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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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saverygo @hallofacademia @1kphew ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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saverygo @rolandasteenweg @jenni_pro @MarkMalloryLab @MontanaMcLean @Bordeleau_X @TaraImlay That’s so exciting! I’m writing mine this weekend. 🙌
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saverygo RT @AChangingArctic: A key element of our long term study of common eider ducks breeding in the #arctic, is to confirm which birds have sur…
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saverygo RT @amanda_e_mrtn: Check out our paper on 🎈🕷️ and 🚗 in the most recent issue of Ecoscience: https://t.co/NOu9PGTV0e https://t.co/XuaK2QMTjk
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saverygo RT @DrKatfish: I make joking digs at #TeamBird all the time through #BirdsVsFish, but I'll take a rare serious moment to highlight this wor…
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saverygo This interview - and the idea of using #remotesensing to discover ancient ruins - fascinated me. I wonder if any… https://t.co/Fv0iMmXCf4
saverygo I am so tired of mucking about with references. @zotero you have failed me! #AcademicChatter How do people feel a… https://t.co/VkEzO95ZkG
saverygo @watercomm Just for something different... Take care! https://t.co/T6rWKEBNiy
saverygo RT @JornVelde: New results from Météo-France, using the newest generation of models in the #CMIP6 comparison, indicate that even under the…
saverygo At last, the Mystery of the Deck Pillows has been solved. 🐿 https://t.co/ZciZPa1cxT
MariaBeger RT @PriestleyCentre: Today @UniversityLeeds researchers gather in Millennium Square for Leeds #ClimateStrike, chatting to the public about…
MariaBeger RT @MikeD_Fox: A new way to quantify heterotrophic nutrition in reef-building corals https://t.co/JGBT26BUxv
MariaBeger RT @CoralReefFish: Lately, all you hear from the conservation NGO world seems to be that community-based management will save biodiversity.…
MariaBeger RT @PeterSale3: Speaking of breeding more heat-resistant corals, when was the last time you heard of us breeding a superior community of sp…
MariaBeger RT @HugePossum: The abundance of the world's common (not just rare or endangered) wild organisms (insects, birds, etc.) is in rapid decline…
MariaBeger RT @c_l_morgans: Our new paper investigates the costs and benefits of conservation actions for orangutan in Kalimantan and provides recomme…
MariaBeger RT @cbcoceansguy: Interesting piece of investigative climate journalism in the @WashPost Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the w…
MariaBeger RT @jonesor: The @compadreDB team are hiring! We're looking for a Research Coordinator to help us progress with our NSF-funded Advances in…
MariaBeger RT @PADDDtracker: The latest on a recent #PADDD event in the United States: https://t.co/NumleJ8okB After more than 100 proposals over 3…
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 @MattHHolden: And conferences need to mitigate their environmental impact and incorporate mitigation cost into registration fees (only 4…
AChauvenet Check out Pat Norman's maps on #rainforest loss in #LamingtonNP following the #qldfires. I am sad at the results.… https://t.co/O6A5zZTWdN
AChauvenet RT @john_m_dwyer: Anyone worried about fires and subtropical rainforests in SEQ needs to follow @pat_m_norman! Available data indicates pat…
AChauvenet RT @Griffith_ENV: Patrick Norman, a #GriffithUni PhD student studying protected land management has mapped the impact of the #bushfires bur…
AChauvenet RT @cdkuempel: Accounting for under-assessed foods and impacts and critical linkages in food production are needed to guide smarter food po…
AChauvenet RT @tiffanylohwater: Congrats to these 125 @AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors! We’re excited to announce and celebrate #WomeninSTEM who are champion…
AChauvenet Amazing work by @Griffith_ENV PhD student Patrick Norman, mapping the fires in #LamingtonNP using #remotesensing da… https://t.co/VXiM8g04JC
AChauvenet RT @adele_pavlidis: I am giving a keynote @Macquarie_Uni in November titled, 'The affects of power: developing sportswomen in diverse socia…
AChauvenet RT @BritishEcolSoc: Today is the start of our large-scale randomised controlled trial in @FunEcology to test whether ‘blinding’ reduces bia…
AChauvenet @maritkragt @AREatUWA Congratulations! You rock!
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 @bode_e I noticed that too (those of prime working-age not striking)
MattHHolden @CarlaWildlife @m_dimarco A reduction from 5.3% to 2.1% is massive! Say I have a park of 50 species, in case 1 ther… https://t.co/LnVxFDSMAL
MattHHolden Species in areas impacted by humans have on average more than twice the extinction risk of those in natural areas f… https://t.co/HzAv9N1gtU
MattHHolden In 1983- 2002, the top ecology award for midcareer researchers all went to men - 11 MacArthur awards! Of the past 9… https://t.co/W1fn960o5c
MattHHolden @JuniperLSimonis @DapperStats Whatever you choose let them change the title within reason to match their career goals after being hired.
