Andrew Little

Andrew Little

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Title Landscape and Habitat Management
Address 306 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0973
Phone 402-219-1913
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail alittle6@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Andrew Little, and I'm an assistant professor of Landscape and Habitat Management with the School of Natural Resources.

My primary research focus is improving the ability of wildlife conservationists and managers to understand wildlife-habitat relationships in an increasingly human-dominated landscape. I study the ecology and management of ungulates, mesopredators, and gamebirds; wildlife-habitat relationships; landscape ecology; and predator-prey ecology.

As a Nebraska Extension and research scientist, my goals are to create innovative solutions to the growing wildlife conservation and management needs in a multi-functional Nebraska landscape where there are competing interests for agricultural production, wildlife conservation, and ecosystem services.

Andrew speaking to Extension group
Andrew (front right) is explaining to members of a Georgia hunting club about how to properly conduct a deer population survey using trail cameras.

A little history about myself ...

I grew up near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in a small farming community. At a young age, I developed a strong passion for natural resource conservation. I spent many days afield with my father hunting and fishing, and learning about our natural world. My father was previously a Water Quality Specialist with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection agency, which is where I garnered an appreciation for our natural resources including the importance of water conservation and management.

During high school, I became an active member in 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA), which helped strengthen my passion for natural resource conservation, particularly from the agricultural perspective. In 2004, I was honored to receive one of the highest awards from the FFA organization, the American FFA degree, which is given to members who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to FFA and have made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences.

I later attended The Pennsylvania State University where I received my bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. After college, I worked for the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit as a forestry technician. I then moved on to the Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, where I served as an ecology intern. I worked on a variety of research projects including evaluating the influence of land-use patterns on deer-vehicle collisions.

Andrew Little and nice catch
Andrew is shown with buck #6 from his M.S. research in Oklahoma where he evaluated the influence of hunting pressure on adult, male white-tailed deer behaviors. Note: deer #6 was under sedation and was successfully released following capture.

I continued to recognize the importance of natural resource conservation through my internship projects and decided to attend graduate school at Mississippi State University. Interestingly, my master's research combined my passion for natural resource conservation and deer hunting where I had the opportunity to evaluate the behavioral responses of hunting pressure on deer behavior. See my Publications tab to learn more about what we found.

After completing my master's degree, I began working at Ducks Unlimited as a Geographic Information Systems Technician. I assisted with managing the southern United States GIS database for Ducks Unlimited and worked with engineers and biologists on programs such as the Conservation Easement Priority program. While working at Ducks Unlimited, the biologists I interacted with regularly, instilled a desire in me to continue my education and pursue a doctorate in wildlife ecology.

In January 2012, I began my Ph.D. at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources-University of Georgia where my researched focused on evaluating Eastern wild turkey nest site selection and survival, female turkey habitat selection and survival in frequently-burned longleaf pine savannas. After completing my doctorate, I moved into a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist position at the University of Georgia where I served as University liaison between the Warnell School and Georgia Department of Natural Resources-Wildlife Resources Division and coordinator of collaborative wildlife research projects. I later moved into a Senior Research Associate role where I continued my liaison duties and helped manage complex long-term DNR-WRD data sets. I also organized and moderated a day-long Georgia DNR Wildlife Research Symposium each year to facilitate distribution of latest research to state agency biologists and administrators.

On July 1, 2018, I began my new role as an Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources.

