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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 One of the best parts of living in #Ottawa is the chance to hear more French. My new favourite new phrase: “Ça me fait plaisir”
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saverygo RT @shoshanahjacobs: If you were a kittiwake (gull-like bird), would this one (photo) be a suitable mate? It depends, perhaps? It depen…
saverygo @semarhyquinones Conservation Scientist! Decision Scientist! (sometimes this involves working with stakeholders, s… https://t.co/ro2cFUS5gq
saverygo Excellent overview of 3 ways in which reporting on plastic pollution has been overstated by the media!… https://t.co/nkgFIxsc0N
saverygo RT @jenni_pro: #fieldworkwoes - What is the oldest/more outdated thing you have consumed in a field camp? @AChangingArctic @AmieBlack13 @to
saverygo I don’t always love Mondays, but I’m liking this one. The week ahead is full of possibilities. #AcademicTwitter https://t.co/dL5pFbPZCs
saverygo Researchers to measure microplastics in pristine northwestern Ontario lakes https://t.co/ohJHd9HPaq https://t.co/i5g8QoIa9T
MariaBeger RT @AUTuni: After surveying #NZ’s #marine #science community, #AUT #researchers Dr Rebecca Jarvis & Dr Tim Young have identified the top pr…
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MariaBeger RT @AustMarConsSoc: The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today called on the Prime Minister to respond to a federal government…
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MariaBeger RT @jeff_o_hanson: 1/4 Our new paper in @MethodsEcolEvol shows that "smarter" algorithms could potentially save conservation agencies milli…
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MariaBeger RT @CarbonBrief: NEW - Guest post: A new approach for understanding the remaining carbon budget | @JoeriRogelj @piersforster @nature https:…
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MariaBeger RT @AngelaSocSci: A new website for women in research - loads of useful resources and stories about life, career, mentoring ++ https://t.c…
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MariaBeger RT @timutteridge: New law allows #Indonesia to jail foreign researchers for breaking rules - Jakarta Post #ristek #research ⁦@perilsofbirdi
MariaBeger RT @jamesecology: Attending #ICCB2019? Check out our "action mapping" symposium where @HugePossum @j_a_mcgowan @manammichelle @ChrisOBryan8
MariaBeger Fish interaction networks in Spermonde archipelago! @DeBrauwerM is presenting our first results at @NERCscience int… https://t.co/eIlpOpiNle
MariaBeger Land-sea integrative research in the making! Exciting times! @jjompa @AlessiaBani @LeedsEcoEvo @PriestleyCentre https://t.co/V0pbB1R6Sx
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 @EuanRitchie1: Australia has a problem with conserving its wildlife. Australia has a problem with invasive species, including feral cats…
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AChauvenet RT @mickresearch: McKenzie Fellowships available for ECRs at @unimelb (<2 years post PhD). Please consider applying to work with us at @qae
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AChauvenet @katejhelms What if you are sad sack feeling guilty about not writing papers all the time? Then during term, you on… https://t.co/YHj5e7cOta
AChauvenet RT @m_dimarco: Great opportunity for a spatial ecologist to work on a EU project in a great research group, in the beautiful city of Ispra…
AChauvenet RT @DocSlinky: When your Advanced Spatial Modeling class not only has a close to full attendance rate at 8am on a cold Friday winter mornin…
AChauvenet @RD_Denton Basically, my strategy is to remind them we are all humans and doing our best. Having their concerns ack… https://t.co/o2pe9hix2H
AChauvenet @RD_Denton Admittedly I am still new at this, but that's my experience too. Especially when you have a mix of years… https://t.co/zuCesOgD4X
AChauvenet RT @DocSlinky: New paper! We have mastered planning for species distributions and other landscape patterns -time to account for processes…
AChauvenet @RD_Denton I would start the semester by managing expectations and showing the data about the 50:50 split to the st… https://t.co/mwwHn3vbum
