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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 @juliasilge: It is *both* very useful *and* I get to send myself and my coworkers emails with emoji subject lines and beautiful plots in…
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saverygo RT @UQ_News: Seeing through the eyes of animals. #UQ @UQscience research from @vancedberg @karen_cheney @QldBrainInst. https://t.co/pAZ45q
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saverygo RT @ParksCanada: #ClimateChange is one of the key pillars addressed in today's #ThroneSpeech! #DYK protected areas play an important role i…
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saverygo Next time, how will you phrase using “one strategy that meets two goals”?
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saverygo I can’t tell you all how often I’ve wished for a teleporter/portkey. https://t.co/h0cugMHivK
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saverygo @ithinkwellHugh This explains why I started baking beautiful loaves of sourdough bread in the final year of my PhD… https://t.co/549kw3QNQy
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saverygo Success! Thanks to Lynn from the Constance Creek Wildlife Centre! They are in a critical need of donations tho, so… https://t.co/6bGB1TZwZv
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saverygo @RicSchuster @Christina_Davy Success! Thanks to Lynn from the Constance Creek Wildlife Centre! They are in a critic… https://t.co/65GF4DG733
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saverygo Got a bat in our Ottawa basement! 🦇 Given that it’s winter, many species are endangered and we don’t want the littl… https://t.co/LbGL1HNIPZ
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MariaBeger RT @JulianCribb: Greta Thunberg: People underestimate 'angry kids' https://t.co/8YXfeBe4eG
MariaBeger RT @BestleySophie: We have a 2y oceanography position @IMAS_UTAS with our ARC Discovery project on east Antarctic polynyas - apply by 2 Dec…
MariaBeger RT @spc_cps: The @PoetCom1 & SPC #LRD mission takes place in #WallisFutuna as part of a support to an #organicCertification-#Agriculture th…
MariaBeger RT @ithinkwellHugh: We tend to think of courage as dramatic acts of bravery. But every day there are little moments of courage. Pressing SE…
MariaBeger RT @SalGoTeam: Looking forward to sharing our research @ #BES2019 meeting @OxZooDept @BritishEcolSoc @PolCapdevila90 @sara_lil_plants @Mark
MariaBeger RT @EJMilnerGulland: NEWSFLASH! @OxZooDept is recruiting an Associate Professor in #Conservation #Biology with @BalliolOxford. Closing 2nd…
MariaBeger RT @IPBES: In time for #COP25: latest issue of @aaas features a special collection of #science articles on multilevel and complex intertwin…
MariaBeger RT @bluecology: Learn Bayesian methods with one of the world's best statisticians. Videos available here https://t.co/G8eRYE352O https://t…
MariaBeger RT @ReefConsUK: Last chance to buy tickets for #RCUK2019 as registration closes tomorrow! Register and get one of the last tickets here - h…
MariaBeger RT @martine_maron: Seems a good time to remind all at #ESAus19 that the EPBC Act Review website is here https://t.co/8LWoipy5Ol, the discus…
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 @ElisaBayra: Do you wanna know how Australia's threatened birds are going? Or want some awesome time-series data? The new #ThreatenedSpe
AChauvenet RT @EJMilnerGulland: NEWSFLASH! @OxZooDept is recruiting an Associate Professor in #Conservation #Biology with @BalliolOxford. Closing 2nd…
AChauvenet RT @ConversationEDU: Australia’s threatened birds declined by nearly 60% on average over 30 years. New research reveals the true impact on…
AChauvenet RT @BestleySophie: We have a 2y oceanography position @IMAS_UTAS with our ARC Discovery project on east Antarctic polynyas - apply by 2 Dec…
AChauvenet RT @mjecoservices: Very honoured for the L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science 🇨🇱 award. Thankful of my excellent supervisors @BalvaneraPatt
AChauvenet @JeremyBrownlie @MelodySChristie Huge congratulations!
AChauvenet @saverygo I am more of 🤷‍♀️ user personally
AChauvenet @bluecology Not sure, but definitely efficient!
