Elly Knight
Elly Knight. Photo provided by Elly Knight.

Elly Knight (@EllyKnight) is an applied ecologist interested in understanding how spatiotemporal variation affects the ecology and population trends of wide-ranging species. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Alberta studying movement, bioacoustics, and conservation. Elly loves nightjars.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

One doggo named Salix

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

We have many dead things. Notable decor include a set of heron legs that stand up and a full birch tree.

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

A smidgen of Spanish & French

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Fibre arts

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Applied mathematics

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?


12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan was fabulous

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Go hiking with my partner & stepkids & doggo

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

My bike, a toque, and a good kitchen knife

15 What beverage gives you life?

Decaf coffee

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

The Giver

17 What did you want to be be when you grew up?

A parent

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Data presents!

19 What got you excited in science?

Being outside

20 What excites you about science now?

Advances in technology that make it possible to answer many large-scale questions for the first time! Esp. many remote sensing technologies that are non-invasive.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

This Week Tonight

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Time management (ok maybe that’s not a secret)

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

Fifteen Dogs

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Be yourself – it’s ok to have a personality!

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?


27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Cheap piercings are cheap for a reason

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?


30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

I once had a live Roadrunner stick its head in my bag

31 What is your favorite animal?

Common Nighthawk

32 What is your favorite book?

Too many. I’m a sucker for CanLit

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Can I say all of them?

35 What is your favorite plant?

Saskatoon berry (Amelanchier alnifolia)

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Arctic Terns migrate over 70,000 km each year!

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Pine trees in the sun

39 What is your favorite sound?

Peent (Common Nighthawk call)

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My experiences

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

Marrying my partner

43 What kind of tree would you be?


44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

My family

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

The cartilage in the end of my nose clicks when you press on it

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Julia Shonfield @JuliaShonfield