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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 @YumMusings Hey Rachel! Can you please DM me the name/handle of the lead organizer for this #TwitterConference?
saverygo @GilsenanEmma @ucdagfood @UCD_AgExtension Can you please DM me the name of the lead organizer for this #TwitterConference?
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
MariaBeger RT @HugePossum: #Marxan with probability fully described and downloadable at https://t.co/EzH9oMHQqF. You can do your spatial planning and…
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MariaBeger RT @VeraHorigue: New paper out by @EF_Asamoah @mainambui in @NatureClimate shows that 64% of global #ProtectedAreas may experience high ra…
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MariaBeger RT @PriestleyCentre: The 10 climate papers most featured in the media in 2021 include work by several @UniversityLeeds researchers. Shout-…
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MariaBeger RT @steph_dagata: Our new paper investigates the role of connectivity on coral reef ecosystem services https://t.co/8wgzkPcenS Last chap…
MariaBeger RT @jr_guest: Nice piece by Andrew Baird on coral mass spawning dispelling some of the myths and dogma that still pervade the literature an…
MariaBeger RT @JDReimer: MISE photo of the day. Corals, turf, + macroalgae community in Nakagusuku Bay, Okinawa, summer 2021. Stay tuned for research…
MariaBeger @RArlinghausFish Cryptic... congrats though! Sound exciting! When will the embargo be lifted? Or is that embargoed too?
MariaBeger I am completely BLOWN AWAY by the experience, dedication, and passion of the PhD applicants for our DTP Panorama co… https://t.co/DiLRb9bdnq
MariaBeger RT @pedro_jordano: Not just a pollinator crisis. It’s a pervasive loss of key ecological interactions for ecosystem maintenance. Great pape…
AChauvenet RT @FlyBehaviour: We should get rid of cover letters for manuscript submissions. They are unnecessary. Worse, they reward smooth talkers an…
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AChauvenet @DrNatOsborne It makes me so angry! At the press conferences no less. It’s disgusting IMO. It’s like “sorry but…”
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AChauvenet RT @EuanRitchie1: This is my life's work. It causes my heart to ache & mind to worry, constantly. Please take a moment to read it, discuss…
AChauvenet RT @MaureenAHuebel: #LetItRip actually damages the economy in the end. No-one can really relax in a restaurant or cinema when Covid is expl…
AChauvenet RT @AdamBandt: Why isn't Scott Morrison hauling ass to get HEPA filters and CO2 monitors in every school in the country? Why are teachers…
AChauvenet RT @DrKate_Miller: I've tried to avoid the covid is/is not mild medical handwringing going on on Twitter but it's sufficiently driven me ba…
AChauvenet RT @instanterudite: The Government is now "putting out the welcome mat" to international students because we're short of workers. Perhaps…
AChauvenet RT @AmyRemeikis: Obviously with vaccines and it being year three we have to adapt how we live in a pandemic pandemic. Just wondering how th…
AChauvenet RT @EuanRitchie1: The way children and their families, and teachers and other staff at schools, are about to be thrown to the Omicron wolve…
AChauvenet RT @_katemckay: Quick break from R to make a meme. #RStats https://t.co/oM3Mhnem7y
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 @Fi_Contextual @lorenz_peterson @DattaKrithika @jacasiegel Blame the bosses (heads of universities that make the ru… https://t.co/09utWkQZ48
MattHHolden @insectsoup @MelanieEmmajade Tables and figs in one place is ok, but not my preference. Figure Captions in a 3rd se… https://t.co/iKFnPVwH9o
MattHHolden @zdealveindy @jamesecology True. But on a macro scale, the disruption would encourage authors to submit to other jo… https://t.co/AHGM1m7AdW
MattHHolden @zdealveindy @jamesecology Not much, it would only work if a group of uni's did it, and turned it into a bit of a p… https://t.co/DrovRGOwVO
MattHHolden @zdealveindy @jamesecology ... peer review for your journal, until you reduce our subscription fee by X amount." Th… https://t.co/1J2saA8cbA
MattHHolden @zdealveindy @jamesecology that was a bit of sarcasm. But because publishers have 37% profit margin (comparable ind… https://t.co/XOGT1mafVO
MattHHolden @zdealveindy @jamesecology For those who work in academia, the University is donating its employee's time for free.… https://t.co/AgymTKhEMI
MattHHolden @verissimodiogo I reviewed a paper for an MDPI journal. Authors ignored all of my comments. It was accepted with vi… https://t.co/aZfDzYhi2V
MattHHolden RT @chadtopaz: The @qsideinstitute colloquium series presents scholarly and activist efforts at the interface of #socialjustice and #datasc
MattHHolden @jugander This is a gift for the modelers ... we assume homogeneous Lyft drivers, that is all drivers are identical… https://t.co/fZsDKMstSQ
cdkuempel RT @DGlaucomflecken: Nature does open access https://t.co/j6kL1G3ZRX
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cdkuempel RT @AcademicChatter: My two work modes: 1) I've done everything in 2 hours 2) I've done nothing for 2 days
cdkuempel @AlexeiPT - @KateRobSau mentioned you may have some insight? Happy to chat over DM!
