Dr Dan Lunney has a long-term research interest is in wildlife ecology and conservation, including its social and ethical dimensions. He has a special interest in forest mammals, particularly koalas. He also has a sustained interest in acquisition and management of national parks and nature reserves, and the ecological history of landscapes and species.
Of his 272 refereed scientific publications,76 are on koalas, or koalas are a feature of the paper. Other long-term research themes include fire ecology and forest fauna, including koalas. Dan Lunney is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney, an adjunct associate professor at Murdoch University (Perth), an Honorary Scientific Fellow with NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, a research associate of the Australian Museum, a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, and on Marsupials and Monotremes, a member of the Regional Advisory Committee for the Greater Sydney Region of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and a council member of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW, where he is also a co-editor of its scientific journal Australian Zoologist.