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USQ experts spring into action for change of seasons

University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics:

To arrange an interview with any of the following experts, contact the University of Southern Queensland communications team on +61 7 4631 1163.

LOOK OUT! ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SWOOPING MAGPIES 

Time to keep an eye on the sky. Spring is just around the corner which means magpie swooping season will soon be in full flight.    

Wildlife expert Associate Professor Peter Murray can discuss why magpies swoop, what you should look out for and how you can avoid being targeted. Professor Murray says Spring is also the season to be snake aware, as they start to slither out from their winter sleep, hungry and more active.

SPRING SHOWERS AHEAD?  

Spring is almost here and with it the chance of some rainfall. Climatologists are predicting that while September may be drier than normal, October and November hold more potential for rain. 

Dr Chelsea Jarvis says temps are expected to be warmer than normal due to cloud cover and increased humidity. However, we may still have a frost or two. She says the seasonal conditions relate to warmer than normal water in the Coral Sea and Indian Ocean.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR MIND

Often people use the start of Spring as a reminder to tidy up their homes and make things feel new again. But if you’re looking for a fresh start, why not do a little spring cleaning of your mind? 

Clinical psychologist Associate Professor Gavin Beccaria says with so much uncertainty still around due to COVID-19, it is never been more important for people who are having trouble dealing with the constant changes around them to place more energy into restoring habits that can help them feel happier and healthier.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR DIGITAL CLUTTER

Feeling overwhelmed by your inbox? Is your crowded desktop starting to take a toll on you? Digital hoarding can not only be harmful to your mental health but can make you easy prey to identify theft and cybersecurity threats.   

Tech guru Dr Andrew Maxwell says just because we can keep more data doesn’t mean we should. He has some simple tips to make your digital life more manageable and things you should include in your digital deep clean.

WHAT PUTS A SPRING IN YOUR STEP

With the weather warming up, more people are getting out and about for exercise. 

Biomechanics expert Dr Ben Hoffman says while many people think it’s our muscles that perform all the work when we exercise, it’s actually our tendons that put a spring into our step and help us to run faster and jump higher. Dr Hoffman is a biomechanics lecturer and researcher with a particular interest in using ultrasonography to examine muscle and tendon mechanics during movement and in response to exercise-induced muscle damage.

Magpie swooping season
Spring time is almost here - and so comes magpie swooping season.