MattHHolden @michaelaplein Agreed, and it will also give motivation for Unis to not fund excessive travel if they have to pay e… https://t.co/GEebKDtfp4
MattHHolden RT @michaelaplein: Yes! And we should pressu* ehem... suggest to our institutions to offer offsets for any work-related travels. They allow…
MattHHolden And conferences need to mitigate their environmental impact and incorporate mitigation cost into registration fees… https://t.co/rZaJ6awaqp
MattHHolden RT @TrevorABranch: Job working on ocean acidification at WA department of ecology, $65-86K/yr, BS required + 6 yr of work experience (grad…
MattHHolden Cruise ships emit 3 x the CO2 of flying! https://t.co/1CHHdQWKlI
cdkuempel RT @OneEarth_CP: To understand when and why conservation works, we must adopt counterfactual approaches. Vanessa Adams, @BobPressey and @ul
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cdkuempel RT @gaytiss: I think I’ve posted this before but here is one of my snail eggs hatching in June https://t.co/mzDWTvMOUW
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cdkuempel RT @Louisemac: I find this picture so incredibly moving. This is @GretaThunberg aged 15, sat alone outside the Swedish Parliament Aug 2018…
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cdkuempel RT @matthewgburgess: We're recruiting a cohort of three PhD fellows--fully funded for 5 years--to study effects of emerging technologies on…
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cdkuempel RT @oveHG: Global warming reached 1.0°C in 2017: Species are shifting their distributions, coral reefs are dying, while the impacts of floo…
cdkuempel RT @m_dimarco: Wilderness areas halve the extinction risk of terrestrial biodiversity https://t.co/mqJvpOqOtZ Our @nature paper shows #wi
cdkuempel RT @RodrigoZGlz: Dear all PhD students: Parties are not always necessarily an intellectual competition. You are so smart. We know. It's so…
cdkuempel I’m not a graphic designer, but I love that the @IAN_UMCES symbol library makes me feel like I might be. 🙌
cdkuempel RT @evsatterthwaite: Are you an early career ocean professional (< 10 years from your professional training)? If so, what do you think is k…
cdkuempel RT @c_l_morgans: Our new paper investigates the costs and benefits of conservation actions for orangutan in Kalimantan and provides recomme…
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
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…
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 @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…
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: 450 coral reefs in Indo-Pacific survive in climate “cool spots”, scientists including @EnvScMQ’s Joseph Maina @mainambui repo…
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: @EnvScMQ @mainambui @NatureEcoEvo @jcu @aims_gov_au @CoralCoE @SydneyMarine Researchers suggest 3 strategic choices for reef…
mainambui @emilysdarling @NatureEcoEvo Kudos! Being able to allocate spatially explicit strategies to save reefs is a big lea… https://t.co/0eO8zigq57
mainambui RT @AndrewKSkidmore: 3 #phd #jobs #vacancies available at @UTwente @LibITC under @ERC_Research grant “Monitoring Biodiversity from Space” u…
mainambui RT @eumetsat: #DYK that you can learn about how we monitor the oceans from #space with #satellites? All the material from our #oceansfromsp
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_org: We need the private sector to help drive climate action. Our collaboration with @amazon will explore how nature can help us…
j_a_mcgowan RT @naomiekingston: Fantastic job with @unepwcmc Informatics team! You'll get to work on super projects like @protectedplanet @OceanPlus_
j_a_mcgowan RT @c_l_morgans: Our new paper investigates the costs and benefits of conservation actions for orangutan in Kalimantan and provides recomme…
j_a_mcgowan RT @naomiekingston: Attention users of the WDPA - Update to the manual now released, including info on how we will manage data on #OECM! @…
j_a_mcgowan RT @D0CT0R_Dave: New paper—let’s realize the potential of #ConservationTechnology with @jj_lahoz @iadinec @Al2kA @EricFegraus @EddieGame @G
j_a_mcgowan RT @GregoireDubois: Added a few more wildlife pictures on the web following my stunning trip in the arctic last month 😃 Feel free to downl…
j_a_mcgowan RT @naomiekingston: Applications now open for the fantastic Cambridge Student Conference on Conservation Science #sccs2020. Closing date 1…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GlobalFishWatch: "when it comes to securing a supply of seafood sufficient to feed billions worldwide sustainably, the beauty is that w…
j_a_mcgowan Want to learn about how decision science can help you in your conservation practice? Join me and Chief Scientist of… https://t.co/j5zKkjjsAE
