Carly Phillips

Kendall Fellow

Carly Philips is the Kendall Fellow for Protecting Carbon in Alaska’s Boreal Forests with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Her work focuses on protecting carbon in boreal forests, specifically as wildfires increasingly threaten these ecosystems in Alaska. Dr. Phillips is leading a two-year collaboration between UCS and the Woods Hole Research Center that combines predictive modeling with economic analysis to weigh the cost of fire suppression against the social cost of large-scale carbon release.

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Phillips studied carbon cycling in arctic ecosystems at the Odum School of Ecology and Center for Permafrost in Copenhagen, Denmark. She worked in both arctic Alaska and Sweden investigating how soil processes respond to a rapidly changing climate. Dr. Phillip holds a PhD in ecology from the University of Georgia and an BA in biology from Occidental College.