AChauvenet I think this is the best course of action. If you are not going to champion someone, don't agree to write the lette… https://t.co/gMH6gZ9LpG
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 @GrandmaSaidNo Never had an openly indigenous teacher over 20 years of courses from kindergarten to 3rd year of my… https://t.co/u8dZOymBhn
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MattHHolden Hopefully my talk at @ICCB2019 goes this well. 2 of those 7kg are occupied by this wonderful field guide lent to me… https://t.co/OFedidwTcA
MattHHolden Plants are wildlife too! Illegal wildlife trade research must do a better job incorporating plants 🌱 #orchidshttps://t.co/7kT4JVqH6d
MattHHolden @ihol6844 @sbekessy @_MBreed @BBC @UQ_News @RMIT @HugePossum @RichFullerUQ I don’t see how saying that it can be 20… https://t.co/E0xCmNFI9D
MattHHolden RT @seb_schreiber: Fun stuff lead by @sciallorg with Marissa Baskett on how intra- and inter-specific social information generate positive…
MattHHolden @JuniperLSimonis @DapperStats Reminder that NSF paid at least 30k in tuition so be sure to include that in X and Z on top of stipend
MattHHolden @JuniperLSimonis @DapperStats Have a section on the 1st pg of cv, even before pubs, called something like “Major fu… https://t.co/4FQoHetUQ7
MattHHolden RT @aijawhite: And I thought I had picked the one job robots would NEVER be able to do...d'oh! https://t.co/ySqiJyoaDI
MattHHolden RT @EJMilnerGulland: Important paper from @nature_org supporting an #indigenous community in #Australia to develop a #spatialplan for imple…
MattHHolden RT @Rob_SalGo: Fresh off the oven: we show that animals life histories are shaped by longevity & iteroparity, and that metabolic rate & eco…
cdkuempel RT @HakaiInstitute: WOAH! That bull kelp is 8 scientists long! Pic @KHinc https://t.co/guTRvL7qNM
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cdkuempel RT @ZoeStoneNZ: Enjoying a glass of sangria in Spain with @jeff_o_hanson just as his new paper on project prioritisation using NZ data goes…
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cdkuempel RT @SusannaLHarris: 17: nobody can tell me how to live my life 27: can someone please tell me how to live my life.
cdkuempel RT @ZonePhysics: The importance of mangroves. And why we must save them. https://t.co/llLgQIKSyt
cdkuempel Manuscript text = 33 pages. Response to reviewers = 34 pages. That's hope the work and revisions pay off! 🙏
cdkuempel RT @BSHalpern: Call for proposals for the 2020 Artist in Residence at NCEAS is now open. Description of the opportunity is on our website…
cdkuempel RT @allison_horst: Great keynote talk by @juliesquid at #useR2019! Environmental scientists often lack skills & training to confidently dea…
cdkuempel RT @aijawhite: And I thought I had picked the one job robots would NEVER be able to do...d'oh! https://t.co/ySqiJyoaDI
cdkuempel RT @WoodStelling: Great the see so much love for my Sargassum poem. Perhaps if the PhD doesn’t work out I can take up poetry writing instea…
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
kwekings The work of Alan Krueger and his colleagues challenged a bedrock belief of labour economics: they showed that raisi… https://t.co/Kv0skXeBli
kwekings NUS #LSM and #BES #FYP #poster day 28 Mar (Thu) @ UHall link bridge https://t.co/ieBb4pT2NN
kwekings RT @JEcology: New on the blog: our blog editor @PierreMariotte shares some thoughts and his personal experiences on what it means to be an…
kwekings RT @DLNarango: Check out our new paper in @PNASNews! With help from DC-area homeowners we found that your yard needs at least 70% #nativepl
kwekings RT @xingli_giam: Looking for talented and driven MS/PhD students to join my lab and the Conserv Sci initiative @UTK_EEB. Potential topics:…
kwekings RT @JEcology: Thinking about writing a review paper? Read 'The anatomy of an excellent review paper' by @panemma published in @FunEcology f…
kwekings Check out the .gif showing an R function being called in an Excel cell https://t.co/RvBCNOuvzV
kwekings Academia should aim "to improve society, not chase citations" nor grant money/patents https://t.co/Hy25ZeipPo
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!
