Julie Wittmann (“Protecthabitat”) is a credentialed science teacher who received an MS in Biology at Sonoma State University, BS in Wildlife Conservation Biology at UC Davis and AS at Santa Rosa Junior College. Julie, who is also a certified California Naturalist has a passion for including the general public in areas involving education and research and supports teachers and naturalist educators with related citizen science curriculum on this website.
Julie’s research at Sonoma State University with the Girman Biology Group focused on the impact of microgeographic features and changing seasonal climate variables on the phenology of herpetofauna within the North Bay Area. Her research occurred on nature preserves in the Mayacamas Mountains at Pepperwood Preserve and Sonoma State University’s Fairfield Osborn Preserve. These areas are located within Sonoma County, both of which are incorporated within the Bay Area Critical Linkage Area, an area deemed critical to protect for conservation purposes. Julie incorporated the participation from volunteers including nature preserve affiliates and undergraduate college students using citizen science smartphone technology for several aspects of her project.
As a credentialed high school biology teacher in the North Bay Area, Julie’s students focused on the first high school iNaturalist project, Montgomery High School Ecology Project. Julie continues to provide students opportunities to participate in service-learning activities in both the high school and college setting. She really enjoys collaborating with other biology teachers who are interested in implementing volunteers and citizen scientist into their curriculum. On this website you will find her iNaturalist project outline and related curriculum available for those interested in implementing a secondary school-level or college-level volunteer citizen science project. She would love to connect with other teachers implementing citizen science into a project and share ideas.