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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 Choosing a study system? #phdchat (Just joking- it's not about the organism but the question your asking!)
saverygo RT @qldscience: #UQ's award-winning research is certainly something to get people talking. #stroke
saverygo What's that? You love eating seafood but care about conservation? Here you go: @Letscuttlefish
saverygo @glennalthor @MargieWilkes Beauty, thanks Glen! Good call Margie!
saverygo When to eat chocolate: A Researchers Guide #phdlife #scholarly #alwaysprepared
saverygo Found this great #beetle on the way to work today. Does anyone know what it is? #entomology #wildoz
saverygo RT @thelabandfield: Anyone know how to include phylogeny as a predictor in an analysis? Challenge: multiple responses per spp. Potential fo…
saverygo @thelabandfield Hope you'll share when you find out
MariaBeger RT @BrendanGodley: #OA paper:Captive breeding& trial #reintroduction -yellow-spotted mountain #newt #ESR Pls RT htt…
MariaBeger RT @WSF2017: Sections of #GreatBarrierReef Suffering frm 'Complete #Ecosystem #Collapse' by @MikeySlezak https://t.…
MariaBeger An incredible interactive visualisation of global shipping. by @k_i_l_n, @UCL_Energy, @ucl #dataviz
MariaBeger Bright spots in the Conversation: reefs w/ higher than expected fish biomass @ARC_CEED @bluecology @Prof_CallumYork
MariaBeger RT @ReefLifeSurvey: Latest Nature issue -on the cover: identifying 'Bright spots' in global reef ecosystems using the global RLS dataset ht…
MariaBeger RT @TrevorABranch: Fisheries researchers and marine reserve advocates must work together more, says @HilbornR https…
MariaBeger RT @CECHR_UoD: Teenagers Surrounded by Green Are Less Aggressive #nature for #nurture
MariaBeger RT @sbekessy: How very depressing
MariaBeger RT @DianaF1080: Uni of Melbourne fellowship Also 4 Research Fellows in the new National Centre for Coasts and Clim…
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!
BeyerHawthorne A major problem in conservation planning is finding ways of accounting for myopic reversals of protection. E.g.
BeyerHawthorne Slam on the breaks. We have it all wrong: Tony Abbott adviser warns of threat of 'global cooling'. No, not Apr 1st.
BeyerHawthorne Happy to see a woman has won this years Fields medal for the first time.
AChauvenet RT @cshirky: "When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression."
AChauvenet RT @GCITweet: Dr Elisa Bayraktarov talks #Marine Restoration with @RadioMarinara starts 32'50
AChauvenet RT @RebeccaGelding: Thanks @AChauvenet @NRMecon & co on great @SoapboxBrisbane training day. What an amazing line-up. #NatSciWk in Brisbane…
AChauvenet RT @SoapboxBrisbane: #SoapboxScience Brisbane 2016 speakers + our lovely trainers + organisers! Bring on the event! #WomenInScience https:/…
AChauvenet RT @SoapboxBrisbane: One down 3 to go! Those #soapboxes are amazinginy built! #womeninscience #SSBrisbane2016 http…
AChauvenet RT @SoapboxBrisbane: Excited for today’s communication workshop for our @SoapboxScience speakers! We have something fun planned…@NRMecon @R
AChauvenet RT @AcademicsSay: Can someone ask WikiLeaks to check on the status of my manuscript submission
NRMecon Excited for the start of our @SoapboxBrisbane training @AChauvenet @ARC_CEED
NRMecon RT @SoapboxBrisbane: One down 3 to go! Those #soapboxes are amazinginy built! #womeninscience #SSBrisbane2016 http…
NRMecon RT @SoapboxBrisbane: Excited for today’s communication workshop for our @SoapboxScience speakers! We have something fun planned…@NRMecon @R
NRMecon RT @ultimatemegs: Great summary of implicit bias and challenges to #womeninscience
NRMecon Check out Soapbox Science Brisbane 2016 @SoapboxScience @ARC_CEED via @sharethis
NRMecon Soapbox Science Brisbane 2016 - Visit Brisbane
NRMecon Our awesome lab at UQ! @UQ_News
NRMecon RT @jgeldmann: Answer a few questions on: "Social equity matters in protected areas" for exciting study @Macroeco
NRMecon RT @AcademicsSay: How to find typos: 1. Click submit
biodiversityBD Howard Raiffa, Mathematician Who Studied Decision Making, Dies at 92
biodiversityBD Thanks #SCBO2016 for a week of stimulating discussions and presentations! Great work organising Vanessa Adams :-)
biodiversityBD Hamish McCallum @Griffith_ENV shows that Devil Facial Tumour affects the FITTEST individuals!?!? #SCBO2016
biodiversityBD Veronica Gama @ARC_CEED on importance of migratory status in determining threat status.Two hummingbirds could be upgraded to threatened!
