Robert John Little, PhD

Little, Robert 4381957_23329428 TP

Title: Botanist, President
Company: Sycamore Environmental Consultants Inc.
Location: Sacramento, California, United States

R. John Little, Botanist and President of Sycamore Environmental Consultants, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in botanical science.

As a student, Dr. Little earned a Bachelor of Science in botany from The University of Utah in 1968. From 1968 to 1972, he served in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer and received an honorable discharge after three tours in Vietnam. He continued his education at California State University Fullerton, earning a Master of Arts in biology in 1977, and transitioned to Claremont Graduate University, where he earned a PhD in botany in 1980. From 1977 to 1980, while studying for his doctorate, Dr. Little worked as an instructor of biology at Saddleback College, and a lecturer of botany, biology, and horticulture at California State University Fullerton. In 1979, he received an instructor credential from California Community Colleges, valid for life, in biological and botanical sciences. In 1980, he began work as a terrestrial ecologist at Envirosphere Co., eventually becoming the director of environmental services until leaving this position in 1991.

After leaving Envirosphere Co., Dr. Little founded Sycamore Environmental Consultants, Inc., in 1991 and continues to work there to this day. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, contributed family treatments for the Flora of North America, the Jepson Manual, Vascular Plants of Arizona, The Flora of Oregon, and others, makes presentations at national symposia, and serves as a reviewer for various botanical journals and publications. He was senior author for a botanical dictionary in 1980 and co-edited the Handbook of Experimental Pollination Biology in 1983. Since 2012, he has been a certified senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America. For 22 years, he was a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. Dr. Little is a member of many professional organizations, including the Botanical Society of America, the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the Ecological Society of America, the California Native Plant Society and the California Invasive Plant Council, among others. In 2019, he was selected as a reviewer by the National Science Foundation for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. His stature, experience, and success solidify Dr. Little as an elite professional in the field of botanical science. Dr. Little is an active volunteer with the Mennonite Disaster Service, and spends time traveling to help with national and international relief efforts following a disaster. He has been a Mennonite for more than three decades.

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