Assistant natural history biologist — Missouri Department of Conservation
Explain your career path
My career with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) started while I was a junior at SEMO. I worked for two summers in the forestry division in Warrenton Missouri. After graduating with my bachelors, I worked in Columbia Missouri as a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Technician while trying to find a grad school position that fit me. I’ve been worked during the late spring and early summer working for the fisheries division of MDC. I finally started grad school at Missouri State University working with alligator snapping turtles. I just finished my Masters degree and am working for the Missouri Department Conservation now.
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
Wildlife Conservation. I was led to this degree because of my desire to work for the Missouri Department Conservation
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
I chose to attend Southeast because of the low tuition, lots of scholarships, a great program, and relatively close to home (2.5 hours)
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
I had two professors that really influenced me a lot while I was at Southeast. The first is Dr. Michael Taylor and the second is Dr. Quinton Phelps