Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

It's a Natural Wonder; NATURE LOVER: Mysteries of Science Spark Tyler's PhD Interests

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

It's a Natural Wonder; NATURE LOVER: Mysteries of Science Spark Tyler's PhD Interests

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HAMISH BROOME

hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au

SCU Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research

Mission Statement: To be a world-leader in biogeochemical research that is regionally relevant and globally significant.

The Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research is a major contributor to SCU's 0402 Geochemistry area, which received the top ERA rating of 5.0 (outstanding performance well above world standard).

GIVEN he grew up two-and-a-half hours drive from the nearest ocean, it's quite a feat SCU PhD candidate Tyler Cyronak ended up in the specialised field of marine and water science.

But the American-born nature lover and aspiring science journalist would never let such limitations get in the way of his natural curiosity.

aI've always had an interest in water and what's living in there and I was always going through streams in my backyard and looking at what was living in the rocks,a said Mr Cyronak.

The 30-year-old's journey into marine science has taken him from the Univer- sity of Miami, where he majored in marine biology, to a masters in North Carolina, followed by three years working as a lab manager studying phytoplankton. …

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