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Raising the Bar Public Lecture Series

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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: Koalas and Disease

Our iconic koalas are under threat from a range of different factors. Infectious diseases caused by the bacteria, Chlamydia, are one of the most important factors contributing to the decline of Queensland koalas. This public lecture will look at why Chlamydia is such a problem in koalas and what University of the Sunshine Coast research is telling us about this important disease and how we might fight it.

Presenter: Associate Professor Adam Polkinghorne

Adam is a microbiologist and Director of USC’s Centre for Animal Health Innovation. His research is focussed on understanding infectious diseases in a wide range of animals from iconic native marsupials such as koalas and wombats to important agricultural species such as sheep, cattle, pigs and cultured fish. He has a particular interest in the discovery of new bacteria and the risk of transmission of infectious diseases between different animals and/or humans.

Topic 2: How animals move: how different animals have solved the problem of running and climbing in different habitats.

Moving around in your habitat is one of the most distinctive features of being an animal. Yet when it comes to moving around, there is no one strategy. Some animals hop, others scurry, others climb, fly or swim. This talk will showcase some of the latest research in how animals move, including walking and climbing in Koalas, running on two and four legs in lizards, and climbing up and down walls in insects. Studying how animals move can give us useful insights into conservation of endangered species, inspire agile running robots, and even inspire the next super superglue.

Presenter: Dr Christophe Clemente

Christofer is an Eco-physiologist whose research focuses on the relationship between form, function and ecology of living and extinct animals. He has studies these relationships in spiders, lizards, frogs, quolls, echidnas, birds and even dinosaurs. Much of his research includes using high speed cameras to capture animal movement, and then using principles of engineering or physics to understand how this helps different animals to get around.

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