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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 @thewaterbirds: I love any town with massive bird art. https://t.co/ecAlUPSCrc
saverygo I can’t even. #rowevswade
saverygo @MeganVGood Beauty! A quick wiki search didn’t answer a question I now need to ask. Do these badass trapdoor web spiders eat mice?
saverygo @NbChroma @CHLMemorialCup Fantastic event! Thanks for organizing ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 https://t.co/cJTXI1gR0m
saverygo RT @DariusStiels: Data from migration counts might indicate strong effect of #avianflu on numbers of Sandwich Terns in the Netherlands./#Vo…
saverygo RT @MarineOrno: Wile scientists should take all the measures possible not to spread Avian Influenza from one colony to another, we should a…
saverygo RT @aeroevo: When your hind limbs are so weird and posterior that you can't use them to land...
saverygo Informative thread on the origins of #HPAI from poultry production and how we must record & prevent such disasters… https://t.co/429KJVd9ZP
saverygo RT @sjurdur: Please note I have updated the post with a special caution from Kees C. on how you should act in order to ensure that you don'…
saverygo RT @InspectionCan: ❗ Attention Canadians: #AvianInfluenza (#HPAI) can spread through your shoes. At a pond, lake or beach, avoid walking ne…
MariaBeger RT @DiseaseMatters: so we have started - the first @FrontMarineSci & @bmmo_network workshop trying to find a consensus on what makes an ide…
MariaBeger RT @seebeneathesea: Can’t believe our time in #Mozambique is done! Had a fantastic time and with the hard work of @LoveTheOceans and @JaysP
MariaBeger RT @calacademy: POV you're a scientific diver (@CoralReefFish) in Roatan, there to survey the island's mesophotic reefs, & descending from…
MariaBeger RT @defis_eu: #ImageOfTheDay A severe #drought continues to affect #Morocco🇲🇦 ➡️ The Al Massira dam, the country's 2⃣nd largest reservoi…
MariaBeger RT @tinyscientist: Thank you @abcsydney and @ChrisBathTV for inviting me to talk about the #corals of Sydney - if you’re wondering what Syd…
MariaBeger RT @themarinediary: Rebecca Daniel here 👋🏼. I'll be attending the #UNOceanConference next week with @CarbonBrief. Keen to interview deleg…
MariaBeger RT @LoveTheOceans: Our species spotlight this week is the Round Ribbontail Ray 🦈 Ribbontail rays are most commonly found in estuaries & re…
MariaBeger RT @AnimalEcology: Have you read the [free] Editorial for our latest Special Feature? https://t.co/DLmZCu4VMZ #Genomics #ClimateChange @Lan
MariaBeger Read about thermal refugia to coral reefs in the PLoS Ocean Sciences Collection https://t.co/uU63cimFNWhttps://t.co/3y2ExuOFk0
AChauvenet RT @SarahAnnWheele1: We're looking for a Research Fellow (Level A, B or C) in Water economics - for a fixed 3 yr position. This is a great…
AChauvenet RT @jan_wegener_: Endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo. They only feed on the seeds of certain casuarina species. I love how they hold the seed…
AChauvenet RT @DocSlinky: New paper and ->free<- dataset. With @Global_HydroLAB @messamat @MaartjeKorver we mapped 50 attribute classes (>250 vars)…
AChauvenet RT @VeritySmith19: Apparently trans men don't play competitive sport as we could not possibly compete with cis men. But here I am living m…
AChauvenet RT @ebonyabblitt: If this doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will - Kopika & Tharnicaa have just finished up their first day at the…
AChauvenet RT @AlpineEcologist: Curious about climate & vegetation dynamics in the largest & most diverse #alpine area in Aus (450 km2), where 60% bur…
AChauvenet RT @alex_pigot: Predicting sudden and widespread biodiversity loss on a rapidly warming planet - when and where does biology change things?…
AChauvenet RT @PetrelStation: Antipodean Albatross are "FACING A VERY HIGH RISK OF GOING EXTINCT IN THE WILD". Please be advised Albatrosses cannot b…
AChauvenet RT @rini_rants: Great opportunity to work with a network of researchers and managers working in the High Country. Social research skills al…
AChauvenet @justine_d_shaw @GU_Sciences Thanks @justine_d_shaw! Your talk was excellent! Such an inspiring take on leadership 🤩
biodiversityBD @UniofOxford Oxford is a hoax! There's no such thing as WIZARDS!
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.
MattHHolden @HarleyCheyenne_ Yes that would be normal in the USA and AUS, e-mail with a doodle link. Regular members of your co… https://t.co/uKyb4yducS
MattHHolden @churchofbasebal @joyhuilin @NimbyPatrol Depending on the location Airbnb out of towners do pay local taxes. No one… https://t.co/I88pRoW44h
MattHHolden @cbaker_research @anziam2023 Yep. We are looking into that.
MattHHolden Students & those on fixed-term contracts planning to attend @anziam2023 please fill this out. We are working hard… https://t.co/DtC9CHPcD3
MattHHolden @BasiliskosArt @leandroscholz when you graduate we need to do a photo shoot like this!
