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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 @PaulGaskinCFS @hollytarrison @ManelCamacho3 This. 100x. When you shop at Costco and err on the side of caution and… https://t.co/ogwaTBDYNu
saverygo RT @tonyrwalker1: This is a fabulous resource for all those interested in plastic reduction policies... 20 Years of Government Responses t…
saverygo RT @morninggloria: I get more rattled when I get a phone call and my ringer isn’t on silent than the prime minister of New Zealand gets dur…
saverygo RT @RSPBScience: #BOUsci20 by @IBIS_journal is going online later this year - with the #ClimateChange and Birds conferences moving to Zoom…
saverygo RT @Tremblay_Jun: 1) Our latest pub lists 18 #boreal bird species sensitive to the impacts of #climatechange in Alberta, most of them being…
saverygo RT @MaxLiboiron: Success! We talked about all the forms labour that the project required. Then we ranked those forms of labour in terms of…
saverygo @PetrelStation I definitly have issues with some words too!
saverygo RT @MarkMalloryLab: Just out! Horizon scan on global priorities for plastic research; 115 experts from 29 countries; collaborative team inc…
MariaBeger RT @MarkEakin: Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over | Robert Reich https://t.co/hbJcLxBAS4
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MariaBeger RT @reef_scientist: Here in #Australia we don’t talk enough about #black lives lost to police brutality. Joyce Clarke & Kumanjayi Walker bo…
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MariaBeger RT @martine_maron: Australia's national environment laws 'actually allow extinction to happen' https://t.co/XknTXVtFbJ
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MariaBeger RT @KaraHazelgrave: Good news that will hopefully help save species... #Biodiversity @MariaBeger @UniversityLeeds
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MariaBeger RT @Rob_SalGo: In this @Trends_Ecol_Evo ms led by @SalGoTeam postdoc @PolCapdevila90, in collabo w @MariaBeger & @iainmstott, we introduce…
MariaBeger Our new theoretical framework for population resilience is out! @LeedsEcoEvo @HugePossum @bode_e @I_CAN_actually https://t.co/LSpbfIMZGU
MariaBeger RT @SylviaEarle: We have learned more in these 50 years than in all human history, but we have also lost more. I invite you to raise your v…
MariaBeger RT @daveharasti: Found Dawn diving today; she's still going strong as the world's oldest known wild #seahorse. What is interesting is she…
MariaBeger RT @bode_e: Serious question: why do people submit to the "Frontiers in" journal series? They're: - a for-profit company, with - have a v.…
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 @bode_e @OneEarth_CP @AichiTargets Thanks Mike, yes results are dependent on the target
AChauvenet Interesting discussion around our framework and beyond @KatrinaJDavis @HugePossum @cyclonewatson @cdkuempelhttps://t.co/x0XoogwnfH
AChauvenet RT @ashton99: For women exercise can be difficult 'for reasons including caring commitments, feelings of intimidation & judgement in public…
AChauvenet New paper shows how to prioritise habitats for protection and meet current and inspirational @AichiTargets goals up… https://t.co/IIrbzzdC3Q
AChauvenet RT @KatrinaJDavis: Read our new #openaccess @OneEarth_CP paper describing how to prioritise global #ecoregion protection to meet current an…
AChauvenet RT @n_ylime: One week until applications close for our 3 PhD projects. Please spread the word! #phdchat #conservation #ecosystems https://…
AChauvenet @liammannix Thanks. And thank you for writing about what's happening to the Australian university sector.
