Rebecca Lee Phillips, Ph.D.
Rebecca L. Phillips, Ph.D.
Dedicated to the advancement of ecological research, education and application to natural resource management for over 20 years

Professional Experience:

Landcare Research, New Zealand      

University of North Carolina

University of North Dakota                   

Colorado State University

University of Michigan                           

Mississippi University for Women

USDA Agricultural Research Service  

North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition

Certified Solar Energy Professional (North American Board of Certified Energy Professionals)


Rebecca Lee Phillips

Ecological Insights Corporation

130 69th Street SE

Hazelton, ND 58544

Tel: 1-701-425-6456

Scopus ID  7404241722

Current Research

  • Agricultural biogeochemistry

  • Methane sources and sinks

  • Denitrification

  • Greenhouse gases 

  • Soil microbial ecology

  • Grassland carbon and nitrogen cycling


University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

USGS EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Landcare Research, Lincoln, New Zealand

Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, Gloucester Point, VA

University of Connecticut, Groton, CT 

NIWA, Wellington, New Zealand

North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition

1. Wilson, S., Song, B., Phillips, R.L. 2020. Determining chemical factors controlling codenitrification.  American Chemical Society, in review.

2. Yoon, S., Song, B., Phillips, R.L., Chang, J., Joon, M. 2018. Ecophysiological implications of nitrogen oxide reduction pathways on greenhouse gas emissions in agroecosystems.  FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 95, doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiz066.

3. Semedo M, Song, B., Sparrer T.,Phillips R.L.  2018. Antibiotic effects on microbial communities responsible for denitrification and nitrous oxide production in grassland soils. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:2121. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02121

4. Phillips, R.L., Song, B., McMillan, A., Grelet, G., Weir, B., Palmada, T., Tobias, C. 2016. Chemical formation of hybrid di-nitrogen call fungal codenitrification into question. Nature Scientific Reports 6:39077. doi: 10.1038/srep39077.

5. Beringer, J., Hutley, L.B., McHugh, I., Arndt, S.K., Campbell, D., Cleugh, H.A., Cleverly, J., Resco de Dios, V., Eamus, D., Evans, B., Ewenz, C., Grace, P., Griebel, A., Haverd, V., Hinko-Najera, N., Huete, A., Isaac, P., Kanniah, K., Leuning, R., Liddell, M.J., Macfarlane, C., Meyer, W., Moore, C., Pendall, E., Phillips, A., Phillips, R.L., Prober, S., Restrepo-Coupe, N., Rutledge, S., Schroder, I., Silberstein, R., Southall, P., Sun, M., Tapper, N.J., van Gorsel, E., Vote, C., Walker, J., Wardlaw, T., 2016. An introduction to the Australian and New Zealand flux tower network - OzFlux. Biogeosciences, 13, 5895-5916,, doi:10.5194/bg-13-5895-2016.

6. Hunt, J., Laubach, J., Barthel, M., Fraser, A., Phillips, R.L., 2016. Carbon budgets for an irrigated intensively-grazed dairy pasture and an unirrigated winter-grazed pasture. Biogeosciences. 13: 2927-2944,, doi:10.5194/bg-13-2927-2016.

7. Owens, J., Clough, T.J., Laubach, J., Hunt, J.E., Venterea, R.T., Phillips, R.L., 2016. Nitrous oxide fluxes, soil oxygen, and denitrification potential from urine and non-urine treated soil under different irrigation frequencies. J Environ Qual. doi:10.2134/jeq2015.10.0516.

8. Phillips, R.L., Eken, M.R., Rundquist, B.C. 2016. A framework for estimating spatial variation in grassland structure for hill country landscapes. Hill Country Symposium Grassland Research Series No. 16, 119-126.

9. Phillips, R.L., Grelet, G., McMillan, A., Song, B., Weir, B., Palmada, T., Tobias, C., 2016. Fungal denitrification: Bipolaris sorokiniana exclusively denitrifies inorganic nitrogen in the presence and absence of oxygen. FEMS Microbiol Letters. 363(4):fnw007. doi:10.1093/femsle/fnw007

10. Phillips, R.L., C. Ficken, M. Eken, J. Hendrickson, and O. Beeri. 2016. Wetland soil carbon in a watershed context for the prairie pothole region. J Environ Qual. 45: 368-375.

