Phil got his BS and MS from Caltech (1975), and his PhD from the Univ. of Colorado (1980). He held a postdoctoral appointment at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (1981-1983), and then joined the staff of Kitt Peak National Observatory in 1984 as a staff astronomer. His duties there included looking after the 4-meter telescope as its telescope scientist. He analyzed the termal environment in order to improve the delivered image quality (seeing). Phil joined the Lowell Observatory staff in September, 2000.
Phil's current and past research interests include: