Chester (Chet) Phillips is a Ph.D. student in the interdisciplinary Arid Lands Resource Sciences program. He currently works as Graduate Assistant for Sustainability for the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. He has previously taught English and been a research assistant to Dr. Sharon Megdal at the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), where he worked to put together the Arizona-Israeli-Palestinian Water Management and Policy Workshop. Chet has also previously worked for the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and, in 2004, as the Arizona state lead for Environmentalists for Kerry. Past awards include the Morris K. Udall Scholarship for Environmental Leadership and the Beth Rogers Graduate Fellowship in Nonfiction Writing. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science, a B.A. in Creative Writing, and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona.
Chet’s research interests lie at the intersection of conservation biology, environmental policy, and collaborative problem solving. In particular, his work focuses on protection of the lower San Pedro Watershed and natural resource planning at the community level for conservation and adaptation to resource scarcity and uncertainty.
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Topic or title of your dissertation/thesis:
Collaborative Conservation Planning in the Lower San Pedro Watershed