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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 @mae_eccc: This is so good and so funny! A brilliant example of scientific vulgarisation at its best! 🙌 https://t.co/9Y7MECEX4o
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saverygo RT @evaninnewport: This was my farm before the fires. Now there is nothing left of the house. Not. One. Thing. Imagine the loss of wildlife…
saverygo This is a great thread re publishing in @nature journals, and more generally. #AcademicTwitter #PhDLife @UQ_CBCS https://t.co/DRg5KLoT03
saverygo RT @tonyrwalker1: Study estimates more than 1.8 million pieces of garbage are strewn over bottom of Bay of Fundy /via @globeandmail https:/…
saverygo @mtncypress @CN_Service @ChrisDarimont Congratulations!!!!! I’ve been reading your papers- really incredible work :) https://t.co/JuoyxiM9Vy
saverygo @PetrelStation @PacificRimCon Sounds like a good outcome! #tinydance PS Whether you’re in academia or some other s… https://t.co/cR5WdEoeQT
saverygo RT @BenoitMontpetit: The #Geomatics group of @ECCCWildlifeSci is everywhere for #gisday2019! Great jobs guys, looking good! #ECCCFamily ht…
saverygo RT @GuloThoughts: (1/N) THREAD: Caught myself making a grad student joke today, 1.5 years out of my #PhD. You know, those 'funny', 'harmles…
saverygo RT @AChauvenet: The economic value of #protectedareas derived from the improved mental health of visitors is US$6 trillion p.a. Our new Per…
saverygo Don’t you just hate humble braggers? Truth is I’m hella fortunate. I know this. Thanks to everyone who has suppor… https://t.co/6ZytzIreJ8
MariaBeger RT @AtheneDonald: 'Unless you have been a minority in any of these situations, you don’t get what it’s like to operate in a world so clearl…
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MariaBeger Plus it is AMAZING and EXCITING to publish winter project work of one of our MSc Biodiversity & Conservation studen… https://t.co/uoOUPmeqot
MariaBeger Last night, we submitted the first paper of hopefully many from our JSPS Zuno project! @JDReimer @HugePossum… https://t.co/hdeeTtANmr
MariaBeger RT @Coralassist_Lab: Great article on the importance of communal coffee breaks! https://t.co/VhiWpOb8Lt
MariaBeger RT @NatashaSelkie: As scientists and westerners, we are a part of the problem AND the solution. As knowledge keepers we have a duty to enga…
MariaBeger RT @AnotherBobSmith: JOB KLAXON! 2-year Post-Doctoral & Capacity Building Manager post with Zoe Davies & me at @DICE_Kent. Part of @unepwcm…
MariaBeger RT @martine_maron: Spending to save: What will it cost to halt Australia's extinction crisis? (spoiler: about seven times what we spend now…
MariaBeger RT @oceana: Extreme heat waves can create public health problems on land, but did you know that they also occur in the ocean? How marine he…
MariaBeger RT @KatieMWatson_: Very excited that this work will be at @ReefConsUK!! Mapping threats is a valuable tool to understand ecosystem health,…
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 @adele_pavlidis: Protected areas are important for many reasons, including people’s mental health, as my good friend @AChauvenet recentl…
AChauvenet The economic value of #protectedareas derived from the improved mental health of visitors is US$6 trillion p.a. Our… https://t.co/yDNjo74W8j
AChauvenet RT @Pettorelli: This time with all the details: we have a fully funded PhD with @SCENARIO_DTP for grab! Key points: it's interdisciplinary,…
AChauvenet RT @april_reside: Stage 2 in the battle for Australia's top bird for 2019 - you have to vote AGAIN! Cast your vote for the long-suffering…
AChauvenet RT @Pettorelli: Want to do a PhD at @ZSLScience & @UniofReading with me @Jess_n1 @Len_Shaffrey @JNCC_UK & Ken Norris on predicting the ecol…
AChauvenet RT @adele_pavlidis: Thanks for the opportunity to present some of my research #womeninsport great conversations & simulation for extending…
AChauvenet RT @MhairiMcCready: All of our reintroduced #hihi populations require supplemental feeding to help them grow. This comes in the form of sug…
AChauvenet RT @AdrianStier: I'm very excited to share that our EEMB department at @ucsantabarbara has a position open for an assistant professor in *f…
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 @tweetsbymidge: Conference pro tip: If in a group setting & you see someone having difficulty joining the convo make an effort to includ…
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MattHHolden @katejhelms @arc_gov_au @QUTSciEng Such a beautiful summary too!
