Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist.
Hugh Possingham Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist. © Bill Marr / The Nature Conservancy

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Hugh Possingham

Chief Scientist (global)



    Spatial Planning, Decision Science, Population Modeling, Monitoring, Ecology


Dr Hugh Possingham is a world-renowned scientist with a highly distinguished career during which he has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 35 doctoral students. He co-developed the Marxan software for systematic conservation planning, which is considered the most significant contribution to conservation biology to emerge from Australia’s research community.

As our Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, Hugh is a member of our global Executive Team and leads the scientific work of our global organisation including more than 400 scientists engaged in conservation efforts impacting 70 countries around the world.

Hugh has a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from the department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Adelaide. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship with his thesis focused on optimal foraging theory. He commenced working at TNC in 2016 and works from our Brisbane, Australia and Arlington, USA offices.

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