Hi there, my name is Aisha Muhammad, and I am the Community Conservation Liaison for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and I’ve lived in this region for most of my life. One interest that has stuck with me since I was young is a great love and curiosity for the natural world. I recall doing my own science experiments on soil, water, and plants, climbing trees, and reading all that I could about nature and wildlife as a kid. My family was also enthusiastic about the outdoors and learning about nature, and they encouraged my interests in it as well. This led me to grow passionate about environmental issues and conservation. Upon deciding to turn this passion into a career, I chose to get a biology degree with an emphasis in ecology from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2016 and graduated in 2020.
Within the Department, I focus on equitably connecting communities to nature, and I love the fact that I get to engage with new people and form meaningful partnerships that make St. Louis a better place to live for everyone. I’m a firm believer that having access to nature improves the quality of life for people and wildlife alike, and in my free time, I enjoy spending time in nature, whether it be picnicking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, or foraging. I also have many hobbies, such as singing, reading, doing arts and crafts projects, roller skating, and cooking and baking for my friends and family. In the future, I hope to pursue more hobbies, such as archery, native plant and permaculture gardening, and sewing.