As our beloved intern, Javiera returns home to Chile, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the four months that she spent with us as an International Research Intern. After receiving her Masters of Science from Tufts University in Conservation Medicine, Javiera came to work with us in amphibian conservation and collections husbandry projects. In our time working together, Javiera was an essential part of our team, made a tremendous impact on us and our collections, and we look forward to the time when we can work together again, either here or in Chile!

Javiera sampling for Gopher Frogs at Alligator Creek Wildlife Management Area
While she is fond of all things scaly and smily, she was particularly fond of the Mole Salamander, Ambystoma talpoideum
Javiera and a Southern Cricket Frog, Acris gryllus at ACWMA
Amanda (left), Javiera (center), and Abby (right) after the completion of moving the Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus) conservation collection into the Amphibian Lab at the Amphibian Foundation.
A gifted illustrator, Javiera drew this incredible portrait for Amanda on her last evening in the US, and presented it to her on her final day at AF.
Javiera touched us all — and we will miss her terribly!