Philip Conkling, President
has broad experience in both the not-for-profit and for profit worlds.
Originally trained as a forester manager and ecologist, Philip served as the executive vice president of a timberland company in northern Maine, negotiating sales contracts, managing logging subcontractors and ensuring compliance with government regulations on 100,000-acre ownership in northern Maine.
With a background in both conservation and business, Philip launched the Island Institute with a vision of helping communities and owners balance natural resource protection and community development objectives.
As part of his
has traveled extensively on voyages to Arctic and sub Arctic regions of both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and written extensively on sustainability issues facing coastal and island villages throughout northern and coastal regions.
Philip is the founding publisher of Island Journal and the author of Islands in Time, A Natural and Cultural History of the Islands of the Gulf of Maine.
conceived and edited From Cape Cod to the Bay of Fundy - An Environmental Atlas of the Gulf of Maine and most recently also conceived and edited The Fate of Greenland-Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change, which won the Phi Beta Kappa award for science book of the year.
He has also served for 20 years as the founding publisher and editor for The Working Waterfront, where he writes the Long View and Objects in Mirror columns, now circulated monthly to 65,000 readers along the coast of Maine and across the country.
also contributes a bi-monthly column to National Fisherman called From the Town Landing.
In addition to his
work in organizational leadership and publications, Philip Conkling
has extensive experience with and knowledge of education, alternative energy, marine resources and community development issues around the coasts and rural areas of America.
He currently serves on the board of Fox Island Wind, a community wind power company that has brought energy independence to the communities of Vinalhaven and North Haven off the coast of Maine.