg and appearing on Brazil local ne…
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cdkuempel RT @Geistb0t: the abstract the paper https://t.co/CohLwr28j4
cdkuempel @leslieamlwch @RLadiesGlobal Probably lots of ways to do it but this should work: test_df<-test_df %>% mutate(c… https://t.co/JucXNliRVZ
cdkuempel RT @margaretsiple: Trying to keep up with the comments of my extremely smart coauthors in an active google doc 🥵 https://t.co/aYvsIOVXjU
cdkuempel @Fadhah4 @RLadiesBrisbane Of course! Feel free to sign up at the link
cdkuempel Come learn and share tips for workflows and collaborative coding with @RLadiesBrisbane in October! https://t.co/iZrajBcCH4
cdkuempel RT @allison_horst: My R/stats art will always be free. If you're an instructor & feel your course materials benefit from the art, & are in…
cdkuempel RT @Science_Academy: Congratulations to Academy Fellow Prof Hugh Possingham FAA @HugePossum for his appointment as the new @QldGov Chief Sc…
kwekings RT @NTU_ASE: Next up in the EOS & ASE Seminar series: Long-term Drivers of Aboveground-Belowground Linkages and Ecosystem Functioning by Pr…
kwekings Should we still believe the promises of recycling? Or should we reduce, reuse, and tax enough shit out of virgin pl… https://t.co/DipC79U6Pd
kwekings RT @PhytoKeys: 406 taxa from 277 genera of vascular flora of Setiu Wetlands are compiled into a new comprehensive plant checklist. ✅Check…
kwekings RT @ESAMonographs: New from @ESAMonographs: Macroevolution of defense syndromes in Ficus (Moraceae) With #OpenData in @datadryad #PlantD
kwekings @jackmtchia @AndreaMillerSun @LionsRoar Thanks for the reminder @jackmtchia haha
kwekings RT @jackmtchia: Check out the newly released documentary film "本來面目" on the late Venerable Sheng Yen 聖嚴法師. The film tells the transnational…
kwekings RT @Nitasha__Sharma: I learnt today that signing off “cheers” is corny, only Victorian ghosts use “best regards”,”Best” is hostile & curt &…
kwekings RT @KewScience: 📣SAVE THE DATE: Join international experts online 13 - 15 October 2020 for our State of the World's Plants and Fungi sympos…
kwekings RT @NUSCNCS: Join us at our upcoming virtual event “The Science and Practice of Peatland Restoration” on 25 Sept 2020, 2-3.30pm. The panel…
kwekings RT @WestobyMark: Immensely sad to hear Joe Connell has passed away age 96. Among the greatest ecologists -- kicked off the era of field exp…
BonMappin RT @jamesecology: NEW PAPER: Updated and improved terrestrial Human Footprint maps for 2000 - 2013. Same story, we are rapidly eroding inta…
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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
BonMappin RT @m_dimarco: In this report, brilliantly led by Anthony Waldron, we show the economic benefits of nature conservation. Conservation actio…
BonMappin RT @m_ddlvoigt: @emeijaard @Diego_J_B @CurrentBiology Lack of guidance on #environmentalimpacts of crops prevents conscientious consumers f…
BonMappin RT @KatrinaJDavis: Read our new #openaccess @OneEarth_CP paper describing how to prioritise global #ecoregion protection to meet current an…
BonMappin RT @OneEarth_CP: New preview article by @Tom_Lovejoy discusses the study by @AChauvenet et al in our May issue and opportunities to maximiz…
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…
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: Please to share our new paper investigating the multiscale socio-ecological determinants of social adaptive capacity in s…
mainambui @gerlame The words in bold face here are ‘as an object’
j_a_mcgowan RT @jamesecology: NEW PAPER: Updated and improved terrestrial Human Footprint maps for 2000 - 2013. Same story, we are rapidly eroding inta…
j_a_mcgowan RT @JoBenn: Scientists say nature can’t renew itself at the pace we’re exploiting it—up to a million species could disappear by 2050. But…
j_a_mcgowan RT @moldotorg: 1-2 Postdoc positions are available associated with the Max Planck-Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change.…
j_a_mcgowan RT @pvisconbio: You watched #ExtinctionTheFacts & want to do something about it? Here are the main individual and collective changes that c…
j_a_mcgowan RT @EU_DOPA: The results of a great collaboration between @EU_ScienceHub and a team lead by @manammichelle are out today in @NatureComms.…
j_a_mcgowan RT @JenMorrisNature: Next week @nature_org is releasing a landmark study on the conservation finance gap—and more importantly, how to close…
j_a_mcgowan RT @izeleHQ: 🧐 Where can I share information about my conservation project? Use Izele to share information about your conservation project…
j_a_mcgowan RT @PADDDtracker: New paper in @ConLetters underscores the importance of avoiding harmful rollbacks to protected areas - including #PADDD e…
j_a_mcgowan RT @m_dimarco: JOB ALERT: 2-yr postdoc part of #sRedList project to accelerate #IUCN Red List assessments https://t.co/aXnK6Jf7C2 Ask me &…
j_a_mcgowan RT @vivtulloch: Conservation conferences do not have consistent procedures for ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion, resulting in barri…
MorenaMills @CarolineHowe Looks so lovely!
