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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 I walk past this bike every morning. And I just keep thinking “any day now”. #Canada #Winter https://t.co/GGDq4TA2Gm
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saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: Stories of doom and gloom don't necessarily convince anyone about climate change - actions by their community members do…
saverygo RT @buxton_rachel: Love this comic strip @thetoonguy drew for our #bioacoustics paper. "Biodiversity and research should jam more often"…
saverygo RT @cbcotttraffic: PROTEST TIE-UPS: Major pro-pipeline protest arrives on Wellington outside Parliament Hill this morning. Hundreds of truc…
saverygo RT @KevinHague: To be clear, conservationists don’t think 1080 is perfect or that we don’t need other tools. We support R&D on other method…
saverygo @JoannaBergerMSc @invivoexvivo @rowdyscience The next pet training challenge?
saverygo RT @EveForster: Birds gone sleddin' https://t.co/vE7ryI8VfZ
saverygo RT @MarkMalloryLab: Here's a good encapsulation of some of our recent collaborative work on #marine #contamination; interview with @jenni_p
saverygo RT @jenni_pro: Happy to see my post doc work funded by @ACUNSAUCEN with @MarkMalloryLab at @acadiaresearch @AcadiaU in collaboration with @…
saverygo RT @InformedOps: Expert @jenni_pro discusses her research on #plastic ingestion among seabirds living in remote #Arctic colonies, harmful e…
MariaBeger opportunity for Indian students to do a masters or project abroad, conservation and ecology! https://t.co/PcgPw5AHYa come to @LeedsEcoEvo
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MariaBeger RT @Prof_Braj_Singh: Ecosystem tipping points in an evolving world- ecological and evolutionary processes should be taken into account in o…
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MariaBeger RT @bluecology: Any advice on how to avoid talking about developing vs developed nations in our academic papers? https://t.co/34UgRgGdXe
MariaBeger RT @Alharborne: Great opportunity for undergrads... KAUST’s Marine Science program will be hosting a three-week summer course from July 21…
MariaBeger @DrTashaBarlow @UniversityLeeds If you looked at a different angle it would point to my office... *grin
MariaBeger Reconsidering having kids because of climate change? You’re not alone https://t.co/inTxjRFKrl
MariaBeger @Rebeccaweeks Looks great! Have fun in Kosrae and say hi to the fish!
MariaBeger RT @MattHHolden: I was just invited to be on a panel at a conference, but instead of accepting, gave the names of two ECR #womeninSTEMM who…
MariaBeger RT @katatrepsis: Short term postdoc (10 months) on modelling, ecological analysis and stakeholder engagement in South African orchards (pos…
MariaBeger @DrTashaBarlow Quiet years are boring....
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 @AngelaSocSci: Our latest paper on nature experiences & conservation support. Greenspace use (but not proximity) increased conservation…
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AChauvenet RT @SoapboxScience: Want to take you science to the streets and inspire the next generation of budding scientists? ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT to get…
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AChauvenet @pvisconbio I second that. Scholar is my preferred medium as it gives a lot of info you need. And as an editor, I a… https://t.co/dqhmPNdAxn
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AChauvenet RT @madhu_bhaskaran: New continuing Lecturer position announced in Computer and Network Engineering @RMIT and strongly seeking diversity in…
AChauvenet RT @KerstinJantke: Why is ecological representation important for #nature #conservation? New research and tools allow tracking progress to…
AChauvenet RT @vsaintcriq: I can only encourage every woman scientist out there to apply to be a speaker at a @SoapboxScience event. I had such a grea…
AChauvenet RT @jeff_o_hanson: Just a heads up, new version of #rstats wdpar pkg is now on CRAN (0.0.2). This fixes data dl issues on Windows, and inco…
AChauvenet RT @Rob_SalGo: Celebrating the awesome female researchers whom I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring at @SalGoTeam: @m_paniw @sara_lil_plants
AChauvenet RT @ayeshatulloch: Decision trees are to inform not to make decisions- we hope ours will help @IUCNRedList, #conservation conflicts, #monit
AChauvenet RT @McMadLab: If you have quantitative skills and want to aid decisions come and join @McMadLab and CSIRO for an awesome PhD on Environment…
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
biodiversityBD And the winner for "best moustache and dancing gorilla-man" @Eurovision 2017 is... ITALIA!!! Good luck Francesco!!! https://t.co/UmYTtVFAfv
MattHHolden RT @hormiga: British journal editor: Your paper is rejected. Meaning: We loved it, minor revisions.
