Ron and Laura have worked together for many years and established Western Ecological to provide a personal and cost effective approach to delivering ecological services.

Dr Ron Firth

Ron has more than 20 years of experience designing, undertaking and managing ecological and biodiversity (fauna and flora) studies in many areas of Australia, particularly in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, across the mining, land development and infrastructure sectors.  


Ron has substantial experience surveying for rare and threatened species particularly in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.  Ron also has international experience that includes environmental impact assessment work in Indonesia and biodiversity assessments in Timor-Leste. 


Ron has written and reviewed EIS/EIA reports (terrestrial ecology, migratory and MNES chapters) and has authored or co-authored over 100 consultant reports for a variety of clients and has had 13 scientific peer reviewed papers published in Australian and International journals. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University and is currently collaborating with researchers on several projects, including on the Tiwi Islands and with staff from Kakadu National Park.

Laura Stevens

Laura is a Zoologist with more than six years experience in Western Australia and more than ten years experience overseas.  Laura has a diverse skill set including extensive field, reporting and management experience.  She has conducted numerous baseline fauna surveys and targeted fauna searches for species of conservation significance across the mining, land development and infrastructure sectors.

Laura has worked in the oil and gas industry undertaking seismic survey work, ensuring adherence to guidelines and necessary mitigation measures and reporting under the EPBC Act. She has managed onsite works for several State-significant projects including the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge, Perth Stadium and Forrestfield Airport Link project.