Phillip Kiddoo

Air Pollution Control Officer

Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District


Mr. Kiddoo received a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Zoology form the University of California Santa Barbara in 1998 with an environmental ecology focus. Mr. Kiddoo began his scientific career with the California Department of Fish and Game in 2000 working on high mountain lake ecological restoration projects in the Sierra Nevada. After five successful years of alpine lake restoration, Mr. Kiddoo left seasonal employment over fifteen years ago for a full-time permanent position at the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (District), a local unified regional agency comprised of Alpine, Mono and Inyo counties. After five years as an entry level Research Systems Analyst, Mr. Kiddoo was promoted to a management position as the District’s Senior Research and Systems Analyst. After five years of overseeing, managing, and supervising the District’s Data Systems and Technology Division, Mr. Kiddoo was appointment as Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) by the Great Basin Governing Board in 2015. Working his way through the ranks at the District, Mr. Kiddoo’s work has covered an extremely broad spectrum of duties and responsibilities at the agency. Currently as the District’s APCO, Mr. Kiddoo oversees all operations and functions of the District. The APCO is the District’s Chief Executive and General Manager, responsible for enforcing all federal, state, and local air quality laws to protect public health and the environment from the harmful effects of air pollution.


Why We Care

  • While photographing at The Great Salt Lake, I learned that it is a vastly different experience than other bodies of water. It is other-worldy, eerie, and beautiful at the same time. It is calming, peaceful, and a very inspirational place to be. Some may call the experience spiritual. Others may call it freeing. I call it magical.

    My favorite quote is by Loren Eisley; “If there is magic in this world, it is contained in water.” I absolutely believe that The Great Salt Lake is a place of magic, and that is what I strive to showcase.

    -- Tylyn Cullison, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant