Charlotte Mills

Charlotte Mills

PhD Candidate
Field of Research
Extinction cascades and trophic ecology
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.

Supervisor Media:

In situ Science: Dingo Fences, Desert Spices and Writings in the Sand


Reversing functional extinction of mammals prompts a rethink of paradigms about seed fate in arid Australia. Royal Society Open Science 5:171977 2018

Rewilded mammal assemblages reveal the missing ecological functions of granivores. Functional Ecology. 32:475-485 2018

The crest-tailed mulgara (Dasycercus cristicauda) in the south-eastern Strzelecki Desert. Australian Mammalogy 38:241-245. 2016 


Charlotte Mills Website


Level 5 East Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052