Dani Rabaiotti. Photo provided by Dani Rabaiotti
Dani Rabaiotti. Photo provided by Dani Rabaiotti

Dani Rabaiotti is PhD student studying the impact of climate change on African wild dogs at the Zoological Society of London and University College London. She is also the author of popular science books Does it Fart? and True or Poo?

Find her on Twitter and Instagram @DaniRabaiotti
Her website is at https://danirabaiotti.wordpress.com/

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Sort of – My two dogs (Rufus and Nancy the labradoodles) and cat (Jake) live with my parents since I moved out

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

No and it is so awkward that I don’t speak Italian

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

Politician. That’s where all the real important stuff happens.

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

Marine biology

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

I’d go to see my coauthor Nick in Virginia since we have never met!

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

Absorbing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere and turning them into cheese because then cheese would have negative emissions and it would be amazing

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

Obviously everyone should read ‘Does it Fart?’

Other than that I would really recommend Inferior, and the follow up Superior, by Angela Saini. Brilliant books exploring how science has been used to enforce biases.

Everyone should watch Bojack Horseman. Go do it. Now.

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

Board game day!

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

My phone, cheese, constant human companionship

15 What beverage gives you life?

Beer (I’ll also never say no to a G&T though)

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

When I was really little I loved the book Something Else. It teaches you it’s ok to be different, and important to be tolerant of other peoples differences.

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

A marine biologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The need to make a difference, my inability to sit still.

19 What got you excited in science?

Watching nature shows with my grandma, visiting zoos

20 What excites you about science now?

I always have and always will find all information about animals exciting.

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?


22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Eating a lot and not putting on weight

23 What is your favorite game?

Betrayal at the house on the hill

24 What is the last book you read?

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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

Don’t let the b*stards grind you down (thanks Dad)

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

Making a YouTube video

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

Being a giant nerd is ok, embrace it

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

A trip to the pub

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Dead to Me on Netflix

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

GPS collar off a dead wild dog – still with blood and gross bits on

31 What is your favorite animal?

African wild dogs obviously (but also Honey badgers and sturgeons)

32 What is your favorite book?

Watership down

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Antipasti – burrata, tomato salad, balsamic aubergines, pickled mushrooms, foccaccia, olives, parmesan….or potato waffles (That’s the English and Italian sides of me coming out…)

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

The only day I regularly celebrate annually is Christmas, which to be fair is always a decent day

35 What is your favorite plant?

I really love pitcher plants – especially the ones shrews use as toilets and bats use as homes

36 What is your favorite science fact?

There’s a fish called a pearl fish which lives in the butt of sea cucumbers

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Garlic. You know some good food is on its way when you smell garlic! I feel like I have come off as a bit food obsessive throughout this XD

39 What is your favorite sound?

I really love the noise hyenas make at night when you are out in the bush.

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My ability to find opportunity in the weirdest places.

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

A tie between handing in my thesis and when Does it Fart? made the New York Times bestseller list

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A Blackthorn

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

The public transport in London is AMAZING

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I’m allergic to bees

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