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MorenaMills @AmandaVincent1 Loving this list!
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HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: The Spotted Pardalote's old name was ground diamond - lovely brightly coloured jewels who nest in burrows. The Striated? Tr…
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HugePossum This is a fun #CitizenScience activity for everyone. Download the App, learns some birds, and next month go down t… https://t.co/fY9SXyShkC
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HugePossum RT @TSCommissioner: It’s #ThreatenedSpecies Day and I’m really pleased that, on this day, the Australian Government has announced its commi…
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HugePossum RT @AnikaMolesworth: We need a recovery plan that is good for people and the planet. Fossil fuels drive #ClimateChange so transitioning to…
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HugePossum RT @AnikaMolesworth: Climate change is impacting the people and places that grow our food. Ambitious climate action today will ensure farm…
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HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: Can you help our recently released Regent Honeyeaters raise their babies safely this spring? Your donation can help prot…
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HugePossum RT @PaulCaplat: I'd like to see projections (why not in VR?) of how awesome city centres would like if we got rid of cars there. Trees, pla…
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HugePossum RT @QLDConservation: UQs @manammichelle says "Countries like Australia should be able to easily do better ... lots of land, ... lots of res…
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HugePossum RT @ISC: 📢 To all scientists: Help us define the KEY PRIORITIES for science to realize the #Agenda2030 for #Sustainability - Fill out th…
HugePossum RT @MagpiejonesD: Just in case there are still people who are not fully aware of just what “mound-builder” actually means.... That’s a ‘nes…
RKRunting Most countries are progressing well towards the environmental Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately, this ha… https://t.co/4zcuBm1Iib
RKRunting Congrats to Natalie Mason on getting her Honours research on transboundary conservation published in @NatureEcoEvohttps://t.co/F15sP7Ou83
RKRunting RT @NatalieParletta: Harnessing the "big data revolution" to help save the planet. Coupling big data and conservation https://t.co/tyef09dh
RKRunting RT @NatureComms: A comment on opportunities for big data in conservation and sustainability: https://t.co/qCozAD0LUc @RKRunting @cyclonewa
RKRunting My winning map from @bluecology 's course is Katherine G. Impressive work to produce an interactive map! I apprecia… https://t.co/UtbUdTlCZS
RKRunting @bluecology Excited to be judging this - I expect there will be some stiff competition!
RKRunting RT @JanepDyson: Our new short (19mins) film - 'Spirit' - is now available to watch online! https://t.co/vo9W9u0u0h Spirit presents an in…
RKRunting RT @ProfLesleyHead: Continuing position, closes Dec 4. LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL SCIENCE https://t.co/nYDNlUzp3l
RKRunting RT @ymalhi: Our new paper in @ScienceAdvances looks at carbon and climate impacts of the loss of intact rainforests. When lost future carbo…
RKRunting @aggwarrior @CarlaWildlife @SciMelb Yes! Definitely a hit with the students.
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 @billy_geary: New PhD paper out today in @NatureEcoEvo - We look across the ecosystem modelling literature to try and help inform choice…
vivtulloch So proud to be cosupervising @AlyssaGiffin who has published her first PhD paper - an important review of ecosystem… https://t.co/pBOfwwDvwh
vivtulloch RT @oceangriffiths: Check out this awesome paper to find out about EBA approaches in the Pacific
vivtulloch RT @EPlaganyi: Today is #ThreatenedSpeciesDay so a reminder that #ClimateChange is the biggest threat on the horizon, even to the largest a…
vivtulloch @laurablamey 😂😂😂
vivtulloch @EPlaganyi @Aus_ScienceWeek First paper: coral reef MPAs in Fiji; most recent: mapping marine cumulative impacts globally
vivtulloch RT @AlanaMGrech: Early and mid-career scientists face a bleak future in the wake of the pandemic via @TC_Africa https://t.co/6UDbQbhRjg
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…
rubenvli RT @BrendanGodley: Pls RT. Can companies eg @sainsburys be influenced by RT's of images of ridiculous excessive #plastic ? Aubergines have…

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