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Philip Tarrant

Philip Tarrant

Director of Informatics and Technology, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability


Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Director of Informatics and Technology, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Instructor, School of Sustainability


As Director of Informatics and Technology, Philip is responsible for managing the technology needs of the Institute including: research data, the Institute's web presence, application development, and all the underlying technology infrastructure. He also serves on ASU's Digital Strategy Board, and as co-chair for the Long Term Ecological Research Network Information Management Committee.

Philip is originally from England, where he had a successful career in information technology and wireless communications. He moved to Arizona in 2001, and seeking a fresh challenge, returned to full-time education at Arizona State University in 2002. He earned a B.S. in Conservation Biology (2005) and a M.N.S. (2007). His graduate research focused on the raptor (birds of prey) population in the Phoenix metropolitan area and their response to rapid urbanization. This subject continues to be an ongoing area of interest.

Philip has also worked as a researcher in the School of Life Sciences at ASU, exploring the potential of Earth Observation satellites as tools to monitor biological community structure and water quality in the central Arizona reservoir systems.

Philip actively advocates for high quality information management in the research setting, collaborating with colleagues across Arizona and the rest of the country with this goal in mind.


  • MNS, Biology, Arizona State University, 2007
  • BS, Conservation Biology, Arizona State University, 2005


Journal Articles


Tarrant, P. E., J. A. Amacher and S. Neuer. 2010. Assessing the potential of MERIS and MODIS data for monitoring total suspended matter in small and intermediate sized lakes and reservoirs. Water Resources Research 46:W09532.


Tarrant, P. E. and S. Neuer. 2009. Monitoring algal blooms in a southwestern U.S. reservoir system. EOS Transactions 90(5):38-39.



Tarrant, P. E., D. Julian and R. Raub. 2013. The virtual notebook: A "TurboTax®" approach to improving research metadata. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Warren, P. S., P. E. Tarrant, E. Adley, J. M. Grove, E. Shochat and S. H. Faeth. 2006. Humans in the urban food web: Emerging insights from Phoenix and Baltimore. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )



Warren, P. S., J. M. Grove, P. E. Tarrant, E. Adley, S. B. Lerman and E. Shochat. 2006. Humans in the urban food web: Insights from integrating social and biophysical science approaches in Phoenix and Baltimore. Presentation at the 6-11 August 2006 symposium, "The Urban Food Web: How Humans Alter the State and Interactions of Trophic Dynamics" at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Memphis, TN.