In the realm of natural sciences, I am a plant ecologist and a wetland ecologist. My work focuses on what long-term monitoring can tell us about the stability of wetland communities, along with a more recent emphasis on invasive species (both European buckthorn, which has invaded the woods on campus, and Reed Canary Grass in the wetlands I study).
In the realm of teaching, effective science pedagogy is my primary scholarly interest. This has led me to change what I am doing in the classroom, analyze our approach to the laboratory in General Biology and design a support course for underprepared and at-risk students in General Biology.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1993
Bachelor of Arts, Biology
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, 1982
Faculty Teaching and Advising Award. (2003). College of St. Catherine
MRI: Acquisition of Instrumentation to Enhance Faculty-Student Research in Community Ecology and Biogeochemistry (2009).
Implementation of Investigative Laboratories for Undergraduate Women: A Model for Introductory Biology (1996).
Professor, St. Catherine University, 2007–Present
Associate Professor, College of St. Catherine, 2000–2007
Assistant Professor, College of St. Catherine, 1993–2000
Instructor, St. John's University, 1993–1993
Phillips, M., Gildesoph, L., Myers, M., Norton, C., Olson, A., Tweeten, K. & Wygal, D. (2007). "Investigative Labs in Biology: The Importance of Attending to Team Dynamics." Journal of College Science Teaching. (37, 2, 23-27)
Norton, C., Gildensoph, L., Phillips, M., Wygal, D., Olson, K., Pellegrini, J. & Tweeten, K. (1997). "Reinvigorating introductory biology: A theme-based, investigative approach to teaching biology majors." Journal of College Science Teaching. (27, 2, 121-126)
Magazine or Trade Publication
Tweeten, K., Myers, M., Norton, C., Gildensoph, L., Phillips, M. & Wygal, D. (2006). Animating a biology curriculum with research, Council of Undergraduate Research
Hanley, M. & Phillips, M. (2007). Leading Transformative Change, Madison WI, Magna Publications Inc.
Phillips, M. (2002). PowerWeb: Botany with Annual Editions, McGraw-Hill
Phillips, M. & Spaeth, C. (2014). "Integrating and Inspiring Cultural Competence and Global Perspectives in a General Education Capstone." AAC&U’s National Conference on Global Learning in College.
Hafdahl, C. & Phillips, M. (2009). "Competition between an invasive grass, Phalarus arundinacea, and a Minnesota native, Calamagrostis canadensis, under varying nutrient conditions." Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference
Miyamoto, C. & Phillips, M. (2007). "Patterns in distribution and abundance of reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) in undisturbed wetlands at the Cedar Creek Natural History Area, Minnesota." Annual meeting of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences
Phillips, M. (2006). "Long-term trends in abundance of the invasive species Phalaris arundinacea in undisturbed wetlands at the Cedar Creek Natural History Area, Minnesota." Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of American
Phillips, M. & Hanley, M. (2006). "Grass-Roots Tactics for Institutional Change: Building a Learning-Centered Institution." Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning: Building a Learning-Centered Institution
Hanley, M. & Phillips, M. (2005). "Articulating Liberal Arts Goals: A Process and Product to Integrate Student Learning." AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference: Integrative Learning: Creating Opportunities to Connect
Phillips, M., Hanley, M. & Richter-Norgel, E. (2004). "Claiming a Community of Connection: A Process for Enhancing Intentional Learning." AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference Educating Intentional Learners: New Connections for Academic and Student Affairs
Nichols, J., Phillips, M. & Lehman, C. (2002). "Diversity and Stability in Natural Systems: Findings from Wetland Plant Communities in Minnesota." Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
Phillips, M., Nichols, J. & Lehman, C. (2002). "Diversity and Stability in Natural Systems: Findings from Wetland Plant Communities in Minnesota." Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (Poster session)
Phillips, M., Gildensoph, L., Norton, C. & Wygal, D. (1999). "Ecological research projects in General Biology: Freshmen CAN do research." Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America
Phillips, M. (1996). "Effects of litter addition and removal in different seasons on two sedge-dominated wetlands." Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America