Andrew Tyler

General interests

I am head of the Environmental Radioactivity laboratory, having set it up in 1994.  I am also the Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Professor of Environmental Science and Monitoring at the University of Stirling. My research encompasses the development of sensors for the quantitative assessment of environmental radioactivity and dosimetry in the environment.  In response to commercial demand I was the driving force behind getting the ERL accredited for environmental radioactivity monitoring related in 2005 for research, development and monitoring, under ISO17025 accreditation.  My research also includes the use of latest generation Earth observation technologies for the quantitative assessment and impact of environmental pollutants (radioactive & nutrient) in aquatic and terrestrial environments, along with the assessment of their impacts on human health.

To find out more about me visit my Researchgate page and/or my Stirling University page.

Academic background

2016-               Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Natural Sciences

2013-               Professor of Environmental Science, Faculty of Natural Sciences

2011-2016       Head of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences

2008-2013       Reader:  School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

2003-2008       Senior Lecturer: School of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling

1994-2003       Lecturer: Department of Environmental Science, University of Stirling

1992-1993       Research Assistant at SURRC – Airborne Gamma Ray Spectrometry

1989-92           Ph.D (NERC) Environmental Influences on Gamma Ray Spectrometry (1994), Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre (SURRC), Glasgow University

1989                MSc Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing, University of Dundee

1988                BSc Hons Geological Sciences, Aston University


Varley A, Tyler AN, Dowdall, M, Bondar, Y and Zabrotski (2017) An in situ method for the high resolution mapping of 137Cs and estimation of vertical depth penetration in a highly contaminated environment.  Science of the Total Environment 605, 957-966

Maria Encina Aullo-Maestro, Peter Hunter, Evangelos Spyrakos, Pierre Mercatoris, Attila W Kovacs, Tom Preston, Matyas Presing, Jesus M Torres-Palenzuela, Andrew Tyler  (2017) Spatio-seasonal variability of chromophoric dissolved organic matter absorption and responses to photobleaching in a large shallow temperate lake. Biogeosciences. 329

Tyler AN, Hunter PD, Spyrakos E, Groom S, Constantinescu AM, Kitchen J (2016). Developments in Earth observation for the assessment and monitoring of inland, transitional, coastal and shelf-sea waters. Science of the Total Environment. 572, 1207-1321

Varley A, Tyler AN, Smith L, Dale P, Davies M (2016). Mapping the spatial distribution and activity of 226 Ra at legacy sites through Machine Learning interpretation of gamma-ray spectrometry data. Science of the Total Environment 545, 654-661

Varley A, Tyler AN, Smith L, Dale P, Davies M (2015). Remediating radium contaminated legacy sites: Advances made through machine learning in routine monitoring of “hot” particles.  Science of the Total Environment 521, 270-279

Caitlin ALR, Hunter PD, Tyler AN, Martinez-Vicente V, Groom S,  Horváth H, Kovács A., Preston T, Présing  M. (2015). Spatial variability of absorption properties across a trophic gradient in a large shallow lake.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 120 (10), 7040-7066

Tyler, A.N., Scott, E.M., Dale, P., Elliott, A.T., Wilkins, B. T., Boddy, K., Toole, J. Cartwright, P. (2010). Reconstructing the abundance of Dounreay particles on an adjacent public beach in Northern ScotlandScience of the Total Environment. 408, 4495-503.

Hunter., P.D., Tyler, A.N., Gilvear, D.J., Willby., N.J. (2009). Using Remote Sensing to Aid the Assessment of Human Health Risks from Blooms of Potentially Toxic Cyanobacteria. Environ. Sci. Technol., 43 (7), pp 2627–2633

Rainey, M., Tyler, A.N., Gilvear, D.J., Bryant, R., and McDonald, P., (2003). Mapping Estuarine Intertidal Sediment Size Fractions through Airborne Remote Sensing. Remote Sensing of the Environment . 86: 480-490

Tyler, A.N. (1999). Monitoring Anthropogenic Radioactivity in Salt Marsh Environments through in situ gamma ray spectrometry.  Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. 45(3): 235-252.