Associate Professor Liz Tynan PhD is co-ordinator of the professional development program at the JCU Graduate Research School.  She teaches academic writing, editing and critical thinking skills to HDR candidates and has particular responsibility for convening the Skills for International Postgraduates (SKIP) program and the Post-Entry Language Assessment (PELA) program. She also has an adjunct associate professor appointment at the College of Arts, Society and Education.

She is a former journalism academic with a background in both print and electronic media, specialising in science writing and editing. She worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as a reporter and subeditor, and was later Sydney correspondent for New Scientist.

She is co-author of the Oxford University Press textbook Media and Journalism: New Approaches to Theory and Practice, now in its third edition.  She is also co-author and co-ordinating editor of the OUP text, Communication for Business, released in October 2013.  This textbook won best Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning Resource in the Australian Publishing Association Educational Awards in September 2014.

Her PhD in science communication from the Australian National University examined aspects of the British nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s

She is currently working on a new book about British atomic tests in Australia.  The Secret of Emu Field will be published by NewSouth Publishing in 2021.

Her 2016 book Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story was published by NewSouth Publishing.  https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/atomic-thunder/

Atomic Thunder won the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Australia Prize for a Book on 10 October 2017 and the Prime Minister's Literary Award (Australian History) on 1 December 2017.

To listen to Conversations on ABC radio on the book, go to http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2016/08/09/4515140.htm

To listen to a Classic FM interview on the book, go to:  http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/per3oRa6pD

  • British nuclear tests in Australia, at Monte Bello, Emu Field and Maralinga. Science communication and science journalism. Academic writing and support for HDR candidates who have English as an Additional Language.
  • 2006 to 2008 - Lecturer in Journalism, JCU (Townsville)
  • 2001 to 2006 - Lecturer in Journalism, University of Tasmania (Hobart)
  • 1997 to 1999 - Lecturer in Journalism, JCU (Townsville)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 27+ research outputs authored by Dr Elizabeth Tynan from 2010 onwards.


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  • The role of anthropomorphised flagship species in motivating community involvement in wildlife conservation. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Optimising environmental science communication (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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