People

Chelsea J. Little
Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Science & School of Resource and Environmental Management
Chelsea is a community, landscape, and ecosystem ecologist. Her research considers how communities of organisms assemble, the interactions between organisms of similar and different trophic groups, and how their traits contribute to ecosystem function. Ecosystems are intrinsically connected by exchanges of organisms (dispersal and other movement) and materials (for example, resource subsidies), so a second avenue of her research considers how these exchanges affect the functioning of recipient ecosystems. She uses a combination of laboratory experiments, field experiments, observational data, and data synthesis/meta-analysis in my research. She likes playing in the mountains and the snow, reading books (often crime novels), and eating cookies .
See Chelsea’s: CV – Dispersal route – Outreach

Kate Andy
Masters in Resource Management (MRM) Student
Kate is a graduate student at SFU in the Resource and Environmental Management program. She is a landscape and movement ecologist, who is particularly interested in studying how wildlife use space and how this relationship changes as climate change alters the landscape. In the Little Ecology Group, Kate will be examining how wildlife use riparian zone corridors across a developmental gradient in British Columbia. She hopes that this research will inform wildlife corridor planning. Throughout this process, she also hopes to connect the public to her work and to the natural world she studies. In her free time, Kate enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, and playing the piano.

Amanda Wik
Honors Thesis Student
Amanda is in her final year of a BSc in Environmental Science with a focus in Applied Biology in the Honours program at SFU. Amanda is interested in conservation management and ecology and is currently studying whether managing for Pacific Salmon in urban streams has benefits to the base of the food web, using decomposition as an indicator. She worked on her thesis full-time this summer with an NSERC USRA. In her free-time, Amanda likes to hike, paint and read. **Amanda graduated and will be working on a paper based on her thesis and applying to graduate schools this fall.**

Zoey Schutz
Honors Thesis Student
Zoey is a fourth-year BSc Environmental Science Honors student with a concentration in Environmental Earth Systems. She is particularly interested in environmental policy and law, and plans to pursue environmental law after completing her undergraduate degree. As part of the Little Ecology Group, Zoey will be studying intermittent stream biodiversity and exploring how such research can inform management and conservation approaches. She also works for a not-for-profit on the Sunshine Coast doing a variety of research and writing projects, particularly those related to grant proposals. When she’s not working or studying, Zoey enjoys getting out in nature by hiking, mountain biking, and walking her puppy.

Sage Dillabough
Undergraduate Co-op Student
Sage is a second-year undergraduate student at SFU studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Applied Biology and a minor in Sustainable Development. As part of the Little Ecology Group, she will mainly be in the lab working on identifying macroinvertebrate samples and managing data. In addition, Sage enjoys reading, hiking, and hanging out with her two crazy cats in her free time!