Dr. 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, was a Fulbright Research Scholar (at the University of Auckland, New Zealand), and is the recipient of a national distinguished teaching award.
He has served as Chair of the San Diego County Planning Commission, on the Board of Directors of the San Diego 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 the Board of Trustees for the Anza-Borrego Foundation.
Phil is a frequent lecturer locally on a variety of topics, especially in the Oasis program for seniors. These topics include Antarctica, the countries of Egypt and Jordan, various aspects of environmental conservation, bird migration, and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
The topics also include a one-hour presentation on Mary Magdalene, explaining what we know about her, what the Gnostic Gospels say about her, and what we’d like to know in more detail about her.
He has served as editor and partial author for all five editions of his book, San Diego: An Introduction to the Region.
In his spare time, Phil’s primary avocational interest is birding. He has taught courses on techniques of bird identification for the San Diego Audubon Society and other organizations for over thirty 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.