Associate Professor Neil Tindale

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Associate Professor Neil Tindale


Teaching areas

  • Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • Analytical Sciences
  • Climate Change Adaption
  • Climatic and Hydrological Systems

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


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 'down under' to take over as Officer-in-Charge (Director) of the Australian Baseline Air Pollution Station at Cape Grim (CGBAPS) in northwest Tasmania, the national greenhouse gas monitoring facility in Australia. Following four years 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 with his kids bugging him to finally 'settle down somewhere', he and his family joined the 'sea-change' movement, relocating to subtropical South East Queensland, and to the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

His research and teaching interests have been quite broad and varied and he has served in a number of administration roles at the Faculty and School level at USC. He has been active in regional and state programs as a member of several environmental groups and advisory committees, and has been on the Board or Management Committees of several environmental organisations and companies.

In summary, Neil has been successful in obtaining over $6 million in external, competitive research funding, has helped over 50 Honours, Masters and PhD students complete their studies and graduate, and has over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications in addition to numerous edited reports and presentations.

Teaching interests

  • Development of e-learning courses and teaching via the internet and television
  • HTML programming
  • Outdoor/environmental 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
Previous teaching courses
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Aquatic Geochemistry
  • Environmental graduate certificate courses

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