cdkuempel Hey #climate and #conservation twitterverse - what are the best global spatial models of predicted flooding and sea… https://t.co/hWUBSYbN1v
cdkuempel RT @BAlexSimmons: Our new paper discusses the importance of national policies/practices for mitigating social-ecological risks of #developm
cdkuempel RT @Sylvaine_G: New paper quantifying transboundary plastic pollution in Marine Protected Areas across the Mediterranean Sea https://t.co/C
cdkuempel RT @DanielBolnick: There have been a few threads on here recently about "Things I wish I knew when I started as an Assistant Professor", or…
cdkuempel RT @GriffithARI: "To best manage these reefs we need to understand the main threats contributing to their decline, what actions are being t…
kwekings @Varanussalvator Impacts of feral cats might just be far less visible, though? Since they're silent killers rather… https://t.co/hFyIc6mJTP
kwekings RT @anaritagsimoes: World Flora Online gets a New Look, a major data update, and launches the WFO plant list @TheWorldFlora https://t.co/
kwekings Fuk to all of you! https://t.co/PXYz8Ip7ZA
kwekings RT @dondealban: @NUSCNCS is hiring! We are looking for postdoctoral research fellows to work on nature-based solutions for climate change m…
kwekings RT @NUSCNCS: Interested in pursuing a PhD in NbCS? If you are a graduate of a university in the ASEAN region, or current PhD at @ResearchFO
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,…
BonMappin @aithernews The link here is for a previous webinar?
BonMappin Over 100 world leaders, including @ScottMorrisonMP commit to end #deforestation & land degradation by 2030 at… https://t.co/uUMOEa4Rk3
BonMappin RT @naturensw: Land clearing in NSW must end for Australia to meet its new COP26 deforestation pledge https://t.co/fvRSWoRFsU
BonMappin RT @BBCBreaking: First major deal at COP26 climate summit sees 100 nations promise to end deforestation by 2030 and protect "lungs of our p…
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
mainambui RT @OneEarth_CP: What are the priorities for plant biomass? Hear insights from an outstanding panel of experts @UTAS_ @Macquarie_Uni @Imper
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mainambui @JoshuaCinner @steph_dagata @mcleamj @ElizMadin @dbarneche Thanks, @Cinner, SERF provided inspiration
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: Our new paper investigates the role of connectivity on coral reef ecosystem services https://t.co/8wgzkPcenS Last chap…
mainambui @steph_dagata Here is the correct link: https://t.co/PgX8ZrE9xy
mainambui RT @VeraHorigue: New paper out by @EF_Asamoah @mainambui in @NatureClimate shows that 64% of global #ProtectedAreas may experience high ra…
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…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GregoireDubois: Annual reminder 😉 My #wildlife pictures can be freely used for no commercial purposes for web sites, reports, social me…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Raabulha: Hoping to produce more Maldives #Datavisualization in 2022. Here is one I made last year, experimenting a #dataviz type to de…
j_a_mcgowan RT @OxfordBiology: We are looking for three (yes THREE) new Associate Professors to join the Department! Closing dates in early Feb 2022. S…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GAhmadia: #jobalert WWF-US is hiring a Marine Conservation Scientist to support #Monitoring and Evaluation in Coastal Ecosystems and Co…
j_a_mcgowan RT @M_Selinske: This is happening today @ICCB2021! Join us 4 - 6 pm GMT for a summary of our presentations followed by a discussion explori…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GEOBON_org: As the #post2020 global biodiversity framework is finalized, biodiversity conservation outcomes must be at the centre of ar…
j_a_mcgowan RT @idoimpact: The #ICCB2021 conference we have all been waiting for kicks off next week! Don’t miss the live session of our #teamcounterfa
j_a_mcgowan RT @wildbusiness: "Include biodiversity representation indicators in area-based conservation targets" - ABSOLUTELY right. https://t.co/lL1
j_a_mcgowan RT @GregoireDubois: Great paper on potential indicators for the next global #biodiversity framework which indirectly questions the capacit…
j_a_mcgowan @Hedley_Grantham @HugePossum I believe @moldotorg is working on the accessibility issues. Also taking a moment to s… https://t.co/fkOqD4oCml
