Tina Phillips

Assistant Director, Engagement in Science and Nature


Citizen Science • Evaluation • Learning • Social Science

I conduct social science research and evaluation across numerous citizen science projects both within and outside the Cornell Lab. My research interests center on understanding and documenting the educational, social, and conservation impacts of citizen science globally.


M.A. and Ph.D., Education, Cornell University
B.S., Biology, Stony Brook University

Beyond the Lab

When not working, I enjoy bird watching, hiking, gardening, skiing, and spending time with my husband, two children, and four dogs.

Recent Publications

Becker-Klein, R., C. Davis, T. B. Phillips, V. D. Bianco, A. G. Nelson, and E. C. Ronning (2023). Using shared embedded assessment tools to understand participant skills: processes and lessons learned. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 8:20.
Mady, R. P., T. B. Phillips, D. N. Bonter, C. Quimby, J. Borland, C. Eldermire, B. T. Walters, S. A. Parry, and M. Chu (2023). Engagement in the data collection phase of the scientific process is key for enhancing learning gains. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 8:14.
Bonter, D. N., V. Martin, E. I. Greig, and T. B. Phillips (2023). [In press] Participant retention in a continental-scale citizen science project increases with the diversity of species detected. BioScience.
Phillips, T. B., N. M. Wells, A. H. Brown, J. R. Tralins, and D. N. Bonter (2023). Nature and well-being: the association of nature engagement and well-being during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. People and Nature 5:607–620.
Rosenblatt, C. J., A. A. Dayer, J. N. Duberstein, T. B. Phillips, H. W. Harshaw, D. C. Fulton, N. W. Cole, A. H. Raedeke, J. D. Rutter, and C. L. Wood (2022). Highly specialized recreationists contribute the most to the citizen science project eBird. Ornithological Applications:duac008.
Davis, C., V. Del Bianco, K. Peterman, A. Grover, T. Phillips, and R. Becker-Klein (2022). Diverse and important ways evaluation can support and advance citizen science. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 7:30.
Phillips, T. B., A. Parker, A. Bowser, and M. Haklay (2021). Publicly generated data: the role of Citizen-Science for knowledge production, action, and public engagement. In Closing the knowledge-implementation gap in conservation science - Evidence transfer across spatiotemporal scales and different stakeholders (C. Ferreira and C. F. C. Klütsch, Editors). Springer International Publishing, Basel.
Phillips, T. B., R. L. Bailey, V. Martin, H. Faulkner-Grant, and D. N. Bonter (2021). The role of citizen science in management of invasive avian species: What people think, know, and do. Journal of Environmental Management 280:111709.
Williams, A., A. A. Dayer, J. N. Hernandez‐Aguilera, T. B. Phillips, H. Faulkner‐Grant, M. I. Gómez, and A. D. Rodewald (2021). Tapping birdwatchers to promote bird-friendly coffee consumption and conserve birds. People and Nature 3:312–324.
Stylinski, C. D., K. Peterman, T. Phillips, J. Linhart, and R. Becker-Klein (2020). Assessing science inquiry skills of citizen science volunteers: A snapshot of the field. International Journal of Science Education, Part B 10:77–92.
Bailey, R. L., H. A. Faulkner‐Grant, V. Y. Martin, T. B. Phillips, and D. N. Bonter (2020). Nest usurpation by non-native birds and the role of people in nest box management. Conservation Science and Practice 2:e185.
Briggs, L., N. Trautmann, and T. Phillips (2019). Exploring challenges and lessons learned in cross-cultural environmental education research. Evaluation and Program Planning 73:156–162.
Dayer, A. A., C. Rosenblatt, D. N. Bonter, H. Faulkner, R. J. Hall, W. M. Hochachka, T. B. Phillips, and D. M. Hawley (2019). Observations at backyard bird feeders influence the emotions and actions of people that feed birds. People and Nature 1:138–151.
Edwards, R., S. Kirn, T. Hillman, L. Kloetzer, K. Matheison, D. McDonnell, and T. Phillips (2019). [In press] Learning and developing science capital through citizen science. In Citizen Science - Innovation in Open Science. UCL Press, London.
Phillips, T. B., H. L. Ballard, B. V. Lewenstein, and R. Bonney (2019). Engagement in science through citizen science: Moving beyond data collection. Science Education 103:665–690.
Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning, Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018). Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design. National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.
Edwards, R., S. Kirn, T. Hillman, L. Kloetzer, K. Mathieson, D. McDonnell, and T. Phillips (2018). Learning and developing science capital through citizen science. In Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy (S. Hecker, M. Haklay, A. Bowser, Z. Makuch, J. Vogel and A. Bonn, Editors). UCL Press, London.
Phillips, T., N. Porticella, M. Constas, and R. Bonney (2018). A framework for articulating and measuring individual learning outcomes from participation in citizen science. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice 3:3.
Ballard, H. L., T. B. Phillips, and L. Robinson (2018). Conservation outcomes of citizen science. In Citizen Science - Innovation in Open Science, Society, and Policy. UCL Press, London.
Sullivan, B. L., T. Phillips, A. A. Dayer, C. L. Wood, A. Farnsworth, M. J. Iliff, I. J. Davies, A. Wiggins, D. Fink, W. M. Hochachka, A. D. Rodewald, et al. (2017). Using open access observational data for conservation action: A case study for birds. Biological Conservation 208:5–14.
McKinley, D. C., A. J. Miller-Rushing, H. L. Ballard, R. Bonney, H. Brown, S. C. Cook-Patton, D. M. Evans, R. A. French, J. K. Parrish, T. B. Phillips, S. F. Ryan, et al. (2017). Citizen science can improve conservation science, natural resource management, and environmental protection. Biological Conservation 208:15–28.
Phillips, T. B., and H. L. Ballard (no date). [In press] Informal Learning Through Citizen Science: Authentic, Meaningful, Impactful. In Amplifying Informal Science Learning (J. Diamond and S. Rosenfeld, Editors). Routledge, Abindon, UK.
Tina Phillips
Center Engagement in Science and Nature
Email cbp6@cornell.edu

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