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
Sage is a second-year undergraduate student at SFU studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Applied Biology and a minor in Sustainable Development. Sage completed a co-op work term in Fall 2021 where she worked on identifying macroinvertebrate samples and managing data. She then completed a USRA in Summer 2022 looking at how wildlife, especially bears, respond to human recreational activity. In addition, Sage enjoys reading, hiking, and hanging out with her two crazy cats in her free time!
Honours Thesis Student
Charlotte is a fourth-year undergraduate student at SFU pursuing a major in Environmental Science with a concentration in Earth Systems. She is working in the Little Ecology Group on an honours thesis that explores the methods of interpreting streamflow dynamics from data obtained from game cameras. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys travelling, cooking, and hanging out with her family, friends and puppy.
Mikayla is a graduate student at SFU and BCIT in the Masters of Ecological Restoration program. She is particularly interested in wildlife, specifically mammals. In the Little Ecology Group, Mikayla will be helping examine how wildlife use riparian zone corridors across a developmental gradient in British Columbia by analyzing trail camera data. In her free time, Mikayla enjoys snowboarding, travelling, and being with her friends.
Massey is an undergraduate student in her third year majoring in environmental science with a concentration in biology. After graduation, she wants to pursue a job in research, hopefully being able to tie human health to environmental health which will help to stress the importance of taking care of the environment. In her free time she enjoys painting, reading, and running.
Amanda Wik – Honors Thesis Student
Amanda is interested in conservation management and ecology and completed her thesis studying whether managing for Pacific Salmon in urban streams have benefits to the base of the food web, using decomposition as an indicator. What’s next: Amanda will start a masters program in Environmental Science at Yale University in Fall 2022.
Zoey Schutz – Honors Thesis Student
Zoey 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 studied beetle biodiversity around intermittent streams. What’s next: Zoey will start a law degree at the University of Victoria in Fall 2022, where she plans to focus on environmental law.
Honours Thesis Student
Kate majored in Environmental Science in the Applied Biology concentration, and minored in Physical Geography. She is particularly interested in organism distribution and dispersal, invasive species, habitat connectivity, and meta-ecosystems. She also has a soft spot for invertebrates. Her thesis addressed the distribution of Asian Clams in lower mainland B.C. What’s next: Kate is finishing her final semester of coursework to graduate from SFU at the end of spring 2023.
Kimberly Neumann – Work-Study Student
Kimberly is a former secondary school English teacher who has returned to SFU to pursue an undergraduate degree in Earth Science. She is interested in researching new ways in which humans can co-exist with the natural world and is passionate about sharing this message with others through nature-based education.