Professor Hugh Possingham
Professor Hugh Possingham

University of Queensland scientist Professor Hugh Possingham has been appointed as the Chief Scientist with the Nature Conservancy, the World’s largest conservation program.

Professor Possingham’s latest honour comes on top of his recent appointment as the Chief Scientist with the Nature Conservancy, the World’s largest conservation program.

Professor Possingham will work with more than 600 scientists engaged in conservation efforts across 69 countries, including Australia.

"It is a delight to be part of a global conservation organisation with such a strong commitment to using evidence and data to solve environmental problems on the ground," he said. 

"Knowing that The Nature Conservancy employs so many scientists among its 3500 staff, working with thousands of partners to protect nature, is exciting and humbling."

An Oxford Rhodes Scholar, Adelaide-born Professor Possingham is currently an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in UQ’s Schools of Biological Sciences and Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

He is the Director of The Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at UQ.

Professor Possingham also serves as director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program Threatened Species Recovery Hub.

A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, his research has been published in leading journals including Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 

Software developed by Professor Possingham drove the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and is used in more than 150 countries, changing the face of around five per cent of the planet's surface.

As a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and many review committees and boards, Professor Possingham has been a leading voice in providing independent advice to the Australian government and the public about environmental issues.

President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy Mark Tercek said science was at the core of the Conservancy’s work. 

"Throughout his career, Hugh has used science to elevate the impact and effectiveness of conservation programs,” he said.

“I am confident that he will build on The Nature Conservancy's great history of science-based conservation and will help us achieve our ambitious goals.”

Media: Professor Possingham +61 434 079 061.  
For more information contact: Rich Gilmore, Director, The Nature Conservancy Australia
Phone: 03 8346 8600 OR 0438 389 278   Email:

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