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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 @CurryCunningham: Discussions today led me to wonder: How much have harvest rates for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon stocks changed over tim…
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saverygo This is super important! If you study #plastic ingestion in #seabirds please check out our How-To Guide for loads o… https://t.co/HZU3RNS6MP
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saverygo RT @MarkMalloryLab: This paper outlines some of our team's efforts to standardize how #plasticpollution is assessed and processed from #bir
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saverygo @Aerin_J Spectacular use of gifs today ⭐️ Glad it worked out!
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saverygo RT @ArcticEcology: Interested in a PhD studying penguins? Come join Charles-Andre Bost and I to work on king penguins in the Kerguelens, su…
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saverygo Holy temperature anomalies! The #heatwaves off the coast of #Canada & #USA translate to ⬇️ lipid zooplankton ⬇️ sal… https://t.co/hNoBcSodyx
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saverygo Take home messages from @DJShearwater on what baleen whales eat: 🐋 Finally we have some field informed ###! 🐋 We’v… https://t.co/r6MTxQddpP
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saverygo @DJShearwater: Did you know we DON’T really know how much baleen whales eat. It’s all an educated guess... or we di… https://t.co/EbVEh9l0gj
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saverygo RT @elhazen: .@DJShearwater starts off his excellent talk on how much do whales eat by saying he has a great group of “collaborators to bal…
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saverygo RT @elhazen: A great talk by Cheryl Barnes on the portfolio effect and pollock in the GoA. Arrowtooth flounder may be providing top down co…
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MariaBeger Changing subtropical communities - another challenge due to the climate crisis! @RGS_IBG @I_CAN_actually @JDReimerhttps://t.co/uqO6WhME5H
MariaBeger RT @graemedmoffat: Just a reminder to all you PhD advisors out there: unless it’s explicitly forbidden in your university’s charter, nothin…
MariaBeger RT @Kate_Sambrook: Really important when talking about heatwaves in the U.K. 🌡🇬🇧 The contradiction in messaging, between the headlines and…
MariaBeger RT @spc_cps: Implemented by @spc_cps the #EU - Building Safety & Resilience in the Pacific #BSRP project has completed #Niue's first ever N…
MariaBeger RT @rich_: And that’s before you see the gutted pensions, total lack of autonomy, cargo cult abasement to the REF/TEF/KEF idols, & abusive…
MariaBeger RT @ZoeR_Coral: Calling all Women in Science - looking for strategies & practical skills to help secure successful careers? Jump into the C…
MariaBeger RT @AlanaMGrech: The geography of biodiversity change in marine and terrestrial assemblages https://t.co/IFad9UIWL4
MariaBeger RT @HeatherKoldewey: What's not to like?! Always a great, friendly and fun coral reef meeting, with quality snacks one of the fundamental p…
MariaBeger @DrTashaBarlow But twitter procrastination is putting an end to your productivity....? 🙈🙈🙈
MariaBeger @ZoeR_Coral @CurtinEandA And where are those cardinal fishes and other associated fauna gone? Will they come back?
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: One of the core drivers of #Violenceagainstwomen are sexist attitudes. https://t.co/ptdBUPktbQ
AChauvenet @DrNatOsborne What about saying yes to everything because you're worried that if you say no once, you'll be forgott… https://t.co/8gHVssuepL
AChauvenet RT @DrNatOsborne: Feeling personally rejected that more of you haven't applied for this job tbh - Associate Professor of Urban and Environm…
AChauvenet RT @DocSlinky: Any plans for midday on New Years Day? You know where to find us! #woodfordia #wff2019 #riverlistening #ecoacoustics https…
AChauvenet RT @can_essay: #IamABiologist working on decision-making, risk analysis, adaptive management for #endangeredspecies - disease, reintroducti…
AChauvenet RT @HugePossum: There is one kind of disease that Mother Earth needs - conservation initiatives that spread https://t.co/udNZKqsmEN
AChauvenet RT @MattHHolden: Come work with me at UQ! Fully-funded Ph.D. project on #maths & #stats to improve #fisheries management. Open to internati…
AChauvenet RT @DrNatOsborne: ALERT there is a full time, ongoing Level D (Associate Professor) position in Urban and Environmental Planning going at @…
AChauvenet RT @EcolSocAus: $1,500 Austral Award now open for early-career researcher who sends an exceptional Review manuscript to @AustralEcology. T…
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 @NabilFadai @ProfMJSimpson @ruth_baker This is super interesting work!!!! Also, you've been rocking it lately! :)
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MattHHolden RT @NabilFadai: How to discretize agent-based models to reduce computational storage while still maintaining local resolution. 🤓🔢 Joint wor…
