Dan Lunney, senior principal research scientist, OEH NSW

Dr Dan Lunney










Brief Bio: 

Wildlife research that looks at the ecology of individual species against habitat change and long term changes in land use and measures implemented to conserve our native fauna.

Research undertaken in our region:

43 years long term research on small mammals with Harry Recher in Nadgee Nature reserve; impact of logging on the fauna in the coastal forests near Bega, especially Mumbulla SF; and regional studies of fauna, including koalas, and land use changes.

Presentation: Rats, bats and koalas: understanding and managing the fauna of the Eden region

The value of species-specific fauna studies, assessing long-term change, and seeing the tightly focused in a regional context.

Personal objectives as regards science: 

Science is one of the essential tools in the conservation biologists’ toolkit.

Your Perspective on science and its value to/for communities:


Background & Publications:

Dan Lunney has been involved in various policy discussions, including wildlife management options, selection and management of national parks, and he has been a member of the Threatened Species Committee and Animal Ethics Committee in his own organisation. He co-edits a scientific journal Australian Zoologist and edits books on zoological and conservation subjects – those relevant to the minding animals conference include Ethics, Money and Politics:  modern dilemmas for zoology 1998, A Zoological Revolution. Using native fauna to assist in its own survival 2002, Urban Wildlife: More than Meets the Eye 2004, Conservation of Australia’s Forest Fauna 2004, Pest or Guest. The zoology of overabundance 2007and Too close for Comfort: contentious issues in human-wildlife encounters 2008