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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 @Joe_Ecology: Pls retweet! We are hiring 2 postdoctoral fellows, starting January-April next year! Science to conserve Canada's biodiver…
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saverygo RT @april_reside: Species distribution models can struggle to represent habitat suitability in high topographically diverse areas - particu…
saverygo RT @Seiurus: I know this is a foreign concept to most folks, but we scientists on university faculties – especially conservation/ecology ty…
saverygo @sidneymbell Congratulations!
saverygo Fortunately, some cryptocurrencies - like @ethereum - are moving to a “proof of stake” model instead of the “proof… https://t.co/SB3Y05LqTT
saverygo RT @AMacD_UGuelph: The MacDougall lab is hiring - PhD positon in plant phenology and climate change in the high arctic. 4yrs, fully funded.…
saverygo RT @daily_r_sheets: Today's #rstats cheatsheet: cartography Download: https://t.co/VwMi7uYiS0 See more: https://t.co/KgJ4eggU4l Contribute…
saverygo @Jenguin_Jones Thanks! I’ve tracked Joan down on LinkedIn. :)
MariaBeger RT @mattstruebig: Another cool PhD! This time on the conservation genomics of Sulawesi vertebrates with friends in QMUL. Will work with our…
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MariaBeger RT @IPCC_CH: Read the full statement made by the #IPCC Chair, Hoesusng Lee, at the high level opening of the @COP24 here: https://t.co/hoME
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MariaBeger RT @Joe_Ecology: MSc and PhD opportunities working on animal behaviour with @rozdakin. Great opportunity to work with an excellent supervis…
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MariaBeger RT @ChrisTokita: Just out in @NatureComms: Quantifying the effect of scientific team #diversity on research impact, using a dataset of 1+ m…
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MariaBeger RT @ProfTerryHughes: Bleaching in 2016 killed 30% of the corals on the #GreatBarrierReef. It was hotter in 2017, but we measured less bleac…
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MariaBeger RT @Rob_SalGo: Also, we are currently recruiting PhD students in the group... if you are interested in #demography #functionalEcology & #SD
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MariaBeger RT @vivtulloch: To prevent loss of all our forests, 2 Billion people across Canada, US, Russia, Brazil need to cut beef & lamb consumption…
MariaBeger RT @leslieamlwch: What should you do with all that biodiversity data wasting away on old harddrives? Share it...if the conservation benefit…
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 @HeiniKujala: Don't leave small patches behind! Global study finds high conservation value in small and isolation habitats - these are o…
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AChauvenet RT @MessierEcology: The Plant Functional Ecology lab @WaterlooBio welcomes Honors, Msc, PhD students and post-doc collaborators. Looking fo…
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AChauvenet RT @CarlaWildlife: Congrats to the three(!) freshly minted Drs in the Rhodes and Maron lab! 👩🏼‍🎓👩🏽‍🎓👨🏽‍🎓 https://t.co/8fTISo7fik
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AChauvenet RT @GLELCarleton: Come join us! Now hiring 2 PDFs for work on an awesome project in collaboration with @ECCCSciTech 🙌🏻 https://t.co/Yn8a5KH
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AChauvenet And it will include, at the beginning, something that tells the audience why they should care/why it's important wo… https://t.co/jzsIVEkn8r
AChauvenet RT @JaszzyJas: When your work appears in @NatGeo magazine 😍! So cool - check out how the #AntarcticPeninsula is expected to fare from #clim
AChauvenet SAGE is based off the UK's Athena SWAN process. You are right that it is self-reporting against criteria. That does… https://t.co/H9i3cbiGjs
AChauvenet Not all unis were being assessed. There are two cohorts and the second one hasn't submitted yet. UQ is in the secon… https://t.co/MnxNUVSqgF
AChauvenet RT @EuanRitchie1: .@billshortenmp, when @AustralianLabor win the upcoming federal election, can you do Australia a solid please, and start…
