David Lamb works on mine site rehabilitation. He is particularly interested in defining appropriate standards for mine site rehabilitation and how such standards might be implemented when the mining process is completed. He is also interested in the broader question of how to overcome forest and land degradation at a landscape scale. This often means developing ways of restoring ecosystem functioning at the same time as finding ways of improving the livelihoods of rural communities.

He previously worked in the Papua New Guinea Forestry Department and then taught for some years in the Biology Department of the University of Queensland. He has undertaken research across the Asia-Pacific region and since retirement has worked as a consultant with the World Bank, AusAID, GIZ and FAO. In recent years he has been regularly involved in courses on forest rehabilitation managed by the Asia Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation based in Kunming, China. Recent books include ‘Large-Scale Forest Restoration’ (Earthscan, Routledge, 2014) and ‘Regreening the Bare Hills: Tropical Forest Restoration in the Asia-Pacific Region’ (Springer Verlag, 2010).