Hello! My name is Samantha Tetrick and I am a returning student to the University of Missouri. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science with a minor in Captive Wild Animal Management. I am currently working on another degree as a Science and Agricultural Journalism major with an emphasis in conservation.
My interest in conservation began as a child when my grandfather would tell me stories of his days working for MDC. He explained to me how turkeys were captured and released, and then we would get up early and watch “his” turkeys forage in the little field that backed up to his house.
Growing up in southern Missouri guaranteed that I was exposed to the hunting, trapping, and fishing that people in my town considered the only useful part of conservation. When I reached Mizzou, I learned that conservation was so much more than hunting and fishing, and I became interested in the projects that were not talked about in my small town. I learned about the California Condors, Niangua Darters, and Hellbenders, among others. I am now returning to the University to learn how to share my interest with others through journalism.
I am also interested in photography as a medium and hope to incorporate that into my work with the Corner Post this semester. In the long term, I would like to be able to use my science background to educate the public about conservation issues around the world through photography and writing.