Dr. Sue Pillans is a marine scientist, artist and children’s author/illustrator who specialises in creative and visual communications. You can ‘sea’ more of Sue making a comm-ocean via her website https://drsuepillans.com, as Dr. Suzie Starfish on Facebook and @suepillans on Twitter and Instagram.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have a Great Dane and a Westie, they are each other’s besties!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Ocean-inspired decor, crockery, paintings and Christmas decorations!

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?


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

Be a rock star!

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

Marine science is so FIN-tastic, I wouldn’t want to change fields.

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

The outer Great Barrier Reef

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

To heal animals

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

Blowfish’s Oceanopedia by Tom Hird

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

Relax, switch off and go to the beach

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

Music, sunshine and the sea

15 What beverage gives you life?


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

Green eggs and ham

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

A ballet dancer and marine biologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Being able to help others and make change through my art and science

19 What got you excited in science?

Helping to guide public policy with my science

20 What excites you about science now?

Sea-ing the impact marine science has on our future ocean stewards, our kids

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Reality tv

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Being able to talk underwater, literally!

23 What is your favorite game?

Any games with my dogs

24 What is the last book you read?

Probably a children’s picture book

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

Say yes to opportunities no matter how scary they may seem

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?

Don’t worry so much

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Dance about and sing like no one is watching… or listening!

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Berlin Station

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

Probably a whale shark tag for one of my school visits

31 What is your favorite animal?

Everything in the ocean, but I do love whale sharks

32 What is your favorite book?

Anything by Matthew Reilly

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Potato chips

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Beach days

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Sea cucumbers have no brain, breath through their bum and vomit up their organs when threatened!

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

The ocean

39 What is your favorite sound?

The ocean

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Being super organized

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

Finally becoming a published children’s author/illustrator

43 What kind of tree would you be?


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

Australia’s coasts are so beautiful and we have the best beaches

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I didn’t grow tall until I was 18 years old.

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

Tom “The Blowfish” Hird (@TheBlowfish)