About Us

Project RattleCam is a collaboration between scientists from Cal Poly, Central Coast Snake Services, and Dickinson College. Our mission is to study and raise awareness about rattlesnakes, their behavior, and their importance in the ecosystem.

Dr Emily Taylor, Professor, California Polytechnic State University
I am a herpetologist, environmental physiologist, and Professor of Biological Sciences at the California Polytechnic State University. I have been studying mating systems and physiology of rattlesnakes for 25 years. This is my first venture into community science and I am just thrilled to spy on rattlesnakes alongside you all.”
Scott Boback, Associate Professor of Biology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
"I am a herpetologist focusing on ecological and evolutionary questions. While I have projects aimed at a variety of species, I have spent the majority of my career studying snakes. Previous work in my lab has focused on the physiology of snake constriction, the ecology of invasive species, and the population biology of cottonmouths.”
Owen Bachhuber, Graduate Student, California Polytechnic State University
Using live streaming cameras, I investigate the social dynamics of rookeries where rattlesnakes gather to court mates, give birth, and tend to their young. For my undergraduate honors thesis, I studied how learning about snake sociality affects peoples’ perceptions of them. I am excited to develop Project RattleCam as an educational tool for zoos and museums, sharing the endearing and dramatic lives of snakes with a wider audience.
Max Roberts, Graduate Student, California Polytechnic State University
"I am a tetrapod zoologist interested in using ecological and behavioral research to inform management decisions aimed at conserving reptiles, amphibians, and birds. I am studying Prairie Rattlesnake thermoregulatory behaviors using live-streaming wildlife cameras and the use of this technology as an educational tool in public schools and zoos to improve public attitudes towards rattlesnakes.”

Meet Our Team

San Luis Obispo, CA
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Our Partners

1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dickinson College - Biology
272 West High Street
Carlisle, PA 17013