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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 Happened upon this #MotusArray station yesterday at the Swallowtail Lighthouse on #GrandManan Island, #NB! Visit… https://t.co/Dv1Qu8OhBp
saverygo What a MASSIVE heart bursting relief it is to get my first shot of the #COVID19 #vaccine! 💉😅 #Thank you to all thos… https://t.co/DkoMINH2nD
saverygo RT @JennaSchlener: Y’all I love gulls. #teamgull4life
saverygo RT @chazhutton: Today’s Comic: We are all, in our own little way, that ship. https://t.co/GVDjLxzErX
saverygo RT @ubcires: From conservation knowledge📚 to conservation action👏: In a Canadian case study, experts including IRES/@UBCoceans's @KaiChanUB
saverygo @amazon Why do you ship small items, sold only in quantities of two or more in separate boxes? With plastic bags? W… https://t.co/sue8O9T0yE
saverygo RT @idylwyld: So happy to see my former colleague @Monsauce featured by @environmentca !! Congrats! She’s also one of the most passionate #…
saverygo RT @JessPopp: "...we’re recognizing that the river has its own rights; that we’re part of the same ecosystem". In accordance with Innu cust…
saverygo Huge shout out to @Dr_TGG for leading this work, and co-authors for being awesome co-authors (@biolumiJEFFence,… https://t.co/uky0Smd6fy
MariaBeger RT @bluecology: How often do you sacrifice sleep to get work done? The implications are scary: https://t.co/2PC9PkB0Aw I've got to sleep be…
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MariaBeger RT @actnowpng: PNG is rich in traditional medicines and bush remedies that could find commercial success overseas. Bush medicines: Traditi…
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MariaBeger RT @Bill_Sutherland: Thanks to >1000 Evidence collaborators: codesigners Evidence Toolkit (414), Synopses Advisory Boards (274), WW Expert…
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MariaBeger RT @BYOGUIDES: Comrades! Coral Finder 2021 has landed. Finally a practical, for-the-people, molecular compliant field guide to Indo Pacific…
MariaBeger RT @IPBES: BREAKING: #BiodiversityClimateScience from @IPBES & @IPCC_CH co-sponsored workshop report identifies key options for solutions t…
MariaBeger RT @JNCC_UKCEO: 2 great opportunities to #JoinUs! One with our International Implementation Team who've secured exciting new funding to sup…
MariaBeger RT @BritishEcolSoc: New cross-journal Special Focus from @JEcology and @AER_ESE_BES features articles addressing #PlantTranslocations and #…
MariaBeger RT @ICCB2021: #ICCB convenes more than 1,500 conservation and social scientists, managers, practitioners, and students who present the late…
MariaBeger RT @DrMJWitt: @NC3Rs funded PhD studentship at @CLESUniofExeter working on refinements in electronic tagging of wild #fish and #sharks with…
MariaBeger RT @BrendanGodley: ⭐️JOB OPPORTUNITY⭐️ We are looking for Lecturers / Senior Lecturers in Marine Biology🌊 with expertise in #marine verteb…
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 @TrevorHockins: Retweet if you think @ScottMorrisonMP's govt should not ship Tharnicaa Murugappan and her family off to another country.…
AChauvenet RT @cardiganchick1: Why would you remove hip replacements from Medicare? Do only wealthy elderly deserve mobility? Pensioners vote too @Gre
AChauvenet RT @Chris86767838: By pulling it, the ABC has just made the PM to Qanon story explode! Genius! VOTE and RETWEET below 👇🙏 #4corners #auspo
AChauvenet RT @BrendanGodley: ⭐️JOB OPPORTUNITY⭐️ We are looking for Lecturers / Senior Lecturers in Marine Biology🌊 with expertise in #marine verteb…
AChauvenet @ManuSaunders Spot on! I fully support the idea of claiming the first year of a "balanced" academic job as a career… https://t.co/VvoW6kZcuM
AChauvenet RT @markwakeham: As Victoria enters another lockdown lets remember the Federal Government could find $600m to build a gas-fired power stati…
AChauvenet RT @Pettorelli: !Job! Interested in #rewilding? WWF UK is looking for a Wilder UK Landscapes Advisor - deadline 9/6; all details at https:/…
AChauvenet RT @n_ylime: Apply for this awesome grant, and also join an amazing supportive community @veskiorg https://t.co/7OwOsxTgsE
AChauvenet RT @AmeliaWenger: 🚨AUSTRALIANS🚨: Please consider signing and sharing this petition to the gov't to allow parents of citizens and PRs to tra…
AChauvenet RT @shane_d_morris: I’m so happy to finally present my systematic review on the success and failure of conservation translocations (moving…
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 @vam103 There are, and UQ uses them - the timetabling at UQ is designed to minimize student conflicts. They just fo… https://t.co/LYOxUnQidJ
MattHHolden We just got timetabled to teach two classes (offered by different departments) at the same time 🤣🤣 - this is a new one to me
MattHHolden RT @UQ_CBCS: Geoff Pegg of DAF presents tomorrow's @UQ_CBCS Tuesday seminar - an introduction to myrtle rust and its impacts on Australian…
MattHHolden @john_m_dwyer @BackstromLouis Russell Yong says currawong, known for regurgitating seedy pellets
MattHHolden @karen_rackleff All look great but that last one (sleeveless with big flowing bottom) is just jaw dropping! You als… https://t.co/3s5f1EqTpL
MattHHolden RT @ResModelAsso: [New #NRM #Paper] "Optimal spatial management in a multiuse marine habitat: Balancing fisheries and tourism" by Carles Fa…
MattHHolden @rob_cope_c @AcademicChatter If I had to guess it is something concrete the uni can say they did and it’s cheap.