MattHHolden RT @anziam2023: Save the date Feb 5-9, 2023, ANZIAM annual conference in Cairns! Come see the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the latest…
MattHHolden RT @chadtopaz: During this Great Resignation, when some employers are returning to rigid norms/rules, this is a GREAT time to work at @qsid
MattHHolden RT @chadtopaz: I try to say "this is big" sparingly, but THIS IS BIG. @qsideinstitute announces the Data4Justice Accelerator, a professiona…
MattHHolden RT @KateRobSau: It was a privilege to talk to @QueenslandParl1 today on #Qldfloods #climate #extremes. My key messages 1) language like 1 i…
MattHHolden RT @ResModelAsso: Hey all! Did you know we decided the eliminate RMA #membership fees, making membership in the organization #free to anyon…
cdkuempel RT @RLadiesBrisbane: Come hear @KateRobSau share her knowledge and inspiration for organizing a #Hackathon around using #DataScience to bet…
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cdkuempel RT @himb_soest: We are inviting applications for the recently established Ruth D. Gates Endowed Chair in Coral Reef Systems, honoring the d…
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cdkuempel RT @DocSlinky: New paper and ->free<- dataset. With @Global_HydroLAB @messamat @MaartjeKorver we mapped 50 attribute classes (>250 vars)…
cdkuempel RT @micheltkohl: Please SHARE: This will likely be on interest to a number of early career professionals: https://t.co/WzLBJcM2ou https:/…
cdkuempel Had a great first day in my new Lecturer position at @Griffith_Uni. Thanks for the warm welcome!
cdkuempel RT @dsaezgil: Ask for trees in your city 🌳 https://t.co/GT2QcoAPb7
cdkuempel RT @fishiintheC: An expertly led #RShiny session. I ran a #leaflet #map in Shiny 😮 @RLadiesBrisbane is built on #R users volunteering to s…
cdkuempel RT @RLadiesBrisbane: Not to late to join us and @ChristinABuelow to learn about #RShiny! Join us IRL at QUT or virtually via #Zoom. Regi…
cdkuempel RT @mattxiv: florida high school class president zander moricz was told by his school that they would cut his microphone if he said “gay” i…
kwekings With this format you would be able to track down the publications that used every name for plants that have been cl… https://t.co/NYLVPpxydo
kwekings The new checklist reverts to the bibliographic format of the Turner (1993) catalogue of names used for Singapore pl… https://t.co/tBin60ljyq
kwekings This is an update to the 2009 'total flora' checklist of vascular plants including cultivated species which had tur… https://t.co/pIrqUgE7r8
kwekings A new checklist, this time of all land plants, of Singapore has been published https://t.co/pvdHw21sUH
kwekings RT @straits_times: Learn about Singapore's history through pineapples, coffee and coconuts https://t.co/2EXUIUa96T
kwekings @torvaanser Looks like the sea apple, Syzygium grande
kwekings Here together Sim et al. found that it was because a leakage term was necessary, and the conditions for the Stress… https://t.co/zkySY4Czsb
kwekings They found the conditions where the hypothesis would hold for the nurse plant facilitation sub-model, but perplexin… https://t.co/jxhNJU3WvO
kwekings Lam Weng Ngai and Ryan Chisholm earlier developed a general resource-consumer model resource conversion commensalis… https://t.co/gzBOIMzQ3w
kwekings Sim Hong Jhun's Final Year Project published in Journal of Theoretical Biology! https://t.co/UpYAIJuq6y
BonMappin The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists is seeking a Program Manager for Healthy Landscapes to oversee our work… https://t.co/rUwg8WwHVW
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…
mainambui RT @Pthoya: 1/3 I am proud to share our recently published paper on the environmental controls and distribution of billfish in the Indian o…
mainambui @freygan Because some of the things u you will struggle with in r as a beginner can be done in 5s in excel
mainambui @freygan Excel is about to become your no.1 enemy of progress
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: With the global push to protect our world’s oceans well underway, a new study led by @Macquarie_Uni researchers looks at how…
mainambui RT @gpaul_savage: Looking for a #postdocjobs position? Australia’s National science agency, @CSIRO, is now hiring. 49 Postdoc positions cur…
mainambui RT @OneEarth_CP: What are the priorities for plant biomass? Hear insights from an outstanding panel of experts @UTAS_ @Macquarie_Uni @Imper
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…
j_a_mcgowan RT @pvisconbio: Come work with us! We are hiring a project officer for a HE-project: #NaturaConnect The project will provide scientific and…
j_a_mcgowan RT @DocSlinky: New @CSIRO book chapter with my friend and long-term collaborator @leo_bne. @tom64fisch and LeRoy Poff invited us to update…
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_org: As momentum grows behind the #30x30 initiative & the next #COP15 negotiating meeting to develop a global blueprint for #bio
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_org: This #BiodiversityDay, we’d like to introduce you to #Marxan: a new open-source spatial conservation mapping tool for decis…
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_org: “[We need] a plan that brings together data & knowledge from around the world, engaging people where they live to decide wh…
j_a_mcgowan RT @KateHelmstedt: Love maths and sick of watching the environment fall apart? I'm hiring a postdoc! New maths/stats methods for analysing…
j_a_mcgowan RT @pvisconbio: #JobAlert one 2-year position on spatial planning for biodiversity conservation and restoration still open @IIASAVienna. Fo…
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_press: “It’s not just technological fixes, it’s not just shifting away from fossil fuels— we need all of that AND a deeper inves…
MorenaMills RT @nilshomer: What I end up with when I try to reproduce Nature protocols. #Bioinformatics https://t.co/SJNil607Jf
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MorenaMills RT @juliapgjones: If you have conservation scientists following you PLEASE share. We're recruiting a temporary lecturer (maternity cover) i…
MorenaMills Can anyone recommend designers/illustrators they’ve worked with on Infographic or illustrations for scientific papers? Thanks!!