MorenaMills RT @PaulaPrist: Interested in working with zoonotic disease regulation in tropical areas? Look at this post doc position that just opened u…
MorenaMills RT @frantecol: I’ve shared some of my successful grant proposals with people all over the world. But now I’ve sat down to make a (hopeful…
MorenaMills RT @_JessicaBlythe: Amazing new paper on the challenges of alternative livelihoods programs for small-scale fishers by @gbepstein @salexand
MorenaMills RT @ElenaBennett: Looking for ideas for the upcoming semester: What are the best (fun, useful, insightful, etc) things you’ve done in lab…
MorenaMills RT @tobiasbrosch: When do nudges work? Our new meta-analysis compares the effect sizes of different choice architecture interventions acros…
MorenaMills #Conservation #Science @Imperial is back! This time, housed at @CEP in South Kensington, and with a bigger internat… https://t.co/3i0x5xcZ3D
MorenaMills RT @michael_e_cox: Just discovered this great talk by @ForrestFleisch1 on the challenges faced by forest restoration projects: https://t.co
MorenaMills RT @emilysdarling: Exciting opportunity to work with a #BlueJustice working group, led by @JoachimClaudet @DavidGillMarine @_JessicaBlythe
HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: Happy #PenguinAwarenessDay! 🐧 20 January is Penguin Awareness Day, celebrating the world’s penguins and highlighting the i…
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HugePossum RT @nswenviromedia: Water is life! The biggest wetland bird breeding event in 10 years is sparking joy in the Macquarie Marshes, Gwydir Wet…
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HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: Look closely! Can you spot the Eastern Ground Parrot? 👀 With their silent flight and cryptic plumage, Eastern Ground parro…
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HugePossum RT @DanielBolnick: “This of course is insane” “It’s academics, baby”
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HugePossum @InvasionEcology Three Possingham brothers turned up in Adealide in the 1850s and that is where we get our name fro… https://t.co/FQfdqhS5dK
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HugePossum RT @Andy2Dobson: Climate change is not the main driver of biodiversity loss - but it is still our best hope for reversing it. https://t.co/
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HugePossum RT @kyliesoanes: In this episode of “Stuck in the City with you”, someone gave me an excuse to talk about flying-foxes 🦇(still waiting on m…
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HugePossum RT @ProfTerryHughes: “The newly discovered reef is one of the largest in the world” - stretching 3km long and measuring 70m across at its w…
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HugePossum RT @CapsCoalition: Biodiversity Loss - The Next Big Challenge for Investors: Studies show that nature loss across Asia will profoundly dam…
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HugePossum RT @DellAnnaLuca: When they tell you that deaths were inevitable: in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and some other cou…
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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 @cdkuempel: New paper out in @ConsBio! We assessed opportunities to manage threats across less climate exposed coral reefs (1/n). https:…
vivtulloch RT @BAlexSimmons: Our new paper led by @cdkuempel in @ConBiology quantifies human impacts on 50 coral #reefs that are less exposed to #clim
vivtulloch RT @GriffithARI: "With fisheries for example, seagrasses provide nursery habitat for juvenile fish and foraging grounds for about 25% of th…
vivtulloch RT @globalwetlands: Conservation relies on ecosystem indicators to track progress - studying interrelationships between 34 indicators for #…
vivtulloch RT @GriffithARI: “We identified associations between pressures and measured changes in seagrass extent and found that seagrasses are especi…
vivtulloch RT @globalwetlands: 🚨New paper led by @turschwell models trajectories of #seagrass change at a global scale & shows how they relate to mult…
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…
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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