Corina Newsome is a current graduate biology student at Georgia Southern University, and her research focuses on Seaside Sparrow conservation. Her work in wildlife conservation has included both zoo science (as a zoo keeper) and field biology.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Invasive Mediterranean House geckos that don’t pay rent

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Paw painting by a New Guinea Singing Dog I cared for at the zoo

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Enough Spanish to not starve

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

I would be a pianist in Disney’s film scores

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

Artificial intelligence

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

La Republica Dominicana to see my cuzzins

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

Reading people’s intentions before they speak a word

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

Yes! Read H is for Hawk and listen to everything by Kirk Franklin

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

I want to go birding, eat free cheesecake and tacos, and watch Jane the Virgin

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

Jesus, tacos, butter

15 What beverage gives you life?

Water and horchata

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

Jane Eyre. I’m getting chills thinking about it.

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

An astronaut

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Knowing that I’m not alone in my efforts (conservation, kindness, etc.)

19 What got you excited in science?

National Geographic magazines and Steve Irwin

20 What excites you about science now?

Seeing new creatures and landscapes. THEM TIDAL MARSHES THOOOO

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Driving 14 hours (round trip) for my favorite Nashville tacos (Taqueria San Luis)

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I play piano. And no, I can’t sing.

23 What is your favorite game?

I really dislike games.

24 What is the last book you read?

H is for Hawk

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

“You don’t know what they are going through.”

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

Bungee jumping

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

Keep doing what you’re doing and don’t pay these lil boys no mind!

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Eating tacos from Taqueria San Luis. And playing piano

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Jane the Virgin episode. YOU MUST WATCH. Forget GOT!!!

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

Hot sauce. Accidentally pulled some out today during my lab.

31 What is your favorite animal?

Blue Jay! First native bird I learned to identify.

32 What is your favorite book?

Jane Eyre. Always and forever.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?


35 What is your favorite plant?

Whatever requires the least attention. A succulent?

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Hyacinth macaws (usually blue) turn green when they are wet.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

Fish Crow call

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I am blissfully unhindered by people’s opinions

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

Teotihuacan (ancient city)

42 What is your proudest moment?

Getting my first full-time keeper job

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Sequoia tree!

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

That it’s only 7 hours from my favorite tacos…could be further!

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

It takes skunks several days to refill their stinker (scent gland) after they spray.

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