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Meet Dr Hugh Possingham

Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist, Dr Hugh Possingham, leads the scientific work of our global organisation including more than 600 scientists engaged in conservation efforts impacting 69 countries around the world.

Dr Possingham is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and his ground-breaking research has been published in such leading journals as Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His team’s Marxan software drove Australia’s rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and is now used in more than 150 countries to change the face of about 5% of the planet’s surface.

Hugh came to The Nature Conservancy in November 2016 from The University of Queensland where he was an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, director of The Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Threatened Species Recovery Hub. He also serves as director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). As a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and many other review committees and boards, Hugh has been a leading voice in providing independent advice to the Australian Government and the public about environmental issues over many years.

Reporting to our President and CEO, Mark Tercek, Hugh spends half the year working from our Brisbane office and the other half from our global headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, USA.