Natural history collections do much more than document our biological diversity. They are also key to unlocking future discoveries and contributing to major advances in the fields of medicine, human health, and even agriculture.
We all talk to ourselves occasionally, and President and CEO Judy Gradwohl became adept at it during the pandemic lockdown. On the occasion of her 5-year work anniversary, Judy reflects on what she experienced, learned, rejoiced, and lamented at the helm of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
President and CEO Judy Gradwohl shares a first-person account of a recent milestone for conservation: I had arrived early at the release site in case the egg transport went faster than anyone anticipated. This quiet overcast day marked the culmination of many years of hard work to return California red-legged frogs to their historic range in Southern California, where they have been absent for about 20 years.