Raymond B. Phillips
Assistant Professor of Biology; Director of Information Technology Services
4209 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8842
Ph.D. - University of California, Berkeley (Department of Botany - Plant Systematics specialty)
Areas of Expertise
- Educational technology
- Information systems management
- Computer systems and networks
- Principles of biological classification
- Plant identification, classification and evolution
- Phylogenetic systematics
- Reconstructing evolutionary relationships
Ray came to Colby in 1984 as Coordinator of Academic Computing and Assistant Professor of Biololgy and was promoted to Director in 1987. He earned a B.A. in Botany from Pomona College, studied tropical botany in Malaysia, and earned a Ph.D. in Plant Systematics from the University of California at Berkeley. His research involves use of computer assisted methods for assessing patterns of similarity, hypothesizing evolutionary relationships and the practical and theoretical advantages of using phylogenetic relationships for constructing classifications, the approach now widely used by biological systematists.
Ray grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, was a rock climbing instructor in the Sierra Nevada, a Park Ranger (law enforcement and search and rescue) in Yosemite National Park, held research and teaching assistantships at UC Berkeley and held a faculty position at the University of Oklahoma prior to coming to Colby. Ray has served on the board of directors of NERCOMP, various EDUCAUSE study groups, currently an Internet2 initiative in privacy controls and access protection, was a trustee of Bangor Theological Seminary through its final six years and is now on the board of the BTS Center. He plays trumpet in several orchestras and other ensembles.
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