Fauna Experts



Dr Mitch Ladyman – Principal Biologist

Doctor of Philosophy (Distinction) (Ecophysiology, Geography, Zoology)


In addition to owning and directing APM, Mitchell continues to maintain an active and integrated presence in the field as a field survey ecologist, driven by the innate philosophy that one needs to actually participate in ecological surveys to fully appreciate the findings. A better understanding then facilitates better environmental management and impact mitigation.


Dr Ladyman has worked in the field of Environmental Consulting for more than 20 years progressing from Technical / Research Assistant to Managing Director. He has been Manager of Biological Science for Ecologia Environment and ENV Australia, and Managing Director of Validus Group Pty Ltd. He now owns and directs APM.


As a consultant biologist, Mitchell has worked in every bioregion in Western Australia, with the majority of projects undertaken in the goldfields, Kimberley and Pilbara. His project portfolio also extends to biological surveys and environmental assessments in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Fiji.


With an intrinsic understanding of biological process as it relates to land development, Mitchell is able to offer a unique approach to environmental assessment. Novel ideas, well considered strategies and an ability to confidently and competently engage with key stakeholders and regulators has resulted in numerous State and Federal referred projects being granted approval with minimal formal assessment. Where projects are more formally assessed these same attributes contribute significantly to the efficiency with which projects progress.


Dr Ladyman is a Certified Environmental Practitioner Ecological Specialist (Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), a member of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), a member of the Environmental Consultants Association (Individual & Corporate) (ECA), an Adjunct Lecturer at Edith Cowan University, a member of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and the Goldfields Environmental Management Group.


Mitchell has an acute understanding of the ecological and physiological perturbations that individuals and populations of flora and fauna must overcome to persist in the natural environment. This gives Mitchell a unique insight into the impacts of anthropological influence on natural populations, providing stronger fundament to APM’s management plans and practices.



Joshua Keen –Graduate Biologist

Bachelor of Science (Hons.)

Joshua graduated with with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Western Australia in 2016 and has been working with APM since January 2017. He has an innate enthusiasm to learn coupled with a strong ethical responsibility; both traits that are strongly desirable and absolutely essential for any biologist wanting to work with fauna.


For a recent graduate, Joshua has an impressive breadth of experience with ecological surveys emerging from his time spent during Honours, volunteering and working with consulting groups. 


In addition to undertaking a number of Level 2 baseline biological surveys, fauna translocation programs and rare fauna monitoring programs, Joshua has spent considerable time at the Western Australian Museum, identifying and vouchering herpetofauna.


His ecological ability extends beyond the field and into the office with sound knowledge of ‘R’ and ‘ArcGIS’; skills developed during his Honours project monitoring frogs on the Swan Coastal Plain.



Sarah Flemington –Graduate Biologist


Bachelor of Science


Sarah is a recent graduate of Edith Cowan University WA where she studied a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Major in Conservation and Wildlife Biology, with a minor in Environmental Management.


Sarah has a strong focus on the integration of environment, habitat and species conservation into the mining landscape, specifically where it relates to current issues of sustainability, disturbance, climate change and the conservation of intrinsic species.


Not specifically focused on fauna, Sarah has a much broader interest in all aspects of the terrestrial environment and has, since August 2016, undertaken two surveys in Ravensthorpe (one targetted flora and one targetted fauna), a fauna translocation program for Roe 8 and two botanical surveys in the mid-west on the Minjar Gold Project.