PHILIP R. PRYDE is professor emeritus of environmental studies in the Department of Geography at San Diego State University, where he taught courses in environmental policy for 32 years. His specialties were water resources, energy resources, land use planning, and environmental impact analysis.
While teaching at SDSU, he authored six books and over a hundred published papers on environmental topics, has been a Fulbright Research Scholar (at the University of Auckland), and is the recipient of a national distinguished teaching award.
In the community, he has served as Chair of the San Diego County Planning Commission, on the Board of Directors of the County Water Authority, and as a County Flood Control Commissioner. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego River Park Foundation, and from 1989 to 2010 he served on the Board of the Joint Powers Authority for the San Dieguito River Park.
He has been a frequent lecturer locally on a variety of topics, including renewable energy, various aspects of environmental conservation, and the possible effects of climate change in the San Diego area.
He has served as editor and partial author for all five editions of San Diego: An Introduction to the Region.
Phil’s primary avocational interest is birding, and he has taught courses on techniques of bird identification for the San Diego Audubon Society for over twenty-five years. He has led birding trips to numerous North American venues from Alaska to Maine to Baja California, and has birded on all seven continents.