Dr Little is a lecturer in the School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences and is Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Environmental Science.
Dr Little is an active researcher and specialises in assessing the impact of environmental, climatic and other anthropogenic pressures on the structural and functional ecology of freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems (at individual, through to community level, specialising in macroinvertebrates).
She is module lead for the modules:
- CCMT30422 Marine Ecology UK Field Course
- GEOG11725 Introduction to Global Environmental Issues
- ARES40001 Conservation Priorities
- CCMT30331 Environmental Assessment and Management
She contributes to teaching on the modules:
- CCMT30331 Living with Environmental Change
- CCMT30413 Advanced Ecology
- GEOG20032 Living with Climate Change
- GEOG20041 Principles/Practice in Geography
- GEOG10023 Geographical Fieldwork
Dr Little also supervises undergraduate dissertations and postgraduate research projects in ecology, environmental science and physical geography with an emphasis on topics related to aquatic systems, climate change and freshwater and marine ecology.
Dr Little has a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Zoology from Bangor University, a PGCert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Leeds University and a PhD in estuarine ecology from Loughborough University (Centre for Hydrological and Ecosystem Science, Department of Geography).
Before joining the environment team at NTU in 2015, Dr Little worked as a Research Associate and Lecturer Loughborough University (Centre for Hydrological and Ecosystem Science, Department of Geography) and the University of Hull (Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences and Department of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences).
Dr Little’s research interests focus on:
- The impacts of increasing salinization on the benthic ecology of freshwater ecosystems
- Ecosystem impacts of the use of large woody debris in Natural Flood Management
- The impact of climate change on the ecology and fate of the Tidal Freshwater Zone (TFZ)
- Long-term changes in the macrobenthos of NW European estuarine ecosystems
- The ecology of inland saltmarshes
- Investigating the response and recovery of aquatic fauna to supra-seasonal drought in streams and rivers
- Developing innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing Good Environmental Status
Dr Little has PhD students in several of the above research areas. Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information can be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
- President-Elect of the Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA)
- Trustee of the Clean Rivers Trust.
- Guest Special Issue Managing Editor for the journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
- Reviewer for a number of Elsevier and Springer journals and books.
- Academic Fellow of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA)
- Member of the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA)
- Royal Yachting Association (RYA) National Powerboat Level 2 Certificate
- Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Rescue Diver
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- Estuarine ecology
- The impacts of future environmental change on estuaries and coasts
- Defining and delineating estuarine boundaries
- Impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems
Course(s) I teach on