Raising the Bar public lecture: Koalas and disease, and How animals move

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Raising the Bar public lecture: Koalas and disease, and How animals move

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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

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

Thursday 31 August 2017
Time: 6–8pm
Venue: Buderim Tavern
Hosted by Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering

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