MattHHolden RT @VioletaBerdejo: Almost 50% of people who never visited urban parks visited them for the first time during the COVID-19 lockdown. See mo…
MattHHolden Sometimes I wonder if University admin think the solution to every complex problem (equity, harassment, safety, etc… https://t.co/dUhlN3sr16
MattHHolden RT @monsoon0: How do statisticians celebrate Independence Day? P(A ∩ B)=P(A)P(B) #mathjoke
cdkuempel RT @Jcal1: Just released my first package on #CRAN. VicmapR is an R package that interfaces with @DELWP_Vic WFS spatial layers: allowing la…
cdkuempel RT @RichCottrell22: PhD opportunity at Sterling, Scotland, studying both social and environmental sustainability in the growth of European…
cdkuempel RT @carol_phua: For #WorldOceansDay, 🌊 one of the most important things we can do to protect & restore our ocean is urgently tackle climate…
cdkuempel RT @CoralRescue: The ocean’s health is faltering. 🌊 The damage has escalated in recent decades & continues to accelerate. For #WorldOceansD
cdkuempel RT @WWFLeadOceans: Our #ocean is suffering from #climatechange. But if managed & protected effectively, it holds many of the solutions we n…
cdkuempel RT @CoralRescue: Our blue planet is in crisis 🌏🆘 While the climate is overheating 🌡️ the ocean suffers from overfishing, pollution, habitat…
cdkuempel RT @OceanSewage: What do your 💩 and 🟡 have to do with the ocean? Get excited to find out! Tomorrow is World Oceans Day and we’re celebra…
cdkuempel RT @RLadiesBrisbane: Can't wait for our next session w @MalDharm2 @AIBNatUQ on Docker for #reproducibility in #rstats. Want to learn how to…
cdkuempel RT @RLadiesBrisbane: Registrations are now open Introduction to using Docker for reproducibility in R June 16, 2021 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM @Ma
kwekings Two Research Assistant positions open on urban ecosystem services at the Department of Architecture, NUS https://t.co/2hQcl4zKAl
kwekings Feeding animals changes animal behaviour, which can create human-wildlife conflict. This study shows that it also i… https://t.co/kAMlvx0SQY
kwekings Ninety-nine of the 100 cities most environmentally at risk are in Asia https://t.co/Px3g3ItUsu
kwekings RT @BritishEcolSoc: We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Professor J. Philip Grime’s passing. He was one of the world's most influent…
kwekings RT @Martin_A_Nunez: Really Really Really Good Opportunity to become a Senior Editor (for 1 year) at @JAppliedEcology https://t.co/0IegpeH
kwekings RT @almeida_rafaelm: The Amazon River system pulses like a heart. Amazing animation by @AyanFleischmann @ConexAmazonicas https://t.co/nvBZv
kwekings RT @hcteohc: Latest research from @NUSCNCS : planting trees in cities can help fight climate change. Urban reforestation can offset at leas…
kwekings Review of "Herbarium: The Quest to Preserve and Classify the World’s Plants" https://t.co/hOoFk68RIh
kwekings While Bitcoin price surges, ramped up cryptocurrency mining takes heavy toll on the planet https://t.co/Um58NADfzx
kwekings RT @AER_ESE_BES: What information do we need to best deliver #conservation outcomes?🌱– register for our FREE #AERLive workshop next month w…
BonMappin RT @DonADriscoll: WA 'biodiversity' dpt incinerates endangered numbat habitats. https://t.co/mkmkCCI2fj
BonMappin @salty_daSilva @lilybentley Sadly I think your interpretation is correct. I didn't pass the work test, and didn't q… https://t.co/j2h1bsLmax
BonMappin RT @iis_rio: Restoring 30% of the world’s ecosystems in priority areas could stave off more than 70% of projected extinctions and absorb ne…
BonMappin RT @nature_org: Shifting away from business-as-usual would get us nearly halfway to closing the nature funding gap. Our new report shows th…
BonMappin RT @megcevans: Check out this incredible report from @nature_org @PaulsonInst @AtkinsonCentre @JohnTobinBridge It shows how much $ we need…
BonMappin RT @m_dimarco: Very sad to hear Conservation Science has lost her mother. Georgina Mace was an inspiration to many generations of scientist…
