Welcome to the website of Julie Phillips
Julie Phillips, Tule Elk Biologist and Researcher
Executive Director, Tule Elk Foundation tuleelkfoundation.com
Environmental Science and Wildlife Science Technician (WST) Program Instructor
Facilitator for Planet Earth!
Julie (and her husband Stuart Phillips) are the co-founders of the California Nature Center, Phillips Sustainable Living and Green Building Team in Santa Cruz County, California - promoting the natural sciences (study of nature), environmental education, passive solar design, green building and sustainable living concepts for over 30 years -
Our newest publication in the Wildlife Science Technician (WST) Program, ES Department, De Anza College:
Safe Passage for Coyote Valley: A Wildlife Linkage for the Highway 101 Corridor
Why do we think this historic safe passage document for the Coyote Valley landscape is important?
It is essential to reconnect California's Students with Science and Nature!
It is essential for faculty, students, leadership and the public to work together to design a more sustainable society by protecting landscapes that preserve ecological systems and services including the preservation of native species (and California endemics like tule elk) in this Biodiversity Hotspot called California!
Working together to promote energy efficiency, resource conservation, stewardship of our natural resources and a sustainable society!
Julie Phillips 2012
What is my approach to teaching and learning about nature, the study of ecosystems, wildlife and environmental science?
the landscape and how wildlife move and disperse is as important as
studying the structure of DNA. Reconnecting our students and the public
with the landscape is as important as any subject taught in our
schools, colleges and universities."
Julie Phillips, 2009
energy efficiency, resource conservation and building performance is as
important as any subject taught in our schools, colleges and
Julie Phillips, 2010
"The Endangered Species Act of 1973 acknowledges the rights of species to exist over time. Landscape ecology and the passage of AB 2785 (which amends California Department of Fish & Game Code to identify wildlife corridors in California) acknowledges the rights of species to move over time and we must plan accordingly" Julie has spoken extensively on educational, environmental and sustainability (including green building) topics at national and state conferences on behalf of the Environmental Studies Department including:
Julie Phillips, 2010
"In the United States, property owners do not own the wildlife living on their lands; wildlife resources are public resources, protected under the Public Trust Doctrine. The government of the people holds these resources in trust for all the people and is obliged to provide protection for these resources." R.T. Wright & D.F. Boorse, Environmental Science, Toward A Sustainable Future 2011
"The Public Trust Doctrine acknowledges the right of the public to advocate and participate in the protection, preservation and restoration of species and the landscape. This oversight role should not be the sole responsibility of resource agencies, private landowners, land trusts, nonprofits and private foundations. We must engage the public and students in these processes as they learn to be good stewards of the land"
Julie Phillips, 2010
CCC League of Innovation Presentation. Wildlife Corridor Technician (WCT) Program and Building Corridors for Students and Wildlife. Foothill-DeAnza. CCD. February, 2011.
Butte College Sustainability Conference. Sustainability and Our 3 Global Challenges. October, 2009.
URMIA (University/College Risk Management) Conference. Benefits of Building Sustainability into Your Organization-Reduce the Risks! March, 2009.
California Community Colleges Green Technology Summit. Sustainability and Sustainable Curriculum in the CCC System. October, 2008.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) Volunteer Training Workshop. Sustainability and Wildlife Corridor Protection in the Central Coast Region. September, 2008.
UC Merced Sustainability Conference. Green Building in Schools and Colleges: Working Toward a Sustainable Future. April, 2003.
Julie Phillips' publications, reports and sustainability efforts include the following:
J. Phillips, R. Phillips, N. Srinivasan, D. Aso, W. Lao & P. Cornely. Safe Passage for Coyote Valley: A Wildlife Linkage for the Highway 101 Corridor. De Anza College. 2012..
R. Phillips, T. Diamond, J. Phillips, P. Cornely, V. Jennings and L. Morton. Coyote Valley Wildlife Corridor Monitoring Program 2008 Annual Report. De Anza College Wildlife Corridor Stewardship Team. 2009.
J. Phillips. College in the Coyote Valley Would Put Wildlife At Risk. Special Editorial to the San Jose Mercury. 2009.
J. Phillips. Coyote Valley Specific Plan's Draft EIR Comments. Submitted to the City of San Jose Development Services. 2007.
D. Aitken and J. Phillips. The Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies - A 17 Year Odyssey from Campus Vision to Architectural Fulfillment. American Solar Energy Society (ASES). 2006.
J. Phillips, S. Barnes, B. Benson, P. Cornely and Kristin Jensen Sullivan. Energy Training Handbook: Training Recommendations for California and the California Community College System. Statewide Energy Management Program (SEMP) in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Chancellor's Office of the California Community College System. 2002.
J. Phillips, S. Barnes, B. Benson, P. Cornely and Kristin Jensen Sullivan. Energy Policy Handbook: Policy Recommendations for California and the California Community College System. Statewide Energy Management Program (SEMP) in partnership with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Chancellor's Office of the California Community College System. 2002
J. Phillips and M. Kutilek. Pozo Tule Elk Subherds in San Luis Obispo County, California. Final Report to California Department of Fish & Game, 1988.
J. Phillips, M. Kutilek and R. Duke. San Antonio Tule Elk Herd Monitoring Project Final Report. 1987.
J. Phillips, M. Kutilek and R. Duke. San Antonio Tule Elk Herd Monitoring Project Final Report. 1986.
J. Phillips. Acclimation of Reintroduced Tule Elk in the Diablo Range, California. Master's Thesis. Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University. (Also report to California Department of Fish & Game). 1985.
J. Phillips and M. Kutilek. Habitat Utilization and Acclimation of Reintroduced Tule Elk in the Mount Hamilton Region of the Diablo Range, California. TWS Technical Session No. 2: Emphasis Species Research and Management. The Wildlife Society (Western Section). Fifteenth Annual Joint Conference. Sacramento, California. 1984.
J. Phillips, M. Kutilek and J. Shreve. Habitat Utilization and Acclimation of Reintroduced Tule Elk in the Central Diablo Range of California (abstract only) and presentation. Proceedings and Conference of The Western States Elk Workshop, Flagstaff, Arizona. 1982.