Chelsey Crandall with a mangrove and water landscape behind her. Photo provided by Chelsey Crandall
Chelsey Crandall with a mangrove and water landscape behind her. Photo provided by Chelsey Crandall

Chelsey Crandall is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Florida. Her work focuses on the human dimensions of fisheries and natural resources, and includes understanding drivers of attitudes and behaviors as well as exploring how we connect people with science and management through citizen science, participatory management, and science communication.

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 toddlers, does that count?

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?


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

Mermaid at Weeki Wachee

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?

Breathe Underwater

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

If you haven’t read Terry Pratchett, Discworld is awesome!

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

Sleep (did I mention the toddlers? Ha)

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

Coffee, books, and music. Apparently I would survive happily if trapped in a bookshop.

15 What beverage gives you life?

Coffee (ok and also whiskey)

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

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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

Marine Biologist… and also a mermaid

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

The drive to make a difference and leave a positive impact

19 What got you excited in science?

I was super excited at the chance to study and explore the world around us

20 What excites you about science now?

Finding answers to questions that no one yet knows the answer to!

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

NCIS and oatmeal cream pies

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

People seem to tell me anything. Like, the people at the checkout counter, in line with me, other random strangers will tell me their deepest secrets. Does this happen to everyone?

23 What is your favorite game?

Underwater Hockey

24 What is the last book you read?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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

Never give up, never surrender!

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?

No, not that one, the one on the right. Trust me.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Book + hammock outside + margarita

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Star Trek: Discovery

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

A toddler

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

How do you pick a favorite book? That’s like asking to pick a favorite child. I don’t know, it depends on the day.

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Mac N Cheese

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

June 12

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving, and revolving at 900 miles an hour. It’s orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it’s reckoned, the sun that is the source of all our power. Now the sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see, are moving at a million miles a day, in the outer spiral arm, at 40, 000 miles an hour, of a galaxy we call the Milky Way.

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Salt marsh

39 What is your favorite sound?


40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My webbed toes

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


42 What is your proudest moment?

Getting to the top of Big Bald in the Smoky Mountains with a toddler on my back

43 What kind of tree would you be?


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

There are so many places to hike in nature around Gainesville, Florida is amazing!

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

The last set-up of the day on a film set is called the martini. Also, I like martinis.

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

@HellbenderHecht and @Shirley_MarSci