Associate Professor Neil Tindale - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Associate Professor Neil Tindale

PhD Auck. MSc Waik., BSc Waik.

  • Associate Professor, Environmental Chemistry
+61 7 5430 1291
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Sunshine Coast
Associate Professor Neil Tindale

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.

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

In summary, as a researcher, he has been successful in obtaining more than 40 externally funded, competitive research grants, totaling in excess of $6 million, and has helped over 50 Honours, Masters and PhD students complete their studies and graduate successfully. He has over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications in addition to numerous edited reports, conference proceedings and presentations.

Teaching interests

  • Development of e-learning courses and teaching via the internet
  • 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
  • Climatic and hydrological systems

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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 and climate change
  • air-sea exchange of trace substances
  • real-time or near real-time access, display, and use of environmental monitoring data from remote sites

Teaching areas

  • Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • Analytical Sciences
  • Climate Change Adaption
  • Environmental Chemistry

Dr Neil Tindale's specialist areas of knowledge include: science, advanced instrumental analysis, GIS, environmental monitoring, aquatic geochemistry, environment.

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