11. van der Weerden, T.J., Cox, N., Luo, J., Di, H.J., Podolyan, A., Phillips, R.L., Saggar, S., de Klein, C., Ettema, P.,  Rys, G. 2016. Refining the New Zealand nitrous oxide emission factor for urea fertilizer and farm dairy effluent. Agr Ecosyst Environ. 222: 133-137.

12. van der Weerden, T.J., Luo, J., Di, H.J., Podolyan, A., Phillips, R.L., Saggar, S., de Klein, C.A.M., Ettema, P., Rys, G., 2016. Nitrous oxide emissions from urea fertiliser and effluent with and without inhibitors applied to pasture. Agr Ecosyst Environ. 219: 58-70.

13. McMillan, A., Pal, P., Phillips, R.L., Palmada, T., Berben, P., Jha, N., Saggar, S., Luo, J. 2016. Can pH amendments in grazed pastures help reduce nitrous oxide emissions? - The effects of liming and urine addition on the completion of denitrification in fluvial and volcanic soils.  Soil Biol Biochem 93: 90-104.

14. Phillips, R.L., M. Eken, and M. West. 2015. Soil organic carbon beneath croplands and re-established grasslands in the North Dakota Prairie Pothole region. Environ Manage 55:1191-1199.

15. Phillips, R.L, A.M.T. McMillan, T. Palmada, and J. Dando. 2014.  Temperature effects on nitrous oxide and di-nitrogen production in a New Zealand pasture soil.  New Zealand J Agr Res 58(1); 89-95. DOI:

16. Gilmanov T., J. Baker, R.L. Phillips, et al. 2014. Productivity and carbon dioxide exchange of the leguminous crops: estimates from flux tower measurements. Agron J 106:549-559.

17. McMillan, A., R.L. Phillips, P. Berben, T. Palmada, N. Jha, and S. Saggar. 2014. Nutrient Management for the Farm, Catchment and Community Occasional Report 27:1-14.

18. Savage, K., R.L. Phillips, and E. Davidson. 2013. High temporal frequency measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from soils. Biogeosciences 10:18277–18308.

19. Phillips, R.L., D.W.T. Griffith, F. Dijkstra, G. Lugg, R. Lowrie, and B. Macdonald. 2013. Tracking short-term effects of nitrogen-15 addition on nitrous oxide fluxes using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. J Environ Qual 42:1347–1350.

20. Phillips, R.L., M. West, N. Saliendra, B. Rundquist, and D. Pool. 2013. Prediction of senescent rangeland canopy structural attributes with airborne hyperspectral imagery. GIScience Remote Sens 50:133–153.

21. Long, A., J. Heitman, C. Tobias, R.L. Phillips, and B. Song. 2013. Co-occurring anammox, denitrification, and codenitrification in agricultural soils. Appl Environ Microb 79:168–176.

22. Phillips, R.L., M. Ngugi, J. Hendrickson, E. Smith, and M. West. 2012. Mixed-grass prairie canopy structure and spectral reflectance vary with topographic position. Environ Manage 50:914–928.

23. Schmer, M., M. Liebig, J. Hendrickson, D. Tanaka, and R.L. Phillips. 2012. Growing season greenhouse gas flux from switchgrass in the Northern Great Plains. Biomass Bioenerg 45:315–319.

24. Wick, A.F., R.L. Phillips, M. Liebig, M. West, and L. Daniels. 2012. Linkages between soil micro-site properties and carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions during a simulated thaw for a northern prairie Mollisol. Soil Biol Biochem 50:118–125.

25. Phillips, R.L., A.F. Wick, M. Liebig, M. West, and L. Daniels. 2012. Biogenic emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide increase exponentially at multiple depths during a simulated soil thaw for a northern prairie Mollisol. Soil Biol Biochem 45:14–22.

26. Polley, W., R.L. Phillips, A.B. Frank, J.A. Bradford, P.L. Sims, J.A. Morgan, and J.R. Kiniry. 2011. Variability in light use efficiency for gross primary productivity on Great Plains grasslands. Ecosystems 14:15–2.

27. Liebig, M.A., J.R. Gross, S.L. Kronberg, R.L. Phillips, and J.D. Hanson. 2010. Grazing management contributes to net global warming potential: A long term evaluation in the northern Great Plains. J Environ Qual 39:799–809.