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 @verissimodiogo: Did a program to alleviate rural poverty make India’s air pollution worse? https://t.co/gA9gHyggIB Another great exampl…
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MattHHolden RT @UQscience: Did you know that one of the most abundant marine food sources is invisible, like sugar dissolved in a cup of tea? #UQ resea…
MattHHolden @JuniperLSimonis @tpoi Oh Axios. That was a great idea. But in my opinion they did a bad job 1. Convincing high imp… https://t.co/JVqnWpId3P
MattHHolden Child: artist Preteen: artist Teen: high school maths teacher Now: mathematician/lecturer https://t.co/exN0MgHLa1
MattHHolden @EuanRitchie1 In many cases I like to avoid the word “student” rather than “my” - similar intent. “My collaborator”… https://t.co/ZUBCoYLkAq
MattHHolden @VPaglioni @AcademicChatter Ask him to redo it, and let him know, that if he doesn’t have an original draft to you… https://t.co/wCutU2WB6C
MattHHolden RT @RhysHParry: Every year I forget about the annual UQ School of Biology Christmas party tradition of the lucky door prize. Congratulation…
MattHHolden @nancywyuen Academics use jargon because it's easy/lazy writing, not because they are elitists trying to bamboozle… https://t.co/yMiaSGybPJ
MattHHolden @nancywyuen Paywalls come from corporate greed. I've never met a single academic who "wanted" paywalls. Unfortunate… https://t.co/w0V4V7LB0n
MattHHolden @nancywyuen I agree with a lot of this (especially the bit on rewarding public scholarship) but disagree with the s… https://t.co/0IKTBtAw6N
cdkuempel RT @MJLPeers: Thought it was about time to once again share the most epic trail cam series... Dont you dare touch my carcass magpie!!!! #Ca
cdkuempel RT @TrevorABranch: Double tragedy in Samoa: 2 kids died when nurses mistakenly mixed a lethal dose of muscle relaxants into the measles vac…
cdkuempel RT @DrEmSherratt: A wonderful article highlighting my dear friend, confidante and science idol Dr Simone Blomberg @simoneb66 #WomenInSTEM #…
cdkuempel RT @KiirstiO: Here it is! The R advent calendaR 🎁 Start learning R tomorrow and by Christmas you will know the basics! https://t.co/NC6mg
cdkuempel RT @GCITweet: Do you have the drive to solve the greatest challenges of our time? @UQ_News is recruiting the Director, UQ Global Change In…
cdkuempel RT @DocFroehlich: Research scientist in #aquaculture! Nice piece for graduate students seeking work outside of academia in the field 🐟🚜 ht…
cdkuempel RT @jess_carilli: Oh god this is amazing https://t.co/DNtxy5jo7g
cdkuempel RT @jgironna: To Achieve A Sustainable Future, We Need to Include Early Career Professionals in Global Decision-Making https://t.co/USgoU7
kwekings RT @sivasothi: [biod crew] Fri 8 Nov 2019: 9.00 am [PhD Defense] – Lam Weng Ngai on “Nepenthes: A Model… https://t.co/ZKStiLiAHr
kwekings RT @NatureHumBehav: A culture of publication-worship unwittingly incentivizes questionable scientific practices and gluts the economy of sc…
kwekings "The top researchers at American law schools, especially elite law schools... often include people who are indiffer… https://t.co/0OcocoXU9L
kwekings We're looking for a post-doc (or senior research associate/assistant) to join our urban ecology team! Specifically… https://t.co/8hYC3HKNPa
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
BonMappin RT @james_trezise: Concern for Melbourne's drinking water after scientists allege illegal logging https://t.co/UM2gI2Huff via @abcnews
BonMappin RT @martine_maron: Spending to save: What will it cost to halt Australia's extinction crisis? (spoiler: about seven times what we spend now…
BonMappin RT @ProfTerryHughes: How many more house have to burn down, how many deaths, how many times does the #GreatBarrierReef have to bleach - bef…
BonMappin RT @m_dimarco: Wilderness areas halve the extinction risk of terrestrial biodiversity https://t.co/mqJvpOqOtZ Our @nature paper shows #wi
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…