BonMappin RT @GreeningAust: A study commissioned by the Federal Department of Environment found that regenerative management practices "have the pote…
BonMappin RT @WCSNewsroom: Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target | Important new paper in @ConLetters https://t.co/SYDoA
BonMappin RT @ConLetters: Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target by @BonMappin et al. https://t.co/0H6jYvXHJi #Ecologica
BonMappin RT @sccs_aus: Last chance to register and submit your abstract for #SCCSAus2019! Registration closes next week (Feb 28th). With inspiration…
mainambui RT @AndrewKSkidmore: 3 #phd #jobs #vacancies available at @UTwente @LibITC under @ERC_Research grant “Monitoring Biodiversity from Space” u…
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mainambui RT @eumetsat: #DYK that you can learn about how we monitor the oceans from #space with #satellites? All the material from our #oceansfromsp
mainambui RT @spatialsource: Corals cross-bred for heat tolerance show promising results after reef transplant. https://t.co/Oy49wmemA7
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Protected areas may not be the “biodiversity in the bank” we once thought - management and other investments are essential…
mainambui RT @aboudjumbe: We are creating ecological debts with little liability of the economy to its impacts on Ecosystems - J.L. Weber on Ecosyste…
mainambui RT @billfishExpert: Additional key points: why Africa should fight harmful subsidies? Undermines Smallscale fisheries viability, drives gen…
mainambui RT @NCSecretariat: Our upcoming #MPA Outlook will support countries to establish baselines & include assessment metrics to track progress t…
mainambui RT @Beaumontlj: 2/2 Develop some emotional intelligence and professionalism, and try to refrain from telling a student her work is “silly”…
mainambui RT @eumetsat: Composite image of #tropicalcyclonekenneth #Kenneth approaching #Mozambique this morning at 09:00 UTC https://t.co/vy1LvSaX4T
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Expanding our protected area system is considered the cornerstone of nature conservation, but have we forgotten to invest e…
j_a_mcgowan RT @jamesecology: Attending #ICCB2019? Check out our "action mapping" symposium where @HugePossum @j_a_mcgowan @manammichelle @ChrisOBryan8
j_a_mcgowan RT @EU_DOPA: Will you join our research team to support EU policies? We are recruiting an experienced spatial ecologist to work with us on…
j_a_mcgowan RT @EJMilnerGulland: Important paper from @nature_org supporting an #indigenous community in #Australia to develop a #spatialplan for imple…
j_a_mcgowan New #OA paper: accounting for condition when prioritising reefs for conservation is an often overlooked considerati… https://t.co/v5XEDEPPSV
j_a_mcgowan RT @ArcNewsMagazine: To tackle the complex problems associated with #climatechange, The Nature Conservancy is revolutionizing its approach…
j_a_mcgowan RT @OryxTheJournal: We are delighted to announce that our #ImpactFactor is now 2.801, a 20% increase on last year! Oryx is committed to pub…
j_a_mcgowan A truly multi-institutional collaboration setting a great precedent for blue growth initiatives. https://t.co/s7Fwmf9e4o
j_a_mcgowan RT @naomiekingston: Come and work in my team! Great early career opportunity to work with @protectedplanet @unepwcmc. https://t.co/hjvmxaBo
j_a_mcgowan RT @terra_et_mare: Consolidating the conservation planning database needs help from #conservation #oceans #MPA planners worldwide. We're wo…
MorenaMills RT @pvisconbio: Twitter, any advice for funding opportunities to organize workshops in the field of natural resource management, ecology an…
MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: Marine protected areas set up to provide the most benefit to local ecosystems also benefit human wellbeing the most, finds…
MorenaMills RT @CarlosPeres_: Brazilian legislator Flavio Bolsonaro proposed a Bill to extinguish natural vegetation set-asides within private properti…
MorenaMills RT @MarineCons: NEW: Global review of #MPAs shows more positive (51%) than negative (31%) #outcomes for human #wellbeing https://t.co/6w0X
MorenaMills RT @SBPartelow: Excellent #postdoc opportunity to join our social science dept at ZMT!! Working on deliberation, valuation and sustainabili…
MorenaMills RT @shaunamahajan: Brain buzzing after a @evidence4nature gathering w/@ConservationOrg @FaunaFloraInt @FIU @imperialcollege @nature_org @Ra
MorenaMills RT @andretrig: Uma aula de analfabetismo ambiental... https://t.co/TCCAn3qWBK
HugePossum RT @nceas: A Google-inspired design sprint could help research teams turn their science into something that makes a difference - in just 5…
