Holding a river frog I caught herping in South Georgia

Hello everyone! My name is Sidney Woodruff, and I just started my internship with Greening Youth Foundation and the National Park Service this summer through the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program. I’ll be completing my program in herpetological conservation at Yosemite National Park in California. I never thought I would be able to one day actually say those words!

I’m currently a senior at the University of Georgia pursuing a dual degree program in Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. I will be graduating in December 2017, so this is a nice way to finish off my degree! I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors and working in the conservation field. This internship will allow me to work alongside NPS biologists and biological science technicians to restore high elevation lakes for the endangered Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog, control invasive Bullfrog populations, and track and monitor Western Pond turtle sites.

With the first week already done, including a four-day tour in frontcountry Yosemite tracking and surveying turtles, I’m more than excited to see what else this summer has to offer!

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Written by Sidney Woodruff
I am a Mosaics in Science Intern at Yosemite National Park doing herpetological conservation. I will be graduating in December 2017 with a bachelor's in Wildlife Sciences and another in Forestry from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, I aspire to obtain a master's or doctorate degree in wildlife conservation and ecology. I have always had a passion for the environment and our natural resources, and I am excited to continue this in my education and career in life.