Project Santos 2006 was the opportunity for Roger to take part in an epic biodiversity survey of the largest island in the Vanuatu archipelago- Santos. From the ocean depths to the rainforest peaks some 170 scientists from around the world meticulously surveyed every possible environment recording all the animals and plants and discovering numerous species new to science.
In a temporary laboratory in Luganville Roger illustrated many marine specimens collected by the scientists and culminated the marine section of the expedition by creating a large underwater drawing of a coral reef site off Toutouba Island.
He then spent 4 weeks in the rainforest on the west coast of Santos near Penaoru, climbing up to 1500m altitude through dense bamboo groves and giant Kauri into virgin cloud forest. He portrayed some of the unique flora and fauna collected and spent 4 days perched on a high branch in the constant rain drawing an epiphyte laden rainforest tree. This large highly detailed drawing captures a "coral reef" of the forest, an immense structure supporting a huge range of other flora and fauna. Some of his work has since appeared in a book on the expedition*.
(*) "Santos, les explorateurs de l'Ile Planete", Editons Belin. 2007