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MattHHolden RT @TrevorABranch: What quantile-quantile plots (used for detecting if data are "normal") look like for 1000 randomly generated numbers fro…
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MattHHolden RT @MichaelPlankNZ: This is a really valuable piece by a group of NZ ECRs including some of our @PunahaMatatini whānau: An early career per…
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MattHHolden Invariant manifolds in dynamical systems might be useful to understand long term behavior of big ecosystem models.… https://t.co/TwrnQWyqz0
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MattHHolden Come see my #maths colloquium today at @Sydney_Uni on the dynamics of poaching & wildlife crime, 2pm Carslaw AGR… https://t.co/YLQPnAdSDd
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MattHHolden I hope these comments don't come off as harsh. I know you are trying to provide useful info on equity. But there ar… https://t.co/DJwOC7fldR
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MattHHolden % "female" Dept heads suggest increasing awareness of gender bias & trying to correct, but method probs -"casual go… https://t.co/FQnGR1KCDC
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MattHHolden @DynamicEcology Are comments disabled for this post? I don't see an option to comment. I know you prefer to engage… https://t.co/LqMtGFNQNL
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MattHHolden RT @chloe_nater: @yvinden is hiring a PhD student to work on the role of disease dynamics in population ecology! Exciting project, fantasti…
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cdkuempel RT @ZoologyDave: Interested in a #PhD on how to feed the world without messing it up? Join our awesome group @SEELeeds and @SRILeeds with m…
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cdkuempel RT @ecodatasci: Another package with even more R color palette options! https://t.co/2kgh9Vs0Vr
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cdkuempel RT @PhDemetri: Undergrad: I don’t like homework Masters: Homework helps me check my understanding PhD: For the love of god, give me home…
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cdkuempel @PetrelStation Been there! Rest assured you do!
cdkuempel RT @JoshuaGrubbsPhD: I call this piece of performance art: “The Academic Job Market” https://t.co/5CZ0lZ9W1u
cdkuempel #Fisheries twitter - I'm looking for citations on expanding ice-free areas and its impacts on fishing under climate change #twittersourcing
cdkuempel @phdmentalhealth Same but as a post doc...We will find it again ✊thanks for sharing!
cdkuempel RT @SJKSalisbury: Another wooden ball. Would it kill the makers of avocados to include a different toy, like a mood ring or a novelty erase…
cdkuempel RT @nceas: Congrats to NCEAS/@FutureEarth postdoc @jgironna for winning an @EthicalGEO fellowship from @AmericanGeo & @OmidyarNetwork for h…
cdkuempel RT @a_film_maker: A mob of Yalibidis (emus) strolling casually in the shallow waters of Shark Bay. https://t.co/DI6cjCJJZM
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
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
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!
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
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…
mainambui RT @cyclonewatson: a possible smoking gun? @Pablo_Negret @martine_maron @LauraSonter discover emerging evidence that armed conflict and ill…
j_a_mcgowan RT @KeringGroup: Kering is proud to be the first private sector partner of @IPBES for Biodiversity Science : https://t.co/K09SzEZSpk #Kerin
j_a_mcgowan RT @SBaruchMordo: We need more #RenewableEnergy & we need it fast. But we must do #SpatialPlanning to avoid impacts to natural lands that p…
j_a_mcgowan RT @SBaruchMordo: From @AmSciMag: Unpaid internships are not better in the long-term for careers in wildlife science, and do not promote di…
j_a_mcgowan RT @MorenaMills: How conservation goes to scale? We modelled 22 biodiversity conservation initiatives from around the globe & found most sp…
j_a_mcgowan RT @deepseadawn: *Representation* as expressed by ecosystems and habitats help us to get to actions of protection and preservation, Marxan…
j_a_mcgowan RT @MPabari: African Development Bank commits to coal-free financing https://t.co/I07MLiawrb
j_a_mcgowan RT @JAppliedEcology: Are you passionate about ecology and looking to start a career in science communication? Applications are now open for…
j_a_mcgowan RT @BSHalpern: excited to announce a new science communication position in partnership with @COMPASSscicomm, based @NCEAS, in support of ou…
j_a_mcgowan RT @naomiekingston: Great research post working with @protectedplanet @NinaBhola @stubutchart @AnaSLRodrigues on the effectiveness of #prot
j_a_mcgowan Honored to be joining the lineup at Half Earth Day to discuss @nature_org approach to protection prioritization. https://t.co/iq6bN9GTa9
MorenaMills @smangubhai @wcsfiji So exciting!!