BonMappin RT @jamesecology: NEW PAPER: Updated and improved terrestrial Human Footprint maps for 2000 - 2013. Same story, we are rapidly eroding inta…
BonMappin RT @wendy_harmer: With focus on the Koala Habitat Protection SEPP splitting the NSW Govt. #nswpol Let's not take eyes off the disastrous Bi…
BonMappin RT @wildbusiness: Big hitters in #conservation today, in a nutshell: 1) #Biodiversity has declined globally for decades https://t.co/Hng7j
BonMappin RT @BirdlifeOz: Want to make sense of the current debate about fixing our broken nature laws? Our National Public Affairs Manager Sean Dool…
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…
mainambui RT @StacyDJupiter: New @TheWCS led paper showing that global climate-warming models overestimated coral destruction in the biodiversity-ric…
mainambui RT @StacyDJupiter: New @TheWCS led study in showing complex bleaching responses from the 2016 global event. Bleaching intensity was taxon-s…
mainambui RT @timjralph: Join us at @Macquarie_Uni @MQEarthEnv for some exciting new #geomorphology research in #rivers #riverrecovery #rivermanageme
mainambui RT @cyclonewatson: The science shows that logging opens up the canopy, drying out the forest, and puts tonnes of stumps, bark and limbs on…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Do protected areas work? Effects of spatial auto-correlation and sampling design on estimates of protected area effectivene…
mainambui RT @naj_graham: The changing role of coral reef marine reserves in a warming climate. As coral reefs transform under climate change, so t…
mainambui Location intelligence is key! Placing no take marine reserves strategically, in particular away from human pressure… https://t.co/JjsDv7bKIk
j_a_mcgowan RT @Marxan_Planning: #Marxan community spotlight: Marine spatial plans focusing on biodiversity conservation - The case of the Aegean Sea u…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Sylvaine_G: We used #Marxan with Zones to produce marine spatial plans focusing on biodiversity conservation accounting for different t…
j_a_mcgowan RT @ThinkDeepReef: Lots of PAID internships for undergraduates available with WWF 🐼 this summer - including one working with the coastal ec…
j_a_mcgowan RT @rachelneugarten: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is hiring FOUR GS 12/13 social scientists at multiple locations across the country. #…
j_a_mcgowan RT @JenMorrisNature: Addressing the global biodiversity crisis requires a conservation approach that is inclusive, collaborative and compre…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Yale_BGC: 🚨JOB ALERT🚨 Come and work with us @Yale_BGC and @moldotorg as a Postgrad Associate in the fall/summer 2021 on #biodiversity,…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Marxan_Planning: #Marxan community spotlight: How to conduct and evaluate multi-objective zoning for aquaculture and biodiversity @ChiV
j_a_mcgowan RT @EU_DOPA: Wondering what the new Representation Achievement Score is in DOPA Explorer 4.1.? We worked with @j_a_mcgowan and @HugePossu
j_a_mcgowan RT @Sylvaine_G: Our article "Persistent gender bias in marine science and conservation calls for action to achieve equity" just published i…
j_a_mcgowan Co-optimization of aquaculture & biodiversity is more efficient than sector by sector planning for the Ionian-Adria… https://t.co/1Ldib6c2fm
MorenaMills @CambridgeIndy @Cambridge_Uni We’ll done @Bill_Sutherland! You definitely earned it! You’re an inspiration to many of us.
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MorenaMills @_PhilMartin Thanks! It’s a really great group to be part of. The lab lunch was lots of fun!
MorenaMills RT @EJMilnerGulland: Fancy developing a tool for catering managers to track and reduce their food's impacts? Apply here by 9th July! https:…
MorenaMills @_PhilMartin Sorry to hear that Phil! I hope you get the next job that comes up there!