mainambui RT @coralmannie: Help to expand Madagascar's climate history to 400 years. Apply for a unique PhD on geochemistry of giant Indian Ocean cor…
mainambui RT @ESA_EO: A beautiful, cloud-free Scotland 🥰 https://t.co/Mhr5L5VRn6
mainambui RT @MattHHolden: Come work with me at UQ! Fully-funded Ph.D. project on #maths & #stats to improve #fisheries management. Open to internati…
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: Not just warm water. Paper in @NatureClimate by @EnvScMQ Joseph Maina and colleagues at @TheWCS including @UWAresearch and @U
mainambui RT @ChristinacHicks: Very pleased to share this paper, new in @nature. We developed a novel model to predict nutrient quality of fish, appl…
mainambui RT @naj_graham: Nutritional quality and quantity from the world's fisheries. Our @nature paper demonstrates how catches from many nations c…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Scientists will never know everything with complete certainty, but in many cases, like the issue of a declining Great Barri…
mainambui RT @PROG_ocean: Exciting workshop on a future Regional #OceanGovernance Strategy for the WIO. Outcome will provide important input to the #…
mainambui RT @coralmannie: Join my group at the University of Leicester, 4 year PhD to 'Unlock Climatic and Anthropogenic Drivers of Environmental Ch…
mainambui RT @PROBAVegetation: #ProbaV for #coastal applications!🛰️🌊 Check this #ProbaV image of part of #Belgium and #TheNetherlands combined with a…
j_a_mcgowan RT @IUCNscience: Job posting @CCI_Cambridge: Executive Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative https://t.co/53J7xIdvAC, deadline 10 Dec…
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j_a_mcgowan RT @Dynamic_Planet: New report by @nature_org and @Enviro_Finance confirms that private sector investors are factoring environmental concer…
j_a_mcgowan RT @IUCN: IUCN Issues Briefs provide accessible overviews of complex #conservation and sustainable #development issues. Check them out: h…
j_a_mcgowan RT @ConLetters: Now in @ConLetters Substantial losses in ecoregion intactness highlight urgency of globally coordinated action https://t.c…
j_a_mcgowan RT @EJMilnerGulland: V useful paper reviewing #metrics used in #biodiversity #offsetting, planning & #conservation. Different ones used in…
j_a_mcgowan Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean. Our new science policy paper is o… https://t.co/qVIcHJ9G6T
j_a_mcgowan RT @sophusticated: What needs to change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs targeting global infrastructure expansion alongs…
j_a_mcgowan @jeff_o_hanson @HugePossum @ultimatemegs @RicSchuster @JendallKones I’ts not the same language, per se, but there i… https://t.co/AXwDM2J2nJ
j_a_mcgowan RT @EU_ScienceHub: #Energy projections for African countries: a study 📖 shows power generation capacity will need to increase 10-fold from…
j_a_mcgowan RT @TBCbiodiversity: We're recruiting! We have two brand new posts ready and waiting for your creativity and energy - a Communications Assi…
MorenaMills RT @Sergeraemaekers: @PipCohen @Worldfish opens up today’s session that will discuss how we secure #sustainablefisheries-based #livelihoods
MorenaMills RT @CarlaWildlife: Excited to talk about the how covenants and #PPAs can contribute towards the 2030 UN #restoration targets tomorrow at a…
MorenaMills RT @GeographicalMag: An examination of the ways that conservation initiatives become mainstream has revealed that most successful projects…
MorenaMills RT @AnotherBobSmith: JOB KLAXON. 2-year Senior Post-Doctoral Fellowship on climate change and MPA network planning based at @DICE_Kent thro…
MorenaMills RT @VisualPersist: The impact of #MPAs on communities is unclear. @MorenaMills "conflict within communities increased in 79 per cent of #MP
MorenaMills RT @smangubhai: We are in Week 3 of our national effort to “Evaluate knowledge co-production in locally managed marine areas in Fiji”. @wcs
MorenaMills RT @j_r_rhodes: If you are interested in novel ways to achieve collaboration among organisations, we have a 2 year postdoc available to wor…