MorenaMills RT @DICE_Kent: DICE TWITTER CONFERENCE 2022! We're holding a Twitter conference on July 28th & 29th to showcase the work of DICE students,…
MorenaMills RT @MariaPiquerR: 📢New paper out with 20 great co-authors🥳 "Mapping and characterizing #socialecological land #systems of #SouthAmerica" 🌎…
MorenaMills RT @Matthew_Fagan: Our new paper on "The pantropical expansion of tree plantations" is out today in @naturesustainab. We found that ~50% o…
MorenaMills RT @yshennan: Great paper on role of #HE in conservation https://t.co/kgR3i31BLA "...the students started the course prioritizing biodivers…
HugePossum RT @jones_ann: Did you know that there are re-introduced Eastern Barred Bandicoots on @PhillipIslandNP ? They’re everywhere! I squealed eve…
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HugePossum RT @PhillipIslandNP: We are very proud to have been part of “Meet The Penguins”. To watch this amazing program tune in tonight at 8.30pm to…
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HugePossum RT @FlossySperring: Me scowling at anyone watching anything else but #meetthepenguinsau tonight with the hilarious/amazing @jones_ann and @…
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HugePossum RT @jones_ann: Hey, @ABCTV I found this penguin at the Op Shop. Will that be ok for tonight’s show? #meetthepenguinsAU https://t.co/a5ttlav
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HugePossum RT @ShannonSkalos: 🚨I’m excited to share that starting in July I’ll be the new Senior Environmental Scientist Avian Specialist for @Califor
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HugePossum RT @filet_piet: Please recommend to #HDR and PostDocs - great day to meet other professionals @GriffithARI @UQ_EAIT @QUT @GCITweet @HugePos
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HugePossum RT @HumphreyJE_: "Simply put, the greener the suburb, the greater the diversity of birds." My work was recently featured in a @latrobe res…
HugePossum RT @ausgeo: With golden plumage sitting atop its head like ears, a tiny beak obscured by fluff and huge round eyes, the great eared nightja…
HugePossum RT @SCBOceania: Huge congratulations to Professors Sarah Legge and David Towns on being awarded the SCB Distinguished Service Award and to…
HugePossum RT @SphenodonSarah: Interested in some Earth Optimism? Maybe some good things going on around @Wellington_NZ ? I have an amazing set of f…
RKRunting RT @OneEarth_CP: “The proposed framework could help conservation organizations and other stakeholders better design and apply conservation…
RKRunting RT @OneEarth_CP: How to build flexibility in #conservation planning to adapt to the uncertainties generated by #climatechange? Read this Pe…
RKRunting RT @j_r_rhodes: Our new perspective just out in One Earth on achieving flexibility in conservation decision-making and planning under clima…
RKRunting RT @SofiaLop11: 1/5 Payment for Ecosystem Services have a big potential to protect biodiversity while achieving social and economic benefit…
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…
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 @ICES_ASC: 🔥 SAVE THE DATE & get ready to share your #science! Join ICES & @PICES_MarineSci in Seattle, USA, 23-27 October 2023 for our…
vivtulloch RT @AlanaMGrech: Mid-career malcontent: has the ‘great resignation’ hit academia? https://t.co/EjlOt99RXs
vivtulloch RT @nature_org: This #BiodiversityDay, we’d like to introduce you to #Marxan: a new open-source spatial conservation mapping tool for decis…
vivtulloch @bluecology Thanks Chris - although the actual hard part hasn’t even started yet (the dynamic ecosystem model) - I… https://t.co/DZBPBqFQFi
vivtulloch @ayeshatulloch @mtncypress @TaraGMartin @saverygo and thanks also to co-author @RMartone75 who I couldn't tag yeste… https://t.co/4XFuhcI7ja
vivtulloch RT @RMartone75: Proud of this work with a great group of scientists, applying a rapid #ecosystembased #riskassessment approach to account f…
vivtulloch Cumulative risks of human activities affecting #salmon and their dependent #predators in Canada’s Great Bear Rainfo… https://t.co/rdmD24aoVm
vivtulloch RT @JacobGDRogers: 1st PhD paper! The #GreatBarrierReef is subject to ongoing bleaching and predation by #CoTS. We use #MICE #EcosystemMod
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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