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MattHHolden RT @stevenstrogatz: For a Black Mathematician, What It’s Like to Be the ‘Only One’. Fewer than 1 percent of doctorates in math are awarded…
MattHHolden 20,000 people took the pledge, which led to bottom-up support of a seasonal fishing ban. In June 2017 the governmen… https://t.co/LkOBGfCW8S
MattHHolden A key to success was simple messages and delivering the messages through insiders that were able to connect with di… https://t.co/HUv0QU8oef
MattHHolden @scottradway introduced a case study where Fijians could pledge not to eat grouper during spawning season. Another… https://t.co/TMC2XxFU0z
MattHHolden Successful marketing campaigns find the barrier that prevents people from taking a desired action & removes/address… https://t.co/WhIPfYieyL
MattHHolden @bluecology @_KMETCALFE You can use a footnote of parenthetical comment where it first occurs. I like the Fat vs Le… https://t.co/xvKk8xzgto
MattHHolden I love these 6 short poems by my aunt @klholden in @SmallPrintMag. https://t.co/Kv7Fb33ON2 Poetry is such a beautif… https://t.co/wjZNT2yvOo
MattHHolden RT @JuniperLSimonis: i mean i guess it's good to hear faculty admit that they only know how to advise students to be just like them (a thin…
MattHHolden RT @hgcaceres: Hello Twitterverse, what are your recommendations to find available #ECR grants in conservation? For fieldwork, equipment, s…
cdkuempel RT @AfricaRUsers: If you are ever stuck with an R Code, please do not carry the burden yourself. We are here to help. Take a screenshot of…
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cdkuempel RT @DocFroehlich: About half of US female scientists leave full-time science after first child, compared to 23% of men... #WomenInSTEM http…
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cdkuempel RT @IFLScience: Pluto as it was first seen 89 years ago today, vs now. https://t.co/7xwk3wPydS
cdkuempel RT @annacle_science: People on Twitter have talked about this for a long time. Reimbursements are unfair and a pain. https://t.co/lmT9Xi3qS
cdkuempel RT @EmilyFairfax: As a scientist I've had an "elevator speech" prepared for a few years now. This year I made an "elevator video" & let m…
cdkuempel RT @tclavL: #Aquaculture and wild #fisheries will shape our seafood future. Read about how they interact and how we can leverage positive s…
cdkuempel I would have to agree 💯💯💯 https://t.co/LyaFIrUBfk
cdkuempel RT @NeilBurgess081: Super opportunities that are paid https://t.co/bsUkt3moR9
cdkuempel RT @_AMeta: Very interesting. I certainly find that students do not know the basics of statistical procedures and inference, yet present me…
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…
kwekings RT @DLNarango: Check out our new paper in @PNASNews! With help from DC-area homeowners we found that your yard needs at least 70% #nativepl
kwekings RT @xingli_giam: Looking for talented and driven MS/PhD students to join my lab and the Conserv Sci initiative @UTK_EEB. Potential topics:…
kwekings RT @JEcology: Thinking about writing a review paper? Read 'The anatomy of an excellent review paper' by @panemma published in @FunEcology f…
kwekings Check out the .gif showing an R function being called in an Excel cell https://t.co/RvBCNOuvzV
kwekings Academia should aim "to improve society, not chase citations" nor grant money/patents https://t.co/Hy25ZeipPo
kwekings Education for the future https://t.co/QWBGceda9H
kwekings Meat consumption, health, and the environment: a review https://t.co/vstrX0QyX1
kwekings Paying it forward as a mentor https://t.co/R5S83rsz2Y
kwekings @marcuschua whyamiafternoonofday5why?? #conferenceproblems
BonMappin RT @sccs_aus: Last chance to register and submit your abstract for #SCCSAus2019! Registration closes next week (Feb 28th). With inspiration…
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BonMappin Scientists investigation into the cause of mass fish kills #MurrayDarling finds excess water extraction upstream i… https://t.co/m0u9Ec7D7u
BonMappin RT @wellcometrust: The #malaria data re-use prize will support researchers who can generate a new insight, tool, or health application from…
BonMappin RT @saverygo: Across the globe thousands of species are #endangered - but $$ for #conservation is limited. Managers face some very tough de…
BonMappin RT @ConBiology: Our editor's pick for October 2018 is "Standardized reporting of the costs of management interventions for biodiversity con…
BonMappin RT @greensjeremy: Today we get the shocking news that Coles has backflipped on the plastic bag ban. Don't let them get away with it. RT i…
BonMappin RT @dszim: This analysis should spark a much-needed discussion and progress on how we transparently and consistently report on the costs of…
BonMappin RT @j_a_mcgowan: New Paper in Cons Bio: We provide a framework to account for the co$ts of conservation and management. Our hope is to bol…
BonMappin RT @adriantmurdock: Great turnout for #nationaltreeday at Waverton Park in North #Sydney @BonMappin @PlanetArk @NthSydCouncil https://t.c…
BonMappin @DRobcito @WythamWoods1 Actually looking through to the next quad.. I think I’m wrong!
