School of Earth and Environment

Crispin Little Dr Crispin Little

Senior Lecturer: Palaeontology

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 36621
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Room: 7.109

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute

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  • 2011-2014. Director of Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI).
  • 2007-present. Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.
  • 2007-2009. Fellow of the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, University of Bremen.
  • 2000-2007. Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.
  • 1999-2000. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 1995-1999. Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Palaeontology and Mineralogy Departments, The Natural History Museum, London.
  • 1991-1995. PhD, Geology Department, University of Bristol. PhD title: The Pliensbachian-Toarcian (Lower Jurassic) Extinction Event.
  • 1990-1991. Postgraduate Research Assistant, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent at Canterbury.
  • 1987-1990. BSc, University of Aston. Combined Honours in Biology and Geology.

Service to academic community

  • 2016-present. Secretary, Palaeontological Association.
  • Elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London May 2015.
  • 2013-2016. Palaeontological Association Ordinary Council Member.
  • 2015-present. External examiner for MSc Oceanography and MRes Marine Geology and Geophysics, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton.
  • 2011-2014. External examiner for Joint Honours degrees and Geology mapping projects, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol.

PhD students

Leeds based

  • 2014-present. Autumn Pugh. Project title: The early Toarcian (Early Jurassic) mass extinction event and recovery in the Eastern Tethys: integrating palaeontological and geochemical data from Bulgaria. CASE award with the British Geological Survey, co-supervised with Ivan Savov, Paul Wignall and Robert Newton, Leeds, and James Riding, BGS.
  • 2012-2016. Magdalena Georgieva. Project title: Investigating the morphology, ultrastructure and palaeontology of polychaete worm tubes from modern and ancient deep sea chemosynthetic environments. CASE award with The Natural History Museum, London, co-supervised with Adrian Glover, Department of Zoology, NHM.
  • 2008-2011. Nick Higgs. Project title: The taphonomy of giants: whale-falls, bone-eating worms and stepping-stones in the deep. CASE award with The Natural History Museum, London, co-supervised with Adrian Glover, Department of Zoology, NHM.
  • 2006-2009. Luciana Genio. Project title: Evolutionary history and systematics of molluscs at deep-sea chemosynthetic sites based on shell microstructure.
  • 2001-2005. Fiona Gill. Project title: Evolutionary, palaeobiogeographic and palaeoecological patterns in post Mesozoic cold seep communities.

Co-supervised and based elsewhere

  • 2012-2016. Edine Pape. Co-supervised with Fiona Gill and Robert Newton, Leeds. Project title: Biogeochemical evidence for chemosymbiosis at fossil cold seeps.
  • 2009-2014. Krzysztof Hryniewicz. Co-supervised with Hans Arne Nakrem and Oyvind Hammer, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo. Project title: Upper Jurassic fossil cold seeps of Central Spitsbergen; microfacies analysis, petrology, paleontology and depositional environment.
  • 2007-2010. Kristian Saether. Co-supervised with Kathleen Campbell, School of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Auckland. Project title: Miocene cold seep faunas from New Zealand: taxonomy and palaeobiogeography.
  • 1999-2002. Ellis Maginn. Co-supervised with Rachel Mills (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton). Project title: Biomineralisation and geochemistry of hydrothermal vent fauna.