Stephanie Poindexter doing field work. Photo provided by Stephanie Poindexter
Stephanie Poindexter doing field work. Photo provided by Stephanie Poindexter

Stephanie Poindexter is a biological anthropologist specialized in primatology. She earned her PhD at Oxford Brookes University, currently she is an Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Anthropology.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

Esme is my Ragdoll Kitten

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Many many framed primate picture and paintings

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

French to an acceptable level

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

A high profile event planner

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

Biomedical Engineer

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


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

See the future

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

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

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

See a movie and have a nice meal

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

Iphone, a notebook, and a good pair of walking/hiking shoes

15 What beverage gives you life?


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

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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

A Spy

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My study species, the students that work with me, and my flexible schedule

19 What got you excited in science?

Frequent Visits to the Brookfield Zoo and my obsession with the show ER

20 What excites you about science now?

Thinking of a question and being able to find the answer

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

The housewives franchise, though I don’t feel very guilty about it.

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I can play the viola

23 What is your favorite game?

Settlers of Catan

24 What is the last book you read?

She has her mother’s laugh

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

Always think about the end products of a project and how you can maximize your time.

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

Scuba diving

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

Put more effort in and you’ll get better results.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

professional massage and a warm bath

29 What is the last thing you watched?


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

Envelopes of primate hair

31 What is your favorite animal?

Bengal Slow loris

32 What is your favorite book?

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

33 What is your favorite comfort food?


34 What is your favorite day of the year?

Feburary 20 (the day before my birthday, where I reflect about the previous year)

35 What is your favorite plant?

peace lilies

36 What is your favorite science fact?

My kitten Esme dreams just like I do.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

a mix of lavender and sage

39 What is your favorite sound?

ocean sounds

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I like that I can get along with most people

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

La Vérité

42 What is your proudest moment?

Being complemented on a new idea I had just started to work out.

43 What kind of tree would you be?


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

The people

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I considered going to culinary school instead of graduate school when I was an undergrad.

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

Dr. Alicia Rich @aliciamrich (twitter)