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Felicity Charles

PhD Candidate

Felicity is a PhD researcher in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland supervised by Dr Annabel Smith, Dr April Reside and Professor Patrick Moss. She started her PhD in late 2021 as part of the Smith Lab Group, researching the influence of changing fire regimes on fire-dependent plant–animal interactions. Her research focuses on the Glossy Black-Cockatoo and their feed trees with the aim of providing new data on when and how often fires should be implemented, and how best to implement restoration of their feed trees.

During her Honours research at UQ supervised by Dr Annabel Smith and Dr Megan Brady, she investigated the use of under road drainage culverts by wildlife to cross roads. This research was conducted in collaboration with The Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre. Before joining UQ, Felicity studied a Bachelor of Science at Australian Catholic University and transferred, after her first year, to The University of the Sunshine Coast to complete her Bachelor with a major in biology and minors in genetics and ecology. After completing her first year at Australian Catholic University, she was invited to join the Golden Key International Honours Society, having academically achieved in the top 15% of the university.

Through her studies, Felicity has developed interests in road ecology, fire ecology, landscape genetics, and wildlife technologies which she has been able to incorporate into her research projects to date.


Favourite animal: Brush-tailed Possums have always been a favourite animal of mine, this may be slightly influenced by my love of the Possum Magic book as a kid.


Controversial opinion: Dagwood dogs (a.k.a. corn dogs) don’t NEED sauce.

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