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Philip is a landscape ecologist with a particular interest in understanding how to manage the land where people live and work to achieve both the ecological benefits of conservation and the economic benefits of the working landscape. To this end he has worked on a variety of projects involving rare plant species and plant communities, stream restoration, and soil conservation, all in agricultural areas.
Currently, Philip work focuses on integrating the tools of statistical modeling and decision analysis in an effort to better communicate to resource managers the roles that variability and uncertainty play in developing new environmental policies. He works closely with the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the State of Vermont, and the US EPA to put these tools into practice in the management of Lake Champlain’s water quality.
Philip holds a B.A. in Biology from The Colorado College, an M.S. from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont, and is a current Ph.D. candidate in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, also at UVM. In addition to statistics, decision-making, and ecology, he also gets pretty nerdy about espresso, Spanish soccer, and cured meats.
Favorite Tree: Black locust (even though it’s not native – sorry!) because of its crazy shape.
Most rewarding part of teaching: That I always learn more about the subject matter from good questions posed by my students than I ever seem to through books.
Favorite thing about living in Vermont: The feeling of coming home from being out of town and realizing again and again that Vermont is definitely the most beautiful state.