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Philip Tarrant

Philip Tarrant

Research Data Management Officer, Knowledge Enterprise Development


Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Arizona State University
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Research Data Management Officer, Knowledge Enterprise Development
  • Faculty Associate, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures


Philip combines many years of experience in technology and life sciences research as the Research Data Management Officer for the Knowledge Enterprise at Arizona State University. In this role he is responsible for the strategic initiatives that focus on the organization, management, publication and preservation of the data products produced by the university's research community. Philip actively advocates for high quality information management in the research setting, collaborating with colleagues both locally and nationally to achieve this goal. 

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. He earned a BS in Conservation Biology and a MNS. His graduate research focused on the raptor population in the Phoenix metropolitan area and their response to rapid urbanization. Philip has 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.


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


Journal Articles


Parr, C., C. Gries, M. O'Brien, R. R. Downs, R. Duerr, R. Koskela, P. E. Tarrant, K. E. Maull, N. Hoelbelheinrich and S. Stall. 2019. A discussion of value metrics for data repositories in earth and environmental sciences. Data Science Journal 18(1):Art. 58. DOI: 10.5334/dsj-2019-058. (link )


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.