Charlotte Mills
Charlotte Mills
PhD Candidate
Field of Research: 
Extinction cascades and trophic ecology
Contact details:
Level 5 East
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Is vegetation change a legacy of native mammal decline?

My PhD project uses manipulative experiments at a landscape scale to determine the role of rare native mammals such as hopping mice and burrowing bettongs as herbivores and granivores. This includes foraging tray experiments inside and outside of fenced reserves and exclusion experiments in areas where these rare animals persist.

I hope that my findings from this research will help us identify the drivers of vegetation change in arid Australia and provide a better understanding of the role these animals play or once played in our ecosystem.

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Supervisor: Associate Professor Mike Letnic



Mills, C.H. & Letnic, M. (2018) Reversing functional extinction of mammals prompts a rethink of paradigms about seed fate in arid Australia. Royal Society Open Science 5:171977 

Mills, C.H., Gordon, C.E. & Letnic, M. (2018) Rewilded mammal assemblages reveal the missing ecological functions of granivores. Functional Ecology. 32:475-485

Letnic, M., Feit, A., Mills, C., & Feit, B. (2016) The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) in the south-eastern Strzelecki Desert. Australian Mammalogy 38:241-245.