I completed my PhD at the Centre for Ecosystem Science UNSW in 2019, under the supervision of Professor Mike Letnic. My research interests are broad but mostly revolve around trophic interactions such as herbivory, grazing, predation, and granivory, and their consequences for community assembly in deserts and tropical forests.
Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (2019), UNSW Sydney. Is vegetation change a legacy of native mammal decline?
Mendes GM; Silveira FAO; Oliveira C; Dáttilo W; Guevara R; Ruiz-Guerra B; Boaventura MG; Sershen ; Ramdhani S; Phartyal SS; Ribeiro SP; Pinto VD; Vasconcelos HL; Tito R; Pereira CC; Carvalho B; Carvalho GM; del-Val E; Buisson E; Arruda AJ; Toth JB; Roque FDO; Souza AH; Bolzan F; Neves F; Kuchenbecker J; Demetrio GR; Seixas L; Romero GQ; de Omena PM; Silva JO; Paolucci L; Queiroz E; Ooi MKJ; Mills CH; Gerhold P; Merzin A; Massante JC; Aguilar R; Carbone LM; Campos R; Gomes I; Zorzal G; Solar R; Ramos L; Sobrinho T; Sanders P; Cornelissen T, 2021, 'How much leaf area do insects eat? A data set of insect herbivory sampled globally with a standardized protocol', Ecology, vol. 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3301
Fisher A; Mills C; Lyons M; Cornwell W; Letnic M, 2021, 'Remote sensing of trophic cascades: multi-temporal landsat imagery reveals vegetation change driven by the removal of an apex predator', Landscape Ecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-021-01206-w
Braden J; Mills C; Cornwell W; Waudby H; Letnic M, 2021, 'Impacts of grazing by kangaroos and rabbits on vegetation and soils in a semi-arid conservation reserve', Journal of Arid Environments, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2021.104526
Mills CH; Wijas B; Gordon CE; Lyons M; Feit A; Wilkinson A; Letnic M, 2021, 'Two alternate states: shrub, bird and mammal assemblages differ on either side of the Dingo Barrier Fence', Australian Zoologist, http://dx.doi.org/10.7882/az.2021.005
Mills CH; Waudby H; Finlayson G; Parker D; Cameron M; Letnic M, 2020, 'Grazing by over-abundant native herbivores jeopardizes conservation goals in semi-arid reserves', Global Ecology and Conservation, vol. 24, pp. e01384 - e01384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01384
Lyons M; Gordon C; Mills C; Letnic MI, 2018, 'Linking trophic cascades to changes in desert dune geomorphology using high-resolution drone data', Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2018.0327
Lyons M; Brandis K; Callaghan C; McCann J; Mills C; Ryall S; Kingsford RT, 2018, 'Bird interactions with drones, from individuals to large colonies', Australian Field Ornithology, vol. 35, pp. 51 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.20938/afo35051056
Mills C; Letnic MI, 2018, 'Reversing functional extinction of mammals prompts a rethink of paradigms about seed fate in arid Australia', Royal Society Open Science, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.171977
Mills CH; Gordon CE; Letnic MI, 2017, 'Rewilded mammal assemblages reveal the missing ecological functions of granivores', Functional Ecology, vol. 32, pp. 475 - 485, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.12950
Letnic MI; Feit A; Mills C; Feit B, 2016, 'The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) in the south-eastern Strzelecki Desert', Australian Mammalogy, vol. 38, pp. 241 - 245, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AM15027
Fisher A; Mills C; Letnic M; Lyons M; Cornwell W, 2021, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/the-dingo-fence-from-space-satellite-images-show-how-these-top-predators-alter-the-desert-155642