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Oliver Phillips Prof Oliver Phillips

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 36832

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Short CV

Present Position

  • Professor in Tropical Ecology, Earth and Biosphere Institute and School of Geography, University of Leeds, U.K.
    Since 2006

Previous Posts

  • Reader in Tropical Ecology, Earth and Biosphere Institute and School of Geography, University of Leeds, U.K 2003-2006
  • Lecturer, School of Geography and Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Leeds, U.K. 1999-2003
  • Natural Environment Research Council Research Fellow 1996-1999
  • 1995-96 Research Fellow in Biodiversity, School of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • 1994-95 Project Coordinator for the Missouri Botanical Garden, U.S.A.: Gentry tropical forest diversity project.
  • 1993-94 Consultant to the Centre for Plant Conservation, U.S.A.
  • 1991 Consultant to Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc., U.S.A.: Ecological and sociological feasibility study of sustained-yield extraction of Croton lechleri medicinal latex.

Qualifications & Education

  • 1988-1993 PhD 'Comparative Valuation of Tropical Forests in Amazonian Peru'
  • 1989 Organisation for Tropical Studies graduate student field course (Tropical Managed Ecosystems), Costa Rica
  • 1984-1987 St Catharine's College, Cambridge University, First Class Degree in Natural Sciences

Membership of Learned Societies

  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation,
  • International Association for Vegetation Science (Journal of Vegetation Science editorial board since 2003)
  • British Ecological Society
  • Tambopata Reserve Society (Scientific Advisor since 1999)
  • Society for Economic Botany (1996-1999 Council Member)

Other Details

Commitee Membership

  • Council member, Society for Economic Botany (USA) 1996-1999

Other Posts

  • Research Associate, Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
  • Interdisciplinary Committee, World Cultural Council (Mexico)
  • Scientific Advisor, Tambopata Reserve Society
  • Steering Committee, University of Leeds Earth and Biosphere Institute