AChauvenet New @OneEarth_CP paper shows how to prioritise habitats for protection and meet current and inspirational… https://t.co/r0w82Ci4LP
AChauvenet @liammannix I am certain that if I lose my academic job I won't get another one. There were already too few availab… https://t.co/k5jdChZD3J
AChauvenet @megcevans @cdkuempel Me too! 🤷🐢
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 RT @futurebird: Sci fi story concept: a computer trained to produce science /math papers &proofs and is able to verify their validity but n…
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MattHHolden @rachelohry @FustoloSusanna @AcademicChatter Good option. But if you do want to involve your supervisor, ask the jo… https://t.co/yuE1TY6EES
MattHHolden RT @isaaksonbm: 1/7 The deep ocean is warming slowly but dramatic changes are ahead. Our new @NatureClimate paper shows that the deep ocean…
MattHHolden RT @katejhelms: I’m cracking the celebration bottle of wine, not the commiserations bottle of tequila. Officially promoted to Senior Lectur…
MattHHolden @a13xbrowning @JuliaComputing Is this ever in your @JuliaComputing talks @ynazarathy ? Big selling point 😜
MattHHolden Sometimes I use emojis as variables https://t.co/9Ul0ksPdTA
MattHHolden @justine_d_shaw @atlaslivingaust "their" refers to the link in the tweet, the Queensland Government list. Although… https://t.co/tt1tLHQUip
MattHHolden To see how incomplete their list is one can go to @atlaslivingaust & find many more than 494 animals. But still far… https://t.co/TVxqa2aI3R
MattHHolden Our house just surpassed Lamington National Park in no. animal species according to their list. 499 to 494. Tongue… https://t.co/gALEmayPKf
MattHHolden We got a pretty good shot of citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri, sneakily feeding on plants in our yard. Another en… https://t.co/v1U9a1yJzw
cdkuempel @ZoologyDave @MarcMetian @nissandjac Too bad you had just missed us...We had already sorted it all 🤪
cdkuempel RT @KatrinaJDavis: Read our new #openaccess @OneEarth_CP paper describing how to prioritise global #ecoregion protection to meet current an…
cdkuempel RT @AChauvenet: New @OneEarth_CP paper shows how to prioritise habitats for protection and meet current and inspirational @AichiTargets tar…
cdkuempel RT @isaaksonbm: 1/7 The deep ocean is warming slowly but dramatic changes are ahead. Our new @NatureClimate paper shows that the deep ocean…
cdkuempel People already out here publishing conservation papers about the COVID-19 pandemic and I'm still trying to get pape… https://t.co/HsQ4TCk5Ss
cdkuempel Great paper led by @AChauvenet found that strategic protection of habitats closest to meeting 30% targets could mor… https://t.co/c6TYhlwefC
cdkuempel RT @OneEarth_CP: How can limited resources be allocated over the next decade to expand protected areas while conserving terrestrial #biodiv
cdkuempel RT @KellyBodwin: Corollary: If you ask me a question about R and I say "Google it", I'm not being rude, I'm telling you exactly what I wou…
cdkuempel https://t.co/oDRBH6aPrI is amazing for color gradients in R - how late am I to this party???
cdkuempel RT @RichCottrell22: 1/3 New in @NatureFoodJnl! Global adoption of novel #aquaculture #feeds could substantially reduce forage #fish demand…
kwekings New species of maritime trap-jaw ant from Singapore by Dr Wendy Wang @lkcnhm et al. https://t.co/7zAJckV0Mj
kwekings @marcuschua My deepest condolences Marcus...
kwekings RT @lianpinkoh: Seeking several highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join our new team @NUSingapore to work on #NaturebasedCli
kwekings Open RF position at NIE-NTU: Habitat selection including the ecological significance of Singapore’s forest mammals… https://t.co/L3hDB3I4eX
kwekings @nparksbuzz I think it should be "mast seeding" or just "masting"
kwekings The forest is peaceful, why aren't you? You hold onto things causing your confusion. Let nature teach you. Hear the… https://t.co/eB5RmUW3BD
kwekings RT @sivasothi: [biod crew] Fri 8 Nov 2019: 9.00 am [PhD Defense] – Lam Weng Ngai on “Nepenthes: A Model… https://t.co/ZKStiLiAHr
kwekings RT @NatureHumBehav: A culture of publication-worship unwittingly incentivizes questionable scientific practices and gluts the economy of sc…
kwekings "The top researchers at American law schools, especially elite law schools... often include people who are indiffer… https://t.co/0OcocoXU9L
BonMappin RT @KatrinaJDavis: Read our new #openaccess @OneEarth_CP paper describing how to prioritise global #ecoregion protection to meet current an…
BonMappin RT @OneEarth_CP: New preview article by @Tom_Lovejoy discusses the study by @AChauvenet et al in our May issue and opportunities to maximiz…
