BSc (Hons) (Biology), DPhil (Biology)
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Philip joined the CCRI in 2019 as a key appointment within the CCRI's contribution to the Hefce/OfS funded Catalyst Project which brings together academics and industry stakeholders to develop under- and post-graduate teaching programmes to provide students with the skills they will need in the future food and farming industries. In this role he works in close collaboration with staff at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, where he spends around half of his time. This work includes pursuing research on the impacts of environmental change on ecosystems, including agricultural systems, and the wider implications for society.
Philip is involved in researching the impact of climate change on ecosystems and human health. Most of Philip's research has been in soil ecology investigating the impacts of environmental change on soil ecosystems. Philip has more than 16 years' experience in climate and environmental change research, much of it focused on ecosystem functioning both in the field and in the laboratory. Philip has published extensively in ecology (Science; Ecol Letters; TREE; Glob Change Biol; Funct Ecol), has been cited >2000 times; H-index 22. Philip has 28 peer-reviewed articles published in the leading international journals.
Philip completed his PhD on the impact of elevated atmospheric CO2 on mycorrhizal fungi in 1998, supervised by Prof Alastair Fitter, before then being part of the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme looking at carbon cycling with Profs A Fitter and Phil Ineson; this work leading to two highly cited Science papers. Philip then secured an Individual Marie Curie Fellowship with Prof Iver Jakobsen at the then Risø National Laboratory in Denmark. During this time he worked on the impacts of environmental change on mycorrhizal fungi at the ETH Swiss Free Air CO2 Enrichment experiment with Prof Andreas Lüscher and the Buxton Climate Change Impacts Laboratory with Prof Phil Grime. Philip then worked on a NERC project with Drs Francis Gilbert and Peter Crittenden investigating ecosystem functioning in moss arthropod communities. His research at ECEHH integrated ecology into health policy aimed at adapting to climate change. Philip's research focus at XJTLU and at the Open University had two strands: global change ecology as described above and climate change and human health, specifically focused on impacts of on the elderly in Eastern China.
Additional to his academic experience, Philip has business experience of risk assessment, policy analysis and strategic planning, gained over four years as a risk manager at E.ON Energy Trading; sat on the Cornwall Health and Environment Committee, and advised Cornwall Council on their State of the Environment Report and Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.