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MorenaMills RT @shaunamahajan: Hope to see many of you online this afternoon from 1-6 pm ET during the livestream of #WWFFuller #HealthyPlanet as we ex…
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MorenaMills RT @smangubhai: Over next 6 months we will be working with key partners to “Evaluate knowledge co-production in locally managed marine area…
MorenaMills RT @ASCatalano: It was an honor to talk with @ShreyaDasgupta @mongabay and share our research. Thanks for spreading the word about the impo…
MorenaMills RT @smangubhai: Day 2 of the training of independent research assistants for a large research project in Fiji to “Evaluate knowledge co-pro…
MorenaMills RT @KatrinaJDavis: Great infographic to check your writing https://t.co/jcvvg3pM09
MorenaMills @smangubhai @wcsfiji Thanks Sangeeta! Likewise!
MorenaMills @smangubhai @wcsfiji Wish I could be there!
HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: Have you downloaded the #AussieBirdCount app yet? It's allows you to submit your count and helps you ID mystery birds! Join…
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HugePossum RT @BirdlifeOz: It’s day 3 of the #AussieBirdCount and we have flown past the 1.3 million birds mark! Here’s your daily update from @Twitch
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HugePossum RT @NatCapCoalition: Why is Europe Rewilding with Water Buffalo? 18 buffalo were released onto an island in the Danube, in the first ever…
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HugePossum RT @alilleyman: Just read this in Australian BirdLife @BirdlifeOz and shocked! Another reason to buy Australian olive oil - to avoid killin…
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HugePossum RT @NicoSGonzalez: Kill your lawn and grow native plants, you nerds. https://t.co/QikFhn9PGw
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HugePossum RT @sallyjewell: To address today’s growing environmental problems on a national scale in the US, we need to build bipartisan support acros…
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HugePossum RT @martine_maron: Very dry here in SE QLD but plenty of nectarivores appreciating the flowering silky oak during this morning’s Aussie Bac…
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HugePossum RT @eatguineapigs: I understand the need to scale conservation, but I fear obsessing over it leads to wishful thinking & false promises. T…
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HugePossum RT @BirdIzLife: I have not seen anyone discuss this although perhaps some have, but is there concern about the timing of this considering t…
HugePossum RT @sallyjewell: At @nature_org we are pleased to join ten other NGOs with a message to the business community: It’s time to lead on climat…
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 :)
RKRunting Huge congratulations to Sofia @SofiaLop11 for winning the SCBO prize for best student presentation! #ICCB2019 Resto… https://t.co/KZ57XNl76W
RKRunting An alarming talk by @leslieamlwch on the extent of industrial fishing of endangered marine species. Europe is impli… https://t.co/OVt4CnVfFy
RKRunting @jp_metzger explains that landscape context is extremely important, but often ignored, when modelling ecosystem ser… https://t.co/xcQGwer1Iq
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 Excellent presentation by @sean_anderson on black-swan events in fisheries - predicting the unexpected and making f… https://t.co/q9GyMFCWfA
vivtulloch RT @EPlaganyi: Huge congratulations to Jess @DrJessMT #SuperstarsofSTEM on Tasmania Australian of the Year award highlighting marine scienc…
vivtulloch RT @EPlaganyi: Congratulations to the brilliant @eafulton on winning the K Radway Allen Award @AustSocFishBiol making this a massive week f…
vivtulloch RT @nceas: What does a sustainable diet really look like worldwide? @jagephart is part of a team that is conducting the 1st-ever comparison…
vivtulloch RT @tomonlocation: Don't know where to start your #outreach? Find your #scicomm sweet spot! It's at the heart of contracts, curiosity and c…
vivtulloch Our new pub in @ConservationBiology shows a cost‐effectiveness approach to mitigating dolphin and whale bycatch is… https://t.co/B2pNGPm5sc
vivtulloch RT @HugePossum: Almost three years ago I joined @nature_org and they talked a lot about conservation initiatives "going-to-scale". I was t…
vivtulloch B.C. salmon industry withdraws from eco-label program https://t.co/lq38Fe7t8b
vivtulloch @DrAustinG At least I know now and can warn students!
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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