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Details of Mr Ron Szymczak   


Gender male
Job title Nuclear & Oceanographic Consultant
Department TRADEWINDS (Australia)
205/4 Boorima Place
Regions Mediterranean Sea - Western Basin
Sea of Azov
Tel + 61 (0)405 630 425
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Degree BSc
Job type Teaching/Education , Research , Technical Advice & Consulting
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Chemical Oceanography , Policy, Law, Economics, Management , Pollution , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Chemical Oceanography , Policy, Law, Economics, Management , Pollution
Research Activities Australian Commonwealth Scientific Diving Advisory Committee (1990-99); Torres Strait Baseline Study Management Committee (1992-96); Int’l Tropical River/Ocean Processes in Coastal Settings (TROPICS) Project Steering Committee (1993-01); UN/IAEA Technical Co-operation Expert in Oceanographic Applications of Nuclear Technology (1994+); National Australian Testing Authority (NATA) Specialist Assessment Committee (1994+); Independent International Marine Study Team for Assessment of Nuclear Testing at Mururoa Atoll (1996); CSDC/HOMA Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Marine Chemistry (1997-99); France-Australia Marine Science & Technology Ministerial Agreement Committee (2004+); UN/IAEA/RCA Australian National Project Coordinator (2004+); UN/IAEA/CRP Chief Scientific Investigator on Nuclear applications to determine bioaccumulation parameters and processes used for establishing coastal zone monitoring and management criteria (2005+); Member of Editorial Board for international journal Environmental Bioindicators (2006+); Member of Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection [GESAMP] Expert Pool (2007+); Member of Editorial Board for international journal Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management (2008+); Honorary Fellow Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (2008+)

Polish, French, Thai
Research Region Asia-Pacific & North Africa
Skills/Expertise Oceanography; radiochemistry; trace element & stable isotopes; marine biogeochemistry; coastal, oceanic, coral reef ecology; radiotracer technology; ecological risk analysis
Comments The global oceanic flux and biogeochemical cycling of radionuclides, stable elements (C/N/P, heavy metals, rare earths & their isotopes) and associated coastal and oceanic processes - focusing on tropical oceanic, coral reefs and temperate coastal marine systems. Radioecology of nuclides in relation to global environmental processes - dose impact of radiation on marine biota; nutrient/energy flux and structural analysis in estuarine/oceanic food webs. Practical applications address coastal & oceanic fisheries and geophysical resource management, pollution mitigation & meteorology. Strategic & personal management of research teams. Science communication. Remote field situations and development of novel nuclear and isotopic tracer applications, sampling and analytical techniques.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Mr Ron SZYMCZAK)

Szymczak, R. (2012) Tropical Radiochemical Oceanography. In, Tropical Radioecology, (Ed. Twining, J.) Elsevier, Oxford UK. Volume 18 in the Elsevier Series on Radioactivity in the Environment. ISBN 978-0-08-045016-2, p. 121-154.
Szymczak, R. (2012) Application of Stable Isotopes (carbon-13, nitrogen-15 and oxygen-18) and trace elements as tracers of biogeochemical change in the marine environment. Training Manual for IAEA/RCA Regional Training Course, Sri Lanka, 21-30 November 2012, pp. 24.
Apte, S., Batley, G.E., Szymczak, R., Rendell, P., Lee, R. and Waite,T.D. (1998) Baseline trace metal concentrations in NSW coastal waters, Journal of Marine & Freshwater Research, 49, 203-214.
Szymczak, R. (1997) Radionuclides as tracers of dynamics biogeochemical processes in tropical marine systems, Radioprotection, 32(C2), 183-188.
Zaw, M., Waite, T.D. and Szymczak, R. (1995) Impact of water treatment processes on aluminium speciation. In, Proceedings of the 16th AWWA Federal Convention, p. 131-138.
Waite. T.D., Szymczak, R., Espey, Q.I. and Furnas, M.J. (1995) Deil variations in iron speciation in northern Australian shelf waters, Marine Chemistry, 50, 79-91.
Nitttrouer, C.A., Brunskill, G., Aller, R.C., Alongi, D., Bird. M, Burrage, D., Chappell, J., DeMaster, D.J., Eagle, M., Furnas, M., Geyer, W.R., Gibbs, R., Harris, P.T., Heggie, D., Kennedy, M., Lawrence, D., Milliman, J.D., Ridd, P., Robertson, A., Stenberg, R.W., Szymczak, R., Waite, T.D., Wolanski,, E., Woolfe, K. and Wright, L.D. (1994) The gateway for terrestrial material entering the ocean, EOS, 75(16), 191-192.
Waite T.D. and Szymczak, R. (1993) Manganese dynamics in surface waters of the eastern Caribbean sea, Journal of Geophysical Research, 98 (C2), 2361-2369.
Waite, T.D. and Szymczak, R. (1993) Particulate iron formation dynamics in surface waters of the eastern Caribbean sea, Journal of Geophysical Research, 98 (C2), 2371-2383.
Szymczak, R. and Waite, T.D. (1992) Photochemical activity in waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 33 (6), 605-622.
Szymczak, R. (1992) Deil transitions in the dissolved/particulate phase associations of trace metals in natural waters. In, Proceedings of a Bioaccumulation Workshop: Assessment of the Distribution, Impacts and Bioaccumulation of Contaminants in Aquatic Environments, (Ed. A.G. Miskiewicz), Water Board & Australian Marine Science Association Inc., Sydney (Aust), pp. 171-175.
Waite, T.D. and Szymczak, R. (1991) Processes influencing the fate of trace metals in Torres Strait : A review of current data and concepts. In
Eckert, J.M., Stewart, J.J., Szymczak, R. Waite, T.D. and Williams, K.L. (1990) The reduction of chromium(VI) at sub-microgram per litre levels by fulvic acid, Analytica Chimica Acta, 236, 357-362.
Szymczak, R. and Waite, T.D. (1988) Generation and decay of hydrogen peroxide in estuarine waters, Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 39, 289-299.
Waite, T.D., Wrigley, I. and Szymczak, R. (1988) Photo-assisted dissolution of a colloidal manganese oxide in the presence of fulvic acid, Environmental Science & Technology, 22, 778-785.
Szymczak, R. and Waite, T.D. (1988) Photoproduction of reduced oxygen species in seawater - implications and uncertainties, In, Proceedings of the Aust. Mar. Sci. Assn. Silver Jubilee Conf. (Sydney - December '88), Commemorative Volume, p. 139-143.
Mackey, D.J. and Szymczak, R. (1988) Seasonal variations in the copper complexing capacity of Port Hacking, Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 39, 125-132.
Szymczak, R. and Waite, T.D. (1987) The determination and dynamic behaviour of hydrogen peroxide in coastal seawater. In, Proceedings of the 9th Australian Symposium on Analytical Chemistry - Royal Australian Chemical Institute (Sydney - August '87), Vol.2, p. 778-781.
Mackey, D.J., Szymczak, R., Tomczak Jr., M. and Gu, Y. (1987) The effects of mixed layer depth and an isolated coral reef on the strong complexing capacity of oligotrophic waters, Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 38, 491-499.

Created: 1997-03-18 Last Updated: 2016-07-03 by Ron SZYMCZAK