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Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Tina Phillips

Evaluation Program Manager, Department of Program Development and Evaluation, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Tina Phillips

Tina Phillips is the Evaluation Program Manager at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO), and Project Leader for DEVISE, an NSF-funded project that aims to support PPSR practitioners in developing and implementing contextually appropriate evaluation designs and strategies. She was one of the authors in a project under the auspices of CAISE (Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education) to produce a landmark report: Public Participation in Scientific Research: Defining the Field and Assessing its Potential for Informal Science Education.

Tina received a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she held several research positions studying animal behavior in fish and primates. Following her undergraduate studies, she spent several years in Colorado working for the United States Forest Service documenting presence or absence of endangered, threatened, and sensitive species. In 1998, she returned to New York and began working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the Citizen Science program as the NestWatch project leader for more than a decade. During this time, she used citizen-science collected data to study the breeding biology of birds and promote the educational and scientific objectives of the project.


Tina holds a Master’s in Education from Cornell University and is currently pursuing her PhD in education at Cornell. Her research will examine the relationship between citizen scientists’ participation and outcomes related to knowledge, skills, and behavior. When not working, her personal interests include bird watching, hiking, gardening, skiing, and spending time with her husband, two children, three dogs and one cat.