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 Absolutely! switch to #oysters, #mussels etc. But important to note that prawns/shrimp, lobsters, crab etc. can be… https://t.co/eFfPaUByBM
MattHHolden RT @IWTnet: Increase anti‐poaching law‐enforcement or reduce demand for wildlife products? by @MattHHolden et al. https://t.co/lVUNnGNfAH N…
MattHHolden Love meat but want to save the planet? If you switch #beef/#lamb for #chicken the planet reaps more benefits from t… https://t.co/Z3TjCin95L
MattHHolden RT @EJMilnerGulland: .@CHANEL stopped sourcing wild #reptiles, but @CITES has showcased e.g.s of sustainable wild harvesting benefiting loc…
MattHHolden Wonderful article! A prime example of the benefits of collaborations between psychologists and environmental scient… https://t.co/QMsbpoI9wJ
MattHHolden It was really interesting visiting the forensic conservation lab at @HKUniversity with @dr_dingle @AA_Andersson & c… https://t.co/JVnhUKiW2i
MattHHolden RT @PeteMailler: I was asked why my family decided to build a solar farm. The answer is it was the right thing to do and it proved it can b…
cdkuempel RT @ChrisTokita: Just out in @NatureComms: Quantifying the effect of scientific team #diversity on research impact, using a dataset of 1+ m…
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cdkuempel RT @Ascelin: Global synthesis of conservation studies reveals that small patches patches are important for biodiversity https://t.co/YH62qa
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cdkuempel RT @LauraSonter: IMPRESSIVE #offsetting database published today in @naturesustainab. Includes information on 12,983 offset projects, exten…
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cdkuempel RT @cyclonewatson: sending out the word - two awesome lectureship jobs at @UQ_CBCS now on line https://t.co/cO9aiYxClj closing date Feb 4th…
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cdkuempel RT @ecodatasci: Science Data Officer position in Hobart, Tasmania. - advanced experience with R (including development of R packages) - u…
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cdkuempel RT @northernlimitpt: New #RStats package for using landsat data. Very cool, likely game changer! https://t.co/LZ16HDQCC4
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cdkuempel RT @SJC_fishy: Two post docs at @CarletonScience - topics = #conservation science, #environmentaldecisions, #biodiversity, prioritization,…
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cdkuempel RT @ilana_horn: Are you struggling to shave words off of your writing? I am weirdly good at this, so let me share some of my tricks. #Aca
cdkuempel RT @AlistairDove: The first step is admitting you have a problem. "Hi, I'm monk seal and I'm an Eelcoholic" https://t.co/x53fiGXFz8
cdkuempel RT @LittleBlueLette: No big deal, JUST A BIRD EATING A FISH STUCK TO A WHALE SHARK. Video by NatGeo, Full video (very worth a watch!) here:…
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 @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!
BonMappin @DRobcito @WythamWoods1 Looks like St Edmunds hall?
BonMappin This weekend is #NationalTreeDay. Get along to your local event and plant a tree! https://t.co/MZn2CT8nvT https://t.co/xfXp7z7km8
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…
mainambui RT @JendallKones: 4 #CEEDTC2018 Large, strict (IUCN I-II) PAs are less likely to face high human pressure (although many still do). Since 1…
mainambui RT @EOMAP: SDB Day 2018 - Satellite-Derived Bathymetry Technology and User Forum Register now: https://t.co/aXDuKVm2mY #satellite #bathyme
mainambui RT @ChristinacHicks: What an inspirational team. I know their excellence well, as do all the scientists they have mentored over the years h…
j_a_mcgowan RT @Joe_Ecology: Pls retweet! We are hiring 2 postdoctoral fellows, starting January-April next year! Science to conserve Canada's biodiver…
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j_a_mcgowan RT @UCSBenioffOcean: World's largest #shipping company @Maersk pledges to cut #carbon emissions to zero by 2050 https://t.co/fe6YuveapW ht…
j_a_mcgowan RT @cyclonewatson: sending out the word - two awesome lectureship jobs at @UQ_CBCS now on line https://t.co/cO9aiYxClj closing date Feb 4th…
