Nick Caruso on a shoreline with icebergs in the water behind him. Photo provided by Nick Caruso
Nick Caruso on a shoreline with icebergs in the water behind him. Photo provided by Nick Caruso

Nick is currently a research scientist in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on quantitative population biology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Nick has also written popular science books Does it Fart, True or Poo, and Believe it or Snot. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @PlethodoNick

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?

Pro-pun

3 Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have two beautiful kitty boys and they are the best.

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Yes

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Both

6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory

7 Do you speak any other languages?

Does coding count? If so, kinda.

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

Chef

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

Maybe ichthyology

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

Italy

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

Flight

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

My books and the web series based on the first one (only available in Canada right now).
Also Schitts Creek

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

Go mountain biking, cook good food, hang out with my wife and cats

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

My family, cats, outdoor activities

15 What beverage gives you life?

Fizzy water

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

Hatchet

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

A pediatrician

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Curiosity

19 What got you excited in science?

Camping with my family and being out in nature

20 What excites you about science now?

Learning new things

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

I like a lot of “bad” movies

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Well if I told you it wouldn’t be a secret

23 What is your favorite game?

Sports = soccer
board = Settlers of Catan
video = Splatoon 2

24 What is the last book you read?

Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders

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

My parents always believed in me, no one piece of advice but that always stuck with me

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

Not sure, I’ve never let that stop me from trying anything I’m curious about

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

Work out more.

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Working out, playing sports, playing video games, cuddling cats

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Locke and Key

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

Dead newt in a water bottle, though that didn’t seem weird to me

31 What is your favorite animal?

Salamanders (don’t tell my cats)

32 What is your favorite book?

Besides my books, Salvation on Sand Mountain

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Anything smothered in cheese or bbq sauce or both

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

The first day that it is warm and feels like spring, or the first day of fall that isn’t really hot

35 What is your favorite plant?

Anything that is edible and that I can grow

36 What is your favorite science fact?

In some forests in the Eastern US, there is more biomass of salamanders than all the small mammals and birds combined

37 What is your favorite season?

Spring

38 What is your favorite smell?

I’m one of the few people that likes Bradford pears when they are blooming, it reminds me of home

39 What is your favorite sound?

A chorus of frogs calling, but really any nature sound is up there

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I’m pretty easy going

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

defenestration

42 What is your proudest moment?

Pretty much all of 2017, got engaged, wrote my first book, defended phd, got a postdoc, and then got married

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Big leaf magnolia, it is my wife’s favorite

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

There are a lot of salamanders

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I love woodworking

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

Max Lambert (twitter @MaxRLambert)