MattHHolden RT @katejhelms: I am so excited to announce I was awarded an @arc_gov_au DECRA fellowship. I get to design maths to guide development of ne…
MattHHolden While there is no data for the effect of synthetic rhino horn on consumer demand, examples elsewhere (e.g. diamond… https://t.co/6rWx3NYcdV
MattHHolden Interesting perspective by @InvasionEcology on why he isn’t applying for promotion until the gender gap in academy… https://t.co/f0aaLDCDZd
MattHHolden RT @UQ_CBCS: Presenter of the next @UQ_CBCS Tuesday seminar, 19 November, will be @ali__johnston , ecological statistician with the eBird…
MattHHolden @BiodiversityGuy @april_reside @D0CT0R_Dave While wise spending is needed - we are currently spending so little, th… https://t.co/ErErmzlliD
MattHHolden @cheeburker @mary_lutze @AcademicChatter Immediately when I got my first postdoc contract that was at least 2 years… https://t.co/AA57g8ijmR
MattHHolden @JuniperLSimonis You are a rock star!
MattHHolden @antimatterhorn1 @hormiga The right way to let a person know that they published in a predatory journal is privatel… https://t.co/lWLE8CuJdE
cdkuempel RT @FaiolaLabUCI: Just as we suspected, academia is an insular elite club. Academic nepotism is pervasive. If you don't connect with one of…
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cdkuempel RT @statto: This is a graph of what people think will help with climate change versus the actual impacts. By skewing perceptions so massiv…
cdkuempel Literally just did an involuntary "dab" at my desk after figuring out the solution to part of my code. Who am I? https://t.co/g7yjPxllgP
cdkuempel RT @ICRSreefstudent: Deeply sad news from Hawai'i today: PhD candidate Josh Copus has died. He was advancing our knowledge of mesophotic re…
cdkuempel RT @CSIRO: #4oclockfact The last date that all living humans were on Earth was November 2nd 2000. Since then, there has always been some…
cdkuempel RT @cjsewall9: Trying to get that manuscript published... @AcademicChatter https://t.co/ZEAhnLc7Xk
cdkuempel RT @BBM_Wong: Wanted: High quality PhD student applicants to join #BobWongLab at @MonashBiol. Australian Research Council funded projects a…
cdkuempel RT @j_a_mcgowan: 2 yr Post-doc on integrating climate change and MPA planning with awesome team @unepwcmc using #Marxan. https://t.co/JVWD…
cdkuempel RT @BAlexSimmons: Our team of @UQ_CBCS scientists have released an important comment in Science on cross-boundary collaboration in the #Ama…
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 @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…
BonMappin Almost a third of terrestrial ecoregions, across all seven biogeographical realms, 12 biomes, and 114 countries, ha… https://t.co/pO414uxkOz
BonMappin @oschoettker @ConLetters Thanks! Glad to hear you found it interesting!
