Hugh Possingham is The Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy leading the work of more than 500 scientists engaged in conservation globally. A Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Science, Dr. Possingham’s groundbreaking research includes over 600 peer-reviewed papers including over 30 in the leading journals: Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His team’s Marxan software assisted Australia’s rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is used in more than 150 countries to support the design of marine and terrestrial reserves. He led the Brigalow declaration, a group of more than 400 ecologists and wildlife scientists in petitioning the Australian government to stop the destruction of native woodlands in Queensland. As a member of many advisory committees and boards, Dr. Possingham has been a leading voice in providing independent advice to the Australian government and the public about environmental issues.