Danielle Schmidt is examining the genetics of the Western Rattlesnake across British Columbia for her MSc degree. More specifically, she is examining two levels of genetic structure in the snakes: on one scale she is looking at genetic similarity across the species’ range in the province, and on a finer scale she is investigating relatedness and connectivity between neighbouring den populations. Her study has been made possible by a large number of collaborators across BC and even in Washington state, collecting DNA samples to supplement those coming from our own lab. Danielle is co-supervised by myself, but she is based at UBC-Okanagan within the lab of my colleague, Dr. Michael Russello. Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu, the provincial herpetofauna specialist, also is heavily involved in the project.