BonMappin RT @OneEarth_CP: How can limited resources be allocated over the next decade to expand protected areas while conserving terrestrial #biodiv
BonMappin RT @Bill_Sutherland: A team of us are listing the possible non-clinical options for dealing with COVID-19. Please tell us the non-obvious p…
BonMappin RT @cdkuempel: Unified, general models of #conservation system states & pathways help decision makers identify the full suite of actions an…
BonMappin RT @BrenWintle: Thanks to John Woinarski @EuanRitchie1 @martine_maron @DonADriscoll @cyclonewatson and @TSR_Hub for delivering an insightfu…
BonMappin RT @cyclonewatson: The fires have been a disaster for not just the many millions of individual animals who couldn't escape, but for entire…
BonMappin The #AustraliaBushfires have a huge impact on Australia’s wildlife and unique ecosystems. Donations to @EcolSocAushttps://t.co/eR96K8xlO7
BonMappin RT @GreeningAust: Greening Australia to lead $5M native seed and restoration program as part of #bushfire recovery https://t.co/0OzPQ3G1Y8
BonMappin RT @daniteixeira___: KI Glossy Black-Cockatoo emergency fundraiser. We've lost 50% of the habitat. This habitat supported 70% of the popula…
mainambui RT @cyclonewatson: The science shows that logging opens up the canopy, drying out the forest, and puts tonnes of stumps, bark and limbs on…
mainambui RT @HugePossum: Do protected areas work? Effects of spatial auto-correlation and sampling design on estimates of protected area effectivene…
mainambui RT @naj_graham: The changing role of coral reef marine reserves in a warming climate. As coral reefs transform under climate change, so t…
mainambui Location intelligence is key! Placing no take marine reserves strategically, in particular away from human pressure… https://t.co/JjsDv7bKIk
mainambui Our study out today in @ScienceMagazine used #Bigdata from ~1800 reefs across 41 countries to test how management t… https://t.co/2WZO7sRhdb
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: 1) Market isolation and climate stress are detrimental to social adaptive capacity and a higher level of education positi…
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: Please to share our new paper investigating the multiscale socio-ecological determinants of social adaptive capacity in s…
mainambui @gerlame The words in bold face here are ‘as an object’
mainambui RT @steph_dagata: Functional connectivity is a key factor in guiding the identification of suitable areas for MPA network across maritime j…
mainambui RT @coralmannie: Help to expand Madagascar's climate history to 400 years. Apply for a unique PhD on geochemistry of giant Indian Ocean cor…
j_a_mcgowan RT @MarkTercek: This good paper shows how high priority conservation projects can be made appealing to donors. But donors-especially founda…
j_a_mcgowan RT @GrunerDaniel: Surely one of the more important papers you'll see this year: the Diversity–Innovation Paradox in Science https://t.co/L1
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: There is confusion in the spatial planning literature about how to use threat in prioritising actions - here we show how to…
j_a_mcgowan RT @nature_brains: @nature_org scientists have devised a new way to prioritize debt-for-nature swaps to fund marine conservation. @j_a_mcgo
j_a_mcgowan RT @Hedley_Grantham: Only 40% of the world’s remaining forests are found to have high ecosystem integrity, our results help focus prioritie…
j_a_mcgowan RT @ConBiology: New paper: Framework on adapting debt conversions to support #MarineConservation efforts by small island developing states…
j_a_mcgowan RT @RicSchuster: New version of #prioritizr #rstats package published: https://t.co/ndvM1xuDjQ Highlights include: New irreplaceability me…
j_a_mcgowan RT @HugePossum: Debt conversions present important opportunities for marine conservation - but where should we focus our effort? @j_a_mcgow
j_a_mcgowan Learn how @nature_org is using ROI thinking to prioritize debt conversions for marine conservation and sustainable… https://t.co/KvuRS96kP7
j_a_mcgowan @SimonHernandez Secretary bird! Who could resist this endemic and distinctive beauty! https://t.co/kBM2H0oAin
MorenaMills RT @Mike_Mascia: The latest research from @ScienceMagazine: Reducing transmission of the #coronavirus. Masks and testing are necessary to…
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MorenaMills RT @jmurtazashvili: Get our your popcorn for this new @PBS documentary about the work of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. The profoundly optimis…
MorenaMills @4thEstateBooks @TheSimonBot Can’t wait to read it! My copy arrives tomorrow!!!
