Janet Ng holding an immature Golden Eagle.
Janet Ng holding an immature Golden Eagle. Photo by Janet Ng.

Janet Ng is a wildlife biologist working to understand how human changes to landscapes can influence wildlife. I’ve worked with birds of all sizes, studying how they use habitat, their migration, and what might affect their nesting.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

No, but hopefully soon!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

A lot of bird art, plus stuff with maps on them

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Cantonese, but poorly

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

Ceramic artist!

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?

To teleport places!

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

A Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

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

Drink coffee and read my book, hit the pottery studio

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

Coffee, dogs, and sandals

15 What beverage gives you life?

COFFEE (shouted)

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

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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

Wildlife biologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Curiosity, but also the urgency of species at risk conservation and recovery

19 What got you excited in science?

Learning about the wildlife I’d see while camping

20 What excites you about science now?

Knowing that we’re always learning more, every day, in every field

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Really good ice cream

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Writing grant proposals. No, really!

23 What is your favorite game?

Like, sportsball?

24 What is the last book you read?

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman

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

Sometimes you just have to push everything else aside and start.

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?

Stop skiing because you keep hurting yourself. And apply that to anything that keeps hurting you.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Walking a dog, the longer the better

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Parks & Rec

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

Ha! In recent memory, a set of jaws from a pike.

31 What is your favorite animal?

As of 2 min ago, merlins. Ask me again later for a different answer.

32 What is your favorite book?

Sibley field guide 😀

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Most any Chinese foods

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Winter solstice

35 What is your favorite plant?

Three-flowered avens

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Max diving speed of a Peregrine Falcon is 390 km/hr

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Camp fire!

39 What is your favorite sound?

Swainson’s thrushes singing

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Ability to wear sandals for 80% of the year

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

Seeing my students present their research at conferences

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Trembling aspen because they move in the wind and change with the season

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

Beautiful lake in the city with a natural area. Also, lots of breweries!

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Dream trip is to do albatross field work on the Midway Atoll

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

Susan Tsang @batgirl_susan