Phil Saksa

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Blue Forest

Phil Saksa is co-founder & Chief Scientist at Blue Forest and has more than a decade of experience in ecosystem services and watershed management.

Phil has a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems and was previously with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at UC Merced, where he focused on water supply impacts from forest management, wildfire, and climate in California’s Sierra Nevada.

Phil joined Blue Forest in 2017 and leads the evaluation of environmental benefits from ecosystem restoration projects.

​​​​​​​He also leads Blue Forest’s partnerships with academic and research organizations for developing evaluation tools and metrics that can quantify the intrinsic and economic benefits of healthy ecosystems.