j_a_mcgowan RT @MattHHolden: Reserves optimal for maximizing value of a fishery when fishing damages habitat! @j_a_mcgowan @bode_e @KatrinaJDavis @Huge
j_a_mcgowan @nature_org Development by Design celebrated as a excellent spatial planning strategy that can assist with putting… https://t.co/HdJeeDCjhM
j_a_mcgowan Seychelles serves as a shining example of how innovative financing, marine spatial planning and ecotourism can all… https://t.co/GMDadqgBk3
j_a_mcgowan RT @cyclonewatson: Huge kudos to @pvisconbio to have his science called out from the keynote speaker at plenary at #COP14 on scenarios and…
j_a_mcgowan RT @EU_DOPA: In the case you missed it: 30,000 documented protected areas with new indicators by @EU_ScienceHub in support to biodiversity…
j_a_mcgowan RT @c_l_morgans: The new #RSPO principles and criteria demonstrate a significant step forward. Fostering the continued improvement of a sus…
MorenaMills RT @ImperialSci: Social marketing campaigns can help threatened wildlife species recover by encouraging people to change their behavior: ht…
MorenaMills RT @EmmaJMcIntosh: Here’s to a future of forms with a ‘Dr’ at the top! Special thanks to @MorenaMills & Rob Whittaker for taking the time a…
MorenaMills RT @GCEE_Initiative: Social marketing campaigns can help threatened wildlife species recover https://t.co/AtgZAOShF4 #environmental #conser
MorenaMills RT @MartinaDFonzo: Six Senior Fellowships at UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Marine Systems, Air Quality, Rural La…
MorenaMills @McMadLab @MattHHolden @UQ_News @UQ_CBCS Well done Matt! Awesome work!
MorenaMills RT @Mike_Mascia: Brazil records worst annual deforestation for a decade https://t.co/bmpLye29nW
MorenaMills RT @ConSciImperial: Feeling privileged to be lectured by @leedurrell and Dr Tim Wright on our first morning @Durrell_Academy on Jersey. #co
MorenaMills RT @EJMilnerGulland: Eight #Iranian #conservationists are in jail, four facing execution, for their conservation work. 347 conservationists…
HugePossum RT @SJC_fishy: Two post docs at @CarletonScience - topics = #conservation science, #environmentaldecisions, #biodiversity, prioritization,…
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HugePossum RT @justine_d_shaw: West #Antarctic Peninsula is getting warmer and will have more bare, ice-free land with #climatechange This will affect…
HugePossum RT @hsi_australia: Together with @EDONSW, HSI has launched a report outlining the need for an Oceans Act in Australia. We need strong natio…
HugePossum @OL_Quebec My old bad eyes can’t read tiny letters. Thanks. Deleted and retweeted.
HugePossum #PhDscholarship opportunity on supply chain #conservation science for halting deforestation with @duanbiggshttps://t.co/dpslq4GArZ
HugePossum RT @Matt_HerringOz: A Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana major) was the highlight of this morning's foray near Mount Victoria, NSW. My 4-year-old…
HugePossum RT @bec_spindler: It's always a treat to see them on our Mid-West and NSW reserves @BushHeritageAus https://t.co/u9ON3xv8ws
HugePossum RT @nature_org: There’s more bipartisan momentum to #SaveLWCF once and for all than ever before. Make your voice heard by urging Congress t…
HugePossum RT @nature_org: Think about this phrase: The world we depend on, depends on us. https://t.co/mdC6IjlLBt
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.
RKRunting 6/6 #CEEDTC2018 Many potential applications of MPT for conservation – not just reserve design! Get in touch for mor… https://t.co/GO1xxpnGmL
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 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 &…
vivtulloch RT @ayeshatulloch: When might the conservation benefits of sharing biodiversity data about the locations of populations outweigh the risks…
vivtulloch @ayeshatulloch shows important benefits of sharing spatial #biodiversity data, and risks of withholding it. Develop… https://t.co/5li2IW8MDU
vivtulloch RT @HannahSFraser: 1 #CEEDTC2018 Many standard ecological research practices increase the probability that findings are due to chance rathe…
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Can recovering whale species continue to bounce-back from whaling under climate change? @vivtulloch answers this important…
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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