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 @EU_ScienceHub: #Energy projections for African countries: a study 📖 shows power generation capacity will need to increase 10-fold from…
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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…
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j_a_mcgowan RT @jamesecology: PREPRINT: Conservation attention necessary across at least 44% of Earth's land area to safeguard biodiversity https://t.c…
j_a_mcgowan RT @BAlexSimmons: Our latest paper identifies different types of farmers in #QLD based on their #LandClearing behaviours & psychosocial cha…
j_a_mcgowan RT @AnotherBobSmith: JOB KLAXON! 2-year Post-Doctoral & Capacity Building Manager post with Zoe Davies & me at @DICE_Kent. Part of @unepwcm…
j_a_mcgowan Come join us in May in Beautiful West Virginia! https://t.co/ttQ22IbmUv
j_a_mcgowan RT @WCSNewsroom: OPINION: The Carbon Bomb—New report shows that #deforestation between 2000-2013 responsible for a shocking 626% more #CO2…
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: At The Nature Conservancy we have agreed that representing every habitat and every species in some kind of protection is im…
j_a_mcgowan 2 yr Post-doc on integrating climate change and MPA planning with awesome team @unepwcmc using #Marxan.… https://t.co/hvN89Q6rJJ
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_org: The announcement that the U.S government is officially withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is incredibly short-sighted.…
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…
MorenaMills Interested in what drives the spread of conservation initiatives? Funded PhD position available at @IC_CEP to come… https://t.co/BlA791i05C
MorenaMills RT @IC_CEP: Join us tomorrow for our weekly @IC_CEP Lunchtime Seminar: Insights for Catalysing Conservation, with Dr @MorenaMills. More det…
MorenaMills RT @ICCS_updates: Everyone needs some positivity in their lives so we're really looking forward to this talk from @EJMilnerGulland. 'An Op…
HugePossum RT @Nature_Climate: CEOs from six US companies and two NGOs went to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress for a federal price on carbon. #actoncli…
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HugePossum RT @sallyjewell: Nature is one of our most powerful defenses against storms, and the insurance industry is starting to take note. New resea…
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HugePossum RT @LynnScarlett1: Pulling out of the Paris Agreement was the wrong decision, but we can’t let that stop us from addressing the urgent thre…
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HugePossum RT @sallyjewell: The Central Appalachians are rich with climate strongholds and “escape routes” for species seeking refuge from the threats…
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HugePossum RT @rachelohry: I'm not switching off as much as I have too :( Morning reflection: Sometimes you don't need to find a solution to a proble…
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HugePossum RT @rachelohry: RT @mongabay: Fantastic opportunity for a full-time writing position that contributes to #conservation! https://t.co/hwdBaG…
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HugePossum RT @MikeHudema: New Zealand banned all new oil and gas development. Now they're looking to go 100% renewable. Time to speed it up. We hav…
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HugePossum @eatguineapigs Do you only buy Carolina Wood Duck or can you save any species you wish?
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HugePossum RT @katejhelms: I am so excited to announce I was awarded an @arc_gov_au DECRA fellowship. I get to design maths to guide development of ne…
HugePossum RT @jessicawalsh1: Excited to begin working with @BraggePeter, @Carly_N_Cook & @JoslinMoore on rapid evidence synthesis for threatened ecos…
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 RT @TaraGMartin: Excited to be working with this incredible group of experts to Prioritize Threat Management for wild salmon recovery in Ca…
vivtulloch RT @april_reside: Sulphur crested cockatoo are gaining on black-throated finch! SC cockatoo are the least worthy of all the cockatoos. Plea…
vivtulloch @EPlaganyi @eafulton @DrJessMT @BlanchardJulia Also female coauthorship - mine is 51% thanks in part to the many ta… https://t.co/Nkx2BMb56K
vivtulloch So happy to share my 2nd all female author paper, this time with legendary female ecological modellers @eafulton… https://t.co/aSFVlRF15B
vivtulloch RT @ryan_reisinger: A new review by @elhazen and others: "Marine top predators as climate and ecosystem sentinels." https://t.co/SDYr03YwtG…
vivtulloch RT @Ash_Stewart_: Absolutely incredible to watch this @jacindaardern video be pinged around the world. In the last 48 hours, it's seemingly…
vivtulloch RT @GriffithARI: “We are failing to protect coastal ecosystems from the multitude of human threats” explains Dr Laura Griffiths. https://t…
vivtulloch Wonderful work being led by by @Hedley_Grantham and @ayeshatulloch to advance conservation research and build capac… https://t.co/JXE7W3AYP4
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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