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'Raising the Bar' - Animal impacts

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Buderim Tavern

81 Burnett Street

Buderim, QLD 4556

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Satisfy your thirst for knowledge over a drink at the Buderim Tavern.

These free public lectures showcase how university research is improving people's lives. You'll hear from USC researchers who are experts in their field, and learn how the work being done in lecture theatres and labs is having a real impact in our community.

Topic 1: Sex in the city: how human noise impacts animals’ lives

Since the industrial revolution, humans have drastically altered the earth’s soundscape. For wildlife, this increase in noise – specifically the noise from air, ground and sea traffic, as well as industry – has presented a major challenge for survival and reproduction. I will be discussing my into the effects of human-generated noise on birds, and how birds are adjusting to these new acoustic environments through changing behaviours, physiology and even genetics.

Presenter: Dr Dominique Potvin is a lecturer in Animal Ecology at USC’s Fraser Coast campus in Hervey Bay. After completing her Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees in Science in Canada, she obtained her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2012 studying noise impacts on Australian songbirds. Dominique’s research interests encompass the far-ranging effects of human impacts on animals, as well as the evolution of learned communication in wild bird populations.

Topic 2: Man's best (conservation) friend: using detection dogs to help koalas

USC researchers are pioneering new ways in koala conservation and research. USC Detection Dogs for Conservation canine team is currently deployed in the field where they collect better data than their human counterparts. This is used to inform management and increase our understanding of koalas. The talk will also cover how the community can help koalas - from citizen scientists to hand-on conservation projects.

Presenter: Dr Romane Cristescu is an ecologist with a wide range of interests in developing new methodologies in conservation to achieve results more accurately and efficiently - including using detection dogs or remote surveys; landscape ecology, restoration ecology, conservation genetics, fauna responses to habitat loss and fragmentation, wildlife/human conflicts, interactions and synergies in threats to endangered species and emerging infectious diseases in wildlife. Dr Cristescu qualified as a veterinarian in France, where she specialised in wildlife. She subsequently got a Mater in genetics before moving to Australia for her PhD with the University of New South Wales.

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