Brandon Tappmeyer

Assistant natural History Biologist

Wildlife Conservation

Graduated in 2015

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 what led you to that?

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


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