Julie Vecchio (facing right) using a microscope in the lab. Photo provided by Julie Vecchio
Julie Vecchio (facing right) using a microscope in the lab. Photo provided by Julie Vecchio

Julie is a marine biologist/fisheries scientist. She just defended her PhD using the stable isotopes in fish eye lenses to track their diets and movements. She also is one of the hosts of The Fisheries Podcast @fisheriespod

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Since my husband and I have both worked on fish for over 15 years, we have amassed a large collection of fish-themed pictures and statues.

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 kayak tour guide and a dive instructor

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

Maybe marine archaeology or paeloceanography, but honestly I’m living the dream

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


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

I would want to know what is going to happen in the future

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

Listen to The Fisheries Podcast! I’m really excited about the people I will be interviewing there.

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

go paddleboarding, go to the beach, go diving

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

Ocean, sun, family

15 What beverage gives you life?


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

The Hobbit

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

Marine biologist

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Knowing that I am making a difference for the planet

19 What got you excited in science?

The wonder of the ocean

20 What excites you about science now?

Being able to discover things no one has ever thought of before

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Baking shows

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Singing opera

23 What is your favorite game?

Cards against Humanity

24 What is the last book you read?

The Name of the Rose

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

Ask forgiveness not permission

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

Hot air ballooning

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

keep going. You will make the ocean your reality

28 What is the best way to de-stress?


29 What is the last thing you watched?


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

a matchbox car

31 What is your favorite animal?

goliath grouper

32 What is your favorite book?

The Scarlet Pimpernell

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

my wedding anniversary

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Male sea horses gestate the babies

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

breath through a scuba regulator

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

my tenacity

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

Finishing my PhD

43 What kind of tree would you be?


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

the weather. I can be outside all year

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Fish have ear bones called otoliths that help with both hearing and balance.

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