Welcome to Mathemagical Conservation, a blog written by Matthew Holden, Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Queensland, Australia. I’m housed in two centres, the  Centre for Applications in Natural Resource Mathematics and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.

I’ll be writing on conservation, theoretical ecology, biodiversity, math, academia, the scientific process and pretty much any other random thought in my head that can’t be condensed to 140 characters.

I use the word “mathemagical” because, like magic, math can often seem mysterious.  And yet, it can produce seemingly “magical” results that allow conservation scientists and policy makers to make better decisions. In this blog, I hope to pique the interest of both conservationists who find math exhilarating and those who find it a bit terrifying.