mainambui RT @wiomsa: Video and article from the GIS training workshop currently taking place in Mauritius. Une formation sur les données spatiales d…
mainambui RT @UNEnvironment: We need marine protected areas 🌊 To avoid overfishing To allow degraded oceans to recover To build resilience to #clima
mainambui RT @EnvScMQ: Our Spatial Information expert Maina Mbui (@mainambui) and Will Farebrother are currently in stunning Mauritius teaching a #GI
mainambui #mdpiremotesensing Earth Observation Technology Applied to Coral Reefs https://t.co/jmAOeIEBQl @RemoteSens_MDPI
mainambui Madagascar agrees to a 10 year fisheries agreement with Chinese consortium https://t.co/KfOF0RosB6
mainambui RT @EnvScMQ @wiomsa @NCSecretariat New paper published in @MEPS_IR shows incorporating management feasibility & col… https://t.co/eFDx3iZ6sb
mainambui RT @HighSeasAllianc: In 1982, the UN adopted the Convention on the Law of the Sea, but left the #highseas free from restrictions. Now, nego…
mainambui RT @aboudjumbe: .@dobura @cordioea Ocean diamonds: Africa's 'blue economy' @AJEnglish https://t.co/sLxGD3bwny
mainambui RT @aboudjumbe: A family photo of Governmental, Inter-Governmental, Research, Academic, Legal, Conservation and other NGOs Experts meeting…
mainambui RT @aboudjumbe: Jospeh Maina of @Macquarie_Uni working for the @NCSecretariat program on connectivity, environmental flows, and marine spat…
j_a_mcgowan RT @JaszzyJas: By 2100, over a quarter of #Antarctic ice-free area will be climatically suitable for #invasive species establishment and it…
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j_a_mcgowan RT @JNCC_UK: We currently have two vacancies, a permanent Marine Species Support Officer (Aberdeen) and an 18 month fixed term appointment…
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j_a_mcgowan RT @OxZooDept: Thirdly, Dr @prueaddison has been recognised for her work to translate research on biodiversity measurement and management,…
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j_a_mcgowan RT @m_dimarco: Out in @JAppliedEcology: #biodiversity surrogacy of Sumatra's "Big 4" https://t.co/huPi9ZXnjF brilliantly led by @marsyachr
j_a_mcgowan RT @unepwcmc: Two #internship opportunities with the @unepwcmc team, looking at timber trade and global biodiversity modelling https://t.co
j_a_mcgowan RT @NeilBurgess081: Super opportunities that are paid https://t.co/bsUkt3moR9
j_a_mcgowan RT @KerstinJantke: Why is ecological representation important for #nature #conservation? New research and tools allow tracking progress to…
j_a_mcgowan RT @RemiDaigle: Attention #Marxan users: We just release v0.1.2 of #MarxanConnect! Want to include connectivity into spatial conservation p…
j_a_mcgowan RT @ElisaBayra: Trends, indices, metrics for #biodiversity? Who wants to submit an abstract on the challenges and opportunities for tracki…
j_a_mcgowan Great opportunity to work with terrific people! https://t.co/33DY77DNyB
MorenaMills @euanmills Surely there must be something around. What about data on basic council or borough statistics? Who is su… https://t.co/cNJxhw1fcX
MorenaMills RT @karen_mustin: Conservation whac-a-mole very well characterised! Recommended reading for all! https://t.co/bLVJOZD6FC
MorenaMills Anyone know what the best GIS data portal for the UK or England is for basic information on infrastructure, social… https://t.co/WwFJtkCSQ1
MorenaMills RT @meredithgore: #Ivory #trafficking in the #UK? #compliance could be improved by #regulations that facilitate #detection and stronger #pr
MorenaMills RT @TrevorABranch: What basic statistical test should I use on my data? A flowchart! (by Robert Gerwien available here: https://t.co/A0xB
MorenaMills RT @ImperialSpark: "A great example of a forest restoration plan which is both good for the people and for nature" @MorenaMills on a new ap…
MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: Using a new approach to restoring #Brazil’s Atlantic Forest could triple #biodiversity gains while reducing costs by US$28…
MorenaMills RT @Grantham_IC: New approach to restoring #Brazil’s forest could triple #biodiversity gains & reduce costs by US$28 billion - "Our study g…
MorenaMills Very excited to share this example of cutting edge science informing policy. We optimised restoration across the At… https://t.co/AwEgG0RT5k
MorenaMills Very excited to share this example of cutting edge science informing policy. We optimised restoration across the At… https://t.co/RRbt7U3VDg
HugePossum RT @nature_org: How many trees make a forest? 3 or 300? The lack of clarity around defining forests leads to difficulties in how we measure…