biodiversityBD RT @stigner_: Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat!
biodiversityBD Nice talk @stigner_ ! Need some space for migratory shorebirds to eat before long journey to Asia. Some dog free beaches needed #SCBO2016
biodiversityBD RT @RobHarcourt: Brendan Kelaher deconstructs the political bias that harmed NSW marine parks #SCBO2016
biodiversityBD Getting good feels from "conservation goes viral" session at #SCBO2016. Thanks @MorenaMills and speakers for a positive discussion!
biodiversityBD RT @MatgoStyles: @rosie A breathtaking video showing how many people came out in London to support Orlando.
MattHHolden #Offsets #carbon farming and incentives are not a substitute for land clearing regulations @megcevans @ARC_CEED
MattHHolden RT @HugePossum: Land clearing is still the greatest cause of extinctions - and leaves a huge extinction debt for future generations https:/…
MattHHolden @kerrie_a_wilson @abcnews also words to avoid when writing women academic letters of rec: hard-working, caring ...
MattHHolden Very cool #research idea on #manuscript flow and #publishing in #ecology by Tim Paine cant wait to read the results
MattHHolden RT @Bill_Sutherland: Recently established cougars in South Dakota save $1.1 million annually in collision costs with deer. Cons Lett. https…
cdkuempel RT @CSIROnews: #4oclockfact The chicken came first before the egg because the formation of egg shells relies on a protein that can only be…
cdkuempel RT @naturensw: Only 9% of NSW is in near natural condition. Take action - #landclearing #StandUp4Nature https://t.c…
cdkuempel RT @michaelaplein: Congrats to Eve McDonald-Madden (@X_EDLab) for being finalist in the Macquarie Uni #Eureka16 for Outstanding ECR https:/…
cdkuempel Some humor that's perhaps a bit too true for your Friday afternoon! @WomeninSTEM
cdkuempel RT @hannahchoppie: Our #Arctic #shorebird paper gets a shoutout in @NatureClimate! #climatechange = big declines in breeding habitat https:…
cdkuempel RT @MaseykF: Chatting to future conservation scientists. SCB Brisbane at UQ Market Day @SCBBrisUQ @CEED @SCBOceania
cdkuempel RT @newscientist: Deepest-ever reef survey by divers discovers new fish species
cdkuempel Come on @Migaloo1 make it up to the Sunshine Coast by Thurs! Would be so cool to see
cdkuempel RT @YumMusings: No more rats: New Zealand to exterminate all introduced predators #invasivespecies #conservation @M
cdkuempel RT @HugePossum: Conservation and ecology journal ranks for 2015 via @conservbytes
kwekings Next @floramalesiana symposium in Borneo in 2019, but where in Borneo?
kwekings "When in doubt, say Euphorbiaceae" originator is dedication incarnate, stands from wheelchair to talk @fmalesiana10
kwekings #Pterospermum javanicum paraphylectic, Malayan and #floraSG taxon to be renamed; lancifolium is grewiifolium instead: Ganesan @fmalesiana10
kwekings Oldfield: 25% of IUCN red spp. are trees, should be allocated with 25% of spp. conservation resources? @fmalesiana10
kwekings Phrase "Think global, act local" actually came from a Scottish botanist #fmalesiana10 takeaways
kwekings Retweeted floramalesiana10 (@fmalesiana10): Latest vol. of Flora Malesiana on Lythraceae has been recently...
kwekings Retweeted floramalesiana10 (@fmalesiana10): Dr Saw Leng Guan has been awarded the Botanics Medal for his...
kwekings RT @fmalesiana10: Latest vol. of Flora Malesiana on Lythraceae has been recently published with Lamiaceae & Alangiaceae next expected https…
kwekings RT @fmalesiana10: Dr Saw Leng Guan has been awarded the Botanics Medal for his contribution to taxonomy and work in the region
BonMappin RT @PlanetArk: Happy Schools Tree Day! 2,700 students across the country are digging in for some #homegrown fun! #NationalTreeDay https://t…
BonMappin RT @naturensw: Only 9% of NSW is in near natural condition. Take action - #landclearing #StandUp4Nature https://t.c…
BonMappin RT @michaelaplein: Congrats to Eve McDonald-Madden (@X_EDLab) for being finalist in the Macquarie Uni #Eureka16 for Outstanding ECR https:/…
BonMappin .@DrSamirBhatt @PeterGething @RollBackMalaria Research demonstrating ITNs used in fishing are surplus nets
BonMappin Expansion of the Fitzroy River declared Fish Habitat Area approved! @WWF_Australia
BonMappin RT @ARC_CEED: MT @HugePossum: Anti-trawling reefs is the most cost-effective way to save #Mediterranean #seagrass beds.
