Max Roberts

הצטרפ.ה ב:אוג' 16, 2017 פעילות אחרונה: מאי 21, 2024 iNaturalist

I am a zoologist and conservationist based out of California who is currently a biology master's student at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo ( For my master's, I am working in Dr. Emily Taylor's Physiological Ecology of Reptiles Laboratory (PERL) on Project RattleCam (, where I am studying Prairie Rattlesnake thermoregulatory behaviors at den sites using live-streaming cameras. I am also currently a rattlesnake relocation subcontractor for Central Coast Snake Services. I received my B.S. in Zoology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the spring of 2022. Reptiles, amphibians, and birds are my main taxonomic interests, but I also try to learn about local botany and work with mammals whenever I get the chance. I am interested in several research fields as they relate to wildlife conservation, including community ecology, spatial ecology, ethology, biogeography, and population biology. In addition to my work with PERL, I occasionally assist the Southwestern Herpetologist Society with field surveys and write articles for its newsletter.

Previous Positions:

My Personal Website (All about me!)

My Flickr (Nature Photography):

Favorite kinds of nature watching:

  • Flipping cover objects to look for reptiles and amphibians (You never know what you are going to find. Just make sure to put back everything the way you found it!)
  • Encountering a wild rattlesnake
  • Birding migrant traps during migration (especially in the California deserts during Spring)
  • Hiking desert habitats in search of lizards
  • Watching/photographing birds at local hotspots
  • Seeing any carnivorous mammal in the wild
  • Creek walking
  • Hawk watching on grassland or desert roads
  • Road cruising for snakes and amphibians
  • Hiking in the rainforest (day or night)
  • Taking a jungle cruise
  • Whale watching
  • Owling

Favorite Ecoregions

  • The Sonoran Desert
  • The Madrean Archipelago (Sky Islands)
  • Cismontane (Coastal) Southern California
  • The Chihuahuan Desert
  • Peninsular Florida
  • The Southern Great Plains
  • The Santa Cruz Mountains
  • The Sierra Nevada
  • The Rocky Mountains

Mention me (@tothemax) if you would like my input on an observation or need a response from me. If you don't do this and/or do not make a comment separate from an identification, I will likely not see that you are trying to get my attention.

I also use Herpmapper ( and NAHERP (, so some of my reptile and amphibian observations are duplicated on those databases. I use Ebird to occasionally record full bird walks that I go on, so some of the observations I post on INaturalist may correspond to a bird walk that I recorded on Ebird. I tend to use INaturalist when I am not counting every bird I see or hear (

Please let me know if you have any questions about my observations or have suggestions for future observations.

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