About Me


My particular specialization is birds, specifically raptors, although I have studied all taxa and have completed many habitat assessments. I am interested in the ecological interactions between all taxa and how the abiotic factors influence these species and their relationships. With California experiencing a serious drought I think it is a better time than ever to better understand these ecological interactions. I have worked with many species of birds in the United States and Belize.

Before receiving a teaching position at De Anza College I lived in Belize, Central America working as a Biologist with The Peregrine Fund on the Harpy Eagle Restoration Project. After witnessing the threats and little information known about raptors I founded the Belize Raptor Research Institute to give locals opportunities to study and protect their biodiversity.

Through these experiences I have gained to appreciate how critical education is. At De Anza College I teach numerous classes related to Wildlife Science and have the honor to teach such amazing students. I am the Lead Instructor for the Wildlife Science Technician Program.

Classes I Teach

Spring 2019

40254ESCI 11Environmental Science
40256ESCI 1L1Environmental Science Laboratory
40257ESCI 1L2Environmental Science Laboratory
45999ESCI 9255Santa Clara County Field Studies: Raptors

Winter 2019

00633ESCI 12Environmental Science
30387ESCI 1L2Environmental Science Laboratory

Faculty Info

Ryan Phillips

Ryan Phillips

Environmental Studies



KC 216


Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Fisheries, Conservation Biology with an emphasis in Ornithology, University of California, Davis

Office Hours

Spring 2018

By appointment.

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