BonMappin No more eating bluefin tuna. Ever. If you want to eat tuna choose skipjack, a fast-growing species.
BonMappin RT @mongabay: Sri Lanka set to become first nation to protect all mangroves ~ #WorldMangroveDay
BonMappin RT @cyclonewatson: great article by @jamesecology on what is needed to save one of Southern Africa's conservation jewels
mainambui Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat!
mainambui RT @JoshuaCinner: How coral reefs can thrive in the Anthropocene
mainambui Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs
mainambui Impact on illegal trade of Kenya’s ivory burning should be measured: UQ scientists
mainambui #PLOSONE: Modeling Reef Fish Biomass, Recovery Potential, and Management Priorities in the Western Indian Oce ...
mainambui #mdpiremotesensing Designing Climate-Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks by Combining
mainambui RT @EricHolthaus: The warmth of Earth’s oceans is now literally off the charts.
mainambui New study tackles conflicting goals in the Coral Triangle via @physorg_com
mainambui A Fisherman and Conservationist: A Kenyan Fisherman Restores Corals for 40 Years via @NatGeo
mainambui Dbytes #206 (4 August 2015):
j_a_mcgowan RT @GCITweet: Dr Elisa Bayraktarov talks #Marine Restoration with @RadioMarinara starts 32'50
j_a_mcgowan RT @sesync: Science research communications coordinator job in Maryland: science writing, journalism background preferred #UMD
j_a_mcgowan A Gerhartz discussing MSP in Nova Scotia during #IMCC4 @PacMARA cons planning course.
j_a_mcgowan @ChrisOCEARCH- I profile the @OCEARCH program's public outreach impact in this paper. @MaryLeeShark
j_a_mcgowan RT @sebpardo: Shark telemetry peeps, please read this ASAP!!!
j_a_mcgowan RT @seamap: First #IMCC4 workshop starting soon @MemorialU! Marxan course for conservation planners by @j_a_mcgowan & @PacMARA
j_a_mcgowan RT @fiskeforbrains: In relation to conservation & the use of telemetry data this paper by @j_a_mcgowan is worth reading in depth! https://t…
j_a_mcgowan RT @ellycknight: A framework for assessing whether animal-borne telemetry is necessary for conservation management
j_a_mcgowan RT @ARC_CEED: Animal-borned telemetry can improve ecological understandinf of endangered spp, but is it worth the time & money? https://t.c…
MorenaMills RT @Oceana: Women play a huge (often overlooked) role in subsistence fishing around the world
MorenaMills RT @HugePossum: The Nature Conservancy is looking for a lead economist to help them save the planet
MorenaMills RT @Mike_Mascia: Premium for certified organic drives farm practices. Why not other eco-certification schemes? #org
MorenaMills RT @bec_colvin: Religion balances out conservatism in shaping environmental consumer behaviours @KirstiJylhae @Mark
MorenaMills RT @rini_rants: .@LucHoffmannInst is looking for a science-policy expert for a short term consultancy
MorenaMills RT @glennalthor: My wonderful and talented lab mate @cromerodd just gave a fantastic talk on wolf conflicts & conservation #SCBO2016 https:…
MorenaMills #LMMA network recognised for their amazing conservation & resource management achievements in the Pacific #SCBO2016
MorenaMills Congrats @JaszzyJas for the best student presentation award at #SCBO2016 !!!
MorenaMills Gama: Bird threat assessment need better data on migration for good conservation decisions #SCBO2016
MorenaMills Romero: wolf conservation has social impacts. We need conflict resolution mechanisms #scbo2016
HugePossum RT @David_Yarrow: Today is #InternationalTigerDay in honour of a most beautiful, but gravely endangered animal #ThumbsUpForTigers https://t…
HugePossum RT @sesync: .@sesync is now inviting applicants for a 5-day short course on agent-based modeling! Learn more and apply:
HugePossum RT @JAppliedEcology: Improving ROI in animal-borne telemetry for #conservation: when is reducing uncertainty important for decisions? https…
HugePossum RT @PBVanc: PhD opportunity- BC Canada. Island Biogeography of birds along BC Coast.