MorenaMills RT @4thEstateBooks: A story of loneliness, love and loose connections, Set My Heart to Five is a hilarious, touching, dazzlingly perceptive…
MorenaMills RT @Marchini_Silvio: Can school children influence adults’ behavior toward jaguars? Spoiler: Yes! https://t.co/cDzgX0n8dV https://t.co/17ij
MorenaMills RT @MarineCons: "We argue that academia must foster a culture of care, help us refocus on what is most important, and redefine excellence i…
MorenaMills We're looking for a Research Associate in Spatial Modelling to help us explain why conservation initiatives go to s… https://t.co/2QkKbulYrH
HugePossum While we rightly focus our attention on threatened species, this paper suggests that there may be a tsunami of regi… https://t.co/DzBXttK32K
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HugePossum RT @TSCommissioner: This week’s #AskAnExpert is Professor Richard Fuller. Richard is a Professor in conservation & biodiversity at UQ. He i…
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HugePossum @TSCommissioner @RichFullerUQ All those different species of shorebird feeding on the same mudflat. Aren’t their d… https://t.co/EepVgqEPx6
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HugePossum RT @megcevans: Meaningful reconciliation still seems a bridge too far for many Indigenous people, 20 years on https://t.co/gE6Olk9Mfy
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HugePossum @EuanRitchie1 Re-pairing my socks - I am on it. Plus some much needed remedial gardening (which in Brisbane involv… https://t.co/05Xeoa1A7C
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HugePossum RT @n_ylime: Our new free online course has just launched! Learn how the #IUCN Red List of Ecosystems can help conservation by identifying…
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HugePossum RT @SarahAnnWheele1: Latest paper by @simrhad exploring groundwater price elasticity & the relationship between surface-water and groundwat…
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HugePossum RT @environmentinst: 'Good intentions' Murray-Darling Basin water program drains even more water from the system. https://t.co/OfEzdpwAnF
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HugePossum RT @BirdgirlUK: I’m 18 yrs old & #birds, #nature & conservation are my world #BlackBirdersWeek #BlackInNature. I have been fighting to make…
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HugePossum @WombatRidgeResv @BCT_NSW Which species of stringybark - macrorhyncha? (Red)
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RKRunting Congrats to Natalie Mason on getting her Honours research on transboundary conservation published in @NatureEcoEvohttps://t.co/F15sP7Ou83
RKRunting RT @NatalieParletta: Harnessing the "big data revolution" to help save the planet. Coupling big data and conservation https://t.co/tyef09dh
RKRunting RT @NatureComms: A comment on opportunities for big data in conservation and sustainability: https://t.co/qCozAD0LUc @RKRunting @cyclonewa
RKRunting My winning map from @bluecology 's course is Katherine G. Impressive work to produce an interactive map! I apprecia… https://t.co/UtbUdTlCZS
RKRunting @bluecology Excited to be judging this - I expect there will be some stiff competition!
RKRunting RT @JanepDyson: Our new short (19mins) film - 'Spirit' - is now available to watch online! https://t.co/vo9W9u0u0h Spirit presents an in…
RKRunting RT @ProfLesleyHead: Continuing position, closes Dec 4. LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL SCIENCE https://t.co/nYDNlUzp3l
RKRunting RT @ymalhi: Our new paper in @ScienceAdvances looks at carbon and climate impacts of the loss of intact rainforests. When lost future carbo…
RKRunting @aggwarrior @CarlaWildlife @SciMelb Yes! Definitely a hit with the students.
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 @Reynolds_JohnD @jessicawalsh1 🤣 Indeed...”Conservation of exploited species” is a literary classic! hopefully ther… https://t.co/ejbmffQvfE
vivtulloch @Canuckoff I’ve been on since 7 been booted off about 30 times gotten to the payment stage twice and it boots me of… https://t.co/aFb3Uyve4H
vivtulloch RT @SieversSci: As the world recovers from COVID-19, can the decisions made benefit people and nature? We penned a Letter in Science sugges…
vivtulloch RT @Mangroves: New paper from @VivTulloch, @GlobalWetlands, & collaborators finds #mangroves are highly impacted by pollution, pop. growth,…
vivtulloch @katiegibbs Anyone expecting mums to last >15 mins in a mtg w/ little kids at home is kidding themselves. I have so… https://t.co/X2oZJoKPQ8
vivtulloch @TaraGMartin No surprise there...
vivtulloch RT @TaraGMartin: Women's research plummets during lockdown - but articles from men increase https://t.co/AmEKPFD23u
vivtulloch Seascape connectivity must be considered when assessing ecosystems. Great new work led by @SieversSci shows importa… https://t.co/mqavkvSBWS
vivtulloch RT @globalwetlands: Assessing #ecosystems is important, but we need to consider connected ecosystems simultaneously. In our new paper by @S
vivtulloch @april_reside @TaraGMartin @JDMSnider @gdiacona I started on the Nutella jar at 11am this morning @april_reside #zerowillpower
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
rubenvli RT @mitchest: When it comes to accuracy assessment in #remotesensing "almost 70% of sampled literature were not adhering to recommended gu…
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…

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