Dan Tyson is a medical anthropologist with a PhD awarded by the Australian National University. His PhD research focused on the causes of child malnutrition in a densely populated lowlands region of Papua New Guinea. He also holds a first class honours degree in biogeography from the University of Adelaide and as an undergraduate also studied zoology. His honours thesis focused on the application of island biogeography theory to the challenge of re-vegetating degraded pastureland in order to maximize wildlife habitat potential. He was awarded a University Prize for his thesis.
Dan’s professional background has mainly focused on health services research and advising, and in recent years, he has increasingly worked in the Indigenous health and economic development sectors, an interest stimulated by his own Aboriginal ancestry. Dan recently concluded a five-year term as deputy CEO of a publically listed uranium exploration company whose main exploration activities were in an environmentally sensitive arid region of SA. Ultimately, the company’s exploration program failed to win a social license to operate. In that role, Dan first discovered the possibilities for post-mine landscapes that fall well outside the current (narrow) paradigm of landscape restoration and rehabilitation. This “discovery” emerged through a glimpse of what has been possible through the work of landscape architects in post-industrial and post-mining landscapes in Europe and North America.