Nature Counts LAB

Dr. Joanne Littlefair

*Denotes corresponding author Denotes undergraduate author


Littlefair, J.E., Hleap, J.S., Palace, V., Rennie, M.D., Paterson M.J., Cristescu, M.E. Freshwater connectivity transforms spatially integrated signals of biodiversity bioRxiv

Lynggaard, C., Littlefair, J.E., Bohmann, K., Clare E.L. (2022) Shunning the scope: Sidestepping the race to publish iScience 25 (4) 104080 [PDF]

Clare E.L., Economou, C.K., Bennett, F.J., Dyer, C.E., Adams, K., McRobie, B., Drinkwater, R., Littlefair J.E. (2022) Measuring biodiversity from DNA in the air Current Biology 32 (3) 693-700 [PDF]


Hleap, J.S., Littlefair, J.E., Steinke, D., Hebert P.D.N., Cristescu, M.E. (2021) Assessment of current taxonomic assignment strategies for metabarcoding eukaryotes. Molecular Ecology Resources 21 (7) 2190-2203 [PDF]

Littlefair, J. E., Hrenchuk, L.E., Blanchfield, P., Rennie, M., Cristescu, M.E. (2021) Thermal stratification and fish thermal preference explain vertical eDNA distributions in lakes Molecular Ecology 30 (13) 3083-3096 [PDF]

Clare, E.L., Economou, C.K., Faulkes, C.G., Gilbert, J.D., Bennett, F., Drinkwater, R., Littlefair J.E. eDNAir: proof of concept that animal DNA can be collected from air sampling PeerJ 9 e11030 [PDF]

Capo, E. et al (2021) Lake sedimentary DNA research on past terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity: Overview and recommendations Quaternary 4 (1), 6 [PDF]


Gordon, R., Ivens, S., Ammerman, L., Fenton, B., Littlefair, J. E., Ratcliffe, J., Clare, E.L. (2019) Molecular diet analysis finds an insectivorous desert bat community dominated by resource sharing despite diverse echolocation and foraging strategies Ecology and Evolution 9 (6), 3117-3129 [PDF]

Littlefair, J.E.*, Zander, A., de Sena Costa, C., Clare, E.L. (2019) DNA meta-barcoding reveals elevation gradients in the contents of an invasive pitcher plant Molecular Ecology 28 (2) 281-292 [PDF]


Brandon-Mong, G.-J., Littlefair, J.E., Sing, K.-W., Lee, Y.-P., Gan, H.-M., Clare, E. L., Wilson, J.J. (2018) Temporal changes in arthropod activity in tropical anthropogenic forests Bulletin of Entomological Research 108 (6), 792-799 [PDF]

Czenze, Z.J., Tucker, J.L., Littlefair, J.E., Clare, E.L., Brigham, R. M., Hickey, A. J. R., Parsons, S. (2018) Spatiotemporal and demographic variation in the diet of New Zealand Lesser Short-Tailed bats (Mystacina tuberculata). Ecology and Evolution 8(15): 7599-7610 [PDF]

Lim, V.-C., Clare, E.L., Littlefair, J.E., Ramli, R., Bhassu, S., Wilson J.J. (2018) Impact of urbanisation and agriculture on seed dispersal by fruit bats Urban Ecosystems 21:61-70 [PDF]

Eckert, I.M.K., Littlefair J.E*., Chain, F.J.J., Crease, T., Cristescu, M. E. (2018) Bioinformatics for Biomonitoring: Species Detection and Diversity Estimates across Platforms and Tools Advances in Ecological Research 59, 1-32 [PDF]


Littlefair, J.E.*, Laughton, A.M., Knell, R.J. (2017) Maternal pathogen exposure causes diet- and pathogen-specific transgenerational costs Oikos 126 (1): 82-90 [PDF]


Littlefair, J.E.*, Knell, R.J. Within- and trans-generational effects of variation in dietary macronutrient content on life-history traits in the moth Plodia interpunctella PLoS ONE 11(12): e0168869 [PDF]

Littlefair, J.E.*, Clare, E.L., (2016) DNA barcoding the food chain: from Sanger to high-throughput sequencing Genome 59(11): 946-958 [PDF] (Barcodes to biomes special issue)

  • This article was among the top ten most frequently viewed downloaded papers on Genome’s website of 2016.

Clare, E.L., Chain, F.J.J., Littlefair, J.E., Cristescu, M.E. (2016) The effects of parameter choice on defining molecular operational taxonomic units and resulting ecological analyses of metabarcoding data Genome 59: 981-990 [PDF]

Littlefair, J.E.*, Nunn, K., Knell, R.J. (2016) The development of a synthetic diet for investigating the effects of macronutrients on the development of Plodia interpunctella. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 159: 305–310 [PDF]


Cotter, S. C., Littlefair, J. E., Grantham, P. J., & Kilner, R. M. (2013). A direct physiological trade-off between personal and social immunity. Journal of Animal Ecology. 82 (4): 846–853 (selected for entomology special issue) [PDF]


Littlefair, J.E*., Carreau, J., Webb, M., Öberg, M., Cristescu, M. (2017) “Environmental DNA (eDNA) as a next-generation biomonitoring tool”, a White Paper commissioned by William Sale Partnership (global company providing environmental management and consultancy services). [PDF]

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