Curator of Mammals
Rebecca Snyder received her B.S. in Zoology from Iowa State University. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology. Throughout her graduate studies she held a Research Associate position at Zoo Atlanta. She spent two years in Chengdu, China studying captive giant panda reproductive, maternal, and developmental behavior, before becoming Curator of Giant Panda Research and Management at Zoo Atlanta in 2001. She became Curator of Carnivores at Zoo Atlanta in 2007, and then Curator of Mammals in 2010. As part of this position, she supervises Georgia Tech graduate students and Zoo Atlanta keepers, who are continuing behavioral research projects on giant pandas in China and other species at Zoo Atlanta. Dr. Snyder also has a strong interest in education and holds an adjunct position in the Psychology Department at Georgia State University where she teaches two courses in animal behavior.