Meet the staff: Anthony (Tony) Schmitt

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Name: Anthony Schmitt

Hometown: Rosemount, Minn.

Twitter: @T_D_Schmitt


My Beat: Anything that has to do with biology, the environment and the outdoors. I also enjoy taking pictures and making videos about nature that capture the beauty of northern Minnesota.

My Job: I hope to write about current environmental and biological research being done in the community, as well as connecting the community interesting news in science. In addition to writing for Lake Voice, I am also a part of the Content Production team. In short, I help ensure that everything is in order and ready for our next issue. My responsibility is to make sure everyone is making progress on their stories so Duluth receives quality publications from Lake Voice.

My Story: I am currently a student at UMD. I began my studies in the fall of 2009. In 2014, I plan on graduating with a B.A. in biology and in writing studies.

I also work in a plant molecular biology lab as an undergrad research assistant for professor Clay Carter. Our lab researches the genes that are involved in nectar production in plants. A brief description of what our lab does can be found at this website. Although I study molecular biology, I am interested in all aspects of biology and the environment. My favorite science writers as of now are David Quammen and Barry Lopez. I am also a part-time photojournalist at WDIO, where I shoot  and edit video for daily newscasts. Some of my work can be seen in the multimedia section of my ePortfolio.

I love being in the outdoors, which is one of the reasons why I chose to attend UMD for school. I enjoy hunting (my hunting partner is a black lab named Diezel), fishing, hiking and anything else that gets me outside. I am a big sports fan, and I used to play club lacrosse for UMD. I love the Minnesota Vikings and the Wild. I also love the emerging beer scene in this city and I am excited to be involved in Duluth’s booming microbrewery culture.


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