Nadine Gabriel
Nadine Gabriel with some mammal fossils. Photo provided by Nadine Gabriel.

Nadine Gabriel is a geologist and Assistant Curator of Fossil Mammals at the Natural History Museum, London. Her areas of expertise are mineralogy and collections management.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Do rocks and house plants count as pets?

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

My home is filled with geological specimens

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

I can speak German

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

Marine biologist

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


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


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

Teleportation – I’d save so much time and money!

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

Listen to Two Steps from Hell, their music is epic

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

Wake up late, read (I have a huge backlog of books I need to read), listen to some music, go for a walk in the park, watch a late night film

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

Family/friends, my phone, pockets

15 What beverage gives you life?


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

I can’t think of anything!

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


18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My curiosity

19 What got you excited in science?

Exploring the dynamic and powerful forces that shape our planet

20 What excites you about science now?

There’s so much awesome research going on

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?


22 What is a secret talent of yours?

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore 🙂

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

Death Note

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

Be organized

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

Cave diving

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

It all pays off in the end

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Listen to music or sleep

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Lost Girl

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


31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Beef jerky

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Summer solstice

35 What is your favorite plant?

Venus flytrap

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Quartz vibrates 32,768 times a second when a current passes through it

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

The smell of damp leaves in autumn

39 What is your favorite sound?

Running water

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m full of surprises

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

Fernweh (a longing for distant places)

42 What is your proudest moment?

Graduating from UCL

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Weeping Willow

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

There are lots of green spaces

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I love listening to heavy metal and classical music

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

Jazmin Scarlett (@scarlett_jazmin)