Science Week: USC scientists talk about impact
12 Aug 2021
Exciting and impactful science is underway at USC Australia, with researchers available to speak ahead of and during National Science Week from 14 to 22 August. More on research at USC is available here.
Sea life: USC animal ecologists are working to understand human impacts on the marine animals such as sea turtles and sea birds, so that we can better manage how we dispose of plastics and other pollutants.
Contact: Dr Kathy Townsend, 07 5456 5695, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bird life: USC animal ecologists are studying the effects of noise and urbanisation on birds and other animals so we can mitigate our impact on different species.
Contact: Dr Dominique Potvin, 07 5459 4462, email@example.com
Coastlines: Physical geographers at USC are studying sandy beaches and coral reefs using drones, field data and geospatial modelling to help manage the effects of changing climate and sea levels.
Contact: Dr Javier Leon, 07 5456 3405, firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote solutions: Geotechnical engineers at USC travel to remote locations – such as the Himalayas and Antarctica – to collect information and use it to create solutions for traversing snow, operational logistics, climate change adaptation and more.
Contact: Dr Adrian McCallum (Adventure STEM Advocate): 07 5459 4576, email@example.com
Mental health: Psychology experts at USC are working to prevent mental illness and suicide and support better wellbeing in the community.
Contact: Professor Helen Stallman, 07 5456 5742, firstname.lastname@example.org
EARLY CAREER RESARCH AT USC
Even in their early careers, USC scientists are using their expertise to have an impact on their fields of research, including:
Sleep and psychiatric disorders: Dr Alexandra Metse
Hamstring injury and rehabilitation: Dr Robert Buhmann
Nutrition therapy for cancer patients: Dr Hattie Wright
Cybersecurity: Dr Erica Mealy
Physiology and healthy ageing: Dr Mia Schaumberg
Molecular epidemiology of chlamydia: Dr Martina Jelocnik
Human factors in transport safety: Associate Professor Gemma Read
Accident analysis in sport: Dr Adam Hulme
Exercise, physical function and wellbeing: Dr Dan Wadsworth
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Suncoast Christian College students have sampled the science of seaweed as a food source after asking a USC nutrition expert to visit during National Science Week (14-22 August).
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With tropical fish and other marine creatures already shifting south along Australia’s east coast, a new global study involving a USC ecology researcher has confirmed a drop in species numbers in the warming waters near the equator.