Associate Professor Neil Tindale

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Associate Professor Neil Tindale


Teaching areas

  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Aquatic Geochemistry
  • Environmental graduate certificate courses

Research areas

  • atmospheric and aqueous chemistry and pollution
  • physicochemical properties and transport of oil slicks
  • local and regional air quality, monitoring and health impacts
  • aerosol transport, chemistry and spectral properties
  • marine biogeochemical cycling
  • nutrient inputs and primary productivity
  • desertification, desert dust emissions, transport and deposition
  • air pollution modelling
  • aquatic pollution and geochemistry
  • water resources
  • air-sea exchange of trace substances
  • real-time or near real-time access, display, and use of environmental monitoring data from remote sites

Teaching interests

  • Development of e-learning courses and teaching via the internet and television
  • HTML programming
  • Outreach education to grade/primary schools and high schools
  • 'Hands-on' incorporation of real-time environmental data and remote sensing into course work
  • Computer-aided laboratory experiments


Associate Professor Neil Tindale spent 13 years in the USA in research and academia in Hawaii, Rhode Island and Texas.

During this time, he was involved in a number of international marine and atmospheric science programs under the auspices of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), including the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project and the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS).

He was also a member of the NASA-SeaWiFS science team, using satellite data to study aerosol nutrient transport and ocean colour / productivity.

He returned to Australia to take over as Officer-in-Charge of the Australian Baseline Air Pollution Station at Cape Grim (CGBAPS) in northwest Tasmania, and following four years of administration at Cape Grim, he transferred to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Research Centre (BMRC) in Melbourne, working on the modelling of desert dust storms.

Desiring a warmer climate and looking to finally settle down, he and his family joined the 'sea-change' movement, relocating to subtropical South East Queensland, and to the Faculty of Science, Health and Education at USC.

Recently, Dr Tindale has been involved in the establishment of the IGBP(II) Surface Ocean, Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), the new interdisciplinary study of ocean-atmosphere interactions.

He currently acts as the Australian national contact for SOLAS. He is also active in local and regional programs as a member of several environmental groups and advisory committees, and is on the Board of the regional Natural Resource Management association.

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