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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 @YHClimateCom: Local areas will need to match net zero ambitions with finding suitable land for trees, writes @UniversityLeeds tree expe…
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MariaBeger RT @sharonchenhm: In case you missed them, here are some COP26 developments over the last ~24 hours. You heard that right... so much has ha…
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MariaBeger RT @DanSmale1: Our new paper published in Science today examines the impacts of extreme warming events in the oceans ('marine heatwaves') o…
MariaBeger RT @FishGuyKai: Ok @CoralReefFish, new #TeamFish game! It’s been a while since we played something on here. Game is open to everyone, and i…
MariaBeger RT @ExtinctionDTP: Meet @ExtinctionDTP-affiliated researcher @GraceTsp who has joined @SEELeeds & @ScienceLeeds to research past, present a…
MariaBeger RT @ExtinctionDTP: Meet @ExtinctionDTP researcher @LydiaWo37262958 who has joined @SEELeeds & @ScienceLeeds to study ecosystem evolution th…
MariaBeger RT @DiseaseMatters: Did you need to see a pufferfish skeleton? Yep, yep, I think now is the right time 🤯 https://t.co/mzZt9W5gti
MariaBeger RT @AmandaEBates: Our study out in STOTEN shows how evolutionary constraints (cold climate legacy) can confound macrophysiological expectat…
AChauvenet RT @ElisaBayra: Excited to volunteer at this amazing science on the street event today! If you are in Brisbane, make sure you come to liste…
AChauvenet RT @AlpineEcologist: #Snow cover in #Australia is declining fast with #climatechange. There has been ~40% reduction the past ~70 years at S…
AChauvenet RT @AChausson: New study shows that increases in urban greenness (as measured by NDVI) is associated with decreased COVID-19 incidence rate…
AChauvenet RT @EcolSocAus: We're so excited that the #aussiebirdcount starts today! To help you get started, @BirdlifeOz have put together some info o…
AChauvenet RT @OwenBushfire: We are still celebrating the #EurekaPrizes won by the @BushfireHub, but consider this: of the 22 University scientists wo…
AChauvenet RT @tatsuya_amano: Can we keep ignoring non-English-language science? We found 1,234 papers in 16 languages that test what works in conserv…
AChauvenet RT @JaszzyJas: This is crazy! And should be a no-brainer (on where we should invest $$)! I remember thinking the same thing a couple yrs a…
AChauvenet RT @Rovingdiver2: I’m on the hunt for a postdoc again— very strong quantitative background, and interests in fisheries biology (coral reefs…
AChauvenet RT @sarameghanbeery: 🌍I'm on the job market🌎 I develop computer vision methods to enable global-scale biodiversity monitoring and conservat…
AChauvenet RT @CarbonBrief: NEW | Analysis: Which countries are historically responsible for climate change? | @DrSimEvans Cumulative fossil fuel & l…
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 @andy_muan @ShannyFoo I’ve lived in the USA (taxed) and Australia (untaxed).
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MattHHolden RT @michaelaplein: Harald Schaich: Freiburg developed a concept for ecological graveyards. It reminds me of a paper on conservation on grav…
MattHHolden RT @StevenJMiles: Today we’re releasing a plan for Queensland borders. It means greater freedoms for people who are fully vaccinated, inclu…
MattHHolden RT @BillBoos: 2 months ago Berkeley announced an Asst Prof opening in Earth & Planetary Science (deadline Oct 14!). Now there is a *second…
MattHHolden @RanthonyEdmonds So many online platforms. I have to pick my battles for work life balance sake. I therefore only u… https://t.co/WLwQTlclp9
MattHHolden @RanthonyEdmonds I think the 2 main reasons to have a reasonably up to date LinkedIn profile are if you want to wor… https://t.co/Ft3pLWcvRu
MattHHolden RT @m_dimarco: Huge call for "green" PhD positions open at @SapienzaRoma This includes 30 positions in our PhD School of Environmental Bio…
MattHHolden @RanthonyEdmonds That there is no one size fits all plan. You will have to try a bunch of strategies to find out wh… https://t.co/U7wtbikfJk
MattHHolden RT @howie_hua: Me doing integrals vs Me doing derivatives https://t.co/x1dDRfZKIi
MattHHolden RT @UQ_CBCS: Liliana Davalos of Stony Brook U, USA, will present tomorrow's @UQ_CBCS Tuesday seminar - "Sensing in the dark: molecular ecol…
cdkuempel RT @KateHelmstedt: We are stoked to talk to any and all science lovers at @SoapboxScience today outside Queensland Museum in Brisbane! Come…
cdkuempel RT @suepillans: And that’s a wrap! What a great week of #drawing out the @UQ_CBCS #restoration Workshop. Your work is inspiring! “Restorat…
cdkuempel RT @OceanSewage: We're hiring a Network Director who is an experienced fundraiser with strong leadership and partnership development skills…
cdkuempel RT @j_r_rhodes: Fully funded PhD Scholarship available to work on koalas, climate change, and private land conservation with @CarlaWildlife
cdkuempel RT @SofiaLop11: Australia has a rich marine transboundary fauna and the #Escazú agreement can inspire this country to collaborate among nat…
cdkuempel @ChristinABuelow Yep! My coding has greatly improved but I still hope no one ever looks at it 😂 imposter syndrome p… https://t.co/WZCXqkRJnN
cdkuempel RT @ntherk: #postdocjobs We're re-launching our search for a postdoc to use #metabarcoding and shotgun WGS to examine what wild-caught fish…
cdkuempel RT @Pablo_Negret: Fully funded PhD Scholarship to work on koalas, climate change, and private land conservation with @j_r_rhodes. Great opp…
cdkuempel @ChristinABuelow I think the main barrier is time… there’s also so many different ways to do things. it’s a balance… https://t.co/RuaW2WNCY3
