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.
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.
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!
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.
Australia’s Field Manuals for Marine Sampling to Monitor Australian Waters provide guidance for research and monitoring programs across the nation. With work beginning on a second edition for this important technical guide, RPS marine scientist and benthic ecology specialist, Garnet Hooper PhD, was invited to co-author chapters on marine survey design, and the use of grabs and box corer tools to understand the nature and biodiversity of the ocean floor.
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.
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.
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