j_a_mcgowan RT @martine_maron: Honoured to facilitate this panel of offsets experts & leaders from every Aust. state and territory regulator + the Cwea…
MorenaMills Conservation professionals should address cognitive biases, cultivate psychological safety, mainstream team learnin… https://t.co/EzMijs9pvT
MorenaMills RT @ASCatalano: I'm excited to share our latest paper on learning from published failure reports in conservation! Hint: people matter (#not
MorenaMills @MimHeadroom @filgmartin Thanks, but I am a quantitative researcher. You are right, the long term trend is a decrea… https://t.co/cRnwM9p9bo
MorenaMills @filgmartin You are cherry picking dates. While INPE's data show there has been a decrease in the annual deforestat… https://t.co/cSiKWR3JfL
MorenaMills RT @KatrinaJDavis: Come and hear about fisher motivations for #conflict with #sealions in Peru & Chile - today @ICCB2019 at 17:30, Plenary…
MorenaMills RT @YumMusings: Very excited to see a #qualitative approach to posthoc #impactevaluation of campaign to boost Lora population on Bonaire. G…
MorenaMills RT @evidence4nature: We will be at #ICCB2019 sharing the ACES model: A collaborative, theory-driven approach exploring the emergence, impac…
MorenaMills RT @pvisconbio: Twitter, any advice for funding opportunities to organize workshops in the field of natural resource management, ecology an…
HugePossum RT @biodivaCBA: Rachel Morgain you are my inspiration for all things Knowledge Brokering. Great Recovering Biodiversity in Freshwater Syste…
HugePossum RT @martine_maron: Glad that science still counts in our courts and tribunals https://t.co/H7S88iibWF
HugePossum RT @DianaF1080: Oxford University & many around the world have cancelled classes in support of the @ClimateStrike. Our School is sympatheti…
HugePossum RT @juliapgjones: African academics (or people looking for scholarships) - do see this list of scholarships and research funding. https://t…
HugePossum RT @greg_asner: Happy to announce our first tenure-track faculty position opening at @ASU_GDCS and @ASU_SGSUP at Arizona State University,…
HugePossum RT @Pettorelli: Think there's no difference between #rewilding and #restoration? Think again, and have a look at our new @JAppliedEcology p…
HugePossum RT @cyclonewatson: Finally we have clear evidence showing the absolute critical role Earth’s last intact ecosystems play in stopping specie…
HugePossum RT @EOWilsonFndtn: Pledge your support to the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation's Half-Earth Project, and our work to conserve species an…
HugePossum RT @nature_wonks: For over half a century, #LWCF has protected parks, saved wetlands and built trails. Now it needs your help. Call on Cong…
HugePossum RT @sophiacooke: I saw a talk yesterday by a senior academic who spoke about his work and that of a younger PhD student, also in the audien…
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
RKRunting Sofia @SofiaLop11 got our attention with her presentation on optimal restoration for pollination services #ICCB2019 https://t.co/HEMMy4R82t
RKRunting Great presentation by @manammichelle at #ICCB2019 on optimising the selection of umbrella species across Australia https://t.co/XOxWfpn6Zg
RKRunting I highly recommend this new paper showing the outcomes of community forestry in Indonesian Borneo:… https://t.co/Qp52FOpbHs
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 @ChrisDarimont @UVicGeog @CanGeographers Look at ESA - they have a great code of conduct and special protocol for diversity
vivtulloch RT @LynnScarlett1: “We have a choice: do we balance the needs of human development and nature, or do we sleepwalk into a future of failing…
vivtulloch RT @JennSunday: Velocity of Climate Change R-package. Great timing - we'll be using this! thanks @molinos_jorge et al! https://t.co/1E5dW9J
vivtulloch @AlexaLFH @SpeciesOnTheMov Wish I could’ve been there!
vivtulloch RT @dpcmicheli: Great talk by @april_reside on climate refugia in Australia @SpeciesOnTheMov https://t.co/DVxLJrHPFX
vivtulloch RT @GAhmadia: .@turschwell @globalwetlands shares massive potential massive environmental impacts of #infrastructure planned for #beltroad
vivtulloch RT @jamesecology: If conferences had a best soundtrack award @ayeshatulloch would win hands down. Great presentation on data for monitoring…
vivtulloch RT @reef_scientist: #Climatechange is also threatening #dolphin futures via habitat loss. @vivtulloch & @bluecology recently showed many sp…
vivtulloch Amazing work @ayeshatulloch turning a bad cold and laryngitis into a fabulous presentation on prioritising investme… https://t.co/929cXSkmUe
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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