Kory Evans. Photo provided by Kory Evans
Kory Evans. Photo provided by Kory Evans

Kory is an evolutionary biologist at Brown University. His research specializes on the processes that drive morphological evolution in fishes.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

I have a cat named Weenis (I didn’t name him that but he grew into it…)

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Mostly fish-based decorations…gotta stay sharp!

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

I can speak present-tense Spanish, you’d be surprised how far that can get you

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

Park ranger or grumpy basketball coach for children

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?

Statesboro, GA

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


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

I feel like everyone should listen to any and everything that J. Cole puts out

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

Go fishing! nap and eat pancakes

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

Pancakes, fishes, butter

15 What beverage gives you life?


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

Follow the drinking gourd

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

A fish biologist!

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

I’m really competitive, so when I see my peers doing well, it motivates me to elevate my game…hasn’t failed me yet

19 What got you excited in science?

Watching Jeff Corwin on animal planet along with Steve Irwin, and Jeremy Wade

20 What excites you about science now?

I love trying to answer difficult questions about the evolution of morphology in fishes

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Listening to Lil Uzi Vert

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can do one-armed pushups

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

Species Seekers

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

Mind your business, you’ll live longer

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

Go caving…

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

Bro you really need to be paying attention in these math classes, stop falling asleep.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

I like to play basketball to unwind.

29 What is the last thing you watched?

The Good Boys

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

Fishes preserved in ethanol

31 What is your favorite animal?

Giant trevally

32 What is your favorite book?

The Brief and Wondrous life of Oscar Wao

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Pancakes…now and forever

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My birthday

35 What is your favorite plant?

Venus fly trap!

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Electric eels will often leap OUT of the water towards a potential threat in order to intensify its shock.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

That sizzle you hear when you flip a pancake over

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

ummm I dont really quit?

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

Enero (January in Spanish)

42 What is your proudest moment?

Describing a new species of fish and naming it after my mom (Sternarchella patriciae)

43 What kind of tree would you be?

A royal palm…unbothered and by a beach

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

It’s really close to the ocean!

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I went to a military academy in high school where I attained the rank of “Captain” and was placed in charge of 30 other students.

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

Mo Turner @PycnoPod