Biodiversity stories

RPS environmental specialists share stories about their work to understand, manage and protect the environment for future generations! 

Extended field trip and invaluable experience for RPS ecologist, Jess

Jess Graham is a field ecologist from Newcastle, New South Wales. She was the first employee to take part in a new RPS Global Ecology Mobility Program during the UK spring-summer seasons.

From bats to badgers and great crested newts read Jess' story>>

Jess Graham at dawn bat survey near Glasgow

Ecologists at work in the Blue Mountains of NSW

The New South Wales Blue Mountains region is home to some picturesque, yet rugged corners of Australia. While the human population in some of these places may be small, they are home to a wide range of flora and fauna species.

Discover our ecology team's work managing the interface between ecology and industry in this remote region>>


RPS ecology team with a Giant Dragonfly (Petalura gigantea) in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales

Close encounters between octopus and shark!

This underwater vision was captured as part of the 2020 summer fish surveys for Star of the South. 

Read more about our work on Star of the South>>


A curious interaction between octopus and shark captured during the summer fish surveys in 2020

Seagrass monitoring in the Cockburn Sound

Flanked by the mainland to the east and Garden Island to the west along much of its length, Cockburn Sound is home to extensive seagrass meadows—an ecological community that our Marine Science team is working hard to understand, monitor and protect. Here, the team shares insights from work in the underwater gardens of southern Western Australia (WA).

Deep dive on blue carbon monitoring>>

RPS marine scientist aboard a boat with clip board and hi-vis workwear while completing seagrass monitoring in the Cockburn Sound, between Perth and Rockingham in Western Australia.

Writing the story of the Ctenotus monticola skink

When our Ecologists complete surveys in the field, they are usually adding new chapters to an already long story about a particular species’ habitat, behaviour, and health. For RPS environmental scientists Natalie May, Liam Honey, and Monique Palmer, their work in the Atherton Tablelands region of North Queensland is in many ways writing the prologue for Ctenotus monticola - a species of skink only known to science since 1981.

Discover our work with Ctenotus monticola>>

Ctenotus monticola skink captured by RPS Environmental Scientist, Natalie May in North Queensland

Sounds of the sea

RPS is providing environmental services and planning expertise to support Australia’s first offshore wind project – Star of the South. This audio of humpback and dwarf minke whale calls was captured as part of our marine ecology survey program!

Dwarf minke whale

Supporting next-gen standards for environmental restoration

From the protection of threatened species and native vegetation to the remediation of modified landscapes, we’re committed to furthering Australia’s collective ecological knowledge and promoting best practice. That’s why RPS is a proud sponsor of the most recent updates made to The National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia.

Read more about the new standards>>

Western Australian landscape - ocean and coastal scrub on blue sky day

On the trail of rare orchids in New South Wales

Occasionally our ecology team's work involves documenting and managing impacts for ultra-rare species. One such plant that we’ve been looking at recently is the endangered terrestrial orchid, Diuris arenaria. More commonly known as ‘Sand Doubletail’, Diuris arenaria exists in a highly restricted zone around the coastal parts of Port Stephens, New South Wales.

Read about our team's work on the hunt for Diuris arenaria>>

Diuris arenaria orchid in bloom

New techniques for koala population monitoring

RPS Ecologist, Mark Aitkens, is using a combination of contemporary methods to detect and better understand local koala numbers (passive acoustic recordings, detection dogs, DNA analysis and foliar nutritional studies), while RPS Survey Manager, Neil Roberts, is testing how infra-red drone mapping can be used for koala monitoring by the Magnetic Island Koala Hospital. 

Find out more about RPS techniques for koala monitoring>>

Koala and baby in tree

Sustainable outcomes for Australia's wet tropics

RPS Environmental Manager, Megan Davis, is passionate about shaping better environmental outcomes for Queensland’s tropical north. After contributing for a number of years to Wet Tropics Waterways (WTW) – a partnership that brings industry, community, research and government organisations together to monitor waterways and improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef – Megan has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the WTW Committee.

Read more about Megan's work in the wet tropics>>

Megan Davis at the launch of the 2020 Wet Tropics Waterways Report Card

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