Selected Publications

Little, A. R., G. J. D'Angelo, C. H. Killmaster, K. L. Johannsen, and K. V. Miller. 2018. Understanding deer, bear, and forest trends in the northern Georgia mountains: the value of long-term data. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 5:97-105. Online
Little, A. R., L. M. Conner, M. J. Chamberlain, N. P. Nibbelink, and R. J. Warren. 2018. Adult bobcat(Lynx rufus) habitat selection in a longleaf pine savanna. Ecological Processes DOI: 10.1186/s13717-018-0129-5 Online
Little, A. R., A. Hammond, J. A. Martin, K. L. Johannsen, and K. V. Miller. 2017. Population growth and mortality sources of the black bear population in northern Georgia. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 4:130-138. Online
Yeldell, N. A., B. S. Cohen, A. R. Little, B. A. Collier, and M. J. Chamberlain. 2017. Nest site selection and survival of Eastern wild turkeys in a pyric landscape. Journal of Wildlife Management 81:1073-1083. Online
Little, A. R., J. F. Benson, M. J. Chamberlain, L. M. Conner, and R. J. Warren. 2016. Survival and cause-specific mortality of female Eastern wild turkeys in 2 frequently-burned longleaf pine savannas. Wildlife Biology 22:238-245. Online
Little, A. R., M. J. Chamberlain, L. M. Conner, and R. J. Warren. 2016. Habitat selection of female Eastern wild turkeys in 2 frequently-burned pine savannas. Journal of Wildlife Management 80:1280-1289. Online
Little, A. R., N. P. Nibbelink, L. M. Conner, M. J. Chamberlain, and R. J. Warren. 2016. Eastern wild turkey nest site selection in 2 frequently-burned pine savannas. Ecological Processes 5:4. DOI 10.1186/s13717-016-0051-7. Online
Little, A. R., S. L. Webb, S. Demarais, K. L. Gee, S. K. Riffell, and J. A. Gaskamp. 2016. Hunting intensity alters movement behaviour of white-tailed deer. Basic and Applied Ecology 17:360-369.
Marantz, S. A., J. A. Long, S. L. Webb, K. L. Gee, A. R. Little, and S. Demarais. 2016. Impacts of harvest risk on spatial behavior of white-tailed deer. Canadian Journal of Zoology 10.1139/cjz-2016-0125. Online
Gross, J. T., A. R. Little, B. A. Collier, and M. J. Chamberlain. 2015. Space use, daily movements, and roosting behavior of male wild turkeys during spring in Louisiana and Texas. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2:229-234. Online
Streich, M. M., A. R. Little, M. J. Chamberlain, L. M. Conner, and R. J. Warren. 2015. Habitat characteristics of Eastern wild turkey nest and ground-roost sites in 2 longleaf pine forests. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2:164-170. Online
Little, A. R., M. M. Streich, M. J. Chamberlain, L. M. Conner, and R. J. Warren. 2014. Eastern wild turkey reproductive ecology in frequently-burned longleaf pine savannas. Forest Ecology and Management 331:180-187. Online
Little, A. R., S. Demarais, K. L. Gee, S. L. Webb, S. K. Riffell, J. A. Gaskamp, and J. Belant. 2014. Does human predation risk affect harvest susceptibility of white-tailed deer during hunting season? Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:797-805. Online
Webb, S. L., J. A. Gaskamp, K. L. Gee, S. Demarais, and A. R. Little. 2011. Design of an underwater telemetry antenna for locating and retrieving submerged radiocollars. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:101-104. Online

 