HugePossum RT @AER_ESE_BES: Want to know what we're all about? Read this thread by the excellent @DocHPJones... we're so pleased to have her on board!…
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HugePossum RT @EcoInvasions: Quote: "Trying to save honeybees in lieu of native pollinators, entomologists say, is like trying to conserve chickens be…
HugePossum RT @AER_ESE_BES: Hello Twitter! Introducing the newest & 7th @BritishEcolSoc journal Ecological Solutions and Evidence which will be openi…
HugePossum RT @DocHPJones: I am super excited to announce my new role as Lead Editor of the new journal from @BritishEcolSoc called Ecological Solutio…
HugePossum @mjecoservices @BalvaneraPatty @brettabryan @kerrie_a_wilson We have been honoured to have you as our colleague Maria
HugePossum RT @EAAFP: The 2020 Coast to Coast #Conference will be held in Queensland, Australia, on 27 – 30 July! It's the Australian Coastal Society’…
HugePossum RT @alilleyman: The Far Eastern Curlew is a critically endangered shorebird that migrates from Siberia to Australia every year. Find out wh…
HugePossum RT @BrenWintle: Thanks @tnewbold31 for reviewing our article in F1000 and raising awareness of the value and importance of small habitat pa…
HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: "We applaud the dedicated researchers, managers and citizen scientists from every corner of the country who have been assem…
HugePossum RT @PaulSullivan_au: We know HOW bend the ugly curve on this graph by implementing recovery plans + fixing weak #nature laws ⁦@BirdlifeOz⁩…
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.
RKRunting Had a particularly fun practical class with my "Spatial Analysis in Geography" students this semester. Thanks to… https://t.co/0tTNySIxcJ
RKRunting RT @ProfLesleyHead: For #climatestrike week, a thread of relevant research from #geogmelb. In our collective life we do lots of different…
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: Colombia's government is not doing a great job protecting their vulnerable #pollinators , despite the road map laid out in…
RKRunting RT @ChrisOBryan89: Colombia's policies are killing #pollinators through use of herbicides and pesticides. This coupled with deforestation w…
RKRunting @LauraEllenDee @CUBoulder Congratulations! Your lab sounds awesome :)
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 @RedPandaBKK @Society4ConBio Hmmm that’s good to know thanks. There must be a lot of ECRs for which that isn’t an o… https://t.co/zzRjXvDjn2
vivtulloch Did anyone else get a symposium accepted at the #IUCN #worldconservationcongress 2020 and then see the registration… https://t.co/Ne2Pkzqfjl
vivtulloch RT @TaraGMartin: Making space to have a family and a successful academic career is not easy. We need to make it easier @ljevanso https://t…
vivtulloch @turschwell Or you could just give up on work completely…this is much more rewarding than spending the rest of the… https://t.co/qMJzUYyox5
vivtulloch @ASeatonSpatial @Alice_R_Jones I’m very interested in this and it’s a complaint many have of SDMs - can we chat sometime?
vivtulloch RT @MattHHolden: Current wildfires have NOT caused koalas to go functionally extinct! We as researchers must speak out against all misinfor…
vivtulloch RT @ecologibel: "Trust your voice". The #ESAus19 writers workshop is full of ecologists all keen to learn how to communicate real #ecology
vivtulloch RT @VanessaPirotta: Our new #publication is finally out 🐋🐬‼️This is a very important paper about #bycatch and #entanglements of #whales and…
vivtulloch Reported bycatch and entanglements of whales and dolphins around Australia has increased since 2000, with only one-… https://t.co/K4Vm9Z4lqi
vivtulloch RT @TaraGMartin: Excited to be working with this incredible group of experts to Prioritize Threat Management for wild salmon recovery in Ca…
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…
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

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