cdkuempel Some really inspiring projects to start off the week! Winners were just announced! https://t.co/5tYgsDWhvJ
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 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…
BonMappin RT @austmus: How can we help farmers look after the land? Regenerative agriculture is one way to create healthy, living soils which achieve…
BonMappin RT @BritishEcolSoc: Researchers propose a AU$41 billion plan to restore Australia's terrestrial habitats that will pay for itself through c…
BonMappin 1 billion tonnes of CO2e mitigation from restoring Australia’s ecosystems to reach 30% vegetation coverage can be a… https://t.co/xHWixyrWrA
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…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Do protected areas work? Effects of spatial auto-correlation and sampling design on estimates of protected area effectivene…
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…
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: Blue Future - Less than a 10th of the ocean is protected. A team of scientists calls for a global effort to do more. Here’s…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Marxan_Planning: Nearly time for our “Spatial action planning for conservation: 2030 and beyond” campus session at #WCC2021 in #Marseil
j_a_mcgowan RT @Nature_NE: We're #hiring a Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice for the Northeast Division because conservation is best a…
j_a_mcgowan RT @stubutchart: We're looking for someone to lead our exceptional Marine Science Team @BirdLife_News. A great opportunity to work on the s…
j_a_mcgowan RT @EddieGame: We have new guidelines for authorship @ConLetters Manuscripts focused on conservation in low and middle income countries (ak…
j_a_mcgowan RT @rachelneugarten: Post doc opportunity: The Network for Engineering with Nature is hiring a postdoctoral fellow focused on the intersect…
MorenaMills RT @emiel_delange: NEW paper: 'Effects of social networks on interventions to change conservation behaviors'. This is one I'm particularly…
MorenaMills @KateHelmstedt Well done Kate!
MorenaMills RT @suepillans: Even though I’m used to #drawing live in front of large groups this #online workshop for @UQ_CBCS helps me to share these i…
MorenaMills RT @suepillans: Pens & paper ready to #draw out the @UQ_CBCS online Workshop this week on “Social factors as a bridge between #restoration
MorenaMills RT @Bill_Sutherland: Why not apply to do the wonderful Masters in Conservation Leadership in Cambridge delivered in collaboration with the…
MorenaMills @ChristinacHicks @LancasterBlack So lovely to learn more about your story @ChristinacHicks! Thanks for sharing
MorenaMills RT @EJMilnerGulland: I found this paper v useful - distinguishing between statistical modelling approaches for exploration, inference & pre…
MorenaMills RT @antica_c: Free Scientific Writing Course. I did it several years ago & learned so much. One lesson also touches upon #peerreview feedba…
MorenaMills RT @brenucsb: Mark your calendars for Mon 10/18 at 11am PT for a seminar with Dr. Flora Lu, Chair & Professor of Environmental Studies at @…
HugePossum RT @Twitchathon: Touch and go if we’ll crack the 5 million mark for the first time. Did my best with some local counts along the foreshore…
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HugePossum RT @qldmuseum: 🐦 🙋 Put your hand up if you’re a fellow ornithophile (a person who loves birds; a bird-lover)! Here’s a snap of just some…
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HugePossum Partnerships between governments and the not-for profit nature conservation sector are an excellent way to deliver… https://t.co/2uAUb9HkmA
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HugePossum RT @NicolaSockhill: Loved learning about lots of awesome science at @SoapboxScience this morning! https://t.co/ZmcvqDkOEe
HugePossum RT @FerranSayol: Happy to present my research at #ECBC2021 @Biogeography. A great opportunity to meet other early-carrer researchers intere…
HugePossum RT @DiprotoRon: New progress on the #giantwombat Phascolonus skulls being prepared in the @FlindersPalaeo lab. They’re looking great and bo…
HugePossum RT @CraigAllenCBR: Big diversity of #orchids on #BlackMountain in #Canberra at the moment @teamswiftparrot @NatureMapr @c_mperman https://t…
HugePossum RT @KateHelmstedt: We are stoked to talk to any and all science lovers at @SoapboxScience today outside Queensland Museum in Brisbane! Come…
HugePossum RT @peng_shijia: I am a young ecologist at Peking University now, I am interested in macroecology and conservation biology. Welcome to foll…
HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: For our last instalment of this week’s 'What bird is that?' series, it's doves and pigeons with @Twitchathon! This year’s…
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 @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…
vivtulloch Board nominations for @SCBOceania are now open - I can thoroughly recommend this opportunity to get involved with… https://t.co/MbRzvNnpa3
vivtulloch RT @anaifsousa: Check out "Opportunities for improving recognition of #coastal #wetlands in global ecosystem assessment frameworks", led by…
vivtulloch RT @NYTScience: Many women had a tough time in academic research to begin with. The pandemic has raised additional obstacles.  https://t.co
vivtulloch @v_hemming @mcr_evpi This is great - hadn’t read the paper yet thanks for pointing me to it!
vivtulloch Our new paper just out led by @blueecology looks at opportunities for improving recognition of coastal #wetlands (… https://t.co/oDbkyXX9nT
vivtulloch @AFredston 😂😂😂 I refuse to give up my dreams of becoming a pro athlete 😂😂😂
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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