Selected Presentations

A changing landscape in norhtern Georgia: bear, deer, forests
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., G. J. D'Angelo, C. H. Killmaster, K. L. Johannsen, and K. V. Miller. 2017. A changing landscape in northern Georgia: bear, deer, and forests. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group, St. Louis, Missouri.
A changing landscape in northern Georgia: bear, deer and forests
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., C. Killmaster, A. Hammond, T. Johannsen, J. Martin, and K. V. Miller. 2016. A changing landscape in northern Georgia: bear, deer, and forests. Georgia Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Athens, Georgia.
A changing landscape in northern Georgia: bear, deer, and forests
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., C. Killmaster, A. Hammond, T. Johannsen, J. Martin, and K. V. Miller. A changing landscape in northern Georgia: bear, deer, and forests. University of Georgia - Deer Management Research Group, Palmetto, Georgia.
A changing landscape in northern Georgia: bear, deer, and forests
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., G. J. D'Angelo, C. H. Killmaster, K. L. Johannsen, and K. V. Miller. 2017. A changing landscape in northern Georgia: bear, deer, and forests. Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division Research Update, Mansfield, Georgia.
Addressing hunter expectations when hunters alter deer behavior
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., S. L. Webb, K. L. Gee, S. Demarais, and S. Harju. 2016. Addressing hunter expectations when hunters alter deer behavior. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bobcat habitat selection in a frequently-burned pine savanna
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., L. M. Conner, M. J. Chamberlain, R. J. Warren, and N. P. Nibbelink. 2015. Bobcat habitat selection in a frequently-burned pine savanna. 22nd Annual Wildlife Society Conference, Winnipeg, Canada.
Does hunting pressure affect wild turkey movement behaviors during Spring?
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Cohen, B., A. R. Little, Gross, J. T., B. A. Collier, and M. J. Chamberlain. 2015. Does hunting pressure affect wild turkey movement behaviors during Spring? 22nd Annual Wildlife Society Conference, Winnipeg, Canada.
Georgia DNR-Wildlife Resources Division and Warnell School Liasion
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Little, A. R. 2016. Research update: Georgia DNR - Wildlife Resources Division and Warnell School Liaison. Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division Research Update, Mansfield, Georgia.
Growing quality food plots: the hows and whys
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Little, A. R. 2016. Growing quality food plots: the hows and whys. University of Georgia Extension - Effingham County, Georgia.
Habitat characteristics of Eastern wild turkey nest and ground-roost sites in 2 longleaf pine forests
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Streich, M. M., A. R. Little, M. J. Chamberlain, L. M. Conner, and R. J. Warren. 2014. Habitat characteristics of Eastern wild turkey nest and ground-roost sites in 2 longleaf pine forests. Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Destin, Florida.
Influence of prescribed fire on reproductive ecology of female wild turkeys
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Yeldell, N., B. Cohen, A. R. Little, T. Prebyl, B. A. Collier, and M. J. Chamberlain. 2016. Influence of prescribed fire on reproductive ecology of female wild turkeys. Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Movement ecology of mature bucks
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., and B. Cohen. 2016. Movement ecology of mature bucks. University of Georgia - Deer Management Research Group, Palmetto, Georgia.
Population growth and mortality sources of the black bear population in northern Georgia
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., A. Hammond, J. Martin, T. Johannsen, and K. V. Miller. 2016. Population growth and mortality sources of the black bear population in northern Georgia. 70th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Reproductive Ecology of female wild turkeys on Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Wood, J., A. R. Little, M. J. Chamberlain, J. Martin, and L. M. Conner. 2016. Reproductive Ecology of female wild turkeys on Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area. Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division Research Update, Mansfield, Georgia.
Resource selection analyses
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., and J. Hinton. 2016. Resource selection analyses. Warnell Graduate Student Association - Procaffeination Hour, Athens, Georgia.
Resource selection funtions (RSFs): the hows and whys
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., and J. Hinton. 2016. Resource selection functions (RSFs): the hows and whys. Warnell Graduate Student Association- Procaffeination Hour, Athens, Georgia.
Space use, daily movements, and roosting behavior of male wild turkeys during spring in Louisiana and Texas
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Gross, J. T., A. R. Little, B. A. Collier, and M. J. Chamberlain. 2014. Space use, daily movements, and roosting behavior of male wild turkeys during spring in Louisiana and Texas. Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Destin, Florida.
Survival, cause-specific mortality, and spatial ecology of white-tailed deer in North Georgia
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: D'Angelo, G. J., A. C. Edge, C. J. Yates, A. R. Little, C. H. Killmaster, K. L. Johannsen, D. A. Osborn, and K. V. Miller. 2017. Survival, cause-specific mortality, and spatial ecology of white-tailed deer in North Georgia. Oak Symposium: Sustaining Oak Forests in the 21st Century through Science-based Management, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Trends in deer management in the Appalachian mountains region
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: D'Angelo, G. J., and A. R. Little. 2017. Trends in deer management in the Appalachian mountains region. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group, St. Louis, Missouri.
Understanding deer, bear, and forest trends in the North Georgia mountains: the value of long-term data
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date:
  • Full Citation: Little, A. R., G. J. D'Angelo, C. H. Killmaster, K. L. Johannsen, and K. V. Miller. 2017. Understanding deer, bear, and forest trends in the North Georgia mountains: the value of long-term data. 71st Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Louisville, Kentucky.
Vanished: how do deer respond to hunting pressure?
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Little, A. R. 2017. Vanished: how do deer respond to hunting pressure? 8th Annual Hunters Round Up sponsored by the Northeast Michigan Quality Deer Management Branch, Alpena, Michigan.
Variation in white-tailed deer antler size: the effects of age, landscape, composition, and physiographic province
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
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  • Full Citation: Quebedeaux, K. B., A. R. Little, N. P. Nibbelink, G. J. D'Angelo, C. H. Killmaster, K. V. Miller. 2018. Variation in white-tailed deer antler size: the effects of age, landscape composition, and physiographic province. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Deer Study Group, Nashville, Tennessee.

Awards

SNR Program Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Professional Organizations

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Ecology and Management of Gamebirds, Mesopredators, and Ungulates
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Predator-Prey Ecology
  • Wildlife-Habitat Relationships

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Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Fisheries & Wildlife
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology