Dr Daniel Tan graduated from the University of Queensland with a BAppSc (Hort Tech) (Hons 1) in 1991 and a PhD in 1999. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2015). In 1993, he was a senior executive at Keppel Land International Ltd in Singapore and led the project management of the US$150 million Sedona Hotel projects in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar, the master planning of the Club Med hotel and golf resort in Bintan Island and acquisition of Wisma BCA office towers in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2003, he accepted a lectureship in agronomy in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment (FAE). He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010 and to Associate Professor in 2015. Daniel has been FAE representative to the Faculty of Science Publicity Committee since 2004. He was the coordinator of the agriculture and veterinary bioscience first year units (>200 students), The Rural Environment (AFNR1001) and Climate and the Environment (AFNR1002) from 2003 to 2012. He was the degree coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and the Bachelor of Horticultural Science from 2007 to 2008. From 2011, he has been unit coordinator of the 4th year units, Crop and Pasture Agronomy (AGRO4003) and Sustainable Farming Systems (AGRO4004), and from 2017, Production Horticulture (HORT3005). He is currently the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Coursework Program Director and Cambodian Country Coordinator of the Sydney Southeast Asian Centre. Daniel has been a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST) since 1991. In 2005, Daniel was elected to the Management Committee of AIAST (NSW Division), and represented AIAST in the Department of Education Science and Training (DEST) Steering Committee for audit of Science, Engineering and Technology Skills. He was been Vice President since 2004, was elected President of the NSW Division from 2011 and nominated as Director for the AIAST National Board in 2015. In recent years, Daniel has presented papers at the International Crop Science Congress in Brisbane, the 4th, 5th and 6th International Cotton Conferences in Texas, U.S.A., Mumbai, India and Goiania, Brazil and convened sessions at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna, Austria. Daniel is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture and Frontiers of Plant Science.
Daniel has developed a broccoli development model for vegetable growers in southeast Queensland. His research is in the area of crop agronomy, specialising in crop abiotic stress and farming systems. His specific interests within crop abiotic stress are in physiology, especially high temperature tolerance. Research outcomes (e.g. stress detection methods and markers) are used by plant breeders in their development of stress tolerant crops. His ongoing work on abiotic stress and nutrition in wheat, chickpea and cotton has been supported by the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). He currently has collaborative research links at CSIRO Plant Industry (Narrabri), the University of Oxford, NSW Department of Agriculture, Applied Horticultural Research (Sydney), Texas A&M University (USA) the United States Department of Agriculture (Lubbock, Texas, USA) and ICRISAT, India