About Philip

Philip Halliwell completed undergraduate studies at Penn State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering. He followed this degree with a MS in Environmental Engineering, also at Penn State. His masters work focused on hydrologic impacts and river restoration. After a ten-year engineering career in the public and private sectors, he turned his focus to environmental science and sustainability education. Philip completed a doctorate in Sustainability Education at Prescott College, focusing specifically on social-ecology and diverse citizen science in the National Parks. In addition to his position as a research scientist with the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, he concurrently serves as affiliate faculty with GDPE (CSU) and adjunct faculty for Colorado Mountain College teaching environmental science and sustainability, a position he has held since 2011. His love for engaging students in the natural sciences led him to partner in a faculty position with the Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network in 2018. He strongly believes that experiential nature education is one of the greatest tools to positively impact individuals, as well as society at large. Philip continues to explore the transformative effects that nature and science education may have on people. At the foundation of all his work is a desire to broaden and diversify science fields. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys living the mountain life, rafting, skiing, and fly fishing with his wife and children in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

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  • Sustainability Education
  • Citizen Science
  • National Parks & Protected Areas
  • Place Attachment
  • Stewardship Motivations
  • Connected Learning
  • Diversified Science
  • Pollinator Ecology


Ph.D. , Sustainability Education - Prescott College
Prescott, AZ, 2019

MS, Environmental Engineering - Penn State University
State College, PA, 2010

BS, Industrial Engineering - Penn State University
State College, PA, 2002

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Faculty of the Year (Colorado Mountain College) , 2014

Selected Articles

Twenty?First?Century Climate Education: Developing Diverse, Confident, and Competent Leaders in Environmental Sustainability

Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 1-12, April

Learning to love protected areas: Citizen science projects inspire place attachment for diverse students in United States National Parks

Journal of Geoscience Education, 1-9, June 24


Community Based Experiential Learning

Connected Learning Summit, Vitual, July

Connections With Nature

Baruch Climate Scholar Didactic Speaker, New York, NY, November

National Park Citizen Science: Evaluating Place Attachment and Stewardship

Prescott College Sustainability Symposium, Prescott, AZ, April

National Park Citizen Science: Evaluating Place Attachment and Stewardship

Prescott College Sustainability Symposium, Prescott, AZ, April

The Power of Citizen Science

CMC Golden Hour Lecture Series, Glenwood Springs, CO, March

National Park Citizen Science Inspiring Place Attachment & Stewardship

Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Biannual Conference, Big Sky, MT, September

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