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HugePossum RT @juliapgjones: Interested in #ecosystem services, poverty alleviation & the SDGs? Have skills in data analysis #rstats? Looking for pos…
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HugePossum RT @EuanRitchie1: If you think action on #ClimateChange and addressing Australia's plant and animal extinction crisis should be THE priorit…
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HugePossum RT @EcoInvasions: Charles Elton's conclusion of his classic text Animal Ecology still rings true 92 years later. https://t.co/3DBBCxoyKI
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HugePossum RT @sccs_aus: Last chance to register and submit your abstract for #SCCSAus2019! Registration closes next week (Feb 28th). With inspiration…
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HugePossum This is an excellent paper for a conservation practitioner https://t.co/pOi8pZvcRP
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HugePossum RT @SCBBrisUQ: We are at the UQ market day today (Stall # 53, red circled in the map). Come, say hi and find out more about what we do. New…
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HugePossum RT @InvasionEcology: To protect our biodiversity, and improve the population health of kangaroos, we need better management for our large n…
HugePossum RT @Dr_DalilaRendon: #Entomology twitter, my university is hiring a tenure-track position for an extension entomologist (and there is anoth…
HugePossum RT @nature_org: Despite being labeled "uncharismatic megafauna" they're critical. https://t.co/Mbu6n4DOX3
RKRunting How does #forest sparing vs sharing stack up against improving management in tropical forests? Our new paper shows… https://t.co/nxHQqaFMVf
RKRunting RT @brettabryan: If you are a senior researcher interested in working with a great team on simulating Australian land-use change and it's i…
RKRunting Excited to announce I will be joining the School of Geography at @unimelb as a Lecturer in Spatial Science from Jan… https://t.co/ZT1TveYMKM
RKRunting RT @ARC_CEED: How #economic theory can help maximise benefits and decrease risk in #conservation planning. https://t.co/fjCJ8gsgIJ @RKRunti
RKRunting RT @j_a_mcgowan: New paper: Addressing transboundary conservation challenges through marine spatial prioritization in Cons Bio. We examined…
RKRunting I really enjoyed participating in the @ARC_CEED twitter conference today #CEEDTC2018! To commemorate the occasion,… https://t.co/FEI9DHzmIi
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology In the future we are also looking at using diff… https://t.co/50O8k8FDFs
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology We applied a whole range of different risk aver… https://t.co/YBfth2apPj
RKRunting @dpannell66 @j_r_rhodes @CathLovelock @brettabryan @JAppliedEcology Thanks David! It was a really fun project to work on.
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 @ayeshatulloch: Decision trees are to inform not to make decisions- we hope ours will help @IUCNRedList, #conservation conflicts, #monit
vivtulloch Proud to be one of the many #internationalwomeninscience today training the next generation of #conservation scient… https://t.co/qfWNlHN3RP
vivtulloch Happy to be one of the lucky #internationalwomeninscience to have worked at #MPRG! https://t.co/xUfc4GRkhJ
vivtulloch @AmeliaWenger @AlanaMGrech Of course, the one grant Qld has is no longer operational. Definitely keen to see more s… https://t.co/GMZnls5dH5
vivtulloch To prevent loss of all our forests, 2 Billion people across Canada, US, Russia, Brazil need to cut beef & lamb cons… https://t.co/qlET5O76Fr
vivtulloch @Sci_Officer @marinemammalogy @katie_at_sea @Sci_Officer Maybe bycatch threat is lower with herring fishing but wha… https://t.co/8IL051mTm4
vivtulloch RT @ayeshatulloch: How to share data on species to inform conservation and avoid them being exploited by poachers https://t.co/m6gMHKtCqi h…
vivtulloch RT @leslieamlwch: What should you do with all that biodiversity data wasting away on old harddrives? Share it...if the conservation benefit…
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: New PhD projects to work on the global conservation of coastal wetlands with @ConnollyLab @fern_adame @GriffithARI @WorldI
vivtulloch RT @MattHHolden: Big benefits of sharing spatial #biodiversity data, not just risks. @ayeshatulloch produces concrete guidelines for when &…
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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