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. As part of the Little Ecology Group, she will mainly be in the lab working on identifying macroinvertebrate samples and managing data. Sage completed a co-op work term in Fall 2021 and is planning a summer research project for summer 2022. In addition, Sage enjoys reading, hiking, and hanging out with her two crazy cats in her free time!
Honours Thesis Student
Kate is a fourth-year SFU undergraduate student studying Environmental Science in the Applied Biology concentration, and minoring 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. As part of the Little Ecology Group, she will be researching how an invasive clam species disperses with regards to temperature, with the overarching goal of better understanding how invasive species propagate, and how organisms will react to the warming planet. In her free time, Kate enjoys crafting, skating, and hanging out with her friends.
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.
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.