HugePossum RT @turtlesatJCU: Our group @jcu is looking for a PhD student to look at seagrass ecology in the GBR @enviro_sci @TropWATER
HugePossum RT @DrEmmaLJohnston: Scientist Emma Johnston on hull-fouling organisms, penis-fencing #worms, and the #GreatBarrierReef
HugePossum RT @PetrelStation: One of the worlds rarest ecologies: rock forest, is in central Auckland #nature in your face htt…
HugePossum RT @nature_careers: Join the The Nature Conservancy team! See our latest #job opening here: #Arlington, VA https://…
HugePossum RT @NoExtinctions: UQ aims to donate 250 ecology/conservation textbooks to Solomon Island schools. #education https…
HugePossum RT @MartinaDFonzo: Great idea for a play: Extinction–what do you save?! @HugePossum @ayeshatulloch @Joe_Ecology htt…
RKRunting Great new #ECR paper on incorporating socio-ecological systems into restoration planning @ARC_CEED
RKRunting Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat!
RKRunting RT @megcevans: New paper by the always impressive Jessie Wells: mapping impacts and perceptions of flooding in #Borneo @emeijaard https://t…
RKRunting Great new paper: #carbon can financially out-compete #OilPalm in floodplain landscapes.
RKRunting RT @j_r_rhodes: Ecosystem service payments offset conservation costs under sea level rise @RKRunting @CathLovelock @BeyerHawthorne https://…
RKRunting @megcevans Thanks!!!
RKRunting A great new method by @BeyerHawthorne et al for solving #conservation planning problems It's super fast & accurate!
RKRunting Which policy option achieves BOTH #biodiversity and #carbon outcomes? Find out @CSIROnews @ARC_CEED @kerrie_a_wilson
RKRunting And thanks for your contribution @LisaAMandle !
RKRunting Turns out we're not forgetful, just outsourcing our memory via @ConversationUK
christhebirder @gregrobertsqld @staffo_sez the Queensland Ornithological Conference was on Greg. Steve Murphy gave a great talk about Night Parrot ecology
christhebirder @staffo_sezh Happy to chat about it at some point, was a great talk with lots of juicy ecology details
christhebirder GPS tracking confirms Night Parrots do visit water points! #2016QOC
christhebirder There have been 3 Night Parrot nests discovered now! And the one that failed as eggs was predated by Mulga Snake #2016QOC
christhebirder RT @martine_maron: Biodiversity protection can be lost very quickly; we need an independent umpire for the environment: @EuanRitchie1 #SCBO
christhebirder Australia is now a global hotspot for land clearing. I support a call for stronger laws to #ProtectHabitat!
christhebirder RT @PetrelStation: Excellent talk by @TimDoherty_ on invasives predators influence on #extinctions - cant wait for the impending publicatio…
christhebirder RT @MattHHolden: Wanted dead: invasive species control on #straddie Great poster @hgcacerese #SCBO2016 @ARC_CEED @NRMecon @SalitKark https:…
christhebirder RT @drmparrott: @christhebirder Problematic feedback loops for reptiles-great ideas for fixing issues coming from #SCBO2016
vivtulloch @HugePossum we need actions not hotspots maps, translates humans hopes dreams and fears about coral reef management into maths #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Oil palm expansion is huge in tropics - potential massive #ridgetoreef impact on coral reefs @vivtulloch #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Marine protected areas have been key mgmt approach for coral reefs, but don't stop pollution! Need #ridgetoreef mgmt @vivtu
vivtulloch Need to act now with the best data available to guide management action and prevent further reef decline @bluecology #ICRS2016
vivtulloch @bluecology new ridge-to-reef approach solves disconnect btw academic & applied management needs #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Current 'best practice' guidelines for oil palm development not good enough to conserve coral reefs @vivtulloch #ICRS2016 #…
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: We should account for past history of sediment exposure when modelling reef response to land-clearing @vivtulloch #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @OlesonLab: @vivtulloch links palm oil land use to reef degradation finding different response based on reef characteristics #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @ultimatemegs: We can reduce impacts of oil plan but existing best practices ignore ocean impacts #ICRS2016 @vivtulloch
vivtulloch RT @j_a_mcgowan: @vivtulloch shows how strategic planning for palm oil can deliver substantial benefits to reefs in PNG. #ICRS2016

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