Philip Halteman

Philip is an Associate at Compass Resource Management with a background in landscape ecology, water quality, and decision support.
Philip’s passion is using data-driven approaches to provide resource managers with insight into the sources and effects of uncertainty and into messy tradeoffs – the tricky bits of environmental management. He’s applied his skill set to an array of contexts; most recently, water quality management strategies, species at risk, and wildfire risk in agricultural areas.  Philip holds a PhD in Natural Resources Management and a Master’s degree in Botany, both from the University of Vermont, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Colorado College.
 
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I drive slower than most people’s grandparents.
 
How did you come to work at Compass?
I wanted a job where I got to help people make decisions that really matter, where I was challenged to learn and innovate constantly, and where I’d get to work with fascinating and brilliant people.  Also, I’m pretty good at begging.
 
Why do you do what you do?
Because I believe that with a little help, everyone has the ability to consistently make good decisions that make their world a little nicer.
 
What do you do when unplugged from work?
Cooking, pottery, music, soccer – or anything else that tempers the analytical side of my brain.
 
What truly blows your mind?
Murmurations.
 
Why?
Have you ever seen one??