MorenaMills RT @MariaBeger: We are looking for an Associate Prof in Biodiversity & Ecosystem Management! Exciting times for conservation science here a…
MorenaMills RT @gotonura: Check out new paper on fairness in comanagement and conservation, led by the indomitable @Georgina_Gurney Of five fundament…
MorenaMills RT @Sydney_Science: 🥇👏 @Sydney_Uni researchers @tegancheng, @ayeshatulloch and @YuHengLau have all been recognised as #Leaders in #Research
MorenaMills RT @s_pooley: Check out our new website for CASCADE, a network of leading higher education and research institutions in the United Kingdom…
MorenaMills RT @CASCADE_UKHEI: We're really pleased to be able to share our new website which was launched today. You can find out more about CASCADE,…
HugePossum RT @GriffithARI: Another incredible image from Dr @fern_adame's gallery of drone images on display at @SRICongress 2021. Info: A wetland s…
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HugePossum RT @FemInt: Great to be here with @drissik @nay_edwards @PaulBertsch4 @HugePossum @StephensonLG000 to discuss Australia's progress on #Sus
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HugePossum RT @FemInt: Live streaming now - the third session of @citysmartbne @qldmuseum Sustainability and Science Showcase with @PaulBertsch4 @dris
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HugePossum RT @StephensonLG000: @nay_edwards reminding us to empower people to tell their own stories and not give up in trying to address climate cha…
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HugePossum RT @StephensonLG000: Queensland Chief Scientist @HugePossum opening the sustainability and science showcase #sustainability #science @citys
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HugePossum RT @StephensonLG000: About 50% of the world's vegetated land is used for agriculture... Sharing some of what I learnt today from @PaulBerts
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HugePossum Paul Bertsch reminds us that if food waste was a country it would be the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases… https://t.co/HIgpRVmZUf
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HugePossum RT @ayeshatulloch: Learning about #Aus bees & what to plant (spoiler alert: natives Esp. Eucalypts for food, + leave dead branches on trees…
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HugePossum RT @GAINBioblitz: SA @inaturalist - May 2021 Update This May saw 9,447 observations 1,772 species from 394 observers https://t.co/CY6ycB3Ik
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HugePossum RT @GriffithARI: Dr @fern_adame displaying some of her amazing drone images at @GriffithARI's table at #SRI2021. @citysmartbne I @HugePos
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RKRunting Funded PhD opportunity! Join me and @ProfLesleyHead at #geogmelb @SciMelb to explore landholder management behavior… https://t.co/TcxKdwnble
RKRunting @lromancarrasco @ZhangYuchen92 @APELabNUS @MynasLab Really important work by @ZhangYuchen92 and such an amazing collaboration!
RKRunting @SofiaLop11 @McMadLab @MayfieldLabUQ @UQ_sees Congratulations Sofia!!! I feel honoured to have been an advisor - you were a dream student!
RKRunting RT @JaramarV: 50 days free access to our recently published paper about how to make more equitable decisions for ecosystem services! @Laura
RKRunting @aussie_rs @SciMelb @unimelb That sounds great! Fingers crossed for you 🤞
RKRunting @aggwarrior @SciMelb @unimelb Thanks! Congrats to you too 👏
RKRunting @katejhelms @SciMelb @unimelb Thanks Kate 😀
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 Board nominations for @SCBOceania are now open - I can thoroughly recommend this opportunity to get involved with… https://t.co/MbRzvNnpa3
vivtulloch RT @anaifsousa: Check out "Opportunities for improving recognition of #coastal #wetlands in global ecosystem assessment frameworks", led by…
vivtulloch RT @NYTScience: Many women had a tough time in academic research to begin with. The pandemic has raised additional obstacles.  https://t.co
vivtulloch @v_hemming @mcr_evpi This is great - hadn’t read the paper yet thanks for pointing me to it!
vivtulloch Our new paper just out led by @blueecology looks at opportunities for improving recognition of coastal #wetlands (… https://t.co/oDbkyXX9nT
vivtulloch @AFredston 😂😂😂 I refuse to give up my dreams of becoming a pro athlete 😂😂😂
vivtulloch @AFredston Ha. I have this. Both knees stuffed now. Just wait another 10 years it gets even better. I’ve moved onto… https://t.co/4U1DjK5MfG
vivtulloch @EPlaganyi Was so lovely! So lucky to get to see my wonderful #MICE mentor - I’ve missed you!
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
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…

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