Laura Phillips - Ecologist

Ecologist Laura Phillips frees a bird from a mist net.
Ecologist Laura Phillips untangles a bird from a mist net.
Laura M. Phillips
Denali National Park and Preserve
PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


M. S. 2005. Wildlife Biology. University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
B. S. 1997. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. University of Florida, Gainesville.


2006-2009 and 2015-Present Ecologist, National Park Service.
Denali National Park and Preserve
2009-2015 Ecologist, National Park Service. Kenai Fjords National Park,

Skills and Interests
Avian ecology and conservation, bird migration, long-term monitoring of avian populations; climate change and resident bird populations; alpine ungulate management and population monitoring.


Robinson, B.H., H.A. Coletti, L.M. Phillips & A.N. Powell. 2018. Are prey remains accurate indicators of chick diet? A comparison of diet quantification techniques for Black Oystercatchers. Wader Study 125(1): 00–00.

Talbot, S. L., G. K. Sage, S. A. Sonsthagen, M. C. Gravley, T. Swem, J. C. Williams,J. L. Longmire, S. Ambrose, M. J. Flamme, S. B. Lewis, L. Phillips, C. Anderson, and C. M. White. 2017. Intraspecific evolutionary relationships among peregrine falcons in western North American high latitudes. Plos One 12(11):e0188185.

Phillips, L. 2018. Connecting Taiga to Tropics: Swainson's Thrush as a model for nearctic-neotropical migration in Alaska. Alaska Park Science 17.

Wilson, T. L., L. M. Phillips, and B. A. Mangipane. 2017. Improving bald eagle nest monitoring with a second spring survey. Journal of Wildlife Management 81: 545–551. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21219

Welling, L., J. Taylor, D. Payer, L. Phillips, and T. Jones. 2017. National Park Service participation in the Arctic Council. Alaska Park Science 16.

Phillips, L. M. and C. L. McIntyre. 2016. Critical connections: conserving migratory birds in Alaska’s National Parks. Alaska Park Science 14 (2).

Phillips, L. M., H. Coletti, and B. Robinson. 2016. Black oystercatchers in Kenai Fjords: a keystone of the intertidal zone. Alaska Park Science 14 (2).

Wilson, T.L., J.H. Schmidt, W.L. Thompson, L.M. Phillips. 2014. Using double-observer aerial surveys to monitor nesting bald eagles in Alaska: Are all nests available for detection? Journal of Wildlife Management 78: 1096–1103. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.753

Millsap B.A., T. F. Breen, and L. M. Phillips. 2013. Ecology of the Cooper's hawk in North Florida. North American Fauna 78:1–58. doi:10.3996/nafa.78.0001.

Bentzen, R. L., A. N. Powell, L. M. Phillips, and R. S. Suydam. 2010. Incubation behavior of king eiders on the coastal plain of northern Alaska. Polar Biology Published online: 11 March 2010.

Phillips, L. M., and A. N. Powell. 2009. Brood rearing ecology of King Eiders on the North Slope of Alaska. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:430-434.

Phillips L. M., A. N. Powell, E. T. Taylor, and E. A. Rexstad. 2007. Use of the Beaufort Sea by king eiders breeding on the North Slope of Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1892-1898.

Knoche, M. J., A. N. Powell, M. J. Wooller, L. T. Quakenbush, P. S. Barboza, and L. M. Phillips. 2007. Further evidence for site fidelity to wing molt locations by king eiders: integrating stable isotope analyses and satellite telemetry. Waterbirds 30:52-57.

Phillips, L. M., A. N. Powell, and E. A. Rexstad. 2006. Large-scale movements and habitat characteristics of king eiders throughout the nonbreeding period. Condor 108:887-900.

Phillips, L. M., and A. N. Powell. 2006. Evidence for wing molt and breeding site fidelity in king eiders. Waterbirds 29:148-153.