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HugePossum RT @nature_brains: By 2050, California is going to need to make room for 10 million more people. Can it be done sustainably? @Conserve_CA s…
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HugePossum RT @nature_brains: 8 Ways Wild Animals Beat the Heat featuring, well, mucus-ish sunscreen, mud + really long ears (pro tip: stay away from…
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HugePossum RT @verissimodiogo: It's that time of the year again! Excited to be at my 8th ICCB in a row! Any prizes for endurance @ICCB2019? Looking fo…
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HugePossum RT @MagpiejonesD: At last! Australia’s first ever guide to feeding birds safely and sustainably is almost here. A direct response to the en…
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HugePossum RT @hollowsashomes: National Tree Day is Friday 26/7 for schools and Sunday 28/7 for everyone Across the country we can use more trees 👍👍👍…
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HugePossum RT @johnagallo: International Congress in Conservation Biology (#ICCB2019) next week in Malaysia! Super excited to be presenting at a sympo…
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HugePossum RT @johnagallo: The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 has been released! https://t.co/WcO8fI2Z1H It has a chance. You can spread…
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HugePossum RT @BruceAHeyman: No surprise!! Canada Seen As The Most Positive Influence Globally [Infographic] https://t.co/ApIoD568hL
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RKRunting I highly recommend this new paper showing the outcomes of community forestry in Indonesian Borneo:… https://t.co/Qp52FOpbHs
RKRunting @ResPlat @unimelb @nikkirubinstein Thanks for the opportunity to participate in a wonderful initiative #ResBaz
RKRunting How does #forest sparing vs sharing stack up against improving management in tropical forests? Our new paper shows… https://t.co/nxHQqaFMVf
RKRunting RT @brettabryan: If you are a senior researcher interested in working with a great team on simulating Australian land-use change and it's i…
RKRunting Excited to announce I will be joining the School of Geography at @unimelb as a Lecturer in Spatial Science from Jan… https://t.co/ZT1TveYMKM
RKRunting RT @ARC_CEED: How #economic theory can help maximise benefits and decrease risk in #conservation planning. https://t.co/fjCJ8gsgIJ @RKRunti
RKRunting RT @j_a_mcgowan: New paper: Addressing transboundary conservation challenges through marine spatial prioritization in Cons Bio. We examined…
RKRunting I really enjoyed participating in the @ARC_CEED twitter conference today #CEEDTC2018! To commemorate the occasion,… https://t.co/FEI9DHzmIi
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology In the future we are also looking at using diff… https://t.co/50O8k8FDFs
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 @ayeshatulloch: Australia’s worst environment minister ever? Melissa Price approved uranium mine knowing it could lead to extinction of…
vivtulloch RT @martine_maron: Awesome plenary from @ayeshatulloch revealing the secrets of arid zone birds and their habitats. Gidyea plays a key stab…
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: New #postdoc job in Quantitative Ecology with us at @globalwetlands @GriffithARI (Australia) https://t.co/BnYuYpsEpx http…
vivtulloch @IzzyFolau So disgraceful that a millionaire football player takes $$$ away from dying children. @IzzyFolau you are… https://t.co/0lqbzGpM4J
vivtulloch RT @globalwetlands: We’re looking for a new Quantitative Ecologist to join the team! #rstats #postdoc #job #nrmjobs https://t.co/6DbsiO6pi0
vivtulloch Krill harvesting in Norway may endanger #whale predators compounding future pressures from #climatechangehttps://t.co/rFt6uZ5qw5
vivtulloch We are looking for new members to join the SCB Oceania board! https://t.co/xSnlZm85Tb
vivtulloch @jessicawalsh1 @TrevorABranch Jess I’ve seen them and they really drew the shirt stick in the animal world for brai… https://t.co/E4kvj1DaHZ
vivtulloch @TrevorABranch Snow leopard, emperor penguin, narwhal
vivtulloch RT @globalwetlands: Halting #biodiversity loss requires strong #science for effective #action. Our new paper out today highlights the impor…
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
rubenvli RT @JAppliedEcology: Coarse spatial resolutions ⬇ commission errors in species ranges but ⬆ #conservation planning costs https://t.co/Jp8y7

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